Friday, April 19, 2013
Land Rover Door Swap
Senhor L, while trolling OLX for spare parts, came across a guy with a Defender 90 (a shorter version of what you see above) who was selling his back door, and he put us in touch.
The gentleman agreed to sell me his door, and said he'd give me a better price if I included my old door in the bargain. That was fine with me, as long as I got to keep the lock mechanism that was on my door, because the last thing I need is another key to keep up with.
We commenced a door swap in his driveway, and I noticed that his door, being a few years older than mine, didn't have the extra brake light, so I asked if I could keep mine. "No problem," he said. All we had to do was remove it from my old door.
It's a testament to Land Rover design and appreciation for simplicity that two guys in a driveway with nothing more sophisticated than a couple wrenches and screw drivers can exchange doors, in a little less than two hours.
When I got home, I had the new door installed, but not completely assembled. It looked like this,
After cleaning a decade or so of dirt out of the door, I needed to install the extra brake light. In jobs like this, the single most important thing is keeping track of all the parts you take off, so that you have them (and know what they are) when it comes time to put them back on. I thought I had done a pretty good job of this,
After I'd put everything together I ended up finding the part I thought I'd lost. That's one of those truisms associated with this kind of project; the surest way to find a lost part is to get a replacement.
In this case, at least, the translation seemed pretty good. I managed to get the mounts affixed to the glass, and after the glue had cured for a while, I hung the light from them.