Replacing an old Defender with a Delica - daft idea?

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Re: Replacing an old Defender with a Delica - daft idea?

Postby crinklystarfish » Sun Mar 08, 2015 10:53 pm

Funnily enough I put the very same tyres on my Bongo and they've been bang on. They are quiet and did me proud on an autobahn dominated trip to Austria - but have also been sound on muddy English fields and in snow.

They are, in my experience, a massive bargain and as good as any big name brand out there.

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Re: Replacing an old Defender with a Delica - daft idea?

Postby Chris S » Mon Mar 09, 2015 1:50 pm

That's good to know, however, just went to go get them fitted to find a set of hankook road tyres sat there (albeit in the right size).

Apparently there's none of the ATR (or ATM or whatever) available at the moment in my size so looks like it's general grabber AT2's. I didn't really want to go that aggressive, but the fuel and noise rating aren't much worse than the Hankooks.

If nowt else it should look the part.....

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Re: Replacing an old Defender with a Delica - daft idea?

Postby Chris S » Sat May 26, 2018 12:52 pm

Long time with no updates, other than it was a sad day yesterday when I left it behind after collecting it's replacement. I'd put over 40,000 miles on it in the 3 and a half years I owned it and in that time I can honestly say it's needed the least repairs of any vehicle I've owned (take that how you will!).

I knew it would need some work for the next MOT (usual stuff and a tiny bit of welding) and the rear diff was getting noisy, but we had a glance round and found a bit that needed welding and whilst not too major, would have needed a fair bit of suspension and subframe removing to get at it. The cost/time involved didn't weigh up however I looked at it so it was time to go shopping (with the worlds tiniest budget).

Bit of head scratching, pondering and yotubing and I've ended up with an old 2wd diesel Peugeot Partner Combi. It might just be a stop gap, or I might actually like it and keep it, but the plan is to knock up a removable bed platform similar to what I did with the delica and see how we get on.

Long term, a VW Maxi Kombi 4 Motion is the plan but that could be very long term.

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Re: Replacing an old Defender with a Delica - daft idea?

Postby Ivan C » Sat May 26, 2018 1:56 pm

I've heard it said that if you can take a 4x4 where the average French farmer will take a C15/Berlingo/Partner you're doing well! :D
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Re: Replacing an old Defender with a Delica - daft idea?

Postby crinklystarfish » Sat May 26, 2018 2:41 pm

Blimey - this thread's a blast from the past.

Funnily enough I'm now about 6 months into Delica ownership too - a fresh S1 import with very low mileage and am so far getting on well with it. It's excellent for supporting my racing and birdwatching.

I also have a Renault RX4 (second in three years). These can be bought for a few hundred quid and are genuinely impressive off road. They're full of niggles and relibility is sketchy, though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiyN8Yn ... jT&index=2

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Re: Replacing an old Defender with a Delica - daft idea?

Postby Chris S » Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:26 am

Ivan C wrote:I've heard it said that if you can take a 4x4 where the average French farmer will take a C15/Berlingo/Partner you're doing well! :D
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I can quite believe it :)

Spent a bit of time in the mountains in Croatia and they seem to love anything old and french to use where most people would use a 4x4 of some sort. Never seen so many old Renault 4's

crinklystarfish wrote:Blimey - this thread's a blast from the past.

Funnily enough I'm now about 6 months into Delica ownership too - a fresh S1 import with very low mileage and am so far getting on well with it. It's excellent for supporting my racing and birdwatching.

I also have a Renault RX4 (second in three years). These can be bought for a few hundred quid and are genuinely impressive off road. They're full of niggles and relibility is sketchy, though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiyN8Yn ... jT&index=2



I know :oops: I saw the date of the last post and thought it must hve been a mistake....

Good to hear you're enjoying the Delica, Steve, I'm sure I will miss mine, but am really enjoying how frugal the partner is on diesel so far.

I did nearly go to look at a Kangoo Trekka, which I think shares the same running gear as the RX4 but it was the niggles and reliability that put me off.

I've gone for the 2.0 HDI which, although a very modern choice of engine for me, seems as though they can be good for quite high mileages.

Went to local scrappy yesterday for a few little odd bits for it and it was nice to have the choice of loads of cars to go at rather than having to find somewhere that has one delica in stock thats missing half the good bits!

Just found some pics of the bed platform I made for the delica (and meant to post when I made it a couple of years ago :oops: ).

I know it's quite high, but that was so the dog cage would fit underneath it right at the back.

It worked really quite well and we used it for 2 weeks wild camping around the highlands and islands of Scotland - we never really intended to sleep in the vehicle every night but it just panned out that way and we managed to stay in a few fantastic places that didn't lend themselves to tenting, plus it was a lot more stealthier as it just looked at a glance like we were parked up.

As it was, the way I'd built it meant that I could keep the middle row seats in place (just folded up and pushed forward, so 5 min work to remove the platform and it was back to a 4 seater again.
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Re: Replacing an old Defender with a Delica - daft idea?

Postby crinklystarfish » Sat Jun 02, 2018 7:17 am

That's nicely executed, Chris. Good use of space.

The Partner should be a good project. My wife had two Berlingos in succession over about six years and they were bombproof. Decent quality mildly aggressive tyres will see you getting to most places soft-roaders wouldn't reach.

The Trekka was a bullet dodged - I had one for about six months and got rid for my first RX4. The build quality was a shocker. The trans is similar but the RX4 has a viscius coupling whereas the Trekka relies on an essentially mechanical locker. The Trekka version is pants. They are notoriously unreliable and even low mileage ones start clicking and knocking.

Looking forward to some pics of the fitout.


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