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Old 29-03-2010, 07:52 PM   #1
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Project Gunbus-Land Rover Discovery

Hi all,

I have been using the forums for some time to improve my detailing skills but have been wanting a project vehicle for a while. My wife took up clay and game shooting about two years ago and eventually I have got fed up of cleaning the mud out of our Audi A4. You can see it here in this thread:

So, the search was on for a 4x4 to take her shooting. As a serving member of the RAF for me it had to be a Land Rover, but with a limited budget of 2000 it wasn't going to be that easy. The Freelander and Range Rover were quickly discounted which left me with a Series/Defender or a Discovery. After checking around to see what 2000 would buy me we settled on trying to find a Discovery.

Along came several Ebay auctions and Auto Trader ads but they were either spares and repair, too expensive or sold out of auction etc. Then a nice looking 1995 Discovery TDi came along on Ebay. Sight unseen, purely on the strength of the auction listing we bid. 1500 purchased us this:

It's a 1995 Discovery TDi fitted with a 2.5 diesel engine. Done 129k but only 1930 miles between the last two mot's. Owned by the same family for the last 4 years. It has 5 new tyres, new exhaust, boot floor replaced, new door locks, no leaks and very very little rust!

A few more pictures:

However, it's not all rosy, as you would expect with a 15 year old car. As the pictues show above the car had been vandalised with a key. Not to deep but I'm confident that they will be sorted using techniques that i have learnt on here. The paint is already ordered to do this(from paint supplier not Halfords). The car is also retro fitted with a Clifford alarm. It's not working correctly and auto arms every time the door is opened and closed so will be ripped out this week due to 120 worth of parts being needed to fix.

The weather has stopped me making a very good inspection but my list of jobs so far is (in no particular order):

Remove Alarm
Replace missing rear mudflap
Clean and detail inside and out
Grease sunroofs
Buy and fit side steps (my wife is short!)
Sort out paint scratches
Replace the broken coin tray
Replace gearstick and handbrake gaiters
Fit clear indicators
Heat bumper end caps to make them black again
GB number plates
De-rust and paint tow bar
Grease radio aerial
Remove all the old stickers on the glass
NSR door pull up sticking
Fit waterproof seat covers
Front and rear light guards
Replace spare wheel cover.

For the MOT in June i will address some advisories from the last MOT, brake discs on rear, front shocks and a couple of brake pipes.

So, so far so good, hope you stick around and watch as I get it all sorted. Wish us luck.

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