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Old 29th December 2008, 15:46   #61
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Steer, you've just made Ratan Tata feel absolutely proud, owning one each of his Marque vehicles!

Add an Indica to the list to get on 1st name basis with him!

Enjoy the Landy!

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Old 31st December 2008, 23:33   #62
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beautiful landy, i really wanna 90 tdi... but heres a pic of my defender 110 tdi turbo diesel intercooled...!!



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Steer, To say that is is a beauty and one can ooogle at it for days would be an understatement. The diamond chequered plated spartan interiors are a gem and going by what you say it is ready for the hunt. It really seems like the previous african owner took great care of the Landy.

Congrats buddy. How I wish you could bring it here and we could have the pleasure of seeing it in action in our Indian terrains.

OT: Since nobody asked here, I will do the honor of asking the stupidest question one can ask about this vehicle:

Mileage kitna hai?

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The truck probably drinks @ 3-4 kmpl.. The driver may be a little less but close . "when he is not driving"
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How I wish you could bring it here and we could have the pleasure of seeing it in action in our Indian terrains.
It will come to India, inshallah. Conversion to RHD on the very modular Defender is a cut-and-paste job.

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OT: Since nobody asked here, I will do the honor of asking the stupidest question one can ask about this vehicle:

Mileage kitna hai?
Pata nahin. Have yet to finish a tankful, am still running around on fuel donated by the South African. What I can confirm however is that the Fuel needle shows more urgency than the speedo. Its a good thing this is a second car, with the weather getting cooler the Jag is in its elements these days - returning nearly 10 kmpl on occasion (without a/c).

Taking the old girl to the dunes tomorrow. WILL have to fill up then.

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Wow Steer. Congrats on another gem of an acquisition.
Ratan Tata acquired Citi Global Services and you acquired Global Off Roader!
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Truck has gone into the garage for some essential interior and exterior mods:

1. Front-facing fold-away seats + seatbelts from the Discovery (last row) will become my second row of seats. Very convenient as it will still give me a full load-bed with the seats folded away.

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3. 2 front tow-rings being welded on from 2 scrapped BMW 5-series. The desert drivers frown upon vehicles without recovery points for both front and rear, so this is necessary if I want to keep driving with them. I got stuck twice on the first drive, they had to use the tow-hook and shackle in the rear (post recovery pic):
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4. A dozen luggage hooks/rings to be fitted all over the rear load bed to keep bags/kit tied-down with bungee ropes.

5. The stupid aluminium chequered-plate cladding on the bonnet to be removed - it looks quite el-cheapo. Bonnet will be repainted black. The ones on the fenders and sides will remain.

6. SS clamps inside the tailgate to clip the shovel safely in place.

7. Tighten the fit of all doors and sliding windows, if possible put desi-style motors for front windows (small motor with belt that will drive the manual winder!) as the inability to shut windows fast while driving in sand causes the vehicle to be flooded with fine sand on occassion.

Otherwise all is fine, the truck and I went for our first desert outings twice this weekend and it can take on anything. Now its time for the driver to come upto scratch!

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That's a real nice update steer. good that you went for an outing and enjoyed the experience.

I would agree on the bits about the proper recovery points. Nothing is more irritating to see a fellow 4x4 stuck and while trying to help, one figures out that the fellow hasn't even bothered to put tow hooks/rings.

BTW, what's the cost of the 'wipac' lamps?

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BTW, what's the cost of the 'wipac' lamps?
V cheap - about 3.5-3.75k for both.

I've got an extra set of Bushranger Nighthawks (wide beams) if you want.
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You didnt waste anytime getting dirty!
Purchased the vehicle last week right? And the 1st holiday you get you're already playing in the sand!
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What - no light force or hellas?
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You didnt waste anytime getting dirty!
Purchased the vehicle last week right? And the 1st holiday you get you're already playing in the sand!
Took me about 4 days to find all the kit required, hence the delay. Maaf karna / kshamikku.

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What - no light force or hellas?
Nope. The lights I really want (daylight in the deserts) costs Dhs.7,500 for a set. These will do until I summon up enough mental courage to buy those.
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Lovely. Hearty congratulations.
"I got a 4x4 in Cochin, I got a 4x4 in Dubai..I got a 4x4 everywhere"
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Someone once said, we are shaped by the times we live in.

The recent additions to your garage are an advert for the Tata-JLR/Fiat courtship! Congrats!
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Steer, will the 5 series towrings be able to withstand the brute force of amateur towing?

Nice to see another pic. Admit it, getting stuck is a whole lot of fun!
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