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Hello everyone, been a longtime lurker here at the forum and thought it was time to post my story. :)

I first saw a Range Rover P38 when I was around 8 years old when my dad's friend picked him up from the house. It was a british racing green P38A. I told myself that hopefully someday I was gonna have a car like that. It became my dream car of almost 13 years. Around 2016, I was offered a white 4.0 SE that was for sale by a close friend of my friend. I really wanted to buy the car because it was how I wanted my P38 to look like with the facelifted lights, and 18 inch hurricane alloys. The car had a broken bumper and a bad interior with a warped dashboard. The car was sold the day it was offered to me and I already lost hope in getting that particular car.

A year after, knowing that I like P38's so much, another friend informed that his neighbor has a white P38(Quite hard to find in our country). Upon knowing about it, I toured around his street in order to see this p38 that he was talking about, and I saw the unit that it was the Rover that I missed out on. I would pass by this street where the white P38 was parked at different times just to be able to see a P38 during the day. I later knew that the owner of that same P38 was also a friend of the person who first offered it to me.

In 2018, that same friend messaged me again that the same white P38 was sale. Upon receiving his message I was instantly very excited and decided to go out of the class I was attending in order to have a chance to talk to him and go home. He gave me the owners contact number, and I immediately scheduled to view the car the next day. Immediately after, I called my parents to inform them that I was gonna look at a car and if they were gonna allow me to buy it. (I was only 20 years old at the time and needed permission) I told my dad that it was the same white P38 that I was stalking from time to time. I got shocked when my Dad told me that he was gonna accompany me to look at the car since he doesn't really accompany me to look at cars, and more especially P38's. On the way to view the car, my dad whispered to me that "we're only looking at the car and weren't buying." To which I already accepted in myself that they wouldn't allow to buy the car, and I would miss out on it again. I saw the car in much better condition, with a new interior, and it was running very smooth. I test drove the car around our village and was really happy with the cars overall condition. Upon getting back at the owner's house, I was shocked when it was my dad who asked the owner about the price, knowing that we weren't gonna buy it. The owner seeing my enthusiasm, even gave us a discount without asking just cause he saw how enthusiastic I was with his car. We finished up the deal, and brought home the car the next day. That day was one of the happiest days of my life, and the car still brings a smile to my face everytime it starts. I really hope to keep this car forever, because it really is my dream car achieved.

Here are some pictures of the car when it was offered to me around 2016 with the cracked bumper, and tired interior.

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Car when I first got it

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I had the car detailed by a professional and this was the outcome. Not bad for a car that is turning 25 in April.


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This is the car at a recent Land Rover club of the Philippines show with Vitesse edition P38's, and a P38 group meet with fellow enthusiasts here in the Philippines.

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This is how the car stands now, with the new interior, dash, and mondial 18 inch wheels. It is currently sitting at 144,400 miles.

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Thanks for reading guys! Hello from the Philippines! I hope to meet you guys when I visit the US or the UK in the future. :)
 

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Nice car, and great story! Welcome to the forum and hope you get to enjoy your car a lot!

Filip, serial P38 owner ;-)
 

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Great pix!
 

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Time to show it off around Global City.
I liked going around Global and the Greenbelt too.
We used to live around the corner from SM Mega.
Would go to a little coffee shop in Podium for breakfast.


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Those pics of all the P38s lined up. Fantastic.

What's the collective noun for that many P38s, I wonder.

A torment? A bleed?

That white one is lovely. Glovebox alignment, Gucci! Lose that gap!

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Great pictures. I have to say I'm not really a fan of putting bull bars etc on the car, just think they mess up the clean lines.

Re Glovebox alignment, is there a way to do it other than messing around with the bolts that attached the hinges? I did the gas strut and bracket repair a few weeks ago but find it doesn't shut particularly firmly, is there a way to adjust the latch perhaps to get a tighter fit?
 

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Those two hex adjusters on the hinges are just to align the hinges - and as far as I can see, lateral alignment, not to adjust the gap in the top of the lid. With a bit of a tweak you should be able to get it like mine - attached.

Get a mirror inside the box. Look up into the top of the box to see the two steel plated adjustment screws. Keep adjusting it until the gap's nice and small and the lid still closes. You might have to loosen off the six or eight brass screws that hold the top catch mechanism attached. Tighten them up afterwards.

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