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Great to hear that you are nearly sorted.

Concerning machining the air tank plug to take a screw shank push fit connector I have a a spare air tank so can easily rob the plug from that to modify if the matter becomes urgent for anyone. Back burner job for now.

Under seat connectors are known for loosening off and causing odd warning light issues if the seat is moved. I often push my passenger seat right forward fora bit more load space and have learned to check connectors and warning lights before filling the car up! Never a problem checked before loading but both times I got rush headed and didn't check I got the light show.

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Thanks Clive,

That scenario - putting the front pass seat forward for loading access is exactly what the original owner described.

Fingers crossed it will be that easy.

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^^^^ Well, it wasn't that easy. In fact it wasn't even the front passenger seat - it was the driver's seat. "Caveat emptor" and all that - should have been more careful. On the other hand, if I had been, I probably wouldn't have a P38 languishing in the garage.

When it was out of the garage, even briefly, I got the roof bars fitted and then popped the canoe on just for fun. Before anyone mentions it, I know it's not tied on!

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As my wife pointed out, they even match vaguely.

Still trying to get to grips with my airbag fault warning. Maybe this evening. MOT booked for 2 days time.

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Canoe paintwork looks a bit flat anyway, why not give it a respray so they really do match?

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Not so sure about a respray - but I might give it a polish - see if it will go faster!

I actually gave the car a wash not long after I took the pic. It had been covered in 'garage dust'... aka the fine rust particles that came off the axle!

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We-no-nah. Nice canoe. I have 2 Clippers. It will polish up nicely.

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Looks a big canoe. You would need to tie the ends to the car front and back to stop it sliding I think.

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Absolutely Dave, it's an 'Aurora' - 16ft - and I've driven it all over the place over the last few years. On the Defender, because the roof bars are so far apart I think it would be possible to do without fore and aft ropes, but I still use them anyway.

On the RR the towball is obviously a great tie off point at the back. Not sure yet what I'll do at the front. If it's at bumper level, then the rope running over the front of the bonnet would chafe and damage the paintwork, so I might use the towing eye and 'sleeve' the rope somehow. Even a basic 'tube' sewn up from an old 'fleece' jacket would do I think.

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I use a ratchet strap on each cross bar, and a bow rope to the factory bush bar, no stern rope. Doesn't move at 140km/h. Without the bush bar up front it would be more difficult. I read about opening the hood and installing a nylon strap, looped back to itself, attached to a screw, one on each side of the hood, to attach 2 bow ropes to in a "vee".

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Thanks for the reminder Harv - I'd also seen that done, but had forgotten about it. I imagine you could leave those loops in place, but tuck them away under the bonnet when not needed. I'll have a look for suitable bolts along the wing tops.

Don't know why I said I use a stern line - a brain fart! - I don't actually use one of those at all. I do exactly what you've described - two cambelts on each bar, and a bow line to the A bar on the Def.

Meanwhile I'll not be going anywhere if it doesn't pass its MOT tomorrow. Fingers crossed!