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I haven't had the time to start a thread about my beloved P38...

Many people have said it's a waste of my time etc etc but i'm determined to get this P38 upto concours of somewhere near.. Hopefully.. lol

Here are some Pics i took featuring some "upgrades" i added.. lol

The Below Pic was taken just after me and my dad picked her up..

she drove the 45mi ok but i did notice a high pitched whine coming from around the transfer case area
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After getting her home i performed a good clean up to asses the bodywork..

It was/is clear that she has spent a large amount of time under a tree because the paintwork was filthy and the sunroof was gummed up with plant sludge..

After..

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She may look ok'ish in the pics but be under no illusion, she requires a full respray to get to a state i'll be happy with...

The previous owner said he had caved in the rear quarter and had it "repaired"

I'm sorry but what stretch of the imagination is this a repair?!

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There is also evidence of rear arch rust..

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Full of filler!!

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Another thing i noticed was a lack of Oil!

so a service was carried out..

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Nice fresh Oil..

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The engine was silent on tickover, which was surprising considering the state of the fluids!!

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Another bodge was the state of the intake boot!!

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It was cracked and missing the little plenums off the bottom!!

So a new one was sourced!

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next was this rather cheap and TBF rather nice HVAC walnut inlay..

£5 bargain!
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looks smart IMO..

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After this i took her into some fields to test the legendary RR offroad capability and see what was whining at me during the drive home..

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there is some suspect whining and there is a large amount of play in the propshafts..

Oh and the gearbox has a faint whine in park and neutral so i think the TQ is getting tired!!

Apart from that she needs a ground up rebuild lol

Cleaned her up again!

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I think she has been a tow cow for most of her life...

So the 3.5t towing limit has been met and surpassed quite regularly imo lol

In Jan the real issues started..

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it showed heavily and thats when the door lock actuator started playing up!!

I managed to move her around the property around february'ish?

and she has sat since..

now covered in a layer of sap and leaves!!

I haven't been too mobile since undergoing surgery and the front doors have now locked themselves!!


I've pulled the actuator out of the door several times..

Her issue started after i tried to open the tailgate, i heard a buzz and then started to smell some burning!!

I managed to pull the fuse cover from under the drivers seat and found fuse 15 had melted!!!

Immediately i replaced it, only for the new fuse to instantly explode upon touching the terminals!!

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I had to disconnect all the wiring in the tailgate to stop the fuse from blowing!!

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I know don't understand either lol

This is how she has sat since FEB,,

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unfortunately i don't have the cash nor time to start at the moment..

But hope to in the future..

Grr

H

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Oh and this is a pic of the complete interior!!

it's been a while since it's been together lol

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Where's the fuckin' "like" button.

Yeah, beer, red wine and brandy make typing diccifult.

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At 12:48? Ahh, but you're in a different timezone to us......

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Well

One fookin' year on?

Where am I?

Well

A Nice Big Box is finding it's way to MartyUK's mansion as we (I) speak..

My issue was staring me in the face all this time FFS.

A tad Crispy.

Prolly water damage from the rear quarter window that is ready to fall the fook out..

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This car also after the initial incident smelt like an old burnt out Packard bell computer - if there is such a thing?

Wonder why?

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Yep I'm a chump..

Oh good news is.. .

"cough"

It MIGHT run when the BeCM wings its way back - along with the latch!!

If it dunt..

well..

I'll cut the bastard thing up ;)

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And..

I noticed when I bought this old Bus that the interior had that old cigarette/110yr old granny smell to it..

AKA Pish..

And TBF

I can't really think of a combo worse than Fags and Pish, So i decided to do something about it..

The seats and it makes my skin crawl just looking at them were filthy..

Covered in old Oils and fag ash..

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Now I thought Lightstone was a Creamy Gold colour "gag" it is infact an Off white!!

AFTER a rather vigorous clean this was a do or die approach as they are quite worn and I really can't make them any worse.

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A stiff shoe brush and Autoglym Leather cleaner got all the gunge off.

Makes my skin crawl thinking I was sitting on all that filth..

Done the rears too but thats a separate post!

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The REAR!!

What I was up against..

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And after,,

Weird after the clean there is less of a crispy and slippy feel to them..

If anything they're a tad softer!

Hmm..

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Much fresher and smells less like a pair of old knickers.

Carpet next!! ;)

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I've contacted the BIG GUY in the SKY and even he doesn't know what this orange gunge is!

Smells Vile..

Kind of like

eh..

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And after more cleaner and scrubbing!

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Better, not brilliant.

Still better!!

And smells better.

Dunno..

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Rear Load space cover..

Is falling apart.

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Soooo

£10 at B&Q later and,..

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Which turned into..

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That is an 84ltr tank for anyone wondering ;)

Had to rob a few clothes pegs off me Dad, wasn't happy..

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Ahh so much better!!

Looks less neglected!!

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Headliner..

OBVS is saggier than a witches Tit...

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Brother remarked it looked shit..

And I agree..

So..

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Magic spray adhesive to the rescue again!!

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Ta da!!

Brother still thinks it looks shit..

But in my defence for an adhesive that, as i later found out, main purpose is sticking construction materials together..

Bricks and so forth..

It turned out better..

ish..

Certainly better and less annoying than..

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Less of that "fap fap fap" noise which drove me nuts.

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Hmm.

Spent most of my weekend Polishing my wood, which is less exciting than it sounds.

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I note many people - "journalists" mainly remark that the "wood" is fake!!

Clearly aint!!

so after a good rub.

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Some good compound and polish..

Real walnut covered with Lacquer!

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The Centre console on the other finger is a different story..

It is Wood "foil" layered on a backing..

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Oh still looks ok..

Have a few upgrades up my sleeve yet.

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Dammit!!

Due to my inability to store anything properly!

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'tis a tad on the pish..

Well

Nothing my 2 50kg Toolboxes won't fit..

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That should sort it.

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Great work so far mate.
If I could make a suggestion.... while you have the seats out of it you should remove the roof/ceiling and reupholster it. With all the great work you are doing in cleaning her up it would be a shame to have the roof lining looking gash.
The biggest part of removing the ceiling is getting the seats out and you already have that done.
Reupholstering the shell is a straight forward job and will be well worth the effort.
Keep up the good work...

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Rather than trying to glue the old headlining fabric back up, your best bet is to replace it with nice new fabric. Have a look here https://www.martrim.co.uk/car-trimming-supplies/range-rover-headlining-kits.php, pick your colour (consensus is that Oatmeal is the closest match to teh original even though it doesn't look it in the picture) and do a proper job. You'll need to rope your brother in to help as it is definitely a 2 person job but as he's the one telling you it still looks crap you can blame him anyway.

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+1 on the Martrim kit.

But if you've not done that sort of thing before 3 novices are better than 2. I ended up with a couple of creases up the front because Roddie and I didn't manage to keep the tension just so when stretching it gently into the recess where the sunroof normally goes on my solid roof HSE. If I ever do the job again I shall get a long broomstick or similar to poke through the middle of the roll and persuade, bully or bribe (last resort) two folk to hold it clear of the base whilst I smooth it into place. In retrospect I wonder if a sunroof one is easier to get really nice and smooth as you can push all the wrinkles into the bit over the sunroof aperture which will be cut out. I found the back end very easy.

Once the Martrim adhesive grabs its grabbed. No adjustment possible.

Might be wise to be a bit careful with your breathing when spraying the adhesive. Just as I finished mine Inspector Wasp buzzed over to investigate. Nice 6 point landing. Two or three "sniffs" with the proboscis. Then it curled up and died.

Clive