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Engine Refit & Tyre / Wheel Mounting

The latest update from our Defender Tribute Rebuild

Ben Gribbin

Ben Gribbin

December 14, 2015

Hello, I'm the editor of FunRover. I'm a massive Land Rover fan. Currently own a TD5 90. 2015 MR Blogger of the Year


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This is Spray booth MK2 which I'll show in a future episode, it's working very well, cutting humidity to the low 30s and upping the air temp to a solid 20+ celsius. It means that I can get the whole car painted even if it's freezing outside and the workshop is only 1 or 2 degrees warmer.

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Once the wheels had been cured in the booth I took them along to a local tyre fitters

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I've chosen the Wolf HD rims (as seen on Heritage edition Defenders). These are tough, strong and quite cheap.

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Along with tubeless Goodyear MTR tyres, another factory fit option.

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The tyre fitter used a product known as Rim Seal that has anti-corrosion properties as well as adding lubrication for the next step

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The tyre fitting machine has a large guide that eases the tyre bead of the lip of the wheel.

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Finally, the tyres are inflated to manufacturer specifications, this helps to seat them too (watch the video too see how loud this stage is!)

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Here they are mounted up in daylight, the colour and finish is perfect! The SIP HVLP gun I used works well for the money!

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The tyre fitting guide can score the lips of the wheel, which is no real problem!

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I simply wiped it clean with alcohol then used an artist brush to touch in the scrapes.

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Whilst the repairs are drying, I dropped in the pads - EBC Green stuff to match the EBC performance disks. This Land Rover will stop on a penny if needs be!

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Not keen on the colour, but the wheels will cover them up!

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Lifting the wheels onto the longer Wolf FRC7577 extended wheel studs - expensive but designed to work with the Wolf rim

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Nipping the nuts up, they need to be torqued to 170NM after lowering the Landy of it's jacks.

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All 4 wheels fitted!

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Fitting up the alternator / vacuum pump whilst the engine is still on the stand

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This has been painted with a high temp paint to match the rest of the engine

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Now it's time to finally drop the engine back in the 90! This feels like it's finally getting somewhere!

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The engine needs to be lifted over the front crossmember between the dumb irons. The engine crane is an extremely useful tool, I love it! It's also useful to have 2 people here, one to jack and watch the near side, whilst the other guides in the engine from the other.


Fitting an engine to a rolling chassis is great, there's nothing in the way! Takes about a minute!

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And that's it for this week, need to get cracking now as I would still like to hit my deadline of January 1st XD

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