"Lando" - C79's V8 Disco Build Thread

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Postby noexitroad » Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:55 pm

Sweet thanks, I will check him out when I come down that way for work

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Postby Crawlerer79 » Tue Oct 10, 2017 9:26 am

EDIT: Can someone please let me know whether the videos have embedded as they don't look to have worked from my computer... but then again nothing works on my computer so I'm really not sure!

Update #7

Figured its about time I do a write up on the Sheffield Mud Plug...

It was an early start, not helped by the Daylight Savings switch over the night before and the lack of sleep due to nerves!!!!
Made it up to Sheffield by 8:30 before airing down to 15psi and running through scrutineering...

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Then we walked the tracks and picked out Stage 1 as the only one we wanted to skip as the water was quite deep... looking back I think it'd have been fine but that's hindsight for ya!

After the driver's briefing we started on Stage 7 (which ended up being one of the harder stages by the afternoon) but despite being one of the last to leave the pits (so I wouldn't be first through the stage) I ended up running Stage 7 first as the others starting on 7 all got lost! Not gonna lie... despite it just being a low-key, fun day, with it being my first comp. (and the first time driving in any real mud - I'm used to pea gravelly rivers), the nerves before the start were through the roof!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r05fiTE0po

I ended up crawling through the whole stage, basically ploughing out all the grass and scum that had gathered since the last event... but made it through for a zero!

Stage Eight was very easy and went just as well, was a simple climb up and back down, again with a zero, this time not resorting to the locker either.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45fCoUIzcW0

Nine went terribly... managed to wedge myself into a gully that fitted the Landie's wheelbase perfectly... pushed in the fuel tank a touch too (now regret not throwing the skidplate off the other truck on now... hindsight again!)

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Stage Ten was one I was rather nervous for... I remember watching vehicles drop over the edge in the past onto the front two wheels before burying themselves in the bog at the bottom... As I dropped over the edge, my cousin threw the locker in and we gave it full jandal... and made it through for a 10 (unfortunately knicked the peg up top)... but we made it through so I was stoked!!!!

The first round continued on and ended up surprising myself a couple times... gotta say, the front locker and locked rear really helped!!!! Drove a couple due to good lines and a couple due to coming to the course at the right time... ended up finishing round one with 640 points.... doing much better than I expected!!!!

Over lunch Dad cleared out the radiator of all the grass etc. that was caught up in it... before heading out for Round 2.

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Round 2 didn't go quite as well, with the truck dying in the middle of stages when I let off the throttle too much... wet electrics :roll:

However the truck kept running enough that I didn't have to pull out and the problem cleared out by itself... so we continued on. With it being the second pass, the truck was struggling a lot more being on 32"s with ruts dug nice and deep by trucks on 35"-40"s!!!! Also forgot to throw the centre diff lock in ( :oops: ) for a few of the afternoon stages which I was very disappointed about when I realised... a couple stages I only just couldn't get though and I wonder whether I may have if I'd been locked in! Ended up on the rope a couple times and skipped 3 stages in the afternoon due to it being dug out to the point I was worried I'd get stuck in the deep water... not something I was keen on with the truck already cutting in and out on me!!!! Got some good drives in again with the lockers really doing their job on the vertical steps... really help pull ya through!

Givin' in heaps

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Stage Four (one of my favourites)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfgIGZDkp9U

Stage Five before lunch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdZyZflipdA

Had to be hauled outta Stage Five after the layout was changed over lunch

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Stage Seven in the afternoon got me! (Note: Lost my headlight cover :evil: ... I guess I'll make another ahaha)

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Then, Stage 10. The truck before me stuck it right on its nose and ended up having to be hauled out of the bog... nerves went up again! We lined up for the drop, hit the bottom, pinned it and managed to climb the far bank to avoid the nasty hole that had been dug out throughout the day. We just hung on to the edge of the bank and made it out for a zero... an improvement!!!! I was over the moon!!!!!

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL6wn6f8lxM

After one more stage (DNF'd) we were finished for the day, and headed back to the pits. After handing in a less promising score card (1040 points) we loaded the truck and watched the last few trucks put on a show!!!!

Then came prize giving... and not expecting to place very high I had a quick look at the prize table but didn't think my chance of getting a good placing would be very high... especially after finding a DNS was worth 200 points, not the 100 I thought it was (hindsight again, woulda at least 'broken the beam' and called it quits half way through the run... would have saved me 400 points!).

Anyways the prize giving started... Truck class, Andrew Satherly placed first.. Steve Bruerton placed 5th...and then I got called 8th! I was so stoked! 8th in class and 15th overall (out of 41 entrants) with 1680 points.... Not bad for 32s and a 17 and 15 year old team if I don't say so myself!

Hindsight again tho... if I had started those 4 courses and saved me the 400 points I'd have come 6th in class and 10th overall... however I guess this doesn't count for much cause everyone has those "if only" moments and who knows... I coulda popped it on its lid or something... I'll never know!

What I do know now is that I am having a pretty strong debate in my head going... as to whether I really need to go 35"s. With smaller diff pumpkins, Lando on 33s will not be short changed too much against other trucks on 35"s for winch challenges and it is a whole lot simpler and cheaper, not to mention less stressful on the truck and the truck will be more stable.

So even tho I said 35"s were the plan... the verdict's now out. Yet again :lol:

Before I wrap this post up, a big thanks goes to Dad for all the effort he's put in on Lando helping me get it all ready for the comp. and for loaning me the locker... huge thank you Dad!!!! And other big thanks has to go to my cousin. Only 15, William jumped in with me in the truck and did a brilliant job, especially considering he's never been properly 4WDing before, so to have not said a thing as I threw Lando over some pretty hairy drops was very impressive, and he did a great job getting the rope on quickly when I ran outta talent... saved a lot of water from coming inside. What a baptism of fire! And it'd be safe to say that I may have found myself a navvy for next year too :D

So yea, thanks to them plus of course all my family and the people who organised and ran the Mud Plug itself.. was a great day out. Now I just have to wait for the Selwyn to go down a bit so I can wash the underneath of the truck off.

Until then,
Cheers guys

PS: Video does not do the exhaust note justice!!!!
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'Lando' - 1994 V8 Disco on 32s and Twin Locked
'The Zook' - 1991 Suzuki Escudo on.... cough 29s cough *For Sale*
'The Blue Daily' - 1994 V8 Disco on 31s

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Re: "Lando" - C79's V8 Disco Build Thread

Postby mudsurfv6 » Tue Oct 10, 2017 6:42 pm

looks like it was a good day, videos worked fine on youtube.
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Postby Crawlerer79 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 2:42 pm

mudsurfv6 wrote:looks like it was a good day, videos worked fine on youtube.

Certainly was!!!!

Do you mean the embedded video doesn't work and you had to use the link? Thanks
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Re: "Lando" - C79's V8 Disco Build Thread

Postby mudsurfv6 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:02 pm

Crawlerer79 wrote:Do you mean the embedded video doesn't work and you had to use the link


presume the 'embedded videos' are supposed to be in the blank space above the youtube links, if so then nothing there. link to youtube works.
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Re: "Lando" - C79's V8 Disco Build Thread

Postby Crawlerer79 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 6:27 pm

mudsurfv6 wrote:
Crawlerer79 wrote:Do you mean the embedded video doesn't work and you had to use the link


presume the 'embedded videos' are supposed to be in the blank space above the youtube links, if so then nothing there. link to youtube works.

Thanks that's what I needed to know... I'll see if I can sort it. Thanks :D

EDIT: Can't get these videos to embed... looks like all the ones which used to are no longer working either so have given up until something in the forum (I pressume) is fixed... :roll:
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Re: "Lando" - C79's V8 Disco Build Thread

Postby drive it ... » Mon Oct 16, 2017 4:43 pm

Hi Tim
Videos worked fine for me off the posted links just now.

Mainland winch challenge is going back to 33's for clubman next year. Truck will sit more stable and your gearing will be better on 33 than 35.

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Postby Crawlerer79 » Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:38 pm

drive it ... wrote:Hi Tim
Videos worked fine for me off the posted links just now.

Sweet thanks Steve!

drive it ... wrote:Mainland winch challenge is going back to 33's for clubman next year. Truck will sit more stable and your gearing will be better on 33 than 35.

Right that's good to know although that's another spanner in the works!!!! Had almost settled on 35s again... I'm guessing that's to distinguish a difference between Clubman and Open????

I'm not worried about gearing as it'll be all regeared when I fit Air Lockers anyways but I like the idea of the added stability and especially that I won't have to put a whole heap of lift in to clear the big knobblies... plus will put less stress on the drivetrain. After seeing how well Tim L.s Rangie went on 35s and stock 24 spline axles over on the coast last year, I'm thinking maybe run stock axles and see how long they last... he didn't break any and he was driving pretty hard! Maybe upgrade to HD rears at some stage for when they get really loaded up when bouncing round climbing hills. Dad has some old early RRC CV's from a 10 spline which are meant to be the strongest CV Land Rover made until the Disco 2 axles, and I think Max Barnes sells front halfshafts to run those CV's on 24 spline diffs for around $300 (just going off what Dad told me!).

Might also have to sneak in a small amount more lift as the factory springs with 2" spacers only just give enough room for the 32s... literally about 5mm clearance at the rear doors. I think the springs are a bit saggy too!

If anyone has Simex/Silveys/GTRadial Komodos in a 33" on 15s I'd be interested to know... :D :lol:
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