Registry of Ex Military Land Rovers

REMLR Member Sheds => New Member Introductions => Topic started by: Twisty on December 16, 2017, 09:36:56 AM

Title: New Adelaide Member
Post by: Twisty on December 16, 2017, 09:36:56 AM
G'Day all,

After years of wanting a defender, I've finally managed to get one! Albeit, an ex army one.

Picked it up at the Melbourne auction yesterday. Plan is for a quick service, then drive it over to Adelaide.

Cheers,

(http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/i364/Hully90/IMG_2927.jpg) (http://s1090.photobucket.com/user/Hully90/media/IMG_2927.jpg.html)

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Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: Notlongnow on December 16, 2017, 11:12:05 AM
It looks neat, Twisty, no 'albeit' an army one, lots think they were the best Land Rovers ever built.

Have fun!
Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: Carzee on December 16, 2017, 03:43:08 PM
I'll second that motion re. "Best ever" and welcome. When I got my FFR home we discovered the A frame balljoint had no nut on it. That was sep 2014 and yes it had the roadworthy certificate.

Also you have mastered the photo function straight off and it shows a pair of mast supports on the jerry brackets -bonus! Any gear in the lockers?
Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: FFRMAN on December 16, 2017, 11:35:17 PM
Yeah those aerial mast bases the bolts will wear out your jerry cans I'd take them off

Cheers
Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: Twisty on December 17, 2017, 10:14:43 AM
Any gear in the lockers?

It came with a tool roll, a few spare bulbs, bottle jack, 4 dead batteries ::), and some safety triangles.

I managed to clean the rust off the tools, i'm pretty happy with the results.

Before:
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After:
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Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: Carzee on December 17, 2017, 12:06:38 PM
Tools are ok, the batts flatten in storage, common thing, at least they haven't leaked everywhere. My batt trays needed a sandblast and painting etc.
Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: Twisty on January 06, 2018, 02:14:40 PM
Finally managed to get the vehicle registered this week. Its always comforting when Vehicle Standards Australia contradict the inspectors...  :-\

I'm looking for a way to secure items/valuables when I'm not in the vehicle; I came across this safe from Front Runner.

https://www.frontrunneroutfitters.com/en/au/front-runner-under-console-safe-land-rover-defender.html

Anyone fitted one of these? The dimensions they give aren't very specific. Alternatively anyone know if the hole already there was modified in any way for the steyr rack? Do you think this will be a direct replacement?



Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: Philthy on January 06, 2018, 07:37:37 PM
Looks like a good one Twisty and welcome.

What's the plans for it?

Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: Hell-Fire on January 07, 2018, 06:13:15 PM
Good Looking FFR and it looks like it needs nothing doing to it, best of luck with it.
Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: STDDIVER on January 08, 2018, 03:49:25 PM
Congrats Twisty - Welcome  - Looks like a very good vehicle, you will enjoy the LR experience immensely,

Cheers

STDDIVER

Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: ECN405 on April 04, 2018, 10:40:12 PM
Hello Twisty,
I see you recently had success with a 110. Any tips for Rego Inspection at Regency? I have keys for the ignition and doors once my 110 arrives next week via truck from interstate, but my thinking is that it has the compliance plate, will make sure the lights, indicators etc are okay. Anything else I should focus on?
Thanks
Tim
Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: Twisty on April 05, 2018, 07:19:28 PM
Hi Tim,

I think with Regency it depends on who you get on the day and what mood they are in. The first guy obviously had it out for me, but when I went back I had a very different experience.

I took the tools and holders off the bonnet, but kept the windscreen brackets in place - Vehicle Standards Australia confirmed this was fine. I left the name and number of the person I spoke to on the application form, they didn't question it any further.

They weren't concerned about door locks, only ignition key.

I removed the seats in the rear as well as the aerial scoops off the sides.

Unfortunately I had to remove the recovery points off the bull bar.

They weren't happy with the exhaust exiting out the side. I took it to a Midas repair centre, they added a bent tube to face it down. Took them about 20 mins and it was less than $50.

They said I needed to remove the jerrycan holders to provide unobstructed view of tail lights, as well as remove rear lift points as they were 'dangerous protrusions'. VSA said the lift points were fine, just make the lights visible. - I added some slimline LED trailer lights to the top of the roof rack. They were happy with that. The guy even took photos of it.

They didn't bother testing any indicators or lights. Nor did they look inside the vehicle. They checked the compliance plate, then had a walk around. I think it was a case of once they found something they started to look even harder.

Best of Luck!
Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: ECN405 on April 05, 2018, 11:59:34 PM
Great tips thanks Twisty, much appreciated. I'll update on how I go.
Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: Hell-Fire on April 07, 2018, 06:42:25 PM
Shame you had to remove the recovery points and everything else you had to do.

What these inspectors have to get through their heads is that Military vehicles have to comply to be driven on public roads with the only exception would be in a state of war with the Defence Act in place. Recovery points sticking out is no different from a tow bar which is fitted to 90% of vehicles that are on the road.

I am glad all I had to do to mine ad Vic Roads was put the number plates on and I was gone.
Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: ECN405 on April 20, 2018, 10:59:14 PM
I went to Regency today and the points you raised Twisty did help me alot thanks.
- I took off the bonnet tool holders, good, they wanted them off
- removed the jerry can holders, good, they wanted them off
- antenna mounts x4 all removed, good
- ignition key added, they made no comment
- I had the exhaust fixed to exit out rear, no comment made, but he was crawling around to work out where it was.

The exhaust Guy (Exhaust Plus Osmond Tce) said if it exited on other side I would have been okay, cannot exit on the side it was due to pedestrians getting a lung full.

However, it was rejected and you did warn me.
- Lift Rings, rear lift rings protrude beyond the towbar, they need to be cut back.
- Front bullbar lift rings protrude and need to be removed back flush with main bullbar
- windscreen bonnet rests also need to be removed.

I mentioned that a previous 110 had been passed with them there (windscreen bonnet rests) in place and he said if I get vehicle standards to sign the form he will let it pass... I think its easier to remove and add back later!

I went to an engineering firm later after that and asked if they could sort my lifting point protrusions. They will sort next week for $100.

Not happy I have to make permanent changes to lift points due to their requests, but I have little choice really. I might just want a chopper lift or need those lift points if it gets a ride on a herc! Oh well.

The assessor did say he could see the effort made etc etc and mentioned the jerry can holders removed.
Hope to be on the road soon
Cheers
tim
Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: Mick_Marsh on April 21, 2018, 08:54:07 AM
I went to an engineering firm later after that and asked if they could sort my lifting point protrusions. They will sort next week for $100.
Murray is making me a nudge bar that bolts on using the front tie down points thus making the bumper forward of the tie downs.
You can get a 3500kg tow bar which, with a long hitch fitted, would probably render the rear tie downs short of protruding beyond the towbar.
Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: Hell-Fire on April 21, 2018, 05:45:35 PM
You could also buy a Defender Bumper Bar for the inspection and swap it over the minute you get home.

Having to do this at all this does my head in though I would like to see writing on how tool holders on the bonnet compromise vehicle safety.
Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: David on April 21, 2018, 09:20:26 PM
I just got a length of threaded rod from bunnings and an old pipe with a few washers and bolted it between the lift points to remove the protrusion, then painted it camo green.  He was not happy but I told the inspector it was part of the bull bar and could he show me me anything about it that would cause it to fail.  He passed it, but the process was unpleasant.
Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: STDDIVER on April 22, 2018, 07:50:37 PM
Good on you David - Invention wins the day!

Frank
Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: Ellard on April 30, 2018, 10:13:06 AM
Hi there - welcome to the forum

I find it strange - but my Perentie 48:005 passed rego inspection with nothing removed or covered, yet others have had to remove lifting lug and tools

Think it all depended who inspects - lots of double standards

Wayne
Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: ECN405 on May 01, 2018, 09:04:06 PM
Hi Wayne,
I see you are in Pt Pirie, did you have your 110 checked at an alternate inspection centre? I went to Regency. Wonder if Lonsdale would be a worthy place to visit.

As of last Thursday I had my 2nd visit to Regency and passed, now driving around with a big smile on my face.
In all to be compliant, I had to remove rear seat (FFR) remove all tools/holders on the bonnet including the windscreen supports, remove jerry can holders on the rear and shave off rear lift lugs and front bullbar lugs too.
A local engineering firm did a very tidy job of it.

On the 2nd visit at regency the inspector went out to my 110 in the carpark on the sly and inspected. He came back and called my name out and said here you go, you passed. He added that 'we see alot of these and thats what needs to be done'
Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: 303Gunner on May 07, 2018, 10:20:35 PM
You could also buy a Defender Bumper Bar for the inspection and swap it over ..........
Defender and Perentie have different front chassis rails; bumpers or bullbars designed for one won't fit the other.

There is no civvy bumper bar for the Perentie because was not available as a civvy vehicle. The model is "Military 4x4" and the bar that is on it is the factory bar that met ADR compliance when manufactured. The various registration inspectors that have issues with the barwork seem to think that the vehicle is some kind of Modified Defender, when it is actually a completely separate vehicle on it's own.
Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: Hell-Fire on May 13, 2018, 12:31:41 PM
Fair enough on the bumper then but I would be doing anything rather than cutting up my vehicle up to satisfy inspectors who are making things up as they go along.
Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: DetV on May 28, 2018, 10:43:56 AM
Finally managed to get the vehicle registered this week. Its always comforting when Vehicle Standards Australia contradict the inspectors...  :-\

I'm looking for a way to secure items/valuables when I'm not in the vehicle; I came across this safe from Front Runner.

https://www.frontrunneroutfitters.com/en/au/front-runner-under-console-safe-land-rover-defender.html

Anyone fitted one of these? The dimensions they give aren't very specific. Alternatively anyone know if the hole already there was modified in any way for the steyr rack? Do you think this will be a direct replacement?

I ordered one of these and it arrived today. The dimensions are smaller than the Steyr rack and will require a little effort to cover the gaps.  I plan to use some aluminium angle to make up the difference, mounted to the safe and using the existing Steyr rack screw holes. 
Description of install is at
Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: Twisty on May 30, 2018, 02:25:58 PM
Let me know how you go DetV. I'd be keen to see the finished product.

Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: Twisty on May 31, 2018, 07:38:01 PM
Its been a busy couple of months since getting the FFR, here are a couple of changes I've made since I got her.

First of all, those headlights needed replacing. I installed the TRAXIDE wiring harness and upgraded the lights to a pair of Trucklite's - changed the parkers and indicators to LED while i was at it.

(http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/i364/Hully90/IMG_3090.jpg) (http://s1090.photobucket.com/user/Hully90/media/IMG_3090.jpg.html)

The batteries that came with the FFR were all cactus, even after trying to repair them. So they were removed and replaced with a 12v dual battery setup. A Projecta IDC25 was installed under the passenger seat, which also allows solar input.

(http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/i364/Hully90/IMG_3117.jpg) (http://s1090.photobucket.com/user/Hully90/media/IMG_3117.jpg.html)

I made a bench for along the side of the vehicle using the antenna mounts, a piece of ply, 2 bolts, scrap wood blocks, and some wing nuts. The photo doesn't show it, but I've since given it a coat of vanish.

(http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/i364/Hully90/IMG_3110.jpg) (http://s1090.photobucket.com/user/Hully90/media/IMG_3110.jpg.html)
Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: Twisty on May 31, 2018, 07:38:50 PM
A false floor was added to the back, an issued trunk fits perfectly in front of it. Not seen in the photo, but i've added a strip of LED lighting around the canopy.

(http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/i364/Hully90/IMG_3114.jpg) (http://s1090.photobucket.com/user/Hully90/media/IMG_3114.jpg.html)

Inaugural camping trip over easter. Went to Hillocks Drive, SA.

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(http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/i364/Hully90/IMG_3134.jpg) (http://s1090.photobucket.com/user/Hully90/media/IMG_3134.jpg.html)
Title: Re: New Adelaide Member
Post by: Twisty on May 31, 2018, 07:39:18 PM
Dirty Weekend MTB competition.

(http://i1090.photobucket.com/albums/i364/Hully90/IMG_3185.jpg) (http://s1090.photobucket.com/user/Hully90/media/IMG_3185.jpg.html)