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Inside of the engine looks very clean.

Many moons ago I used to have a Discovery 1. It was a company car that I had from new. It was ok but I much prefer a p38.
Leaving the engine out of it, the seating position is better in the p38, sitting in a leather armchair going cross country.
I also like the tailgate and spare wheel well on a p38. The heavy rear door on a Disco with the wheel on it was a pain. Also the rust set in around the wheel aches after only 3 years. It was back at the dealers a couple of times for a respray. The p38 is a tank by comparison.
My p38 is 22 years old now and even if it is getting a bit tatty in places, underneath is pretty good.
I wouldn't have another Classic and I wouldn't have another Disco. I also don't like the newer monocoques designs, so that narrows it down a bit.

I think we are all on the same page here. Water companies French or Spanish owned, you can't choose and shop round for water. It is a monopoly. Felixstowe is the largest container port in the UK, handling about 50% of traffic, is owned by Hutchison Whampoa, a Chinese company.
Lack of a long term energy policy and allowing energy companies to be foreign owned. Lack of nuclear investment by successive governments.
I agree about ship building. I am from Birkenhead and my father worked at Cammel Lairds as did most of my friends in the 60's and 70's who did apprenticeships. Lack of apprenticeships now is another issue.
Foreigh investment is good but allowing stategic companies to be bought up is folly.
The steel industry is mostly Indian owned. A petrol refinery near me in Ellesmere Port was sold by Shell to another indian company. Jaguar Landrover bought by Tata. Chobham armour, world leaders in their field sold to a US defence company and broken up. Arm holdings, a major chip manufacturer was going to Nvidia in the US but was knocked back. Then bought by a Japanese bank and now sold on to a US venture capitalist who is trying to sell it on to Nvidia again. Arm Holdings are Nvidia's biggest competitor, they want to buy them to break them up.
Ferry services fall into the category of strategic. I am conservative with a small "c" but I believe in more state intervention.

The UK spring budget is due to be announced in parliament tomorrow (Wednesday) by Rishi Sunak,
That would be the ideal opportunity to mention more about Freeports and that P&O will be excluded in future. They were down as a key player.

Too much of British industry with a strategic interest is falling into foreign hands. Shipping, ports, energy, water, chip manufacture, refineries, defence contractors to name just a few industries P&O parent company is Dubai based. People with different outlook on life.
More used to chopping bloody hands off. They were quite happy to take money from the government during the covid lockdown.

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Well as most of the cost is tax & vat not only gas companies to blame -- pity you can't run bio diesel like my TDI does

I ran my diesel p38 for many years on a mixture of virgin veg oil and diesel. Percentage varied on the temperature at the time of year.
The M51 being indirect injection is quite happy to run on it. You don't really need biodiesel.
The only problems I've had are due to adding neat veg oil to the tank in cold'ish weather. It didn't mix properly.
I have run up to 75% in the summer and usually 50% in the winter. Bit of hassle mixing it in a jerry can first.
You can run 100% but it needs a heating system for the oil.
I havn't run virgin veg oil for a long time as the price at Costco increased a lot. I occasionally chuck in used veg oil.
Maybe with the recent price of diesel I should look at the costs again.

Addendum: quick search showed cheapest veg oil is now £1.30/L

Sign of the times with energy prices going through the roof: I chopped up some logs with my chainsaw in the back garden yesterday.
Periodic fillups with chainsaw oil, then realised I had been filling up with transmission fluid. I had previously filled a 5L container when I had my transfer box saga last year and the label had come off. Seemed to work OK. Not a good day.
I drove past a local garage and diesel was 179.9p/L.

I was lucky and got the screw out without damaging anything. I replaced it with an allen head stainless steel screw.
I used silicone grease on the (LR genuine) o-rings. Must be 10 years + now and its been OK since.

Volvo did a deal, back in the 60's I believe, that when your car had done 1 million miles you could exchange it for a new one.
Long since discontinued I'm afraid.

Same post as on the dark side as paul500. Australian flag. It doesn't get much hotter.

That is sods law or someone's law.

A tyre pump that runs off the cigar lighter doesn't have the oomph. I have had a few of those over the years. Pump and flash light combo usually.
The Britpart compressor with a dual head from Paddock Motors would be my choice. I thought they went bust?

twin cylinder Britpart compressor

The ARP compressors look the bees knees, but are too expensive imho.

The easiest option as mentioned is to just buy the fittings and keep them in the glove box ready.
If you carry them with you, the car will never break down. On the one occasion you leave them at home is when you get a problem.
With separate fittings, it is bit of a hassle to blow each airbag up individually. In the dark and pissing with rain.

I fitted a Tee in the line to the tank and fitted a gauge & shrader valve mounted on a stainless plate.

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The advantage of fitting a Tee is the EAS continues to work as normal, assuming that the problem is just the air compressor that has packed in.
If it is the valve block or leaking bags, it won't solve that.

I do take a few shrader fittings and a length of tubing as well. If you have ever travelled any distance on the bump stops, it galvanises the mind.
Not a pleasant experience.

Originally I used push in fittings but they do leak eventually. I went to brass Wade fittings and they have been OK for maybe 12 years now. No problems at all. The underbonnet gauge is very handy. You can see what is going on.

My car started to lift a bit higher at around 6 bars or 90 psi. It depends on the weight in the car I guess. I think this was when I had a winch on the front. Like all p38 owners, my emergency chest in the back also gets bigger and heavier each year. Add on bull bars and roof rack. The diesel engine is 40 Kgs heavier than the petrol as well.

You will need a decent portable air compressor to take with you. At the time I bought a Ring compressor, not a particularly good make, but it has been OK. It doubles up as a tyre inflator. It goes up to 120psi. I would have prefered one that goes to 150 psi, which is the normal EAS pressure.
You can't run it off a cigar lighter plug, it is too much current. It uses battery clamps.
Paddock Motors has a good selection of portable compressors:

portable air compressors

It could be the intank pump. Verify by doing a flow test as suggested. Book says min 180 mls in 10 secs.
Stop and open the filler cap when it looses power and cuts back to check if there is a vacuum (don't do it when moving Ha Ha).
You have got an earlier model without a MAF and EGR, so I am not as familiar with it.
There will an inlet manifold pressure sensor instead. Clean the sensor and check the tubing is OK.
The turbo puts out a lot of gunge into the intercooler and through to the inlet manifold. It may need a clean out.
When it goes into limp mode, it locks up into 3rd gear and has hardly any power. Just enough to get home.
I don't think it has gone into limp mode.

There is a plastic part that breaks on the early modulators. Can't remember the full details but do a search on RR.net,
The later ones were redesigned with a metal part. I half remember that it is repairable.
Easier to do what you have done and replace the whole modulator. There are different types.

I have just come across a site advertising a replacement motor ABS pump motor. Who wants to be the guinea pig?

I have done a bit of a search and it looks like nobody in the UK repairs them. I have tried a couple of places advertising Wabco pump rebuilds but none fix p38 pumps. The company in the States that does them is Falconworks . They are in Tucson, Arizona.

ABS pump rebuilds

Also sell a digital book explaining ABS book @ $32 !!

I have got a couple of spares off Ebay that I have bought over the years, usually when no one bid on them and they were dirt cheap.
One said it was an "intermittent" problem meaning the pump worked one minute then didn't. I am reluctant to test it out obviously.

As an aside, does anyone know if anyone rebuilds the ABS pumps in the UK?
I half remember ages ago it was mentioned on RR.net back in the day that there was a company in the States that supplied parts and rebuilt them.
In California I think.
It would be a small demand and there would be a liability problem I guess. They are megabucks new.

I would not think they sell very many.

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.

I have used silicone grease on the o-rings. Just a slight amount on your fingers.
Silicone grease is better on rubber and nitrile and not affected by moisture.