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    Default Re: Project 2: Defender 130 V.3-Amigos ??

    Today I had to leave Cobus and Ben to find a way to remove the crank pulley as I had to attend to some work related stuff for a change.

    The crank pulley removed, was a major woohoo.

    We then proceeded to open the gearbox with the help of youtube and again I had to get another socket for that job only.

    The box actually looks quite good to my untrained eye, with only the synchronizers that are kapot.

    I will get a truck load of spares tomorrow so we will start to put it all back over the weekend.


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    “The price of stability is unpreparedness.”

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    Default Re: Project 2: Defender 130 V.3-Amigos ??

    This morning, I will try and source a full set of bearings and synchronisers for the gearbox, along with the normal seals etc.

    After watching the video, I am afraid though that the oaks who worked on this box before made a rather crucial mistake that may have had an influence on the oil transfer in my box.

    This might mean that I will have to buy a damn expensive oil transfer ring too.

    Unfortunately for a project like this, you can't back off when this kind of expenses is asked for - which means my gearbox overhaul can easily go to R 8 000 in parts only - and this is for a box that is actually not in bad shape.

    The issue is that the labour component is so high that trying to skimp on a R 1 000 part is utterly foolish.


    So, next time you buy a used box for R 10 000 and it has only a little whine, don't be too pissed.

    I must say, this is a great experience.
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    Default Re: Project 2: Defender 130 V.3-Amigos ??

    Today was an extremely frustrating day.

    I and my three pairs of hands worked our butts of over Easter weekend so that I could get a parts list together.

    I made up my parts list for the supplier on Tuesday to ensure that I will have my parts for this weekend. I mailed so that he had it first thing that morning to allow enough time for it.

    I have used him before and unfortunately this time was a repeat of a previous very unpleasant experience.

    We knew that we had to book the courier Thursday at the very latest which sure means that by Wednesday COB we had to get the quotes done and payment made.

    Quote did not come, I followed up again and again and eventually I was put in a position where he requested to order the parts and bill me later.

    Obviously I don't like that very much but I bloody needed the parts and told him to please order.

    Somehow on I then did get prices for a final check and then on Thursday at 11:57 an urgent request for immediate payment as they had to book couriers before 14:00.

    I paid within an hour. It really was the fastest I could as I was in a meeting.

    Like the previous time, I got NO waybill numbers as proof that the parts had been ordered and booked for shipping.

    So, this morning I waited and waited and the parts did not get delivered. I messaged to ask for the waybill numbers so that I could follow up with the local depot. Three times....

    Then I picked up the phone and got an instant extreme irritated response so I just stiffened my back and told him I want the waybill numbers NOW.

    They had to book 3 packages.

    Surprise surprise when I got the waybill numbers, all the packages was booked out after 14:00 yesterday. The one at 14:19, the other at 16:59 and the last at 13:39 today after I insisted on the number.

    What piss me off big time is that this supplier thinks he can fool me on how a courier company works and wants to convince me that he does not get waybill numbers at the time of booking..

    He know very well that I have shipped parts for a year so I know this game intimately. Waybill numbers are king. If you somehow does not have it, it surely is not the courier companies fault.

    Of all the packages I have send, all but a single one was on time as expected, bar one package that was a day late.

    I took full responsibility for the shipping company I used and I personally tracked my orders and followed up if I saw something goes wrong.

    This supplier reckons he is not responsible for the performance of the courier company he choose to use.

    I am afraid, as knowledgeable he is about Landy's he is not reliable if one needs parts at a deadline.


    The previous time he have cost me three days of extra accommodation for two families on a game ranch.

    This time he have cost me two days of unpaid leave.

    This is way over the money he wants to argue to have saved me on parts.


    I am sorry, I do not like to deal with people who thinks they do you a favour in a business deal. You make your price, and I pay the money. For your profit in there, you take your responsibility of delivery serious.

    Strangely, I had to sent him stuff many times. Each time he asked to please have the waybill number.

    No why on earth does he want to excuse himself from that courtesy if he needs to send parts?


    Anyway. We continued with washing the car and I exchanged my sandblaster for a parts washer. I realised that need once the gearbox was opened.

    The car washers. They did a good job and enjoyed it so much that we will make another round tomorrow.

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    Default Re: Project 2: Defender 130 V.3-Amigos ??

    OK, so I managed at least to get to the Courier Depot this morning to pick up an unknown batch of spares.

    At the shop, we finally opened it and found no list of what was supposed to be in there versus what is in there - same as the last unpleasant experience.

    I requested the list, and got it, only to find that there are spares missing and I was just not notified that all could not be supplied.

    Anyway, most of the suspension bushes and ball joints were there, so we can almost complete the job.

    The old supsension bushes is a real poespas of "bushes" anything from buggered rubber to yellow polybushes to rock solid vesconite it seems.

    The press works like a charm and we managed to do at least one radius arm in the front.

    But now, I am going to treat some friends with a nice skaapskenkel pot.


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    Default Re: Project 2: Defender 130 V.3-Amigos ??

    Oh ang I got another surprise.

    The food is leaking because the thread in the cup is effed up in a way I did not know was possible.

    Basically, the bottom half is sheared off.

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    Default Re: Project 2: Defender 130 V.3-Amigos ??

    Quote Originally Posted by biltong View Post
    Oh ang I got another surprise.

    The food is leaking because the thread in the cup is effed up in a way I did not know was possible.

    Basically, the bottom half is sheared off.

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    I would have some one else re check the straightness of the chassis after that bold bit

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    Default Re: Project 2: Defender 130 V.3-Amigos ??

    Quote Originally Posted by biltong View Post
    But now, I am going to treat some friends with a nice skaapskenkel pot.
    Quote Originally Posted by biltong View Post
    Oh ang I got another surprise.

    The food is leaking
    Put the lid back on the Brannas bottle, Oom!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnoK View Post
    Put the lid back on the Brannas bottle, Oom!
    I am terribly sorry to tell you that this is essentially what you eat today.
    “The price of stability is unpreparedness.”

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    Default Re: Project 2: Defender 130 V.3-Amigos ??

    Mooi, man!
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    Default Re: Project 2: Defender 130 V.3-Amigos ??

    We managed to replace most of the suspension bushes and ball joints over the weekend.

    And I just realised. Ons het nog moerbaie werk...
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    I like this story. You have convinced me you are throwing everything you have at the project. Keep pushing. I can’t wait to see the end result.
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    Default Re: Project 2: Defender 130 V.3-Amigos ??

    Right, I am busy to see what parts I would need to convert the Lexus back to TD5.

    Obviously, apart from the motor, there are two biggies:


    1. The wiring harness is butchered beyond repair

    2. All the radiator stuff in front including the cowls and brackets will have to be sourced.


    Now I do plan to make this van auto from the Disco, but on Friday I discovered that the autobox I have, burned the oil.

    While the box might still be a good, I still need an YXZ switch and with that kind of black in thew oil, it is not impossible that the valve body can have stuck internals.
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    Today, again a bit frustrating.

    Spares did not arrive and I am not sure yet what will come tomorrow if any...

    That said, I have spend most of the day to go check up on Blink Tank, visit the engineering works for the Td5 we need to rebuild and find some more spares.

    Then I had to replace the ball joint on the steering arm - a horrible job that took hours longer than expected, but at least that is now done and we can probably finally assemble the suspension and steering tomorrow.

    I dearly hope for some spares as we are now far behind.

    For the gearbox, I managed to find more bearings, a collar and an layshaft nut. I will give attention there tomorrow.

    If all goes spectacular, we might be able to have the motor and boxes fitted by the end of this weekend.

    I am afraid though, that although the Lexus van could be in better condition, the conversion back to Td5 might be more expensive than anticipated, and take longer.

    We opened the auto box today and sadly it seems that the clutch plates started to disintegrate judged by the flakes found in the box, making this repair a fairly expensive one.

    Let see how things progress. I might just mean that we will have to keep the Lexus manual for the moment - which I do not really want as this will be a difficult for my wife to drive then.

    At least she still have Blink Tank and the Volvo for the moment.
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    Default Re: Project 2: Defender 130 V.3-Amigos ??

    Quote Originally Posted by biltong View Post
    Right, I am busy to see what parts I would need to convert the Lexus back to TD5.

    Obviously, apart from the motor, there are two biggies:


    1. The wiring harness is butchered beyond repair

    2. All the radiator stuff in front including the cowls and brackets will have to be sourced.


    Now I do plan to make this van auto from the Disco, but on Friday I discovered that the autobox I have, burned the oil.

    While the box might still be a good, I still need an YXZ switch and with that kind of black in thew oil, it is not impossible that the valve body can have stuck internals.
    LDR in Montagu Gardens had a Td5 with auto box and TC when I was there a while ago, I am going to be in the area later today and can pop in if you want me to.
    WA me on 08free 55six fourteen66
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    Default Re: Project 2: Defender 130 V.3-Amigos ??

    We finally got the spares 9:00 this morning and could proceed to complete the supension job.

    Without that, we could not steer the van safely off the lift - and for that matter there would be nothing to do on the ground.

    We replaced every single bush and ball joint, and the steering rod and track rod were replaced with heavy duty units with greaseable ball joints.

    The improvement in steering feel is awesome. Now you can actually see the wheels move with tiny input. Before that there were multiple places of shift.

    We then took it off the lift and got it on tressels again. the next job is to replace all the wheel bearings and seals.


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    Default Re: Project 2: Defender 130 V.3-Amigos ??

    All 4 hub nuts removed.

    Some more worms to be posted later today.
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    Default Re: Project 2: Defender 130 V.3-Amigos ??

    Hub nuts are so stiff we had to dremel and chisel them all.

    Bearing cases slipped on the sub axles. We will replace that.

    I find it incredible that literally everywhere they worked things are butchered.

    And yet, this car was not running bad... Even by my standards.

    No will convince me Land Rovers are crap. Not with the abuse I have seen on them.


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    Default Re: Project 2: Defender 130 V.3-Amigos ??

    Oaks, this job is dragging.

    Every single part they touched were butchered and there are fewer that they did not touch...

    We are spending hours doing what is supposed to be simple jobs. The parts cleaner became the most used item.

    My biggest nightmare at the moment is sourcing more parts.

    I had to get stub axles, bolts, nuts, many tiny pieces like pins and spacers. There are so many tiny bits just missing.

    The right front side shaft was hammered by the CV because a small spaces was left out, leaving the CV sliding on the spline.

    This is just one example.

    The time we spent to clean out stuff like the differentials...


    We needed to remove broken nuts, the diffs both had no breather pipes and the rear one got serious water.

    The parts bill by now is staggering... Pay as you go.

    I have not even started with assembling the gearbox, neither the engine.

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    Default Re: Project 2: Defender 130 V.3-Amigos ??

    As frustrating as it is to be seeing all the bodging, you are going to have a thoroughly sorted Landy at the end of the day.
    It will be worth the slog.
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