Not mainstream... but a classic

Higgy Nov 6, 2018

  1. Jacob100

    Jacob100 Well-Known Member Supporter I am in uk

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    I remember watching this MB promo trip on the Canning Stock Route go horribly wrong. Parts had to be flown in to keep the convoy of brand new Gs going.

     
  2. moggy1968

    moggy1968 Well-Known Member

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    Iirc it took a few goes to get it sorted as well.
     
  3. karl webster

    karl webster Land Cruiser Club sponsor Promoted Company Guru Land Cruiser Club Promoted Company

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    Heres a photo. its older than i thought. its on an old X plate whatever year that is. 90k on the clock.

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  4. AndycruiserguyLomas

    AndycruiserguyLomas Well-Known Member I am in england

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    Few body panels ( I know a G Wagen breaker) bit of welding and she's back on the road. Is it the 5 cyl 3 litre diesel engine Karl?
     
  5. AndycruiserguyLomas

    AndycruiserguyLomas Well-Known Member I am in england

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    One of the factors leading to the defenders demise was the lack of supply of engines on top of the labour intensive construction. With the right ammount of R and D it could have followed the G Wagen's path to re invention.
     
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  6. karl webster

    karl webster Land Cruiser Club sponsor Promoted Company Guru Land Cruiser Club Promoted Company

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    Exactly andy.
    yep its the 3L 5 pot.
    id like tje om606 engine with tje turbo and manual pump. easily get the to 500horse im told.
     
  7. AndycruiserguyLomas

    AndycruiserguyLomas Well-Known Member I am in england

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    I know a guy who is into this putting high performance diesels into G Wagens. He's a not very active member on here IIRC.
     
  8. moggy1968

    moggy1968 Well-Known Member

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    I had high hopes when it went to ford that at last it would get a decent Diesel engine, something like an iveco, but sadly it never happened.
    Now it’s owned by Tata I wouldn’t be surprised to see them being made in India in a few years, like a lot of old British motors and jeeps. Maybe that was behind the sale all along.
     
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  9. AndycruiserguyLomas

    AndycruiserguyLomas Well-Known Member I am in england

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    I can't see them making the defender in its last incarnation again, everywhere is getting regulated on safety issues and the Defender is way behind.
     
  10. moggy1968

    moggy1968 Well-Known Member

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    Except India, that are still producing cars from the 1950s!
     
  11. AndycruiserguyLomas

    AndycruiserguyLomas Well-Known Member I am in england

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    Even India will come into like with safety and emissions, they've banned the use of those 2 stroke buggy things.
     
  12. moggy1968

    moggy1968 Well-Known Member

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    They will eventually, as will china et al but it’s a long way off yet.
     
  13. Rob Cowell

    Rob Cowell Well-Known Member I am in wales

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    Are you talking about the Ambassador? Which they stopped making about 5 years ago. New Indian cars have to be Euro 6 compliant from this year. And are already Euro 4. So they're what, about 4 years behind us?
     
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  14. moggy1968

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    Really, didn’t know they were that up on it, Euro 4 yes but didn’t expect euro 6 yet.
     
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  15. Bmonck

    Bmonck Member I am in england

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    Jim Ratcliffe, owner of Ineos, is planning on building a new defender. He tried to buy the rights from Land Rover. They said no. Now he is moving ahead on his own and may redesign a new “defender” from scratch. He is talking to Ford about taking over their Welsh assembly plant. Billionaire with a passion so likely to happen.
     
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    Bmonck Member I am in england

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  17. moggy1968

    moggy1968 Well-Known Member

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    Santana always made a good version, still on leaves with an iveco engine iirc
     
  18. Jacob100

    Jacob100 Well-Known Member Supporter I am in uk

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    Extremely prone to rust, though, weren’t they? Probably didn’t help that the importer was in Dundee if memory serves so many of them started life on farms in Scotland.
     
  19. moggy1968

    moggy1968 Well-Known Member

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    So were landrovers!
     
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