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Old 02-13-2013, 12:53 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,

I am Joseph, from Brooklyn, NY recently bought a 1987 RRC. It needs some TLC... First thing: Brakes (Going by the looks and feel..assuming the calipers are rusted .. I couldn't bleed front at all as the bleeder screws are like rusted like it is welded. Other problems with Steering, Ignition, Battery dying every day morning!!)

1) Though I am neither an expert at being handy, nor a dummy also. My friend and I changed all pads and rotors, but the brake is not yet there. It needs to be bled and possibly new calipers (at least in front) or piston or new seals.
I was spending quite a good time in our forum to find an honest, inexpensive mechanic. Since I am an apartment guy with 2 parking spaces (no garage!! to play without being frozen) & not -so-much fun in staying out in cold weather, I need an honest mechanic.
In BUSHDUCKS.COM, folks were talking good things about a mechanic in Long Island called Steven Usher (Island Rover Co, in Baldwin, NY, 11510). 516 8051136 is the phone number listed there. This number is not working & so is the website too.
If anyone has used him or knows his shop, Please update his phone and location or send it to me/ or another honest mechanic in a reasonable distance.

2) Is there anyone in the forum whom I could ask a helping hand with small things like Brakes or calipers or diagnosis with battery charge loss problems as these can be done by us and not necessarily have to spend a lot of bucks in any "LR Specialist place" or any mechanic, though we need mechanics for certain difficult works. I can either drive to them or vice versa. Some of us are more blessed with knowledge, time; garage etc., vs. someone like me workaholic, lives in apartment without garage, not very handy. Anyway I will end up in paying to some shop , then why not pay to some forum member who keeps LRs to their heart and passionate about them, not just a number in a big garage & not gonna be as expensive..for sure.

I hope someone will walk me through the first steps of a rookie RRC owner. Any answer to the above questions or recommending any honest, not so expensive mechanic will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Joseph
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Hi,

I am Joseph, from Brooklyn, NY recently bought a 1987 RRC. It needs some TLC... First thing: Brakes (Going by the looks and feel..assuming the calipers are rusted .. I couldn't bleed front at all as the bleeder screws are like rusted like it is welded. Other problems with Steering, Ignition, Battery dying every day morning!!)

1) Though I am neither an expert at being handy, nor a dummy also. My friend and I changed all pads and rotors, but the brake is not yet there. It needs to be bled and possibly new calipers (at least in front) or piston or new seals.
I was spending quite a good time in our forum to find an honest, inexpensive mechanic. Since I am an apartment guy with 2 parking spaces (no garage!! to play without being frozen) & not -so-much fun in staying out in cold weather, I need an honest mechanic.
In BUSHDUCKS.COM, folks were talking good things about a mechanic in Long Island called Steven Usher (Island Rover Co, in Baldwin, NY, 11510). 516 8051136 is the phone number listed there. This number is not working & so is the website too.
If anyone has used him or knows his shop, Please update his phone and location or send it to me/ or another honest mechanic in a reasonable distance.

2) Is there anyone in the forum whom I could ask a helping hand with small things like Brakes or calipers or diagnosis with battery charge loss problems as these can be done by us and not necessarily have to spend a lot of bucks in any "LR Specialist place" or any mechanic, though we need mechanics for certain difficult works. I can either drive to them or vice versa. Some of us are more blessed with knowledge, time; garage etc., vs. someone like me workaholic, lives in apartment without garage, not very handy. Anyway I will end up in paying to some shop , then why not pay to some forum member who keeps LRs to their heart and passionate about them, not just a number in a big garage & not gonna be as expensive..for sure.

I hope someone will walk me through the first steps of a rookie RRC owner. Any answer to the above questions or recommending any honest, not so expensive mechanic will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Joseph
How are you Joseph? I know exactly what your going through because I have had many issues ( check all my previous post), with my rover. Luckily I found this great mechanic, IN BROOKLYN.....here is his info:
Foreign Auto Works, INC 1060 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11216 Ph: 718 638 1888, ask for Mr. Gordon and tell him Ali with the Gold rover sent you or you can try this shop in the BRONX.......British Auto Works Inc 1512 Stillwell Ave,Bronx New York 10461 Ph: 347 398 9417 or 347 398 9416 hope that helps.
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Hi,

I am Joseph, from Brooklyn, NY recently bought a 1987 RRC. It needs some TLC... First thing: Brakes (Going by the looks and feel..assuming the calipers are rusted .. I couldn't bleed front at all as the bleeder screws are like rusted like it is welded. Other problems with Steering, Ignition, Battery dying every day morning!!)

1) Though I am neither an expert at being handy, nor a dummy also. My friend and I changed all pads and rotors, but the brake is not yet there. It needs to be bled and possibly new calipers (at least in front) or piston or new seals.
I was spending quite a good time in our forum to find an honest, inexpensive mechanic. Since I am an apartment guy with 2 parking spaces (no garage!! to play without being frozen) & not -so-much fun in staying out in cold weather, I need an honest mechanic.
In BUSHDUCKS.COM, folks were talking good things about a mechanic in Long Island called Steven Usher (Island Rover Co, in Baldwin, NY, 11510). 516 8051136 is the phone number listed there. This number is not working & so is the website too.
If anyone has used him or knows his shop, Please update his phone and location or send it to me/ or another honest mechanic in a reasonable distance.

2) Is there anyone in the forum whom I could ask a helping hand with small things like Brakes or calipers or diagnosis with battery charge loss problems as these can be done by us and not necessarily have to spend a lot of bucks in any "LR Specialist place" or any mechanic, though we need mechanics for certain difficult works. I can either drive to them or vice versa. Some of us are more blessed with knowledge, time; garage etc., vs. someone like me workaholic, lives in apartment without garage, not very handy. Anyway I will end up in paying to some shop , then why not pay to some forum member who keeps LRs to their heart and passionate about them, not just a number in a big garage & not gonna be as expensive..for sure.

I hope someone will walk me through the first steps of a rookie RRC owner. Any answer to the above questions or recommending any honest, not so expensive mechanic will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Joseph
Joseph, Also for members on this forum the go to guys are Paul Grant, Will Tillery, PT Schram....there are others I just can not remember their names right now but the names Ive given you are the real deal
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Hey Joseph,

It was nice talking to you last night.

I'm sure we'll be able to resolve all or at least most of your issues. I'll bring a bunch of extra parts I have (both new and used). I also have to head up to Paul Grant's soon to pick up some parts for a head gasket job I'm working on so I could alwyas get some parts for your truck if we need them.

Look forward seeing you on Monday!

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Joseph, Also for members on this forum the go to guys are Paul Grant, Will Tillery, PT Schram....there are others I just can not remember their names right now but the names Ive given you are the real deal
Ehojefua:
Thanks for pointing me in the right direction esp.to the go-to guys)). I was spending quite some quality time through these threads and the names you mentioned ring a bell)).
Another forum member I found to be very informative is JohnC,... a real DIY fanatic.

Thanks again.
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Ehojefua:

Thanks for taking time out for a fellow Brooklynite))
Mr. Gordon's location is not too far. I have heard about British Autoworks. Bronx have to the option if this can't be done in Brooklyn. John C is coming to have a look at my RR on Monday. Then we will have a better picture.
Have a good weekend.
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Hi. I am new to the forum. I read this thread and thought I would join to introduce myself to fellow New York LR owners (and others). I currently drive a 1999 Discovery II with roughly 135,000 miles. It's actually our family car (despite my wife's love/hate relationship with it).

I post occasionally on another LR forum and had once raised a question similar to what Joseph asked about a helping hand in NY. I was trying to find out if there were any clubs or "groups" of LR owners who get together to help each other out with repairs, upgrades etc. Like many others with only basic knowledge, my old truck has been to the shop quite a bit for repairs I am not able to do on my own for various reasons (access to some tools, inexperience, no easy access to garage space . . . .). I am, however, interested in doing most of the work myself (suspension fixes, brakes, maintenance etc.)

Seeing how John C has offered to help Joseph, is there the potential or interest among NY metro area owners to create a group to help each other with repairs where the experienced can help the inexperienced and vice versa? Of course, the inexperienced would do most of the buying afterwards as thanks
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I would love to start a NY metro/ Long Island RR/LR anything. I can't believe nothing exists.
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Hey Joseph,

It was great meeting you and your Rangie! It's nice to see an older Rangie out on the road.

I found a caliper from a 1991 RR I had but it looks different than yours, it has two pistons and only one bleed screw: your had three. We could use it as a core and get you a new one from Autozone.

I'll look into the othe items you asked me too and hopefully we'll get together again soon to work on your truck.

Enjoy the rest of your day and stay away from those good lucking Ruskee women!!!!

Later,

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Hi. I am new to the forum. I read this thread and thought I would join to introduce myself to fellow New York LR owners (and others). I currently drive a 1999 Discovery II with roughly 135,000 miles. It's actually our family car (despite my wife's love/hate relationship with it).

I post occasionally on another LR forum and had once raised a question similar to what Joseph asked about a helping hand in NY. I was trying to find out if there were any clubs or "groups" of LR owners who get together to help each other out with repairs, upgrades etc. Like many others with only basic knowledge, my old truck has been to the shop quite a bit for repairs I am not able to do on my own for various reasons (access to some tools, inexperience, no easy access to garage space . . . .). I am, however, interested in doing most of the work myself (suspension fixes, brakes, maintenance etc.)

Seeing how John C has offered to help Joseph, is there the potential or interest among NY metro area owners to create a group to help each other with repairs where the experienced can help the inexperienced and vice versa? Of course, the inexperienced would do most of the buying afterwards as thanks
Stream25,

When I purchased my first RR back in the early 90s I met a guy who helped me replace the head gaskets. I spent two days at his house on LI and he showed me to replace them. He did not accept any money from me but insisted I pay it forward someday. Ever since then I've been learning and helping other people in the LR community. I've met a bunch of people thru the forums, some were idiots and some have become my best friends.

Shop days are very commo in the LR community, some are led by great knowledgeable people and others by young guys with big egos.

I don't mind having a shop day at my place, I have all the tools and air compressor and tons of extra parts, only problem is I don't have a garage. I have a roofed deck but right now I'm working on replacing the head gaskets on a 99DI in there. I do have a heater blower for the winter and a very large industrial fan for the summer. My tools and compressor are in the 16x20 shed along with the spare parts.

If you'd like to come over when we work on Joseph's truck just let me know and I'll PM you my address. I'm off exit 4 off the Palisades Parkway.

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JohnC you are a good man. If anyone wants to make a trip to the Hamptons 2+ hours from the city. I too have tools etc. I have a decent size shop. Probably could get two trucks in. Floors are heated. Don't have JohnC's experience with RR's but I do know the internal combustion engine well enough. I have a good support system (diesel dave) probably one of the best mechanics I have ever met.

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DreyK and John C, thanks for your responses and generous offers of help. Apologies for the late reply. I have been away, but am definitely interested.

DreyK, I will email you sometime this week. Sounds like you have a nice setup.

John C, when are you working on Joseph's truck? Feel free to PM me. Schedule permitting, I would be happy to help and learn more about possible shop days. If I can't make it on the weekend when Joseph drives in to see you, perhaps we can get together another time.
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To John C, Ive always wanted to learn how to work on my rover because the only way to do something right is to do it yourself....when I bring my rover up from Spartanburg SC, I will love to come to shop day.....@ Dereyk: I am definetley going to come to the hamptions to visit you and pick up those parts and also get some knowledge from you, Im also very interested in starting some sort of Range Rover Classic club; we can talk details when I visit.....
@RRBK: Have you fixed your issue yet?

you never know...maybe we can be the founding owners of the RRC club...LOL....I say we name the club "COUNTY CLASSICS"....what say you?
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With respect to Joseph's truck:

We are waiting for better weather but as soon as it clears up we are going to start attacking some of his issues.

Right now I left him a battery so he can test his electrical system. His battery was totally drained so he was going to use mine and see if it discharges overnight. We found some loose wires and extra cables he didn't need (previous owner had some sort of cutoff switch and didn't insulate the wires properly).

Brake problems: I was able to free up two of the bleed nipples but two on the driver side were too rusted. We are planning on rebuilding or replacing the caliper on that side. Joseph already replaced all four rotors with new pads. Also, he master cylinder cap wires were held together with zip ties so we'll try to fix the connector.

I also left him a fuel filter because hsi truck sputtered a few times while we were testing it on the highway. Other than that it runs pretty good.

I'm working on some head gaskets on one of my trucks, as soon as I finish I'll start working on his.
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John C@:

Hi John,

It was really nice of you to drive down to me in that cold President’s day.

1.The battery is perfect and there are no problems with starting anymore. Shall we conclude there is no drain bcos we could start or knowing you, I am assuming you will go the route of checking with voltmeter?
As you mentioned I will either go for an optima (leaning more towards this, though a lot more pricey… as it will be a wise investment to go off-roading with you) vs a regular autozone battery.
I have ordered Equus 3320 Auto-Ranging Digital Multimeter for $19.85 from amazon. Just to see the 12 volt reading or if the alternator is okay.
Is Blue Point EEDM504B Multimeter (around $50) is a must or Equus should do the job? Pls advice.

I am looking forward to driving down to your place soon on a convenient weekend for you. I will be more than happy if any other forum members could make it happen…Yeah ))
Thanks again for lending me the battery.

By the way, Ruskee women like these Rovers.. cos both are tough to maintain..lol

Will call u to schedule a day.

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