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I'm Chris and I'm a bloke.
I've had a 110 200tdi for 20yrs but creaky joints are making it painful to drive over any distance so even though I'm scared to death of electronics I got a P38.
Got the first one I saw, stood for 4/5 years after the owner died, it was silver with the black leather and looked very sorry for itself with moss and pine needles stuck in every crevice. Trailered her home and set to. New tyres, exhausts, discs, calipers, pads, track/drag links, drop links, swivel balljoints(they were fun...) Brake pipes from the footwell joiners back, new dampers, waterpump, battery, leak offs, map pipe, egr blanked, all filters and fluids changed, fixed jammed CD changer, fixed sunroof switch using Marty's guide, fixed the water in spare wheel well problem, new boot struts, cleaned out the cooling system and intercooler, removed both bumpers, deskined them to derust and paint, replaced the rusted out tow sockets, cleaned out the fuel tank, new filler hose, new front abs sensors because they had to be destroyed to get the hubs apart, fitted aluminium mesh to the plenum cover, replaced the pollen filters and refaced the covers flat, all replaced with stainless steel screws. Chopped out the white block connectors behind the kick panels, recoloured the bumpers/grill etc black and replaced the desiccant in the dryer.
She ran quiet but lumpy but resetting the modulation cured that, then after many hours of cleaning off moss and pine needles, especially the pine needles, bloody things, off she went for her MOT which she sailed through last November. Got myself a nanocom, never taken a car to be repaired at a garage in my life, no training in mechanics or electric stuff, just tried to figure stuff out as I progressed through life, I would describe myself as a jack of all trades but master of non hahaha!
I'm touching 60 so I won't use LOL or OMG or whatnot.
Married (happy weirdly) two kids and retired .
Live in Telford, Shropshire.
Never seen another P38 round here.
Rangey is a 2001 DHSE 107K on the clock.
Few jobs to do when the weather warms up, headliner and sort out the sticky finish on the consul side cheeks, switch panels etc, replace a couple of dash bulbs, sort out cable runs for my sat nab, dash cam, phone. Oh..it has a parrot hands free too which works. Paid £1500 for her ,probably spent that again on bits.
Like my 110 she is not just a car, she is family.
Big smile on my face.
Have I talked too much?

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Hi Chris, glad you found your way here. Telford and not seen another P38? It was only built just down the road! Sounds like you've as much to offer to others as needing help.

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Hi Chris,
I’m about 4 or 5 years behind you, but lots of parallels. Have owned a 300Tdi 110 for 20 years, and bought a P38 for £1000. Not so much to stop using the 110 but initially as a fun, stop-gap while I had the Defender off the road for a bit.

It’s my 3rd Range Rover over the years, but the first P38. My list of stuff I’ve done is very, very similar to yours. Been sticking up some pics, daft questions etc for general entertainment on my “ups and downs” thread.

The beast is currently in the garage, chassis on axle stands while I completely refurb the rear axle, but so much looking forward to getting it back on all fours, fitting a working sunroof and my nice leather seats so I can enjoy the warmer months.

Nowhere near Telford though….!

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Gilbertd wrote:

Hi Chris, glad you found your way here. Telford and not seen another P38? It was only built just down the road! Sounds like you've as much to offer to others as needing help.

Hi Richard, bit of a faff initially, my sign up link wouldn't work but signed up again and success!

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Hi Chris,.. many similarities with my own story, .. I have mine about 5 years now having swapped over from a D2 daily driver (which I had for 15yrs)
Having got into various repairs the electronics lose their initial scariness, in fact I recently found myself seriously wondering about an update to an L320, but I think that might be a step too far. I am impressed that the damp electrical gremlins haven't troubled you too much, it sounds as if it was outside unloved for a good while.

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Hi mate so you took the plunge on a P38
I've come to the conclusion that diesel p38s get used and abused more than V8 p48s
I've got early vogue se and 2 discovery 1 300tdi,s 1 auto with sunroof and bars one owner from new p reg
Manual no roof bars or sunroofs
Both 7 seaters
This is the place to be with a P38
I build/tune marine diesels and tune mercury outboards
Hate water myself --- had enough from leaks on vogue

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Symes wrote:

Hi mate so you took the plunge on a P38
I've come to the conclusion that diesel p38s get used and abused more than V8 p48s

They get abused by cheapskates who can't afford to refuel a P38 with a V8 petrol engine. The extreme cheapskates run them on cooking oil.

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Hi Chris - welcome. I'm also another Defender/ P38 cross-over.... took me a while to bond with the P38 (ie took nearly two years sorting out 20 yrs of issues), i cd never quite be bothered to fix the cruise control though

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Hi Chris, I'm Dave and I'm a bloke.

Welcome to the forum. Some very knowledgeable people on here and the good thing is nobody takes the piss, unlike some other forums.
I have got a 2000 DSE, which I have had for nearly 20 years now. Had a Mk 1 Disco and a Classic previously.
I usually tackle a few jobs each year as well as normal maintenance. I have done the headlining and all the front bushes /wheel bearings over the past year or two. I live in Cheshire near Chester.

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welcome to the group as people have already mentioned there are some knowledgeable people in the group and I'm sure you pass on your knowledge to

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Thanks for the welcome fellow blokes.
Not been on for a few days and didn't get any notifications of replies, have to look into that.
Forgot to mention the A/C doesn't work either, I'll look into that when the weather warms a little.
I've developed a minor problem!
I'll make a new post.

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Ignore the new post thing above. Someone else has the same window Ariel issue, I'll tag on to that.