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Re: nuggets Defender

Postby nugget » Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:22 pm

Everything is back from powder coating so time to bring it all together...

First up is to fit the fairlead

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I made the fairlead to go either side of the bars front channel so that there would be a lead in for the rope on both sides, would add strength as the channel is sandwiched giving a larger foot print and the winch bolts through the whole lot, again adding strength.

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Fit the sleeve for the single post ladder rack....removable so I will only put it in when needed but will come in really handy when picking up lengths of steel etc

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Some front recovery eyelets. You can see in later photos that there is a l;ot of strengthening behind these points as well as bracing back to the brackets.

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fitting the winch and control box. I will be having dash mounted controls as well as the remote, which I have re-positioned into the top of the bar for ease of use.

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Here you can see some of the extra steel and bracing for the recovery eyelet

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Re: nuggets Defender

Postby nugget » Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:22 pm

Bugger it....might as well throw it on..

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And with the bashplate and diff guard

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Still a couple of small things to do as well as hook up the winch but getting there.
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Re: nuggets Defender

Postby Hunner » Tue Jul 12, 2011 9:31 pm

Great work, as usual, at least for an old guy!! :lol:
Funny how all that experience pays off later in life, Huh? 8)
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Re: nuggets Defender

Postby nugget » Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:10 pm

giday Hunner...us old farts have to stick together...actually I had "tricks for Jake" embroidered on the sleeve of my overalls as I always tease him that still have a couple of tricks up my sleeve for him!!!

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Re: nuggets Defender

Postby Seth » Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:51 pm

Great work. That is a lot of work but will be well worth it in the end. I really like the head light guards.
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Re: nuggets Defender

Postby Sewie » Wed Jul 13, 2011 11:34 am

You do some really clean work Nugget. Truck is looking awesome. 8)
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Re: nuggets Defender

Postby nugget » Wed Jul 13, 2011 3:31 pm

thanks guys..been a really enjoyable couple of projects where I have had a lot of fun with both the design and build side. Used the experts to do the stuff I didn't have the equipment or expertise on and then filled in the gaps....pity I didn't clean the finger marks off the front of the bar in the last photo though!! 8)

Couple of small things still to finish off the bar but will keep them up the sleeve until I do them and then some spring spacers...front dropped 20mm, and new shocks hopefully this weekend.

With the rack being a bit higher than normal I don't quite fit into my shed which was not part of the design criteria! Reckon I might just make it by letting the tyres down though!
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Re: nuggets Defender

Postby nugget » Sat Aug 20, 2011 8:54 pm

Finally finished the final bits and pieces on the bullbar build.

I found that I couldn't reach the top of the single pole ladder rack to tie stuff down with out stepping up on the bullbar which was going to scratch it up over a time. Solution was some tread plate steps which I had anodised to match the ones on top of the mudguards. Made one for each side to even it out.

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A major feature of this build was to be in cab winch control. The Defender has a host of spare switch positions on the dash for option they have in the UK which are not bought into Oz so I decided to utilise those. three controls..an On/Off isolator switch in the central flanked by an "In" and an "Out" which only work when the isolator switch is in the "On" position.

Started out by sourcing the switched from a wrecker and then working out the wiring..

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The blank faces were white injection moulding sprayed grey so I had them Laser engraved which I reckon has given a more factory than factory finish. A future build will be a rear winch so there may well be a matching set in the future!

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I wanted the uhf aerial to be the same height as the roof rack, there by doubling up as a feeler guage/height indicator. The first attempt proved too whippy as the spring base was not strong enough. Found an excellent GME spring base but they don't make an aerial the right length so I turned up an extension to fit between the base and the aerial.

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The front end dropped 25mm..1"...with the weight of the bar and winch so I fitted some HD Land rover front spings and a set of OME shocks for good measure which has bought the front back up nicley.

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All finished and ready tyo hit the road

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Re: nuggets Defender

Postby ronb » Sun Aug 21, 2011 9:17 am

looks excellent! Only problem I see is that your scan-gage is facing the passenger.

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Re: nuggets Defender

Postby cgalpha08 » Fri Aug 26, 2011 12:24 pm

http://www.topgear.com/uk/photos/land-r ... ?imageNo=0
just thought this might spark some interest. :D
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Re: nuggets Defender

Postby Seth » Fri Aug 26, 2011 10:44 pm

Those are a couple of nice Defenders. Almost too nice to scratch up...almost.
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Re: nuggets Defender

Postby Happy Hummer » Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:06 pm

Looking good as always.

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