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SLT



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2023 10:12 pm    Post subject: Cross member... Reply with quote

I've been putting off the task... but feel now's the time to replace my rear cross-member instead of patching up the odd rust hole. I want to fit as original looking replacement as possible, there are various generic looking ones around and I wondered whether anyone was aware of a source of a decent one, preferably powder coated that has the same layout of holes etc - plus I guess updating the NAS part(s) too would make sense and probably the tank guard (the £ signs are flashing before my eyes!).

Any pointers appreciated.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 30, 2023 10:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On facebook a number of people are recommending https://www.replacementchassisparts.co.uk/defender-50th-anniversary. Don't know if they can galvanise or powder coat or fit it but worth giving them a ring.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 08, 2023 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As rupert605 says contact RCP. They fit them as well as make them, and have access to Powder coating though this I would say is pointless with a weld-on item Exclamation
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2023 10:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a quarterchassis from RCP. Went on OK
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2023 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes RCP, I had a rear half from them.
Very well made, with all the correct NAS tow bar connections.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 23, 2023 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm in a similar situation (ie deferring the repalcement of the Rear x member)

All the RCP ones come as bare steel... for those who chose the RCP option how did you cover that - outside and in ? Or they have finishing options too?

Which is easier for the welder to fit - quarter... or half ?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 24, 2023 2:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes mine came as bare steel.
I guess I could have had it galvanised, not sure if RCP can do this but it could be arranged locally to the garage doing the repair.
I just injected mine with buzzweld cavity primer, and the finished off with cavity wax when completed.
I donít expect the landy to be used the same as the original owners so chassis protection is perhaps not as critical.
If Land Rover had treated them from new we would all be better off now! (My 1997 HT which Iíve had from new has 145k on it with NO WELDING. It was dinitroled from new and every year after for about ten years.)
Anyway, I fitted the rear half myself, so was prepared for all the other items to remove before the chassis can be worked on.
If you fit a rear half, there is a LOT more to remove, which, in turn leads to other unforeseen jobs. Like corrosion to the tub which is unseen until you remove the outriggers, lower roll bar brace and seat box.
There is always more corrosion than you hope for, so if you are contracting someone else to do the job, expect the unexpected. If it doesnít come then ask questions.
The reason I went for a half chassis was because the A-frame crossmember was pretty rough and would need repairing sooner or later, also the chassis had already been repaired poorly prior to me owning the vehicle, so replacing the rear half got rid of this as well.
You will also have to drill all the holes for the fuel pipe and harness clips.
It would have been a lot easier if I only needed a quarter chassis.
In for a penny and all that.

I Hope this is helpful, 🙄
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 28, 2023 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very helpful thanks... just need to blag mine through the MOT, and then i can consider the options for the rear x member
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 03, 2023 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

MOT done - 1/4 chassis on order from RCP.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2024 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My welder - who has done a bunch of stuff for me over the course of about two decades ie I trust said that the RCP 1/4 chassis need a bit of modification: to get the tank in he needed to cut some metal work away, and then he had to weld tubes inside a couple of the bolt holes to avoid the chassis rails from being "crushed", again, for the tank. The rest of it seemed fine, and looks good
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Automan



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2024 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I recall having to shave a little off two floor supports to allow the tank to fit.
Donít know about the tubes in the chassis for the tank bolts, the tank support on mine bolted into plates on the rear crossmember.

Anyway glad you got it all done, should be good for another 25yr 😂

I wonder what they will be worth then?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2024 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It will probably be impossible to fuel them by then Smile either way. I will take my 50th to the grave...so not my problem
Do you really have 5 cars on the go all at once? I have enough trouble justifying 2
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