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Due to a Hard Drive failure I have lost a lot of images of my cruiser, so here are a few recent ones :)

Crossing the Danube from Visegrad to Nagymaros August 2011

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And some where in the Pyrenees November 2010

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And a trip to the Lake District to introduce my partner to the pleasures of a roof tent :thumbup:

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Drying out back home, yes the ladder is too short, one of the things on my to do list :D

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Thats all for now, I need to locate some of my pre digital pics for the evocative thread :thumbup:
 

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Yep indeedie !! that does look a tidy rig.
can we see the intercooler installation, that would be interesting to quite a few people.


Regards Andy :thumbup:
 

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And now for those who are interested in mechanical P*RN.......

The intercooler is this.

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The engine bay is this.

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Turbo to cooler and back to the engine is this.

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O/S of cooler.

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N/S of cooler.

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Engine bay from N/S.

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And finally just to be perverse another one of the engine from a different angle.

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Considering these vehicles were never designed with the prospect of having an intercooler fitted I am satisfied with the work done, obviously if you have a air con compressor fitted then the turbo to intercooler pipe is routed slightly differently, this is a bespoke installation and has had over a year of use now, Thirsty is my every day driver so I can say with confidence that this was a good thing
for her, has made her very usable in everyday traffic and the improvement in torque means she pulls very well.

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Vehicle porn indeed :mrgreen:

Looks fantastic.

So now the questions......
How much? I saw a thread saying £740 plus VAT, but I don't know if this included the fitting or not.
Fitted yourself or by Allisport?

Any issues at all with fuelling or was that sorted on installation in one go?
 
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Hi Neil

It cost £700.00 installed by Allisport, they took her for a test drive before and after and the turbo boost was adjusted via a trick relief valve and the pump was fettled to take advantage of the intercoolers effect.

I have had no issues with the conversion aside from her ability to scare boy racers and landys when they cant get away or get overtaken, I have had Thirsty over the ton on german autobahns, without the roof rack, and that surprised a few people lol.
 

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Julian what do you have put in the rear side windows instead of the OEM sliding ones? It looks like a nice solution and are you happy with the security?
 

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Looks like one piece glass Si - not that uncommon :cool:
 

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Gav Peter said:
Looks like one piece glass Si - not that uncommon :cool:

You sir get the 1st prize,

No seats in the rear, no sliding glass (thank you lord).
 

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Well mine looks like this:
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so anything other than a Sudanese desert scene looks novel to me :lol:
I am going to remove the panel [painting gone already] and the glass behind it [weight] and just looking at alternatives. I was hoping Julian was going to say this is a Milspec polyarbonate 13 gram kevlar-laced panel which makes the rear cargo area like Fort Knox......... :whistle:
 

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Just pull the window out on a passing tree branch and stick some aluminium plate in the hole instead :)
 

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Julian, I see you have removed the intake pre-heater. How do you intend to start it without one in very cold temperatures or have you relocated it to somewhere else?
 

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Rob said:
Julian, I see you have removed the intake pre-heater. How do you intend to start it without one in very cold temperatures or have you relocated it to somewhere else?

Two years and never had a problem, starts on the turn every time, outside temp never been a problem down to -16 :D
 

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:think: The 24v is a strange diesel :? How does it start at such low temperatures with ease?
 

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SimonD said:
Well mine looks like this:
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so anything other than a Sudanese desert scene looks novel to me :lol:
I am going to remove the panel [painting gone already] and the glass behind it [weight] and just looking at alternatives. I was hoping Julian was going to say this is a Milspec polyarbonate 13 gram kevlar-laced panel which makes the rear cargo area like Fort Knox......... :whistle:

very sweet looking mural, appropriate for the vehicle I think.
I have heard of a window tint that is backed on that effectively armour plates your glass, glass can be broken or cracked but not pushed into the car.
Dont know if thats the kind of item you are looking for, it's expensive I belive.
 

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Rob, I always put it down to the excellent engineering that MR T put into the 80, that and direct injection.

Don't get me wrong, that week of -16 or so mornings she certainly felt the cold, was stiff and difficult to get gears until she warmed up but the engine never missed a beat, I love older more agricultural diesels.
 

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Second that :thumbup:

This winter we had 3-4 weeks -25 to -30 C (running neat antifreeze) and first flick (as usual) and she was away. As you said the g/box is a pig for the first 10 mins then goes as smooth as ever again.

Suppose the dual batteries help but no problems in 6 years (150,000 km) so far... :whistle:
 

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very sweet looking mural, appropriate for the vehicle I think.
I have heard of a window tint that is backed on that effectively armour plates your glass, glass can be broken or cracked but not pushed into the car.
Dont know if thats the kind of item you are looking for, it's expensive I belive.

Julian, that would be Pentagon Supaglass, great product, here are the details:

SupaGlass is an invisible super-strong 300 micron thick polyester based laminate, professionally bonded to the inside of the main side windows of your car. It is incredibly tough, optically clear, colourless (and also available in tinted versions), scratch resistant and easy to keep clean. Preparing SupaGlass is a highly specialised process.
SupaGlass is the only automotive security film system of its type that has a Thatcham Q listing.
Benefits of SupaGlass


  • Side Impact Protection
  • Roll-over protection
  • Anti-Car Jacking
  • Resistant to thieves and smash and grab theft
  • Safe escape- SupaGlass protected windows are designed to allow shattered windows be pushed out from inside the vehicle

I have had this fitted to numerous vehicles over the years to aid the 'securing' of the vehicle and occupants.

Chris
 
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