Bringing my P38 back to life.
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    Bringing my P38 back to life.

    Hey Guys,


    I bought a P38 recently out of Mississippi and I’m bringing it back to life slowly. Thought I would post a thread and keep it up to date with photos as it comes along. A little info on my new P38:
    1998 4.0SE
    143k miles
    One Family Owned Since New
    Clean Carfax and Title

    I have a growing list of projects on it but nothing to major! Below is a photo of it from its ride home from deliverance.
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    98’ P38 4.0: Current
    00' P38 4.0: Sold
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    93' RRC LWB: Sold

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    Re: Bringing my P38 back to life.

    First project was removing the brush guard, Harbor Freight off-road lights and removed the broken blinker assembly (new one is on the way). I am on the fence about if I should put the brush guard back on or not, I need to repaint it if I do put it back on. Below are photos of the wiring from the off-road lights, it’s a wonder the truck didn’t burn up.
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    98’ P38 4.0: Current
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    Re: Bringing my P38 back to life.

    Spent most of my Labor Day laboring on the interior, still have a lot of cleaning left but below are some before/after photos. The blue ink spot on the back seat isn’t a big issue for me as it will be under my sons car seat. The leather cleaned up well and I’ve got it conditioned up. Found the passenger rear seat fold down button is missing so that’s another project on my list. After photos aren’t great the tropical weather here is putting a damper on things!
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    98’ P38 4.0: Current
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    Re: Bringing my P38 back to life.

    Well isn't this a terrific blast from the past?!
    "The power of good is always stronger than the power of non-good.
    The power of light is stronger than the power of darkness,
    the power of knowledge is stronger than the power of ignorance."
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    Re: Bringing my P38 back to life.

    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Leo View Post
    Found the passenger rear seat fold down button is missing so that’s another project on my list.
    It isn't missing, someone has lifted the panel up, possibly to access the keyfob receiver, and not poked it back through the hole when they put it down again. It's there, you just need to put it back in place.
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    and a number of others I maintain for the owners.

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    Re: Bringing my P38 back to life.

    Nice find. I’d put the brush guard back on as I love the way they look. I found Tuff Stuff gets out many many stains and smells on the carpet. New grey leather dye to cover the ink stain. Looks like after some serious cleaning it will make a grand vechile.
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    P38 black/black Audi heater core installed, double din radio installed,
    PAC Steering wheel controls and backup camera installed.

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    Re: Bringing my P38 back to life.

    Folks, reminder the tech forum is NOT a place to try and purchase items from other members. Good grief, Leo has just returned and this is his first thread in five years.

    He has not said the brush bar is for sale.
    "The power of good is always stronger than the power of non-good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RRToadHall View Post
    Folks, reminder the tech forum is NOT a place to try and purchase items from other members. Good grief, Leo has just returned and this is his first thread in five years. <img src="https://www.rangerovers.net/forum/images/smilies/icon_mrgreen.gif" border="0" alt="" title="" class="inlineimg" />

    He has not said the brush bar is for sale.
    I can’t believe it’s been so long! Time just flies by, I’ve been meaning to buy another P38 but you know life happens! Haha

    Looks like the rest of my week will be a wash for detail work, will try pulling the rear panel and look for my seat release. Also I have a little diagnosis to do on lighting and locking, I have a suspicion my BECM is in need of repair but need to verify that for sure first.

    Here is a couple photos from my office today, we’ve secured our inventory boats and the bridge builders are bringing in all of their barges from the open water. Hopefully this storm will move thru fast.
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    98’ P38 4.0: Current
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    93' RRC LWB: Sold

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    Re: Bringing my P38 back to life.

    Yea it was a surprise to see ya. You did a stint in Volvos for a bit didn;t you?

    Marty did a terrific testing stickie for front door latches. Lighting is pretty simple.
    "The power of good is always stronger than the power of non-good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RRToadHall View Post
    Yea it was a surprise to see ya. You did a stint in Volvos for a bit didn;t you?

    Marty did a terrific testing stickie for front door latches. Lighting is pretty simple.
    Yes I still have a soft spot for them, probably will buy another one before to long for a daily driver. I currently have a Volkswagen Golf Sportwagen but it’s starting to get close to being out of warranty.

    I’ve ready thru his sticky, but with the false fuse warning, rear door locks not working and dome lights sticking on it leads me to believe it’s in the wiring or BECM. I am going to check both the rear latches to be safe of course.
    98’ P38 4.0: Current
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    Re: Bringing my P38 back to life.

    Dome lights will most likely be a chafed ground wire or failing micro switch on one of the latches. Do you get a door open message?

    Ugh false fuse warning... Scotty does BeCM diagnostics and repair. He is in California. If after you run through testing you decide to send the BeCM out to someone give Scotty a shout. [email protected] He just moved so he might be a bit burried.
    "The power of good is always stronger than the power of non-good.
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    the power of knowledge is stronger than the power of ignorance."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard_G View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Leo View Post
    Found the passenger rear seat fold down button is missing so that’s another project on my list.
    It isn't missing, someone has lifted the panel up, possibly to access the keyfob receiver, and not poked it back through the hole when they put it down again. It's there, you just need to put it back in place.
    Thanks for the tip, that was exactly what my issue was!
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    98’ P38 4.0: Current
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    Quote Originally Posted by RRToadHall View Post
    Dome lights will most likely be a chafed ground wire or failing micro switch on one of the latches. Do you get a door open message?

    Ugh false fuse warning... Scotty does BeCM diagnostics and repair. He is in California. If after you run through testing you decide to send the BeCM out to someone give Scotty a shout. [email protected] He just moved so he might be a bit burried.

    I did a little diag tonight since the rain has finally stopped. The done lights are timing out after a while so that’s a none issue. The failed fuse 10 is definitely a false error the fuse in the holder is good (verified with multi-meter) and correct amperage rating. So need to look into this a little more before condemning the BECM.

    Did further testing of the door locks. Only the drivers rear door is not responding to the lock and unlock command from the front doors. Is there anyway I can test that the actuator on the rear is receiving a voltage when I cycle the front locks? Is it as simple as testing for a 12v signal voltage? I just want to verify it’s a bad lock actuator before buying a assembly.



    Here is a storm damage photo from last night. My drive got wet...
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    98’ P38 4.0: Current
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    Got the radiator changed out tonight and the cooling system bled. Took it for its first 15mi Drive with me. Drove well! The cheap Rock Auto radiator I Order was a perfect fit. Got the replacement blinker assembly in and all of the burned out light bulbs replaced. Also replaced the key fob button pad, going to have to replace the whole fob I’m afraid this one is just beat. I have a bad cabin water leak I’m starting on diagnosing tomorrow

    Doing maintenance items and exterior compounding/buffing next week when my parts orders come in!
    98’ P38 4.0: Current
    00' P38 4.0: Sold
    99' P38 4.0: Gone
    93' RRC LWB: Sold

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    Re: Bringing my P38 back to life.

    Still waiting on my maintenance items order to come in so I can change all filters and fluids.

    The vehicle had pulsating lights and as I suspected I had a faulty voltage regulator assembly in the alternator. I replaced the alternator tonight and the battery with a proper Group 31 battery. The battery the previous owner had in the vehicle was about the size of a lawn mower battery! My starter stuck tonight so I’m going to go ahead and replace that now as well.

    Now that I’m getting the mechanical items knocked out I will be starting on the cosmetic items like compound/buffing, rear bumper and armrest recover.
    98’ P38 4.0: Current
    00' P38 4.0: Sold
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