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    New tires going on. Went up to 255/70R16 all terrains. Also replaced a bunch of small stuff including bad support struts on hood and tailgate. Going to finally start the paint restoration here shorty. Still on the fence about the brush guard!
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    Think it is time for new cabin air filters?
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    Re: Bringing my P38 back to life.

    No no..just clean them with a little compressed air!





    why not have the brush guard sand blasted and powdercoated? they really do look wonderful when "new"!

    Nice P38..still miss mine
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keralis View Post
    No no..just clean them with a little compressed air! <img src="https://www.rangerovers.net/forum/images/smilies/icon_e_biggrin.gif" border="0" alt="" title="" class="inlineimg" />





    why not have the brush guard sand blasted and powdercoated? they really do look wonderful when "new"!

    Nice P38..still miss mine

    I work in the yacht industry where powder coating is all the rage and I’ve found it just doesn’t hold up well in the long run. I wonder how it holds up in an automotive application?
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    Re: Bringing my P38 back to life.

    Hmmmmm.....I shall avoid Floridian powder coaters then.
    I have been having large and small metal parts on various boats polyester powder coated for 40 years, and have to say it will outlast a good 2 part polyurethane by about 3 times.
    What has me puzzled however, is the fact that all of the factory brush guards I have ever seen are covered in a semi hard foam material. I know there is a steel frame beneath, but it will look nothing like the moulded covering once sandblasted off. maybe it looks ok "naked"?
    I was actually considering having a thin coat of flexible bed liner material sprayed on to one of mine that is looking a bit tired.
    I also note that the oldest guard I have which is off a 96 still looks good, while the one on the 02 has degraded significantly. They went with a much cheaper covering material sometime in the production run. Cheapskates!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bolt View Post
    Hmmmmm.....I shall avoid Floridian powder coaters then.
    I have been having large and small metal parts on various boats polyester powder coated for 40 years, and have to say it will outlast a good 2 part polyurethane by about 3 times.
    What has me puzzled however, is the fact that all of the factory brush guards I have ever seen are covered in a semi hard foam material. I know there is a steel frame beneath, but it will look nothing like the moulded covering once sandblasted off. maybe it looks ok "naked"?
    I was actually considering having a thin coat of flexible bed liner material sprayed on to one of mine that is looking a bit tired.
    I also note that the oldest guard I have which is off a 96 still looks good, while the one on the 02 has degraded significantly. They went with a much cheaper covering material sometime in the production run. Cheapskates!
    The factory ones do have that foam padding and are more square than round. Mine is aftermarket from what I can tell and round. I’m going to get a quote to powder coat it next week but I’m thinking if I put it back on I will shoot it with an oil based enamel paint.
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    Changed the oil, oil filter, air filter and front wipers today. Used an inexpensive wiper set till my new windshield is in and then I will use a nice quality blade wiper I just don’t won’t to wear a set of blade wipers out while I’m waiting on the new windshield. Air filter was as bad as I suspected it would be, it was an OEM LR filter which gives me some hope that the dealership has at some point serviced it. The oil filter was a cheapo Bosch one so got it swapped out with a good quality Wix filter, same with the air filter. I went with a 10w-40 (best for our temperature range) Mobile One High Milage Full Synthetic oil to help clean out the engine from God only knows what crap has been put through it over the years! I will change again in just a thousand miles, then run the next fill a full three thousand miles interval with an oil analysis at the end to see how the Mobile One is preforming with my engine.
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    Took the P38 for its first trail ride today. Muffle is rattling bad so I have to see what I broke now.
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    Re: Bringing my P38 back to life.

    The muffler fell off today, like literally fell off so needless to say the exhaust system was badly rusted. I had a new cat back exhaust put on and eliminated the rear resisnator. No rattles from under the truck anymore or the embarrassment of a muffler falling off in your work parking lot.
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    Re: Bringing my P38 back to life.

    You’re the kind of person that I hope will buy my 02 P38 when I sell it, which will be soon as I just upgraded.
    Found a 2008 with only 34k miles on it. Herb Simon of Simon Malls and owner of the Indy Pacers basketball team traded it in. More than I was looking to pay but still a steal. Best of all the dealer gave me a 3 year/36k mile warranty with it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by LuisC View Post
    You’re the kind of person that I hope will buy my 02 P38 when I sell it, which will be soon as I just upgraded.
    Found a 2008 with only 34k miles on it. Herb Simon of Simon Malls and owner of the Indy Pacers basketball team traded it in. More than I was looking to pay but still a steal. Best of all the dealer gave me a 3 year/36k mile warranty with it.



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    I appreciate that! I enjoy fixing up and maintaining my P38 but my next vehicle purchase when my next round of stock option benefit from work come available to sell I’m going to buy a nice 07-09 MKIII for a daily driver.
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    Finally found a little time to work on my overheat issue. I ordered a new water pump and thermostat but before I installed them I want to check the spark plugs for coolant in the cylinders. Luckily all were carboned up, they were pretty worn down so I’m glad I replaced them regardless. Have the old water pump off and it looks pretty new so I don’t think it was my issue. Thermostat was original so it’s more than likely my issue.
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    Did a little trail ridding at Eglin Reserve today. Truck ran good other than my blend doors are completely inopt now. Will replace the blend doors and heater core in the coming weeks as winter approaches here. Also seriously considering doing a 2in loft before I have it painted.
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    Re: Bringing my P38 back to life.

    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Leo View Post
    Have the old water pump off and it looks pretty new so I don’t think it was my issue. Thermostat was original so it’s more than likely my issue.
    You may need to replace your radiator. The core will likely be all clogged up with crud that is lessening the efficiency.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnoK View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Leo View Post
    Have the old water pump off and it looks pretty new so I don’t think it was my issue. Thermostat was original so it’s more than likely my issue.
    You may need to replace your radiator. The core will likely be all clogged up with crud that is lessening the efficiency.
    It has a new radiator. Issue was a faulty thermostat.
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