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Old 09-17-2015, 10:43 AM
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WARNING, IF YOUR EASILY OFFENDED, HAVE NO SENSE OF HUMOR OR OVER ALL TAKE LIFE TOO SERIOUSLY........YOU'LL WANT TO READ A DIFFERENT BUILD THREAD. THANKS!
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Okay........


I doubt there's much I can post here that hasn't been done or posted over the years........So I think this will be more about the trial & tribulations of adopting a 1997 Disco 1 SD7 from a car lot where it sat for over 2 years....


I'm new to the Land Rover brand, but not new to 4 wheeling. Maybe in some way this will help the next new guy/gal down the road.....I was warned, but I did it anyway.


Back ground.....I had a 92 E250 that I doing a ridge-runner style (70's) camper conversion to.....Long story short, the wife wouldn't drive it (too big) so it got to be....What's the point?.....Couldn't sell it on CL for what I had into it......Driving by a little used car dealership I noticed the Disco 1 and thought to myself, damn...that things been there for years...what's up?
2 weeks later the wife went away for a weekend, I cleaned up the van and set out to make a deal......2 hours later, I swapped the van for the Disco..


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The Disco barely ran.....locked up alternator, the rubber plug on the head was dry rotted and spewing antifreeze......This was all before I drove it off the lot.....BUT HEY, IT WAS ONE OWNER....lol...couple little issues, so what....I've brought worse things home....who cares if the bearing in the compressor is roaring like 1/2 dead road kill.....Made the deal, drove it straight to the house.....


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and it was a good thing I did.......the next morning the transmission cooler blew out of it. (two thumbs up right here)


Then the wife came home..........she wasn't too happy.....


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Old 09-17-2015, 11:28 AM
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So at this point.....I have an upset wife and a Land Rover leaking transmission fluid like the Exxon Valdez.........What's a guy to do?
I'll tell you what you do, you grab a beer and go shopping on the internet!
So....that's what I did......
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Then came the sticker shock....1 beer became 2, 2 beers became 3.....you know the deal.......Then came the bright idea, used truck = used parts. I sourced the entire system out of a bone yard in SoCal for 1/3 the cost, parts looked virtually new when they arrived, installed correctly....botta bing botta boom....Done. I think I had $122.00 into replacing the system & lines......Now, how to make it run better??...
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Old 09-17-2015, 12:04 PM
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By this time, I had managed to quiet the wife down.........


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But I'll admit, this was a little more than I thought it would be.......As it sat I basically brought home an easy bake oven on wheels.......


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I pulled the plugs.....Ugh, weak spark soot.......started searching out a hotter or performance coil to up the anti...........you fool, there's no such thing.....(please advise me if there is!!).....


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So.....it seemed I'd need to settle for upgraded plugs & 8mm wires....grabbed a couple emission items as well.......


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Well.......That stepped it up a bit, the wife would finally sit in it and the flashing CHECK SQUIRREL CAGE light disappeared....Things are looking up!
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At this point I figured it was time to put some miles on this finicky mistress and start burning that old fuel out, my boy came with me a few times and gave me his approval of the now rolling driveway ornament......


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After a few trips, I took it down to the Sheriffs office for Kentucky's major inspection program........This consists of giving the Sheriff your title, bill of sale and 5 bucks......He signed me off and sent me on my way with out even checking the VIN.......I guess I passed.......4.5 minutes later I was out of DMV with hard plates.....These will come in handy when I decide to repair the rotted front wheel wells.


On that note, as a welder/fabricator....I admittedly over looked the amount of rust this thing actually has......It literally leaves like a bread crumb (rust crumb) trail on the street as I travel, on a positive note I'll never get lost!......No biggy, we'll get 'er done!


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I want to get you, Dusty and case or three of beer together, then enjoy the show
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I want to get you, Dusty and case or three of beer together, then enjoy the show

Well......I'm from a different neighborhood.....might of figured that out.
I'm sure someone will find offense somewhere within this thread, and as a new owner I'm just starting and trying to recall my experience thus far.....


When I grow up, I'm going to write children's books fathers will actually want to read to their sons.




Anywho.....Now with a couple miles under my belt, figured it needed some tinkering up front......I was no way ready to commit to a full bumper build, but maybe something to keep a small deer out of my engine bay...
Having some misbent tube kicking around from a different job, I recycled it into a little brush guard based off the stock bumper......


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Nothing major, just enough......the LED's I had kicking around, I wanted 6" round yeller's but settled for the 4" version..........Seems the old skool VW folks push the 6'es as 'vintage' raising the cost to DOUBLE....
Once I fully commit to this truck, I'll do a full winch bumper with twin chain saw mounts and steering wheel mounted thumb throttles! Sounds good doesn't it? Let's see them protestors block my highway!


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NEXT: After 2 sleepless nights of pumping my stereo code into the factory radio........it awoke.
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Don't misunderstand I'm not offended and Dusty sure won't be. I think the two of you together that would be the makings of a great sitcom. I Messaged him that I found his long-lost brother.

By all means carry-on LOL
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lol.......We're good, I didn't mean 'you'.........I meant someone with'in this forum.....I ride the edge of what's appropriate on forums......I get along with most everyone from everywhere, could always use another brother......Meanwhile in Russia.....


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