Land Rover horror stories

Well, the clutch has been fixed by local garage. Turned out to be the master cylinder, now to my knowledge it hasn't been apart since 1990 so I have little reason to think that it has been touched since 1967.
Total cost including parts £140 and delivered back to mine.
 
My ex MOD Landy turns out to be ex RAF (I suspected it was as it has RAF roundels on it but anyone couldn've stuck them on of course).

I've already got a list of stuff I need to do and or buy! But I love driving it!
 
My ex MOD Landy turns out to be ex RAF (I suspected it was as it has RAF roundels on it but anyone couldn've stuck them on of course).

I've already got a list of stuff I need to do and or buy! But I love driving it!
It sounds like your experience is similar to mine when dealing with ex-DoD trucks. RAF and USAF have similar trucks to what the Army has, but they are still for the most part brand spanking new. (You don't put a lot of miles parked outside the hanger in the car park. ;-) ) My truck was ex Special Forces and got beat the fcuk up by various THEM driving it (with black nasty for persec) but I enjoy driving it.
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I can't wait to get home next weekend and escape the barren, bmw festooned horrible landscape which, through no fault of my own (apart from stupidly ******* volunteering, never again, by the way) I am currently inhabiting. Is it ******* Friday yet?
 

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My ex MOD Landy turns out to be ex RAF (I suspected it was as it has RAF roundels on it but anyone couldn've stuck them on of course).

I've already got a list of stuff I need to do and or buy! But I love driving it!
Get rid of it.

It’ll be gay and weak.
 
It sounds like your experience is similar to mine when dealing with ex-DoD trucks. RAF and USAF have similar trucks to what the Army has, but they are still for the most part brand spanking new. (You don't put a lot of miles parked outside the hanger in the car park. ;-) ) My truck was ex Special Forces and got beat the fcuk up by various THEM driving it (with black nasty for persec) but I enjoy driving it. View attachment 346290
Must be a bugger driving around with that black nasty in the way
 
I was contemplating chopping my defender 127 ambulance in as I wanted something to do comfortable miles in. A tranny of some description with 4x4

But looking at the prices for 127 land ambulances on flea bay (cheapest 15 grand) I think I'm just gonna sexy up the beast

It needs a new gear box and the engine needs a full refit

No idea where to start, got a Land Rover specialist pencilled me in for the job.

The question is

1. What can you do to a 3.5 v8 Rover engine with 45k on the clock to future proof it and upgrade its performance, maybe make it a bit less thirsty

Obviously within financial,reason :p
Stick a Discovery transfer box on it. That will make a difference
 

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I’d be more annoyed by the ear splittingly loud banjo music coming out of the speakers.

Is it hard to drive in dungarees?
Says lord of the nearly swamp like Cumbria
 
Stick a Discovery transfer box on it. That will make a difference
Its in the garage now getting a full engine rejig, cam do dar, and everything removable and upgraded upgraded (Apparently)

Mechanic wasn't mad set on gear box change out (I think he's got too much on his plate) but thats definitely on the cards as its a right whiny cu.nt and makes distances in the beast noisy and annoying

I might give him a ring and see if its turned into a super efficient rip roaring spitfire of a landy......................................

I'll see it in 5 weeks anyways, which means I'll have forgotten how bad it was to start with and can't see any improvement

There's a bit of me that says sack off the 4x4 and get one of these. just been a load released from service

BIG OLD COPPER VAN
 
Mechanic wasn't mad set on gear box change out (I think he's got too much on his plate) but thats definitely on the cards as its a right whiny cu.nt and makes distances in the beast noisy and annoying
If youhave a troll on Fleabay you should be able to find a moulded sound insulation cover for the gearbox
They aren't fitted on Defenders but can be found from Discovery's. Very low tech solution but should help cut down gearbox noise substantially. I haven't seen one fitted to a Defender but I believe it can be done.

As for the engine work, I hope you have fun with it! It should change the nature of the beast altogether
 
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Seems cheap enough. The box looks tall enough to fit the ceiling hooks in. :?
 
Its in the garage now getting a full engine rejig, cam do dar, and everything removable and upgraded upgraded (Apparently)

Mechanic wasn't mad set on gear box change out (I think he's got too much on his plate) but thats definitely on the cards as its a right whiny cu.nt and makes distances in the beast noisy and annoying

I might give him a ring and see if its turned into a super efficient rip roaring spitfire of a landy......................................

I'll see it in 5 weeks anyways, which means I'll have forgotten how bad it was to start with and can't see any improvement

There's a bit of me that says sack off the 4x4 and get one of these. just been a load released from service

BIG OLD COPPER VAN
transfer box is separate to the gear box. you can drop in a different transfer box later
 
Urgh Land Rovers...we have a large fleet of them at work as well as dealing with them a lot in the army reserve. Transfer boxes seem to be the main thing that is constantly going on them, there is a company called Beaumont's 4x4 who do reconditioned gearboxes and transfer boxes for Land Rovers at a reasonable price, especially on a service exchange basis, and will ship anywhere in the UK.
 

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