So, I’m no stranger to vehicles and maintenance but I don’t think I was really ready for the ‘commitment’ to the Land Rover ;). Since a young boy I have had a soft spot for Land Rovers, you know the ones – the Defender. These iconic little expedition vehicles are tough!
I was not able to find a affordable version of this model, but the Land Rover Discovery is the next model in line. Similar under the facade to the Range Rover Classic and the Defender, but with some of the ‘creature comforts’ :D. These are things like AC, power windows, locks etc…
Now I imagine that there are a few people out there that know about the British cars and their ‘issues’ with wiring and maybe quality control 😉 Yes – I can whole heartedly verify that the British electrical systems are quirky. Same can be said about some of the other items, fit and finish (body) and quality of drivetrain.
As part of my initiation to the world of Land Rover maintenance I was introduced to electrical troubleshooting as well as the plethora of maintenance needs :). All of which are not for the faint of heart – BUT you know what it only endeared me to the Rover even more.
The journey began when I wanted to ‘enhance’ the expedition pedigree of the Rover. Living in Colorado Springs, there are many opportunities to get out into the great Rockies. My plan was to make these modifications:
- 2″ lift for better clearance on the trail
- armour the underside (differentials, transmission, and transfer case)
- add better bumpers (front and rear) to improve approach and departure angle
- add recovery gear – like a winch
- add better carrying capacity via roof rack (Safety Devices)
- extra fuel carrying capacity via jerry cans
These were just some, but in the end there were other items that needed. As you may recall, these vehicles need TLC and maintenance – The Land Rover Discovery / Range Rover Classic engines have a need to NOT get too hot. Being the engine block is aluminum, they are not particularly tolerant of the heat. My particular rover had 140,000 mi and it must have gotten too hot – it needed a head gasket job. As well as full regime of basic maintenance:
- oil change
- transmission flush
- differential fluid change
- coolant flush
Here is some of the of the history of my Rover these are from the last year and half or so.
Here is what the Rover looks like now:
My love for this little Rover has grown and I use it every day for my daily driver and weekend adventures. There was a saying that I have read and it sums up my relationship with my Rover – “Land Rovers turning drivers into mechanics for over 50 yrs” :D. YUP!!
There are some great projects that I have done and plan to do – look for those to come shortly, and if I find a better guide I will link you to it… hope that the Rover lovers out there can find something useful. AND if you are not – well maybe you won’t understand, but I hope you can appreciate the love.