Spent the morning working on adding a switch pod. This one adjusts brightness of the backlight and has an auto memory function which will remember which lights you last used. Simple one-touch on/off of last used. Haven’t tested it but looked slick. Anyways, relied on awesome info here to find the hidden firewall grommet.
As has been posted many times, you have to remove the main harness bracket and snip the zip ties. Then it will come out and give enough room.
I actually put a point on a coat hanger and it went through pretty easily. Though the mistake I made was not first cutting out the interior foam to expose the inside face of the grommet.
Once you observe where it is on engine side, go back under your dash and cut out a chunk and you’ll likely hit it.
After that, it was all just tedious wiring work. Here’s how I’m doing mine. Yeah, I drilled the dash. I pulled the headlight trim piece off which was…exciting but it did come off after a weird lot strong amount of force.
Now I need a few more pieces to get the spots firing. Another trip to FLAPS and I’ll be done with it.
I had a 95 Discovery. Bought it in 98 with around 20k miles on it. Had those same wheels and tires, but mine was a dark Green. I think Conniston Green.
Loved it, but it certainly fell dead within the perception of poor Land Rover reliability. Absolutely nothing like my LR4. I was fresh out of college and overbought, without the funds to keep up with repairs. Sold it about 1.5 years later.
I lived in a town without a Land Rover dealer. I remember one day going out after work and it wouldn't start. These were the days before online forums, so I had to call the closest Land Rover dealer service department in Kansas City, and they talked me through using a paper clip to hotwire some electrical component on the left side of the driver's footwell. (IIRC, it was a brake switch that would let the car start when it's in drive.) Then I had to wait for a part to come in the mail. While I waited, the brake lights were on constantly every time I'd drive.
Dash curled up. Cruise just up and stopped working. I think the A/C quit. And a few other things.
It was enough to make me drive Land Cruisers for the next 10 years.
Still, I loved the car. Exterior and interior. I still remember the way the leather smelled.
Nice! I am looking for a Firenza Red with any version of the Tan interior.
But the wife insists on driving it before we purchase, and that is turning out to be painful as there just haven't been any in the Houston area...
Did you actually drive it before you purchased it?
If not, how did you do a good evaluation of mechanical condition?