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Cooperracer05



Member Since: 07 Nov 2020
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2003 Defender 110 2.5 TD SW Java Black
TD5 110 Java black - Mandy the Landy

Hello!

Finally I am joining the fold of Defender ownership!

Having grown up with a very old Series in the family for some 20 years, and being a self declared lover of cars, I knew I would have to get a Defender. With the sale of my Classic Mini completed I set about finding the right car. I knew I wanted a TD5, and happy with either a 90 or 110.

Here are some pics of the old family truck that was a dedicated workhorse for dump runs and dog walks.


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After some 'close but not quites', I managed to find the right car for me; a stunning and pretty much entirely standard TD5 110 with 31K miles on it, with a galvanised chassis and more or less fully restored some 8k miles ago by 130dreamer from this very forum! The workmanship and passion that has gone into the car is second to none, and I really hope I can continue to do the car justice, I certainly will try. The car was originally in the Falklands with some 23K miles completed, and was bought and restored, getting a new old complete body as part of the rebuild around 2017 I think. It has ZERO rust as the body has only done 8K miles in 3 odd years in that time. So happy to find a car in such amazing condition, and something that should last a very long time indeed.

Spec is aircon, heated screens, central locking, heated seats, but techno seats, so close to an XS. It has Exmoor high back seats and some forward facing back row seats too.


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It seems I am a big fan of relatively poorly built, British design icons, usually with some unique flaws that add to the charm, as the Mini made way for the Landie, and joins a Caterham in my garage (the plan is to use the Landie to tow the 7 to trackdays further afield than I am brave enough to drive to).


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So I have now completed my first 100 miles in any Defender and thought I would share some first impressions for you long termers to laugh at:

The good Mr. Green :
She has been named Mandy
The controls are so satisfying - so mechanical, the gear change especially, purposeful, meaty but not ungainly, really stands out....and I love the stir the porridge. Also the gear ratios are so well matched, just as well given the number of gear changes required.
The dimensions make the car so easy to place through tight village lanes
People just get out of the way and yield
The boot space is amazing, just lobbing stuff in the back is novel following the Mini
Noise - I don't find it noisy really, its 120db of wind noise in the 7, it's like a Rolls Royce to me
Heated seats are very effective indeed, as is the heater

The bad:
Averaging about 7 attempts to close each door properly - tiny operating window of force that achieves a close
Central locking is like Russian roulette - no idea which doors will open in which combination

The ugly:
Seems I have experienced the Prince of Darkness light switch issue with failing lights while on a particularly dark and bouncy b road
The wife is yet to calibrate the dimensions, whilst also testing the might of the front bumper by driving it into the garage doors. A weekend with a lump hammer for me and the doors beckons.

Overall I absolutely love it and am fighting the urge to start the mods. Need to just live with it for a while and get used to the car and also feel like the car deserves to be kept original given how clean an example it is.

Thinking about:

Remap and intercooler
Full sound deadening
Swapping to Java black grill and light surrounds
Reserving camera and single din (keep the old school look of the dash)
ET0 Wolf wheels

Will be doing most of the work myself to keep the devils play things busy during the weekends.....more updates and adventures to follow.

Big thank you to the forum and Greeni, Bev and of course 130dreamer. Bow down

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shaggydog



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United Kingdom 1991 Defender 110 200 Tdi USW Arles Blue

The door issue may just need your striker/latch plates moving slightly.

Just slacken off the bolts slightly, tap it so the pin moves more outboard then re-tighten and then try again.

Its a bit trial and error but cheep to repair at least!

Welcome to the forum! Thumbs Up Running Restoration Thread http://www.defender2.net/forum/post323197.html#323197

Self confessed mileage hunter Very Happy

Post #878250 13th Jan 2021 4:06pm
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Cooperracer05



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2003 Defender 110 2.5 TD SW Java Black

Thanks shaggydog, yep that is planned for the weekend, along with some liberal lubrication of the lock mechanisms in a bid to get the central locking working

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L110CDL



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England 

Welcome to the fold and loving the " good, bad and the ugly " Thumbs Up 1996 Golf Blue 300Tdi 110 Pick up. Keeper.

Clayton.

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JOW240725



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United Kingdom 2012 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 XS CSW Orkney Grey

Welcome to the forum and Defender ownership! Good luck! Thumbs Up James
MY2012 110 2.2TDCi XS SW Orkney Grey - http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic43410.html
MY1990 110 200TDi SW beautifully faded Portofino Red - https://www.defender2.net/forum/post743641.html#743641
MY1984 90 V8 Slate Grey - https://www.defender2.net/forum/post744557.html#744557
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Post #878318 13th Jan 2021 8:36pm
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Cooperracer05



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2003 Defender 110 2.5 TD SW Java Black

Thanks! Nice to be part of what seems a friendly forum.

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L110CDL



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Yes it is, the best one around for me as it's the only one i go on, no faceache or insta Very Happy 1996 Golf Blue 300Tdi 110 Pick up. Keeper.

Clayton.

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Bev



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Scotland 2003 Defender 90 Td5 CSW Oslo Blue

Truck looks pretty cool. You can go way over board with your thinking on what needs fixing, what can I improve, what kind of look do it want.

Best thing to do is just drive it and enjoy it for A few weeks until you suss out the bits that need fixing first.

The search function on here will bring up a “ how to fix” for pretty much all of the usual suspect faults like the lights failing or how to adjust the door strikers to stop the defender door bounce “ (we have all had it )

I also might have a black light surround and grille going spare. If you want me to send it down to you in the post let me know Thumbs Up you can have them for free as they are second hand and surplus to requirements now. 2002 Td5 | 90 County Station Wagon | Oslo Blue
2006 Td5 | 90 County Station Wagon | Tonga Green (Gone )
2002 Td5 | 90 County Station Wagon | Zambezi Silver (Gone)

Post #878339 13th Jan 2021 9:01pm
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Cooperracer05



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Thanks Bev, that would be amazing, I'm happy to pay or can make a donation to a cause of your choosing too. I think on a black car a black grill and light surrounds will look smart.

I'll set about fixing the light switch today too seeing as its's not p!ssing it down anymore.

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Cooperracer05



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2003 Defender 110 2.5 TD SW Java Black

Week 2 of stewardship of 'Mandy' and got the tools out for a few cheeky jobs.

My central locking is very temperamental, different set of doors at different times, total chance what you get. To compound matters it's very hard to get the key into the door lock.

So whipped the door cards off and had a play around with the mechanism. Put it all back together and it's not made a blind bit of difference...so back to the drawing board there.

I did manage to swap my light switch after temperamental lights. Switch. I assumed it was a burnt out switch but it looks fine so will have to check the wiring as really don't want my lights to go off while driving at night.

Here is the old switch that came out. Looks good to me.



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I've also got some DIY window tints coming after getting quotes of £500 to tint B pillar back!!! I'm 99% sure it will be a disaster but for £30 worth a go.

More updates to follow.

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LandRoverAnorak



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United Kingdom 2013 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 USW Orkney Grey

Your lights issue could well be the other switch - the indicator stalk that includes flash and high beam. They have a tendency to melt, which means that the contacts move in and out of place. Darren

2013 Defender 110 USW XS
2013 Discovery 4 XS

"You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought!" - Princess Leia

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JOW240725



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United Kingdom 2012 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 XS CSW Orkney Grey

Love your comment on the central locking!! But well done for having a go!! Thumbs Up James
MY2012 110 2.2TDCi XS SW Orkney Grey - http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic43410.html
MY1990 110 200TDi SW beautifully faded Portofino Red - https://www.defender2.net/forum/post743641.html#743641
MY1984 90 V8 Slate Grey - https://www.defender2.net/forum/post744557.html#744557
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Bev



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Scotland 2003 Defender 90 Td5 CSW Oslo Blue

Have a look at the white plug that’s part of the loom going up to the light switch, just under the shroud around the steering wheel. The current flowing though the light circuit can degrade the contacts in the multi plug also.

That happened to me on a previous TD5..... 2002 Td5 | 90 County Station Wagon | Oslo Blue
2006 Td5 | 90 County Station Wagon | Tonga Green (Gone )
2002 Td5 | 90 County Station Wagon | Zambezi Silver (Gone)

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Cooperracer05



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2003 Defender 110 2.5 TD SW Java Black

JOW240725 wrote:
Love your comment on the central locking!! But well done for having a go!! Thumbs Up


Thanks mate, I’ll get to the bottom of it, just a matter of time and patience. Thankfully owning a classic Mini for some 12 years has established a monk like resolve to British Leyland engineering....it’s just a case of how many door card clips do I break on the journey!

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Cooperracer05



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2003 Defender 110 2.5 TD SW Java Black

Bev wrote:
Have a look at the white plug that’s part of the loom going up to the light switch, just under the shroud around the steering wheel. The current flowing though the light circuit can degrade the contacts in the multi plug also.

That happened to me on a previous TD5.....


Thanks Bev, I’ll check it over tomorrow, as now have the old one in the boot as the official first spare part to be chauffeured around with the car.

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