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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:

http://www.detailingworld.co.uk/foru...d.php?t=132893

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!

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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
Mini-service
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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Old 29-03-2010, 08:27 PM   #2
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Looks like a good buy for £1500. It should do you good service. I look forward to the project updates.
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Old 29-03-2010, 08:44 PM   #3
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Nice car, and good buy ;o) We look forward for your updates.
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That look likes a good buy, looking forward to seeing the scratch repair! Love old disco's always wanted a 3 door
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i started looking (out of interest of course) at old landies over the winter and was shocked by how these things hold their price... or that you cant really find one for less then £2K.

You've struck on a nice example there with nothing more than straight forward repairs needed to make it a very nice example indeed !

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It took me about 3 months to find a Discovery with little or no rust. An equivalent year Series/Defender will generally go for twice as much as a Discovery. Parts aren't expensive, new set of rear discs and pads are only £39 but rust is a real killer.

The Discovery is currently having the alarm ripped out by a Land Rover specialist at work. Once removed I can detail it and look at doing some more jobs without the fear of the alarm going off every ten minutes.

Anybody know a good underseal product that i can apply to the wheel arches once rubbed back, I want something that will take body colour over the top?

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Good luck with your project, it looks like a sound base to start from.
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this could be intresting, subscribed!
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Well,

First update. After 6 hours of solid work the alarm is now out.



I can now open the doors, bonnet etc without fear of it going off every two minutes! It still has the original Land Rover alarm and a dead mans switch under the bonnet, should be safe enough.

Also a few parts have been arriving. Ebay is great for picking up parts at good and cheap prices.

New genuine rear mudflaps as one is missing



Paint kit to start doing the bodywork scratches.



Paint kit comes with 100ml matched paint and I also ordered extra paper and applicators as I have a lot of scratches to fill.

Also have rear discs, pads and rear bearings on the way. Fitted new wipers front and rear and replaced a rear bulb. Need to get inside tonight to check the dashboard lighting as I think i have some that have failed.

Ordered the new seals for the rear quarter windows as they are split. Previous owner smeared some silicone on but new seals are only £20 and will look much much better.

Over the weekend plan to give it a really good wash and detail and start cleaning up the interior. More pics to come.

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Well,

It's been a frustrating weekend due to the weather but I have managed to get a few things done. Sadly not many pictures as yet, again due to the weather but things are progressing.

I managed to get the whole vehicle washed, foamed and then 2BM with lots of APC and detail brush work. Lots of dirt and grime removed to leave me with clean door shuts etc. My god it's a big thing to wash!

Started cleaning up the scratches and then filling with base colour. Got the whole near side done with one coat in each scratch. It's going to take a long time!

Did some more work on the interior, replaced the old scruffy tax disc holder...



With a nice magnetic Halfords one, sprayed grey to match the dash....


Also removed all the odd stickers on the windscreen, rear door and side windows.

Removed the old mudflap and the remains of the one that had come off and fitted the new LandRover set. Looks a lot nicer now.

Mini service on thursday to include Oil, Air and fuel filters. Noticed I have a couple of oil leaks, rocker cover and sump maybe but will address them in the future.

Weather has stopped play at the moment but will get some pictures done soon.

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