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Old 4th June 2010, 20:18   #1
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Default tv series : A 4x4 is born

This is a series on Discovery (15 episodes) where a guy builds a 4x4 from complete scratch. Its very informative as he explains each and every part that makes up a car along with its work there and how the part works as he goes on installing / refurbishing it and how it is to be done. Also included in the episodes are videos of 4x4 cars, history of land rovers .

a must watch for anyone building / modifying a 4x4, got it from a friend who downloaded it from the internet , you should be able to find it if you know where to look

Total size for 15 episodes 2.53 GB

thought should be useful for everyone here. I do not know if its aired on Discovery here .

Episode wise details :

Mechanical genius Mark Evans dusts off his overalls and introduces his new project. A 1985 Range Rover that is to be converted to a one off 100” wheelbase hybrid; as a tribute to 25 special vehicles that Landrover built for the French and Swiss armies in the late seventies. First Mark cleans off the grime off his donor car & checks the health of the mechanical parts.


Mark makes the brackets and plates to join the body and chassis to make the unique combination. All is not so simple, as the wheels do not go under the wheel arches!! Mark fired up his plasma cutter and moves the bulkhead back on his rear tub. The test will be if everything lines up as planned…


Mark makes his own rear cross member, and with the aid of Paul Harris shows everything there is to know about MIG welding. Mark wants to assemble his aluminum tub, so will the help of Paul, he makes first steps in learning the art of TIG welding.


With the base chassis stripped, Mark shows how to assess and rebuild the transmission. He rebuilds the diffs, and shows how to incorporate air locks. More extreme Suzukis appear in 4x4 Extreme, and proves that even people who are too young to take their driving test can succeed in off road trials.


Attention is turned to the monster V8! Cleaned, stripped of its ancillaries and decapitated, Mark assesses its condition. A unique V8 space frame Land Rover based offroader is put through its paces in “4x4 Extreme”. Mark visits a Land Rover Gearbox and transfer box specialist to find out how they work and what options are available for his project.

Away from the oily bits, the chassis is cleaned and goes through the specialist Galvanizing treatment.


The galvanized chassis arrives back at the workshop. When Mark has finished admiring it, he starts to build it up! First up: suspension!! Meanwhile “4x4 Extreme” introduces Rob Jones, a farmer who shows how practical a 4x4 really can be! Mark continues playing with bushes, trailing arms, and panhard rods, before experimenting with Springs and dampers.


Mark makes himself a roll cage out of the longest piece of tube he could fit in his van, and shows you how to bend, assemble and fit it. Mark strips down and assess the internals of his V8.


Mark cleans his pistons, prepares and lubricates the crankshaft and engine block. Out of the workshop, we follow another extreme 4x4 trials driver, while Mark fits the pistons & rings into the bores. The camshaft & its followers assembled, followed by the heads!!


Mark paints & sets the timing on his newly assembled engine. Meanwhile, Alan King shows his class 1 Range Rover Special, which is extensively modified. Featuring hydraulic steering amongst its many modifications, it can do some serious offroading. Back in the workshop, Mark fits his core plugs, before venturing to his bench to show how to correctly remove a broken stud. Attention is then turned to rebuilding the oil pump.


Mark fits and assembles the bulkhead to the chassis. The wiring transforms from a jumble of multicoloured spaghetti to the vital veins of the beast’s electrical system. Outside in the mud, we are introduced to a unique BMW powered special: “Rock Rod”.


The Landrover is starting to take shape, and attention is turned to the brakes, but Mark quickly runs into serious problems with the fuel tank filler. “4x4 Extreme” pays homage to a Daihatsu and a Range Rover hybrid proves a cheap and simple but effective extreme offroader. Returning to the workshop, Mark’s attention is now on the performance exhaust.


Attention now turns to assembling the body. Before starting fitting and modifying the dashboard, we take a look at an extreme 4x4 Range Rover “bobtail”. The rear cab is next to receive attention in the workshop.


Not wanting his unique vehicle to be stolen under his nose, Mark invests in some sophisticated Alarm systems. He also makes his own tailgate, fits a winch, side protection, and snorkel; and forgets his Wedding anniversary!


The specialty tailored seats are fitted, plus the last of the windows and door panels; plus Mark gets all scientific with his suspension & wheels. A V6 Ford Capri engine powers an extreme Landrover in “4x4 Extreme”, making it ideal as a starter vehicle.


It has been a journey of blood, sweat and tears: Mark put the finishing touches to his special 100” Landrover, before bringing it outside into the Spring sunshine. Mark wants to see where he is going by fitting extra lights.

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Old 4th June 2010, 23:52   #2
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I have this and video of all of his other ventures . they all are very informative indeed.

Mark Evans! he is a wonderful guy. He has built a plane, a helicopter, a kit car, a classic Jag, and the list goes on.
Surprisingly he is not an engineer, he is a Vet by profession. He is a true DIY guy, who I truly follow and wanna retire into someday.

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gto gave me this on dvd
wonderful watch for a person like me who builds landrovers
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Good one to watch. Sometimes Discovery Turbo in the UK show this back to back over a special 4x4 weekend.
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It's big series, 4x4 is born,racecar is born [cathram],a plan is born [kit of a light plan], helicopter is born, a jaguar is born [restoration of e type] etc.
All of them are really informative and a good to watch on any day.
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