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Hello everyone, Now that the database upgrade is nearing completion, and I finally have the ability to do "hot backups" without taking the website offline for maintenance, I'd like to give everyone a little bonus. Effective immediately, all Private Message (PM) storage limits are now doubled Free Members: 500 -> 1,000 Silver Members: 750 -> 1,500 Gold Members: 1,000 -> 2,000 Platinum Members: 1,500 -> 3,000 Hope this makes everyone's life a little easier, especially for you vendors out there that use PMs a lot! Thanks for your support, Skye Nott Webmaster



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The new database servers are performing well under load, so I'll be continuing the database conversion process to the new layout for all websites, which will pave the way for better replication and backup systems. Please expect to see the "Scheduled maintenance" message on Friday night, February 17, 2017 starting at 9:00 PM Pacific time. I expect the work to take 4-6 hours as I want to take a full backup of the system for safety before making any changes. Once the websites are back up, there should be no visible difference in the operation or performance of the website. Schedule: Jan...



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Hi all, Just joined today. I have been involved with Landies all my life, Dad started it with his time on Christmas Island doing his national service in the 50s. We had an early series 2 diesel in Devon in the 60s.We emigrated to New Zealand 1968 and dad bought the 1957 stationwagon that I own now.I have owned a lot of Landies over the years and have 4 at the moment.I have had 5 Rangies over time and just bought a 2002 L322 HSE.



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Hello everyone, You've probably noticed that this website has had some unplanned downtime lately. I'm not sure about the exact cause, it's probably an intermittent hardware failure as the techs keep finding the main server powered off at the console. I've been rebooting and repairing the database as needed to keep things running, while making plans to transition to brand new servers with updated database, webserver, and firewall software. The good news is I've already run the migration plan on some of my smaller websites, and it's working brilliantly. The bad news is that the frequenc...




 



I have a fairly loud rattle when I start off my Series II ('59) LR in first gear but rarely in the shifting transition between first and second. If I give it a little more gas than usual (a kind of slipping the clutch), there is no noise. Any ideas of what is going on?




 



It has been announced here that the Land Rover Defender will not be continued anymore after a stretch of 68 years in production. Very heart rending news...! Will this be an end to an era...? What is coming up next...? What I did notice is that the present Defender has leather bucket seats. Apparently the new generation will be more advanced with modern electronic attributes, to compare to any other modern vehicle....?




 



Piper is a Land Rover 110” Forward Control Series IIB manufactured in Solihull, England by Rover-British Leyland U.K. Ltd. According to the records obtained of Land Rover chassis numbers, Piper was manufactured in March or April 1969. She is a series IIB with a 6 cylinder petrol engine and came as a completely knocked down kit with right-hand drive for the export market. The whereabouts of Piper since April 1969 to 1977 is still unknown. We are not sure whether she was exported directly to South Africa or whether it has been to somewhere else. We were only able to pick up the trail ...




 



Fly Screen Install 1
Working on adding the Fly Screens which were missing as purchased. Bought some vintage screens off an ebay seller from the Netherlands. Took them to a radiator shop for them to hit the aluminum with some caustic to brighten them back up. Turned out great!




 



3 layers vulcanized together
Spent the day installing rear and front mud flaps. Both front and rear sets were ordered from Paddock's in the UK. Both sets were identified as BritPart components. The front flaps were pretty reminiscent of those from yesteryear. The rear were absolute crap so I've spent a good bit of time and money improving them to the point of being satisfactory to me. I was fortunate to be able to get the crappy neoprene, flimsy rear flaps received, cold vulcanized to two additional layers of rubber product. They are now 1/2" thick and the proper thickness of vintage LR mud flaps. I also scrapped the POS ...




 



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So Belle is all back together with only minor repairs to chassis, steering and brakes. Chassis has been painted and sealed. What I did discover, having been told it was a 2.5 from a 110 when I bought it is not true, it is the original 2.25, 5 bearing diesel! Excited and looking forward to her being back on the road.




 



Even though there was not much to do for the WOF, I have decided to pull Belle apart and paint and seal the chassis. All looking very solid, so very happy about that! Looking forward to getting her back on the road.




 



Took Belle in for our first Warrent of Fitness which did not go too bad really, considering she has not really been driven since 2001. ( Big thanks to Phill at Agritech Autos who owned her before me and had done most of the work to get her road legal) Brakes sticking on rear left, Brakes only working at 47% all round! Head lamp rears rusty and insecure. Prop shaft UJ's worn. Steel brake pipes rusty. Play in right swivel.. Can't complain at 33 yrs old????




 



Belle so far checks out to be pretty original, having checked the vin details and what have you etc etc....... The only thing, being a good thing, is that she had a new power plant fitted, a 2.5 N/A diesel from an early 110.




 



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Picked up the Series on Saturday.




 



I finally got back my Land Rover Series III after a 3 year restoration. The vehicle looked and ran like new. In fact, it looked better than new. I bought this LR new in 1974, so I know what new looked like. I figured that nothing can wrong now. No more breaking down in out of the way places, and no more worrying about it getting started on those cold winter mornings. After driving anywhere I could the first day back, I parked in the garage (it will now be garaged as opposed to living outdoors as it had been for the last 40 years), looking forward to the next day of adventure. As luck wou...




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