Hi mates . Yes it still going.
Below i put missed parts of build log
Time to fit soundproof and remove interior trim
Yesterday I went to my Friends LR garage, and start removing interior.
Company was nice - TD5 tangiers orange 110 Defender in restoration
Last sight. Old 13 yrs interior. After all it never be look the same...
After half an hour with some tools interior looks like this
After all side trims removed, old headliner went out, no any sights of original soundproof
O, sunroof place, also complete wiring is there.
We've got some moisture from melting snow, so it's necessary to remove it...
And dry internal roof panels... So here we got an new model of cabin heater
When roof was dry, clean it with pre-paint, and start to stick first layer of proofing - rubber with aluminum finish.
And after an hour looks like this.
So, its time to fit second layer - butyl foam.
That's how it look now. Headliner now is in upholstery, so i drive without interior trims , almost like defender or series
To be continued on 15.04 when cage will be fitted.
Also, we try up to fit new harness
Fit's perfectly. It will be look great with black leather seats with red stitching
photos from DAY 1 - 15.04.2012 of cage install.
Floor all around is healthy. I got only two, three spots with little corrosion signs. Mainly around seat belts anchor on drivers side. Nothing serious. We remove it when new anti corrosion jobs will do after cage mounts welding.
Roll cage before assembly
First try-out of rear hoop
Fit like a glove
Our perfect manufacturer
Some cutting will be needed
So, let's cut
Front roll cage leg goes though dashboard
We repeat this on opposite site of dash and...
Roll cage is assembled inside Freelander, but not welded yet. Now we need to fit dash to front legs, and weld mounting anchors / bolt holes in the floor
And here it is
Front row, driver's and passenger seats.
No sun visors attached yet, also few blank/plugs are missing for now
"B" post above driver's and passenger heads
"C" Post above rear passengers heads
"D" Post in luggage compartment
Roller blind still operational after moving fixing points a little bit back.
View from rear side glass
Some details need to be refine: trim cutting places, harness install - will be done in next few days... Then I'll show how it looks with details.
Impressions after first drive ?
Car now is very stiff, cornering is a great pleasure when step on it , all sounds of body/interior (creak/squeak/vibrations) are gone now.
Next step is interior trim renew... but it take a while... and we make some engine mods to increase HP/Torque.
Special Thanks to:
-> Karol Zarycki & Warstat.pl - Assembly & Fitting service.
-> Diffland.pl - Garage lend for dissemble & soundproofing
-> Devon4x4.com - Jake Lloyd & Sarah Hill - Supply and transport.
-> Safety Devices Ltd -> Support & Production.
After few miles in FL with fitted roll cage , larger wheels ect i have some conclusions:
-Brakes are not well...
-Acceleration is hmmm... what acceleration ?
-Top speed is about 120 km/h
We need a good brake set. New setup will include BTO Nitrac grooved brake rotors with Black Diamond Predator pads and Stainless Steel brake pipes.
When i will be able to stop time to make some acceleration
To achieve this we use a new one Garret GT1540 turbocharger
with solid Stainless Steel boost pipes:
Also we need some boost controller to set higher boost -> 19 PSI constant/21 PSI Peak.
Fit some new injectors with RonBOX Vp37 controlled ECM, another few little things with exhaust. Expected power should be about 130 bhp. Engine can handle up to 150 bhp. Also few little gadgets are needed like EGT monitoring ect.
So, let's start the job under the hood and remove all that old stuff:
Fans removed, fuel cooler removed, now we got access to lower boost pipe and intercooler/engine cooler
To be continued.
In meanwhile we back to interior. Some electric jobs to do, interior trim, additional gadgets are needed to make safe tuning
New engine coolant gauge and harness fixing points
Also, my rims are now in powder coating. Final result will be a black super gloss paint from new Range Rover
But my calipers will be yellow like other small things.
See ya soon
Rims in black super gloss
Java black must shine
Harness fitted for both - Driver and Co-Driver
Sun Visiors fitted to Roll Cage
Finally back with all rims in black gloss and yellow calipers :
Now i need to wait for my new wheel nuts
Remember gift received in winter from one of LR dealer's ? (two genuie LRSV badges) Time to put it at the right place:
For many people this is only a plastic badge - they have right... but for me personally in a way this is a kind of award. A little symbol from good people which liked this project...
My FL was shown in Land Rover Monthy - British land rover owners magazine
- Winch bracket is ready - My friend John design and made it. We fit it on spring
This is powerfull and light construction, weight just about 1.5 Kg more than stock bumper (without winch). Designed for short drum winches. When that kind of winch will be fitted and equipped with synthetic rope total weight will be about +20 Kg.
- One of two SS boost hoses is finished
That is bottom hose (Turbocharger -> IC) it was made by my Friend Simon from ASA Fabrication, now he works on top hose.
-And some engine shine
Updated February 8, 2014 at 9:30 PM