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Quote from: jonhutchings on Jul 17, 2024, 09:46 AMI think many of these stories prove what I have always thought, that even in the days of online quotes etc. the response you get depends on the person who actually arranges the cover with the insurer. Remember almost all of the people we think of as "insurance companies" are just brokers, they don't do the insuring and a policy with that "insurance company" will often change year on year as to who is actually insuring it.

A case in point - for many years I insured my 80" with Lancaster classic 4x4 insurance policy. IT was good value cover (around £100) with a sensible agreed valuation. When the market in old land rover started to go a bit silly I decided to update the value a little. After I had renewed they asked for updated photos for the valuation. Fair enough, I sent them off. Some time passed, (probably two months or more after the cover had started) and I got a letter, saying my insurance had been cancelled with immediate effect. The reason give was that they did not insure canvas backed vehicles. At the time Lanchester carries adverts in all the popular Land rover magazines promoting their classic 4x4 insurance with an arty picture of a soft top series and a Jeep (with no top) and a Lancaster bomber.  I phoned and wrote to them several times pointing out the stupidity of their policy given that a large number of "classic 4x4" would have soft tops (how many hard top WWII jeeps do you see ?).
I got nowhere, they did eventually refund the pro-rata amount back to me (£80 ish) but then deducted an admin fee due to me cancelling the policy (£25)!  More phone calls and posting back photocopies of the letter where they stated they were cancelling ensued before eventually they reduced this to £5 deduction (at which point I gave up arguing)

Now here's the fun bit. At the same time I had, and was renewed during the two months all this was going on with no questions, another 88" land rover soft top (listed on the insurance as such) with the same Lancaster insurance. Both on classic 4x4 policies, both with agreed valuations with photos clearly showing the soft top. The difference - the policies were underwritten by different underwriters.

Needles to say I did not renew with them the following year.

A shame as they were good value, and on other occasions had been very good to deal with on the phone etc.

I'm with Footman James for all my old land rovers - but do have a "modern car" It's a 2006  Freelander 2 (number 412 off the production line) .  I guess I'd best not put it on a classic car policy any time soon :)


Thanks for sharing @jonhutchings, this must have been an annoyance for you and rightly so. It's a good job you understand how brokers place their business. You should have been informed that your policy was renewed with a different insurer.

Always good to have a phone call to speak to an insurance advisor - that's how we like to do it anyway.
#2
General Discussion / Re: Ramp/lift
Last post by lurch032003 - Today at 12:45 AM
Well due to restrictions plus money , I ended up making a rolling crane which I built myself , it had two 180" swing arms but both connected together to create straight bar then two scaffold removable supports to top scaffolding rail.
I still got a few tweaks to do but I have had my 2 ton chain hoist fitted and it lifted out a 12j no problem and gently pushed it away from landy and did opposite with a 19j to go back in , I am going to fit support rails to create a bigger ground foot to avoid it tipping over as it near did when it hit a stone .
I used heavy duty 650kg each wheel and one lockable either side .
I do have a electric hoist to attach to it fir doing different lifts such as gearbox axels .
I also in process of making wooded Chanel which is pegged down so it run only straight forwards or back.
All in cost about £300 max as my uprights are two adjustable scaffold poles which can be raised higher or lower depending what I need to lift or move but it can raise them to about four meters ! But ten feet is all I have been sat .
My electric hoist is 240v straight plug into extension and can lift 750kg but double when using a split block so an raise frint of landy in air and put supports under it or rear or sides as can move it side to side also or as said swing item onto pallet or trolly dolley made for engine also on sane heavy duty casters so can easily put it about as don't have a concrete floor it inch thick ply one half and row of railway sleepers which landy is on inside and outside it a hard grit track . I also have a 2ton trolly crane which folds up out of way and my new crane is all nut and bolts so can be dismantled and put in trailer to use elsewhere if need be .
Just through this is the pot to be anther option
Hth will try add pics or will post up a different post with pics .
Hth
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General Discussion / Re: Post up your entries for J...
Last post by steifbear - Yesterday at 09:45 PM
A couple from last weekends trip to Shropshire.




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General Discussion / Re: What have you done with yo...
Last post by Alan Drover - Yesterday at 03:43 PM
I drove to Marlborough first time out of my county this year (even though the Wiltshire border is only 5 miles away)this morning to visit Diffwhine who very kindly cut the hole in the dash for the vacuum gauge. I've ordered some parts from him too.
Back home I tidied the edges with the needle nosed belt sander then fitted the gauge and tightened it.
Next step is to rig up the Heath Robinson manifold connection and that's it until I get the bolt drilled and tapped to accept the adapter.
#5
General Discussion / Re: Ramp/lift
Last post by autorover1 - Yesterday at 02:16 PM
Quote from: Upnorth on Yesterday at 10:38 AMI went through the thought process of do I buy a four post or two post 5 years ago.After much consideration I went for a two post,I considered the four post would restrict access with the ramps.It is a bit tight getting the 88 inch on but doable, my only regret is having the wire ropes above ground between the posts.This means work around the gearbox is a bit awkward.

youtube clips of LRtime show how the 2 poster was erected, outside  , putting the ropes in a channel giving a flat floor . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoPDl08Wu94
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General Discussion / Re: Ramp/lift
Last post by Upnorth - Yesterday at 10:38 AM
I went through the thought process of do I buy a four post or two post 5 years ago.After much consideration I went for a two post,I considered the four post would restrict access with the ramps.It is a bit tight getting the 88 inch on but doable, my only regret is having the wire ropes above ground between the posts.This means work around the gearbox is a bit awkward.
Mine came from Garage Equipment on Line, I  went for the 4 ton model thinking that it was overkill but stronger and at the time had an L322.At 67 it is much easier to roll about laying down on a wheeled board than standing under a lift.
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General Discussion / Re: What have you done with yo...
Last post by Gibbo103 - Yesterday at 09:40 AM
As autorover said, a better diagnosis would have helped, but this was an intermittent fault. The terminal for the solenoid is at the back of the solenoid and the starter is tucked away behind and below the turbo so access is not straightforward. There was no cost as all of the parts came from my spares stock, so just a frustrating day. The upside is that if the starter fails in the future, it will be easier to remove
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General Discussion / Re: Keeping LWB 1967? Help wit...
Last post by Craig T - Yesterday at 08:39 AM
Might be worth a chat with Mark, Diffwhine as he has a hobby rebuilding gearboxes for club members....  :RHD

Might be easier to rebuild what you have as there as you know it fits. There are a few changes throughout the production and later ones have very different clutch arrangements.

Craig.
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General Discussion / Re: What have you done with yo...
Last post by autorover1 - Yesterday at 08:38 AM
Quote from: Gibbo103 on Jul 22, 2024, 11:19 PMHad a bit of a fraught day today. Decided to swap out the starter motor on my 300tdi S2a as it was intermittent and it seemed as if the solenoid was not kicking in all the time. The starter motor did not want to come out past the bottom of the turbo so I removed the near side wing and the inlet pipe to the turbo to get better access and ended up having to grind a bit off the bottom of the turbo housing. New starter motor fitted and the fault still persisted. Tried a new ignition switch but still no better. It turned out to be a faulty relay!
I am not being too critical as I have been down this sort route myself , but its a example of where a  better/complete  diagnosis would have saved a lot of work & cost. For example putting a jump lead directly to the starter solenoid would have eliminated it from the equation . I was convinced that the starter on my S1 had failed, confirmed by the AA on my way home from France & was just getting to the point of taking it off when I realized by trying a direct wire would confirm the fault. Starter OK , just a poor battery connection to the starter switch.   
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General Discussion / Re: What have you done with yo...
Last post by Gibbo103 - Jul 22, 2024, 11:19 PM
Had a bit of a fraught day today. Decided to swap out the starter motor on my 300tdi S2a as it was intermittent and it seemed as if the solenoid was not kicking in all the time. The starter motor did not want to come out past the bottom of the turbo so I removed the near side wing and the inlet pipe to the turbo to get better access and ended up having to grind a bit off the bottom of the turbo housing. New starter motor fitted and the fault still persisted. Tried a new ignition switch but still no better. It turned out to be a faulty relay!