The only place for a coil spring is up Zebedee's arse.
1857 posts
Dec 30 2015
09 April 2018 - 19:40

Honestly, if it wasn't already dead I've have got out and shot it :(
So, that's a colour coded grill I'm looking for now. There seem to be two codes for Epsom Green. I shall hunt down the correct one!
Sorry, bit of a rant - but Arrgh.

19 August 2018 - 15:47

I seem to have lost my copy of RAVE. Could someone link/send me one? It might be my imagination but I thought there was a link on a sticky on this forum but I might be dreaming. Or maybe Gordan was getting nasty letters?

12 February 2019 - 13:00

A blue 01 on coils with dodgy HG, broken radio and satnav and no mileage listed.
Still, looks quite nice in the photos!


I just put this up because it's about 5 minutes from me if anyone wants me to go have a look.

21 August 2018 - 11:53

I'm a bit grumpy :(
I ordered this: https://www.island-4x4.co.uk/advanced_search_result.php?keywords=ANR4687G+&x=0&y=0
and got this: https://www.island-4x4.co.uk/rear-height-sensor-9702-britpart-anr4687-sold-with-warranty-p-35227.html

I'm not very pleased with Island - especially as the part I got is marked "Sold with no warranty" across the top of the page!

Harumph :(

16 November 2018 - 17:20

So, I was rushing.. left the key in the ignition, went to open the boot, caught the door pin on the way out, got to the boot button to see the door swing shut. Locked. No second fob.
Is there any other option to breaking the window? the tops of the doors look a lot sturdier than my old E30's.....

The car is at work, near the boss's bedroom and the headlights are on. If the alarm goes off overnight, the car probably be dragged away by a tractor.

17 February 2019 - 18:24

I need to drill and tap a new hole. I've now got a suitable tap - M12x1.75 and an HSS drill bit of 10mm. According to all the online charts I can find, I should be using a 10.2mm drill bit. Will the 0.2mm difference mean certain failure and death?
Or should I just crack on with the 10mm?

As you can tell, this is the first time I've ever tapped a thread :)

31 January 2019 - 14:42

I'm sick of being scared of being under the Range Rover so I want to get a decent jack and some decent stands. The stands I have at the moment are only 2ton but they'll do for holding up axles, props etc.
Does anyone have any recommendations for a jack that would lift a P38 high enough for a fat bloke to get underneath? I'm looking to keep costs down as far as possible, I've got a lot of parts to buy :(

07 November 2018 - 22:58

He's put some thought into that!

30 December 2015 - 19:03

Well there I was, wondering if I dare post a question on a certain other board without getting my head ripped off and Gilbert dropped me a PM.
So here I am :)

I'm a newbie to Range Rovers, I've had a couple of Jeep Cherokees (XJ) and was looking for a nice WJ Grand Cherokee Overland (with the 260 HP 4.7) but couldn't find a nice one. While I was looking I came accross an ad for a 2001 Vogue in Epsom Green with Lightstone seats and pretty much had to have it!

Having almost sleep walked into P38 ownership I've woken up with a bang and I'm a bit nervous as to what I've got myself into, but so far she's been a great ride. Once I'm happy that I've got a "keeper" it'll be getting an LPG conversion so I'll have some money left for food, heating oil and other luxuries!

I'll be the one asking the questions for now, hoping to learn a lot from you helpful types so THANK YOU for taking the time to put this board up. May I be the first to suggest a real pub someday? :)
All the best,

19 February 2020 - 21:53

I fancy a little mild green laning, but the local groups insist on recovery points... does anyone know what the most economical option is to provide decent recovery options front and back? Apparently the tow bar is a no-no.

10 September 2016 - 09:36

I've burnt that SatNav disk - just need your address :)

04 August 2019 - 14:56

I'm not really a modeller these days but this is amazing!
If you can play Youtube in 4K and you've got a few spare minutes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPHASpKgRtQ


17 July 2019 - 08:24

After having to contemplate towing the Duchess behind Snog last month, neither Marty nor I knew if it would have been legal.
So, does anyone with towing experience (and I know we have at least one, eh Gilbert :) ) know whether it would be legal to tow a 2300kg vehicle on a trailer behind the same vehicle rated for 3,500kg (assuming the trailer was less than 1200kg, I guess).

28 November 2019 - 22:53

If you've got a spare £15k burning a hole in your pocket :)

02 January 2017 - 19:13

not sure if you've noticed but Firefox is freaking out over the site cert....

20 July 2016 - 14:20

Gilbertd :)
I wonder if you could cast your expert ear over the following recording?

Something really horrible is interfering with our work radio repeater. It's located in a Farm Yard with adjoining works yard and joinery shop, so there's loads to go at and I can't think of anyone with more experience who might be able to narrow it down a little bit!

I can't stretch to £350 a day and free F1 tickets but I could manage a pint :)

26 September 2016 - 20:33

After Summer Camp, I asked Marty about some of the things that he could sort on my (my wife's) Range Rover and we set a date for last weekend. It turned out to be quite a busy time... for Marty at least :)

A lot of my original list is now gone!
The heated seats now work, and have the uprated 50degree thermostats, which are very popular.
The HEVAC unit now shows all of its pixels. Also, it is LED illuminated which doesn't quite match but is very clear and pleasant to look at.

The drivers door lock was replaced - I knew the switches were dead because I couldn't enter the EKA the first time I got locked out. This forced me to buy a Nanocom (which I don't regret) but now there's a new door lock which even has superlocking.

Then when we were scratching our heads and watching the EAS go up and down, we realised that it was still going up and down with the passenger door open. Duh.. shouldn't be doing that! Another door lock solved the problem, there's something eating microswitches round here :(

The EAS was a complete bastard. Marty was flicking through the circuit diagrams at ludicrous speed but the only thing that stood out on the Nanocom was that the Hand Brake on/off input was always showing ON. Weird. There wasn't any known reason why that would make my EAS only ever go up but it was definitely a fault so it was worth fixing. Frankly confidence in the vehicle was quite low. Driving at 70mph and finding yourself in High Centred mode is not very pleasant because the thing handles like a baby Giraffe on the first corner.

Marty narrowed the fault down to the Pink/Black wire which runs between the BECM and the EAS ECU. We were running short on time so Marty disconnected it and I tested it on the way back to sleep that night. It worked! For the first time in ages the Rangey dropped to Motorway height when it was meant to. The only downside was that without the handbrake signal, Access Mode isn't possible. We did toy with the idea of leaving it like that but neither of us would have been happy with an unsolved mystery.

The next day, when he started to trace the wire, he found the end of a self tapping screw coming up from underneath the vehicle into the wiring loom on the right hand side ahead of the BECM.
Great. Some soldering and shrink wrap later there were four wires repaired (including the handbrake wire) and full EAS was restored. RESULT! sadly we then wasted a couple of hours because of faulty LR manuals which indicated that the handbrake signal was still incorrect. I got to see inside my own BECM (which is a bit like watching your own open heart surgery) but eventually it was certain that the BECM was working fine.

That cost us the chance to have a go at the faulty blend motor, but by that time it was clear that I've got bigger problems behind the dash. The carpet under the drivers footwell is soaking and pink. Uh Oh. I guess that means the dash is coming out pretty sharpish* for a new heater core, so the blend motor and a sensor can wait till then. Hmmpph :(

In other bodging news, Marty took the chance to change some bulbs in the instrument cluster. The ABS and TC bulbs were fine.. just taped over by some previous MOT dodger. Great.

Then to top it, on the way back a new and expensive sounding noise appeared from underneath. It could be a CV joint... I should find out tomorrow.

But massive thanks to Marty for putting his brain to work on The Duchess, which is now a far more complete motor than it was before. I hope we'll be able to get one of his Audi heater cores in it some time, but I think I'd better investigate the running gear before taking any more motorway trips.

*sharpish is realistically a couple of months. Lets hope nothing goes badly wrong by then.

11 February 2017 - 22:22

I just drove to Swindon from Yorkshire so I can help* Marty replace the heater core in The Duchess.
The gauge on the dash showed 1 degree pretty much all the way and my feet had nearly fallen off by the time I got to the hotel.
Holy crap, I can still feel my toes warming up, three hours after arriving!
If it wasn't for the heated screens, it would have been lethal. As it was I had to wipe the drivers window when I got to a roundabout. I'm looking forward to a nice warm drive back North!

  • lift/pass/make tea as directed
30 November 2016 - 18:29


Apart from the weird looking exhaust, the wrong alloys, the "easily repairable DVD" and the LPG system of unknown provenance... I'm still weirdly drawn to the greenness of it!
Also it's 168 miles away, which is about par for the course whenever I buy a new car!