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How Do I Do This? / Re: Importing Unimogs
« on: February 18, 2019, 11:42:19 am »
Iím sure youíll get some good advice on this from people who have done it.
My suggestion is - do it before Brexit.  Who knows what will happen in a few weeks... ???

Unimog build threads / Re: U1750L with Drilling Rig
« on: February 04, 2019, 03:33:02 pm »
Impressive bit of kit!

Can you drill ground source heat pumps with that?

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Unimog build threads / Re: U1300l Camper Conversion
« on: February 03, 2019, 10:11:16 pm »
Made some progress with the electrics over the last 2-3 weeks and how have a couple of 12v circuits up and running, installed beneath the glove box.

Joined my old club (strictly for Land Rovers) today up near Rest and be Thankful to see how the old girl coped on frozen ice & snow.  A great day out & lots of admiring looks from the LR owners....


Will post photos of the radio & CB installation shortly.....

Unimog build threads / U1300l Camper Conversion
« on: January 12, 2019, 09:02:38 pm »
Iíve really just completed the first job of the very long list.... replacing the awful driverís seat with a nice comfy one.
My wife & I both think our Land Rover Discovery is the most comfortable vehicle weíve ever owned, so I got a leather Discovery 3 seat from eBay & fitted it today.

It was effectively just a task of constructing an adapter frame to accommodate the different bolt positions.  Despite all the measurements, I did end up chopping 40mm off the height once I tried it, but Iím delighted with the result.  The electrics are not wired in yet, but thatís because I need to install a 12v inverter for a number of additions I plan to make.

Hereís some pict of the frame and the fitted seat....

Hoping to get radio & CB fitted tomorrow.

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Meetings and Events / Re: Mercedes Offroad Wentworth
« on: November 03, 2018, 05:06:42 pm »
Sounds a great idea to me.
Been the the Scottish Land Rover Show a couple of times & feel like itís all designed to part everyone with as much money as possible.  They charge everyone who attends and do very little.
No doubt a Unimog event would be considerably smaller than a LR one, but an opportunity to get the Mog muddy have a few beers and catch up with like minded enthusiasts would be hard to beat.
Coming from Scotland - option of camping would be good.

General Banter! / Re: Wiper motor
« on: October 28, 2018, 01:55:51 pm »
I canít give specific advice on this particular pump.  However, pumps usually have a suction limitation as to how high they are able to lift the fluid before it arrives at the pump (this is limited because the pump is creating a partial vacuum in the pipe, thereby using atmospheric pressure to push the fluid up to the pump).
From what youíve said, it sounds as though the pump works if itís not having to lift the water out of the bottle.
You might be able to relocate the pump lower down, reducing the suction head required.
Also, try priming the pump (filling the supply pipe with water) - that may also help.
Drawback with this is that if you run the bottle dry, youíd manually need to re-prime the pump.
Hope that helps.

Introduce Yourself / Re: New owner planning camper conversion
« on: October 23, 2018, 05:27:30 pm »
Hi Nathan,
Thanks for the reply-post.
Coincidentally Iíve started inquiring about insurance today, and the problem may be one of mis-categorisation.
I phoned A-Plan (Thetford specialist vehicle office) and Adrian Flux both of whom offer policies for vehicles being converted to campers, saying it covered the vehicle during its conversion.
AF quoted £500 and A-P are due to confirm a price tomorrow.
Tried Trust Insurance who insure Unimogs, but only if youíre using them for agricultural type use.
Im planning increased fuel capacity, but want twin tanks to have the option of running veggie oil or safeguarding the situation of getting contaminated fuel and being able to switch to a secondary tank.
Thanks for the Uli Dolde tip - Iíll look it up just now.
Iíll PM you my mobile & email address so we donít need to put all our thoughts and chat (which may not always be helpful to others) up on the forum....

Introduce Yourself / Re: New owner planning camper conversion
« on: October 11, 2018, 02:53:47 pm »
Hi Nathan,
Good luck.... It sounds like Iím running a few months behind you with my own conversion.
Mine is currently with ACPrice being brought up to ďMOTĒ standard having been off the road for 11 years.  My intention is to get it road legal as a Private HGV class and then plan the camper conversion in the spring.
Iíd be interested in your thoughts/plans/conclusions regarding things like:
- Requirement for a turbo
- Fast or super-fast axles
- Twin fuel tanks
- Camper body construction type
- Where to fit a radio in the cab
- and lots lots more.

Iíve just delved into the Haynes manual on building an off-road camper which Iím finding poses all the right questions with some useful advice.... https://haynes.com/en-gb/build-your-own-overland-camper

Hope you get insurance sorted.  Iíd just assumed from posts on here that it wouldnít be too problematic.

Got any pics you can post?  Where abouts are you located?


General Banter! / Purchased my Mog today....!!!
« on: September 08, 2018, 06:00:25 pm »
Iíve been looking for a while, and would have bought Ziggyís if it were pre-84.
Watched this one for a few weeks while it sat on a dealerís forecourt.
Itís an Ď81 U1300L, ex German army, first registered in 2007 and appears never to have been used since.
It has a VOSA vehicle test certificate from 2008 and some plating certificates (though they mean nothing to me at the moment) and the all important V5.
Mileage is 21,000 km and I couldnít find any rust on it at all!
Planning to get it transported down to AC Price for a full inspection so I can prioritise what needs doing & get an MOT.
Any advice on what insurance companies to approach would be appreciated.....

Really excited ......

Introduce Yourself / Re: Planning to switch from Land Rover to Unimog
« on: September 06, 2018, 09:39:46 pm »
Youíre spot on RR - I did mean to type post Ď84 rather than pre Ď84 & will see if I can edit.
Donít know as much about AC Price but will take a longer look.
Spotted L Jackson & Co in Doncaster too.  They appear to have a large range on ex-MOD vehicles in stock of almost every variety.  Frustratingly the prices tend to be ďPOAĒ.  Do they decide on the price by guessing what youíre prepared to pay.....?
Anyone got any experience of them?

Introduce Yourself / Re: Planning to switch from Land Rover to Unimog
« on: September 05, 2018, 07:33:43 pm »
I donít think Iíll post that on the 101 forum as it might upset them....  :D

Travelled back from Centre Parcs in Nottingham to Glasgow on Monday, so took a detour via Atkinson Vos.
Had a look around and discussion with their salesman Paul.
My wife is now onboard with a U1300L but she really loved this beauty.....

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My understanding is that post-April Ď84 mogs require the side and rear underun bars for an MOT, which Iíd rather avoid.  Can anyone confirm...?

Introduce Yourself / Planning to switch from Land Rover to Unimog
« on: August 14, 2018, 04:05:50 pm »
Hi guys,
Iíve been a member of the Discovery 3, G4 Challange and 101 Forward Control forums for a few years so really appreciate the value of them.
Iíve owned my Land Rover Discovery 3 G4 Challange for about 3 years now and added a 101 Forward Control early last year.
The game plan was to convert the 101 into a camper and then go off exploring interesting parts of the world.
However, the realisation has just set in that itís not big enough to live in for several months and parts can only be obtained by air freighting them from the UK.
Much research has drawn me to the conclusion that a Unimog (probably U1300L) is likely to be a far better bet, both in terms of space, reliability and parts availability.  It certainly appears to be the vehicle of choice for most German overlanders.
So - early days, as I need to shift the Land Rovers before I have room for a Unimog, but thought iíd Introduce myself rather than just reading everyoneís posts from the sidelines...


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