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1995 D1 Build/Restore: 5 months 1 week ago #3491

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I purchased a 95 D1 right after SCARR. The plan for this 95 D1 was to set it up as my #1 off road Land Rover to take to events.

However it has been an extremely bumpy road so far. I do not have a title for this D1 yet so I've put fixing it up on hold until I know I can register it because if I can't drive it to events that defeats the whole purpose. My 97 XD has been my main off road LR but sadly the rust on the body has caught up. After SCARR both B pillars have detached from the rotten rocker panels, and the doors are hard to open/close due to the body shifting.

The plan is to fix up the 95 D1 and get it mechanically sound, and then transfer over my lift from the XD to the 95. The original plan was to have it ready for the 2022 HCRR event, but I'm not sure that will happen due to limited time to work on it.

To Do List:

Fix entire ABS/Brake Line setup (previous owner ripped it entirely out and ruined all the brake lines)
Fix Throttle Body Assembly (part of the linkage is broken so it goes from no throttle to wide open)
Replace Heater Core (current unit is clogged & leaking)
Look into HVAC system as I've been told it's INOP
Give the 3.9L a serious tune up
Misc interior stuff to fix (Front seats are reversed Passenger/Driver for some silly reason)
Fix Window Bezel Assembly in console (switches are just hanging loose)
LR window regulator is toast
Have some spare 265/75R16 Kumho M/T's installed
Possibly install D1 ARB with 12k winch, and 48inch Hi Lift
Fix frozen CDL linkage
Have the Y Pipe repaired with straight pipe vs Cats

The Good:

Body is pretty darn straight for a 95
3.9L runs pretty darn good
Cooling system/HG appear good
OME 2inch lift
OME Shocks (unknown condition)
4Spd Auto shifts good
Has 5 RRC 5 Spoke Great Divide style rims
Interior is decent for age (sure I can clean it up)
Avalon Blue paint is faded on the roof/hood, but isn't terrible

She's a sad little D1 currently, but with some TLC and hopefully a title soon I can save another LR and put it back on the road. My XD sat on a ranch for nearly 7 years before I bought it and never went more than 10MPH out near College Station. It's last big adventure was Big Bend National Park and it was going 80MPH vs 10MPH lol.

I will update this build whenever I work on it.
99 D2 (Highly Modified)
02 D2 Kalahari (Highly Modified)
04 D2 Lifted
06 LR3 HSE
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1995 D1 Build/Restore: 4 months 5 days ago #3629

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Small update on the 95 D1, I had been going to a friends house where the D1 was and working on it bit by bit. I had swapped the upper 3.9L plenum to fix the broken throttle body linkage, and I replaced the awful + lead to the starter and the smaller brown + lead to the fuse block under the hood. Then out of no where it started running awful, and on the day I was trying to load it up onto a trailer to get it home it refused to start.

I got it home last weekend, and didn't have much time left in the day to tinker with it at all. Over the past few days I have replaced the cheap Chinese distributor with a good OEM unit, replaced the OEM ignition amplifier, timed it, and while it did start and run extremely smooth for the first time since I've had it the D1 refused to restart once warmed up. The ECU had popped a #14 code for either the fuel temp sensor or coolant sensor. Today I swapped out the fuel temp sensor with a good spare, it cranked up, I tweaked the timing a bit, let it run, and once warmed up I did several restarts. No issues restarting, and the Code #14 did not come back.

Next up on the list will be getting the D1 brakes fixed. It was completely gutted by the previous owners and I plan on installing parts to bring it back to stock. Will keep the restore updated as I go.
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02 D2 Kalahari (Highly Modified)
04 D2 Lifted
06 LR3 HSE
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1995 D1 Build/Restore: 4 months 12 hours ago #3643

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Getting there!
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Trying to save every D1 from the crusher
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1995 D1 Build/Restore: 4 months 9 hours ago #3644

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Repaired the totally messed up front end on the 95 D1. Installed an 03-04 D2 Grill. Also replaced a completely seized up tensioner pulley. I also removed the completely rusted and seized front calipers which one of coarse was ran metal to metal.... I'm slowly working on getting the brakes back onto this thing. Replacement calipers, brake pads, and lower lines were installed up front. Next up with be RF hardline, F/R valve, lines, ABS modulator, and repairing the rusted out and patched with a rubber hose rear hardlines.

This is by far the worse pieced together LR I have ever seen. Every time I try to fix one thing I find 10 other things held together with zip ties or superglue. I will prevail eventually and one day it'll be back on the road.
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1995 D1 Build/Restore: 3 months 3 weeks ago #3652

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Excellent write up thank you. Keep us posted.
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1995 D1 Build/Restore: 3 months 3 weeks ago #3655

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Over the weekend I re-installed all the brake parts the previous owner completely gutted for no good reason. All the lines to both front wheels was re-installed (long one to RF was a PITA to route), Wabco ABS modulator re-installed, all the small lines to and from the F/R valve re-installed, MC installed, and I routed the rear lines down to under the drivers footwell. The rest of the rear lines I had to make by hand as they were completely rusted and I even found a spot where someone had hose clamped a piece of vacuum tubing inline vs repairing the hardline........... I didn't have a bubble flare tool so I had to go hunt one down to make the ends (one side of the rear line is a double flare & the other is a bubble flare). Made my lines, flared the lines, and connected everything up.

Filled the MC and basically did a bench bleed on the D1, then I proceeded to bleed the Wabco ABS modulator. Then I bleed the rest of the calipers. Sadly I think my MC is INOP as I only get pressure at the rear calipers. Both front (especially the LF) won't even get enough pressure for the caliper pistons to move. I either have a bad MC, or the F/R valve could be faulty. All the parts I got were from a 96 parts truck (it was stopping however). I'll look into it more when I have more time. This D1 was just sadly abused and the wrenched on in such a way it probably should be in LR Heaven by now.

It does now crank once warmed up and code #14 has never come back. I drove it out in an empty field and used the tall skinny pedal. It wasn't what I'd call race day ready, but it did want to move. If I can get the brakes sorted out without dumping $$$$ into it I'll then go have the exhaust fixed. It's a complete mess from the previous owner once again making a mess by chopping the Y pipe right behind the cat's and I mean like 5mm behind them, then gutting the cat's and simply just clamping it back together which did not hold. Then after the Magnaflow the original exhaust tubing is trashed and it's basically held into place via 1 hanger.

While under the D1 I noticed the rear Rotoflex looks like a rat got a hold of it. In all the years of owning D1/D2's I have never had one fail. I have a good spare so I'll get that swapped out when I can.
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02 D2 Kalahari (Highly Modified)
04 D2 Lifted
06 LR3 HSE
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