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Title: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 18, 2013, 02:14:41 PM
Hello everyone,

Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?

I've modified my 1978 SIII 109 GS to a point where it's hardly recognisable as an old army truck, but it does still have all the tags and such.

While the purists may shudder at the thought, I'm left to ponder if others may yet find some interest in what I've done as they too may have crossed over and modified their ex army Series vehicles away from specification.

Holden engine conversions seem to be popular, as are Nissan gearbox conversions, and some have opted to go for high speed transfer boxes and/or high speed diffs. I've personally seen many ex army Land Rovers which have been treated to one or more of these modifications.

Perhaps I'll be burned at the stake for it, but I've gone the whole shebang and now run a worked Holden 202, Nissan 5 speed overdive, high speed transfer box and high speed diffs.

This is a very good combination and would surprise/shock some people I think.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: FFRMAN on January 18, 2013, 03:16:40 PM
HI,

Works for me, my take is it's your vehicle and you can modify as you like, the main thing is it's still alive and being well looked after. A modified Land Rover section might be a good idea.

Regards
Scott
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Carzee on January 18, 2013, 04:57:16 PM
A good idea.
Seems Land Rover customers always mod. Including the army. The Aussie Army (thru ADE) modded and tested... and modded again. Land Rover themselves took up some of their mods... and remember the V8 mod that came later. The word versatile was used in all the Landy promotions from the beginning.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Ellard on January 18, 2013, 05:54:59 PM


Hi there

Initally I was shocked - but..........................

Quote
it's your vehicle and you can modify as you like, the main thing is it's still alive and being well looked after. A modified Land Rover section might be a good idea.


Agreed.....

Wayne
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 18, 2013, 07:54:01 PM
This is my 1978 Series 3, 109 GS.

Second image was taken in 2010 at the Parkes Radio Telescope at Parkes NSW.
This was a few months prior to the second total rebuild.
Thatís my wife Julia standing beside the 109, and as you can see, sheís a short person, hence the mods to assist her entry and exit to and from the vehicle. I resisted those mods for years and years but she just wouldnít shut up about it, and in the end I caved and just did them to get some peace and quiet.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: fc101 on January 18, 2013, 08:05:36 PM
Why not - we have just about every other brand on a landie site so why not a modified landie.

Garry
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Carzee on January 18, 2013, 08:08:36 PM
Well thats well done! I had a S3 109 HT years back and it was nowhere as nice. Yours looks like new. The window mesh takes me back: memories of mums Kingswood and me on L plates.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: FFRMAN on January 18, 2013, 08:13:59 PM
This is my ex army series III.

Very nice, thanks for putting up, twin tanks on a S3, did you add that as well?

Regards
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 18, 2013, 08:32:44 PM
Very nice, thanks for putting up, twin tanks on a S3, did you add that as well?

Regards
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Yes, I fitted the passenger side fuel filler and set it all up ready to lift another 72 ltr military tank into place just as soon as it arrived back in Victoria from where I had it stored in Brisbane. I also have a big aluminium rear tank sitting here ready to go in as well.

The tanks and my No.5 trailer arrived in Melbourne last night and are here with me as we speak, so it's just a matter of making up 1x "L" shaped plate and welding it into place (on the front outrigger) and the second tank can then be fitted. Shouldn't take more than a couple of hours when the time comes.

* I found this picture just now, and I recall taking it during the second total rebuild.
I was asked why I wasnít removing the olive drab paint from the fuel filler behind the drivers seat and I just said that I decided to leave it green as that was the only part that wasnít restored/repainted and it was necessary to leave it green in order to remind me of the vehicles heritage as well as to remind me of the crazy amount of work that had been done during the 2 rebuilds.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 18, 2013, 08:44:43 PM
 The window mesh takes me back: memories of mums Kingswood and me on L plates.

I still have the mesh and visor which were made and fitted during the rebuild, but I removed them quick smart as they made too much noise and will require some thought/modification before going back on.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Vixen on January 18, 2013, 09:12:24 PM
You've done  a really good job on that  :D Looks great  ;D
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 18, 2013, 09:20:16 PM
Thanks for all the positive comments.

Like I said, it's highly modified and doesn't perform like a regular SIII, but I've gone to quite some lengths to retain the SIII profile/shape.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Ellard on January 19, 2013, 01:10:06 PM


Have to say it - It is way to clean to be a landrover engine bay
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Carzee on January 19, 2013, 05:46:16 PM
Thanks for all the positive comments.

Like I said, it's highly modified and doesn't perform like a regular SIII, but I've gone to quite some lengths to retain the SIII profile/shape.

Clean enough to be 'as new'.
I'm curious though. Could you explain to me, using short words for the mechanically challenged, whats going on with the top radiator hose and whats the box leftover from a Dr Who show in the rear passenger side of the bay -- a air cleaner?
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: DennisM on January 19, 2013, 06:34:52 PM
I have no idea what the unit is in the top radiator hose, as it has a rad/cap on the radiator???maybe another fill point??, the box arrangement "Dr Who" is the std heater box as fitted to all S3, cheers Dennis :)
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: bobslandies on January 19, 2013, 07:35:45 PM
I have no idea what the unit is in the top radiator hose, as it has a rad/cap on the radiator???maybe another fill point??, the box arrangement "Dr Who" is the std heater box as fitted to all S3, cheers Dennis :)

Hi,

It's a TEFBA in-line radiator water filter - has a stainless steel gauze in the chamber below the screw off cap, see here:

http://www.tefba.com/

Bob
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: pop058 on January 19, 2013, 09:08:20 PM
The bit in the top hose is an inline filter. There are arguments for and against.


http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/BILLET-RADIATOR-FILTER-FILLER-for-TOP-RADIATOR-HOSE-BLACK-EASY-TO-CLEAN-1-5-/150906220802?pt=AU_Car_Parts_Accessories&hash=item2322b63102
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 20, 2013, 12:17:44 AM
Yes, it's an inline coolant filter by TEFBA. I run 100% coolant.

It works well for me as I also run an electric water pump with digital engine temp control/thermo fan controller. (Davies Craig)

The "Dr Who" box is the standard heater matrix, rebuilt of course, and is yet to be ducted to the bilge blower fan I'm using to force feed it with.

I also rebuilt the heater plenum in the dash (aside from the rest of the vehicle) and have no problem with getting heat from the heater now, whereas before, the heater was perfectly useless, so much so that a cheeky mate suggested I jam a dried gumleaf into the fan so the noise would at least make the heater sound functional, and he also reasoned that the friction of the fan rubbing on the leaf would perhaps throw off more heat than the heater was producing... :-\
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 20, 2013, 12:45:20 AM
The air cleaner is the located where the battery normally goes.

I relocated the dry cell battery to behind the drivers side fuel tank, kind of like where the FFR vehicles have them, except mine has no access door. I access it from underneath, or lean in through the rear wheel arch.

I lowered the old battery stand and now use it to hold the air cleaner assembly.

The air cleaner assembly is ex Jaguar, modified at the intake side to include a cut down fuel filler section in place of the Jaguar trumpet. This allows me to duct the air cleaner to a brake cooling duct/air intake vent(NASCAR) located behind the grille. You cannot see the air intake unless you look really hard for it.

I run a blind over the radiator now as even when I have the engine temp dialed in at it's highest setting, the engine still runs too cold at highway speeds, thus the blind allows the engine to run warmer. Clearly the engine cooling system is quite efficient.

Even on the hottest days I have no overheating issues and even with the blind in place at highway speeds, it seems to sit where the digital controller says it's sitting, and there's only a couple degrees discrepancy.

That black plastic pipe running from the air cleaner, up and over to the carby, is from a Holden Commodore. The snakes head shaped black rubber 90 degree elbow atop the carby is a high velocity item from a large tractor (believe it or not) and the flared aluminium item beneath it was cast by a mate to my specs.

The carby is a blueprinted 34 ADM Weber.(mechanical secondary)
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 20, 2013, 12:47:12 AM
The air intake.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 20, 2013, 01:11:20 AM
As you can see, the air intake is not noticeable once the grille is in place.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 20, 2013, 01:15:31 AM
The blind in place, with a section cut out for the air intake.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 20, 2013, 12:42:00 PM
I added these badges just for a giggle, thinking nobody would notice or pay much attention, but I've since been surprised to find that many people do read what's on a badge and it seems to encourage them to have a laugh and say hello.

Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 20, 2013, 01:57:45 PM
Heater fan, still yet to be ducted to the matrix, but when that's been done it will most assuredly do the trick.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 20, 2013, 02:10:17 PM
I found the standard wiring loom to be an ongoing nightmare so I removed it entirely and installed a 20x circuit hotrod loom.

I also applied sound deadener/heat shield to both sides of the firewall, both sides of the floor plates, seat box, and anywhere else that I felt could use some deadening. Nice and quiet in there now, and cooler too, much cooler.

Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: master chief on January 21, 2013, 12:47:59 PM
I have to Disagree Diana,

Military brushbar, tool holders, heli lift points, not to mention military chassis. all hinting at military heritage!.

Regards
Justin.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Carzee on January 21, 2013, 01:05:46 PM
Well, I am also impressed with navigations ex-mil. I think the mods on display here are of a very high grade mechanically, an expert level. Cost was also high, thats evident.

I think the other end of the scale, ie., modifications to make a unreg paddock buggy or fishing troopy (how many unfortunate ex-mil Landies have 'retired' by the seaside? so sad.), wouldn't be of much value here, but a section to discuss and tweak some mods would be beneficial. I can even envy those things. Who knows, we may all be have to go over to diesel one day.

quote "...I've gone to quite some lengths to retain the SIII profile/shape" indicates to me that navigator has a deep down affliction for the heritage and history like the rest of us. This example could easily comeback to join the green one day, who knows?
A separate section or just all in? ... does it matter too much? [digs out speech on youtube] MLK: "I have a dream..." LOL
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 21, 2013, 01:39:40 PM
Thanks for the support fellas, I appreciate it.

Yes, I did go to great lengths to retain the standard shape of the SIII 109 GS, and while it could be repainted back to green, as per how it spent most of its life, the mission to repaint it back would require a total rebuild as it's not just painted outside, it's a full body off, inside and out respray.

I'm not looking to do another total rebuild on it, mainly as the wife greatly dislikes the olive and camo...  ::)

Had I left it green and not powder-coated the brush bar, tool holders and myriad other things, it would still look like an ex army 109 GS, it's really just the blue and white which mask what it actually is.

Stuffing a sensibly worked 202 in there, with 5 speed overdriven gearbox, high speed transfer box and high speed diffs, makes this one very quick vehicle, totally different to the way many other ex army vehicles perform.

I cruise around in this, no need to thrash the daylights out of it to get anywhere, and I normally drop it into overdrive as I hit 100 kph. It will happily sit at well over 100 in 4th, maybe even go to 130-140...but I don't see the point, so I just use the 100 kph point as my shiftpoint into top.

Just because it's geared high doesn't mean it's sluggish down low either, in fact I had to fit a Detroit Locker to the rear diff as wheelspin was an issue in 1st and second.

I've never heard of anyone fitting a Nissan 5 speed to a high speed transfer, along with high speed diffs, and to be honest, many people suggested it wasn't do-able or practical.

I STRONGLY urge anyone considering similar mods, to follow this route and reap the benefits. It pulls like a V8, and hills almost don't exist.

Fuel consumption?

When it was running Land Rover box and high speed transfer and high speed diffs, it delivered 230 klm for 45 litres, religiously. Now? Not saying! But it's certainly over 300 klm for the same ltrs.

It's not finished yet either, for I burned myself out on the rebuild this last time around and as such I've yet to finish it all off.

There is only a HEI ignition in place, the HI6 CDI is still to be refitted, along with the water/methanol injection, then I might tune it, as I haven't even been bothered to tune it yet since rebuilding the engine, just threw it in and went, and never looked back basically.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: master chief on January 21, 2013, 06:41:08 PM
No worries Diana, We'll agree to disagree!.  ::)

Nav, Well done for keeping it on the road.


Regards
Justin
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Polizei on January 21, 2013, 09:49:56 PM
Navigation, my first car was a SWB series 3 with a holden 202 and nissan truck gearbox. Sounds similar to your setup. This was a great little car. We also put range rover diff centres to improve the cruise speed. It would easily cruise at 120km/h. It had wide tyres also but even then it would still spin on the bitumen (even in 2nd) without much effort. Broke a couple of axles  :o.

Unfortunately my photos of it are pre-digital era. I ended up selling it back to the guy I bought it from too!

I think there is a lot to be said for simple discrete mods which enhance a vehicle's usability. That being said I am trying to keep my ex mil 109 GS completely original. If you kept the original gearbox and engine then you cant potentially have these bits with the car when you sell it.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 21, 2013, 10:16:04 PM
Navigation, my first car was a SWB series 3 with a holden 202 and nissan truck gearbox. Sounds similar to your setup. This was a great little car. We also put range rover diff centres to improve the cruise speed. It would easily cruise at 120km/h. It had wide tyres also but even then it would still spin on the bitumen (even in 2nd) without much effort. Broke a couple of axles  :o.

Unfortunately my photos of it are pre-digital era. I ended up selling it back to the guy I bought it from too!

I think there is a lot to be said for simple discrete mods which enhance a vehicle's usability. That being said I am trying to keep my ex mil 109 GS completely original. If you kept the original gearbox and engine then you cant potentially have these bits with the car when you sell it.

Thanks for the comment.

I thought mine went well with the 4 speed, hi transfer and hi diffs, but the 5 speed atop all that...along with the souped up motor, makes for an express truck in the literal sense.

I've no desire to store engines and gearboxes for future returns back to standard. It just isn't worth it. Fair enough if the vehicle was sought after enough to command a decent return...but I'm yet to see Land Rovers pulling big dollars here. I don't do it for potential future value, I do it because I find it to be a great hobby, rather than sitting in front of a TV or whatever.

I see it like this, an old SIII 109 GS was never supposed to be quick, and people don't expect them to be more than slugs, so the rascal in me wants to exploit that and spin people out with the way an old jinker like this can go.

I was going to supercharge it, but it doesn't really need anymore than it has, lest I overstep the spec on another componant, as you say, axles, drive flanges etc, all play a role.

I already had to re-engineer the drive hubs/flanges to cope with the added stresses of the Detroit Locker. I'm running M12 cap heads on those now.

This isn't the first vehicle I've built either, I've been building up hot cars etc all my life. I don't watch much tv, nor am I a sports fan, obviously.  :P
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 21, 2013, 10:48:20 PM
I suppose the other thing that sets what I've done aside from what most other people have done, is that I've upgraded this unit to suit its role as an every day driver, not a once in a blue moon/weekend toy.

I do concur with Diana about retaining the military look in some instances, and really would have liked a high performance olive green of camo coloured SIII 109 GS, but it just wan't to be for me.

Would I entertain the thought of building another in green or camo, not likely, I'd choose another type of vehicle entirely next time. There's no challenge for me in stirring the same pot over and over.

Carzee mentioned cost in one of his posts, saying this has cost me a lot of money to build. Not sure where the cost input level should be for a one off custom build, but I have done this as cheaply as possible, and the main area where I've saved money is in doing it all myself, with the aid of likeminded friends assisting. I/we make what needs to be made, or get it done via a mate if we haven't the capability to get it done ourselves.

Perhaps the hardest part in building a vehicle is in the research of what can and cannot be done. I reckon I spent 4 times as long doing the research as what it took to actually do the mod in question.

Someone else mentioned Land Rovers as being "versatile", and that they are, for they really are quite easy to work on if you plan out what you're doing and set off on the task with a positive attitude.

Things like rewiring may daunt some people, but it's really pretty simple when you do a bit of "Googling" beforehand.

I actually did feel I'd bitten off more than I could chew with the wiring, so asked an auto elec mate to come past and offer some advice. I won;t tell you what I paid him for his advice, as it was more than I believe it was worth, for his advice was to just keep soldiering on myself and only to call on him if I got stuck. I didn't get stuck, I'd just Google and use common sense and it all fell into place for me.

Juggling how to make the standard indicator mechanism work witha  Chevrolet spec 20x circuit loom wasn't anywhere near as hard as you may thing, nor was including the Chev ignition switch, Chev headlights and wipers switches, or upgrading the lousy Land Rover sealed beams to Crystal lights with decent globes and ceramic plugs etc. It all flows. You roll with one thing at a time and before you know it you reach the end.

This vehicle got a full rebuild, except diffs and suspension, over 1x winter period. True.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 24, 2013, 10:29:32 AM
This picture shows what went on in the rear cargo area.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 24, 2013, 10:40:50 AM
Body deadener/heat shield was used on both sides of the firewall, floor plates, seat box etc, anything which I felt would help with the noise and the heat, was covered. Then Carpet was applied over the top.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: pop058 on January 24, 2013, 10:58:38 AM
OK, I have been watching this thread for a while and I freely admit I fall into the "leave it generally original" category.  BUT, Kudos to you mate, that is one of (if not) the cleanest S3's I have laid eyes on.

I think you have given a few people (me at least) a bit of inspiration to venture a bit further afield with a Series Landy, be it a civy or ex-mil.

 MMMMMM, I have got a 3.9/R380 combo sitting in my shed not doing much.  8)

Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Diana Alan on January 24, 2013, 01:50:15 PM
I was looking at an earlier post and notice you have what looks like a computer fan in the heater/demister air intake.  Will that push sufficient air?
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Phoenix on January 24, 2013, 02:49:30 PM
I too like them original, but I would love that as my every day driver, I miss driving my S3 FFR, and i've not yet driven my ambulance :(

Last military vehicle I got to drive was a Moke, and that was fun :)
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 24, 2013, 05:18:38 PM
I was looking at an earlier post and notice you have what looks like a computer fan in the heater/demister air intake.  Will that push sufficient air?

Hi Diana,

It's more commonly referred to as a bilge blower. 135 CFM, it's a serious fan, unlike a feeble computer fan.

It's only one speed, however, it's main use (in my case) is for demisting and pumping hot air into the cabin till the cab is warmed a whisker...beyond that it's really unnecessary as I've rebuilt the entire heating system and enhanced it suitably enough that it works pretty well with no fan at all.

http://compare.ebay.com.au/like/380178417079?ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes

My fan is similar to this one, but I think mine is rated higher and cost less from memory. Again from memory, there are two ratings, and I think mine is the higher one. Could be wrong. Either way, it pumps some serious air and makes the standard fan look like a joke.  ::)

Ok, here's a Nascar brake duct fan, note the price, even with shipping. This is the route I took.

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/NASCAR-RACE-CAR-brake-or-driver-cooling-air-blower-fan-4-inch-NEW-/321058376165?pt=Race_Car_Parts&hash=item4ac09209e5

They use them as brake cooling fans in race cars too, and that was where I directed my search at the time, so while they sell as bilge blowers, they sell far more units as brake cooling fans for NASCAR etc. If you're in the market for one, go the NASCAR route, it'll save you money. Anything marine is priced significantly higher...just a bit of a cryptic tip.  ;)

**Remember I no longer use a mechanical water pump or mechanical fan, I use a digitally controlled Davies Craig electric water pump and 14 inch thermo. The thermo saw service previously as a backup to the mechanical fan, but since I shifted the engine forward by 100mm and relocated the radiator etc, I'm no longer able to utilise a mechanical fan, so the thermo is now prime.

Because the algorithym in the digital engine temp controller is factory preset to run at 85 degrees (midway point), I get engine water recirculation for 10 seconds every 30 seconds even when cold. This means that the heater/demister gets warmed water earlier than would be the case with a thermostatically controlled system, as per standard.

*The engine thermostat (standard) basically holds back the warm water to the heater until the engine is at temp and the thermostat opens...

The electric water pump and digital controller allows warm (ish) water to circulate long before it can in standard spec. This can be a bonus to the operator.

Also, the digital controller can be adjusted, so you can alter the operating temp of the engine via the controller on the dash, and run it incrementally higher or lower from the standard thermostat controlled temp as per standard.

I run a blind across the radiator, to restrict airflow as I've got a too efficient cooling system...the blind restricts the air down to the point where I can now apply the digital controller to run the engine temp where I want it, dependant on seasonal changes and performance expectations.

I hope I've explained this sufficiently enough to answer your question.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 24, 2013, 05:44:13 PM
OK, I have been watching this thread for a while and I freely admit I fall into the "leave it generally original" category.  BUT, Kudos to you mate, that is one of (if not) the cleanest S3's I have laid eyes on.

I think you have given a few people (me at least) a bit of inspiration to venture a bit further afield with a Series Landy, be it a civy or ex-mil.

 MMMMMM, I have got a 3.9/R380 combo sitting in my shed not doing much.  8)

Thank you pop058,

I warmly encourage you to do your due dilligence and look at souping up that engine and drivetrain, if done correctly, you will have a nice little performer on your hands.

People tried to get me to go diesel when I was doing the gearbox modification but I just couldn't afford it at the time, it is a loose change hobby after all, but if I had gone that route, I would have had the fuel pump drilled out and probably would have hung a big (ish) turbo onto the side of it. Just to get it crackin'...

As mine is a daily driver on suburban streets and highways, I've set it up to exploit what's available using petrol.

My engine is not a really high performance engine, it's just warmed sensibly.

Bathurst spec head, Crow Towing cam, blueprinted 34 ADM Weber carb, extractors, electronic ignition, electric fuel pump, electric water pump etc.

Just plain jane mods based on proven performance formulas.

All designed to create torque down low, much like a diesel... ::) ...but just revs a bit harder.

I am a diesel fan as a matter of fact, and have built several very fast trucks over the years, but this vehicle had the petrol engine, diffs etc already in place and I couldn't justify the cost of going diesel with it...

Thanks for the kind words too, glad you like it.

I'll warrant a guess that you'd be loving it even more if I ever pulled up alongside you at the lights, and blasted off and left you for dead...as is my usual trick.

I've had many people with Land Rovers smiling gleefully when I've launched it and left them for dead.

It goes pretty well, more like a WRX Subaru than an old ex army chariot.

Regards to you.

*p.s, don't forget that the 27a law was exempted for the military. Think about that...
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 24, 2013, 10:47:16 PM
installing carpet in the front...

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a621/Ross_Hanley/Facebook/August%2013%202011/223717_10150284885496785_2106498_n.jpg)

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a621/Ross_Hanley/Facebook/August%2013%202011/262823_10150284885446785_3155966_n.jpg)

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a621/Ross_Hanley/Facebook/August%2013%202011/262874_10150284885396785_3643636_n.jpg)

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a621/Ross_Hanley/Facebook/August%2013%202011/294345_10150284885346785_3526239_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 24, 2013, 10:58:57 PM
The standard dash binacle was a treated to a bit of an overhaul too...

That's a Jaguar Tacho and Speedo, and rocket launcher covers on each of the blue LED switches. Each toggle switch serves a different role.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 24, 2013, 11:03:01 PM
All the dash lights were converted to green, and are dimmed via the Chevrolet headlight switch.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 24, 2013, 11:09:26 PM
Oh, and just in case some of you still believe this is a crazy Series III rebuild and takes the vehicle too far away from standard, then take a look at this next image of the last car I built for/with my stepfather.

This could have been the Land Rover, but I never went that far on what I view as a fun 4x4...

(http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a621/Ross_Hanley/Facebook/August%2020%202011/316482_10150290881836785_5892766_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Diana Alan on January 24, 2013, 11:17:24 PM
Hi Diana,

It's more commonly referred to as a bilge blower. 135 CFM, it's a serious fan, unlike a feeble computer fan.

It's only one speed, ...<snip>
I hope I've explained this sufficiently enough to answer your question.
More than sufficient.   :)

In fact, I have been considering options for fitting A/C to my Defender, but the available space to integrate the evaporator in the heater box was restricted by the size of the blower unit.  Your fan could change that whole assumption.

I was also considering fitting a change over where I could shut off outside air by blocking the external intake and opening a recirculating intake from the footwell, again your fan makes that possible.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 24, 2013, 11:42:43 PM
There are always alternatives Diana, the sky's the limit really.

If you hatch a plan and want to ball park the process, ask here on the site for ideas.

I'm sure there are many capable tinkerers here willing to lend a hand/advice.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 25, 2013, 04:28:13 PM
Inside the rear cargo area.

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Drivers side fuel tank when it was about to be lifted into place.

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Cabin carpeted and almost complete.

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The vehicle was fired for the first time just a couple of days after these pictures were taken and it was immediately put back onto the road for testing.

Only a couple of small problems arose during the first couple of test drives, and these were quickly overcome and to date the vehicle hasn't given any real problems.

I think the biggest heart in mouth problem was in oil spraying out of the dip stick, and I quickly diagnosed that as being relative to the sealed oil filler cap. A quick trip to an auto parts outlet for a vented oil filler cap and the problem was solved.

To remedy the wheelspin issues in 1st and 2nd gear, I fitted a Detroit Locker, and after that it started snapping drive flange bolts. No easy fix for this, so re-engineered it to take M12 cap heads. Problem solved.

I've still not tuned the vehicle since it was fired for the first time. Laziness is most of the reason. I simply burned myself out during the rebuild and cannot find the motivation to spend much (if any) time on it now.

I reckon it needs one more week solid work to get it all finished, tuned etc, and that may happen in the next couple of months if I somehow find the motivation.

So far it's done about 18 months on the road and it's not given any real issues from those first couple of niggles. Fingers crossed it stays that way.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 25, 2013, 04:41:38 PM
Battery isolator switch.

Digital controller for the electric water pump and thermo fan.

Collision switch for the electric fuel pump.

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The red box is the head unit for the water/methanol injection system. To date I've been too lazy to finish installing the jet and a couple of wires needed to get that going again.

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Charcoal cannister was added beneath the vehicle and the electric fuel pump sits near that on a rubber mount.

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To give you an idea of just how disinterested I am lately, I have a brand new center console which has a nice blue lid etc, and probably wouldn't take more than 10 minutes to install, but it's just not happening for me lately.

I really do need to pull my socks up and have another go.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Polizei on January 26, 2013, 09:34:04 PM
Well you're not too lazy to post your progress!

Very interesting to see your ideas...keep going!!!
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: bronzie66610 on January 27, 2013, 08:48:50 AM
Hello NAVIGATION
Top job.
To the purist like me and many others originality for the period is paramount. BUT it is up to the individual for the little to big mods.
I needed a tailgate for 112-951, that how it was in SVN, so I had a civilian one and MOD'd the licence plate area to remove the pieces I did not require. Now a civvy tub, but will keep original as it was heavily moded by civvy or military ?(does not fit with SVN period) . That now puts me into the category of modification.
Still like your mod.





Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Chazza on January 27, 2013, 09:44:21 AM
The bit in the top hose is an inline filter. There are arguments for and against.

Tell me what the "against" arguments are?

 I have used one in my Disco for years and provided that they are checked regularly, they are only a good thing in my experience. My engine was a clean as a whistle inside the cooling system but the strainer still collects odd bits of rubbish, and it makes it much easier to fill the cooling system first time, unlike the standard system,

Cheers Charlie
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 27, 2013, 12:02:32 PM
Well you're not too lazy to post your progress!

Very interesting to see your ideas...keep going!!!

Hi Polizei,

If only building cars was as easy as hitting a few keys on a keyboard, if it were, I'm sure we'd all have some really great individual vehicles under us.

I've got a few hundred pictures of various stages of the rebuild, so will post some of those as I get time.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: pop058 on January 27, 2013, 01:17:59 PM
The bit in the top hose is an inline filter. There are arguments for and against.

Tell me what the "against" arguments are?

 I have used one in my Disco for years and provided that they are checked regularly, they are only a good thing in my experience. My engine was a clean as a whistle inside the cooling system but the strainer still collects odd bits of rubbish, and it makes it much easier to fill the cooling system first time, unlike the standard system,

Cheers Charlie

I cannot honestly answer your question as I am on your side. I have one in my 97 D1 4.6A as well. The only "against" I have heard is that "they are a waste of money because you cooling system should be clean anyway".
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 27, 2013, 03:06:53 PM
Ok, the TEFBA filter seems to be attracting some attention, so I'll do my best to explain why I adopted it.

We rebuilt the engine "on the ground", and given that we were as careful as possible, and as clean as possible, there was still a niggling worry of flotsam being present.

**I never had the radiator professionally cleaned prior to its re-use as I wanted to see if I was going to have to get a different core etc as I'm running a bit of an unknown engine combination, so spending money on radiator reco's etc at that point seemed folly. As it turns out, the radiator is fine for my needs and is more than sufficient.

I had initially installed a reverse flush system as well, and we did use that on 2-3 occasions to completely rinse out the cooling/heating system with fresh water prior to actually firing up and running the engine. In so doing, we discovered a few large pieces of black silicon (no black silicon was used throughout the rebuild), the odd shard of gasket material, and a couple of small flakes of rust. More puzzling still was the discovery of a rather large piece of hard wood, which appeared to have impressions of metal casting stamped into it. No clue where that came from or why it was there.

After firing the engine to run in the camshaft etc, it was noted that the coarse screen TEFBA filter was catching still more debris, again black silicon/gasket material and 2 or 3 threads of cotton, these were almost probably from the rags we used to clean everything during the rebuild.

I reasoned that most of this debris was perhaps imprisoned within the radiator core, and when cold flushed, the bits were also cold and remained too hard to pass through the tubes, but upon being subjected to the heated water via running the engine, they probably became pliant/softened enough to pass through the tubes and were then passed on through to the TEFBA filter.

**Sediments are another worry, and as I just explained, when cold flushing a cooling system, often the sediments remain in the bottom tank and other areas and do not become mobile until heated. Hot flushing an engine is not a skill I'm familiar with. :-[

**The TEFBA has a little sump thing on which the filter screen sits, and while some people think the little sump thing is there to catch the debris which falls off the screen when the engine is not running, I reason it's there to allow the periodical removal of sediment which has hit the screen and thus has accumulated below it.

I ran the coarse screen for a few weeks until it stopped catching large debris and then went to the fine mesh screen and repeated the process over again. Probably 2 or 3 more cleans and the fine mesh stopped catching stuff, but every now and then the odd little bit is found. Nothing to worry about I reckon.

I do periodically lift out the little sump thing and rinse off any sediment I find.

**Given that I run an electric water pump (Davies Craig), I have my cooling/heating system cycling more than it would if it was standard, even after I shut the engine down, the digital controller continues its safety thing and keeps cycling the coolant at intervals until the sensor accepts that it's done its job of safeguarding against hotspots etc. As such, I think this moderate and continual cycling of the coolant allows the TEFBA filter to be more effective as it would in a regular cooling system.

There are "socks" that can be fitted to the top radiator hose which may also work ok, but I've not tried one.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 27, 2013, 05:40:46 PM
The talk about the TEFBA prompted me to have a look today and see what was going on with it, as I've said before, I've not been working on the vehicle for quite some time so it's been a few months since I last checked it.

The fine mesh screen was about 1.2 blocked with small particles of what appears to be the black silicon, and the little sump thing had 1x piece of rust scale sitting in the bottom of it.

There was evidence of a very fine slurry in the bottom of the sump too, which I washed off by just running it under the tap.

The flecks of black silicon came off easily just by rubbing them with my fingers under the tap.

I really wouldn't mind trying one of those "socks" to see if I can catch the really fine slurry particles. Might look at obtaining one of those at some point.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 30, 2013, 06:33:18 PM
Due to the installation of the 20x circuit wiring loom, I saw no reason not to upgrade the headlights as well. The standard headlights really were poor... ::)

First thing I did was get a custom heavy duty loom made up with ceramic plugs etc, then added Crystal headlights and decent globes.

The new headlights are so good that I rarely ever use high beam, nor do I ever seem to use the spotlights for that matter.

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The headlight upgrade was well worth it.

LED tail light globes were also installed, and I'm still looking at LED indicators etc, but all that can wait for the time being.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 30, 2013, 07:33:31 PM
The extractors were constantly giving me grief prior to the rebuild by blowing out the gasket and nothing I did to resolve the problem gave any sort of lasting remedy, so during the rebuild I attacked them with the draw files and hand faced them, along with the intake manifold. They've not given me any worries since. Just wish I'd done that when I first got them.

When they were first installed, I opted to have a flange fitted to them in order to make any future removals less of a chore.

I also covered the extractors with heat wrap.


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The intake manifold is a Redline Roadmaster, with a custom water tank welded to the base to preheat the plenum.

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Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 30, 2013, 07:54:01 PM
Mocking up the Bathurst XU1 spec cylinder head.

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I did the draw file job on the intake and exhaust manifolds at this point and repeatedly checked my progress against the new head.

Those red roller rockers got the boot after I discovered them to be the incorrect ratio for my engine.

They were sold as being suitable for a 202, but during the mock up I noticed the roller tip was already over the 1/2 way point of the valve stem, and no matter what I did, it always remained too far over the center of the valve stem for my liking.

Bye bye roller rockers, happy trails. I thought they might have been a good thing as I did get them for a good price, but so it goes...

I then sourced a set of Yella Terra roller rockers and during the mock they also presented problems. I picked one up and thought I saw a shiny silver flash, looked everywhere for whatever it was and just couldn't find it, so went back to what I was doing and while mucking around/joking, shook the rocker I had in my hand and needle rollers started flying out.

There was a small area of the bearing case which had a flaw, and this allowed the rollers to eject when the trunion reached a certain angle. I called Yella Terra and they suggested replacing all the bearings as there may have been a batch issue.

Bye bye Yella Terra roller rockers, happy trails...

One of these days I'll manage to score a set of roller rockers which do actually want to play the game.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 31, 2013, 10:33:14 AM
I've always liked the look and practicality of the Safari/Tropical roof, so I set about looking for one.

My hardtop had already been painted and was in very good condition, so it was difficult to want to part with it.

I sourced an alleged tropical roof quite some distance from home and went to pick it up, only to discover it was just the tropical top attached to a standard hardtop, with no vents etc, so rather than waste the trip, I took it home with me regardless.

Then I got another tropical roof from over the other side of Melbourne which was complete, but had a couple/few dents in it.

I ended up using the parts from all 3x to make up one complete and straight tropical roof. I deleted the safari windows as part of the exercise as they just didn't "look" right, my vehicle being a 2x door.

After reconditioning all the vents etc, hand making the gaskets etc, we got to work and attached all the parts.

We then lined the inside with a carpet/roof lining type material.

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Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 31, 2013, 10:48:06 AM
Due to being pestered incessantly for a more practical method of getting into the rear cargo area, I sourced a rear door and the plan is to get that reconditioned and fitted at some point.

I'd seen images of rear steps on the internet, and while they were cheap enough, I discovered them to be actually quite small. The pictures seemed to give an optical illusion.

We built one instead. Bigger and far more heavy duty.

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Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: bronzie66610 on January 31, 2013, 02:30:51 PM
Hi navigation keep it coming, even though I am a purist I like your mods.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 31, 2013, 03:38:43 PM
Hi navigation keep it coming, even though I am a purist I like your mods.

Many thanks.

Most people can't see the need for certain mods, and it takes a keen eye to be able to know what was modified and what was left standard.

There's usually always a reason behind each individual mod.

That rear step/bumper for instance, it obviously serves as something to stand upon, or sit upon, but will come into service more fully once the barn door goes on. While I do prefer the tailgate and hatch, I accept that a barn door will perhaps be a better solution in the long run.

Aside from that, it's a very heavy duty rear bumper, something the SIII's lacked unless fitted with bumperettes or jerrycan holders. SIII's being so flat across the back, and with just the towbar/ball fitted, are at risk when backing into some places and I don't wish to damage my vehicle for the lack of a reasonable bumper bar.

Bumperettes were an option, as were jerrycan holders, but with a missus and kids seeking safe footing when wishing to enter or exit the cargo area, it just didn't make sense to have less than a proper step fitted. Besides that, I'm also not as spry as I sometimes think I am, jumping in and out of the back isn't as easy as it once was...

If you look at how it's been mounted, you'll see that it's integral with the tow plate. Still to be fitted is the pintle hook/ball combination hitch, also black powdercoated. That will enable me to tow regular trailers as well as my No.5. I'm actually devising a tow plate which will be adjustable, so I can easily lower the tow hitch if ever I'm required to pull a regular height trailer.

The step/bumper also serves to protect the black powdercoated rear crossmember. I've only painted the step black for now, it's still to be powdercoated. The brush bar, heli lifts, tool holders and front bumper etc, in fact quite a few other bits, are also done in black powdercoat.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 31, 2013, 04:09:07 PM
Interior lighting is LED, as are the rear back up lamps.

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Each are switched from the dash with their own LED equipped switch, covered by a chrome "rocket" type cover.

I actually made a mistake by putting in the LED equipped switches. After the vehicle went back on the road I then became aware of just how bright the LED switches were when engaged, and while it's not that big a deal, I will be changing a couple back over to a regular switch to make life a bit easier when driving. So far it's only the interior light LED switch that's bugging me, and while I rarely use the interior lights, when I do, the bright blue LED annoys me.

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Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 31, 2013, 04:18:20 PM
The rear PTO shaft hole seemed like a good place to hide the trailer plug.

When I installed the 20x circuit loom, I pulled the freshly shielded new loom through the chassis as it was when standard.

I added a waterproof enclosure up the back to house the distribution block.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 31, 2013, 04:34:01 PM
After a few weeks on the road I grew tired of the wheelspin in 1st and 2nd gear.

I'm a firm believer in zero wheelspin. Lost traction is just wasted energy, so I had a Detroit Locker installed in the rear diff.

It's constant, so it now drags a wheel when turning. Not completely ideal judging by the sped up tyre wear, and the constant puzzled looks from persons who can see and hear it dragging a wheel when on a turn, but it did cure the wheelspin issue.

Then it started loosening and then snapping the drive flange bolts. Clearly they became the weak link after the Locker went in.

I overcame that by re-engineering the hubs and drive flanges to take M12 cap heads.

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Looks like new wheelnuts (or wheelnut covers) are in order, and maybe some new paint here and there...one day...not now.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 31, 2013, 04:48:48 PM
One thing I've noticed with the currently available Land Rover replacement parts, in particular the rubber bits, is that they all fail quickly.

The new rear mudflaps failed in just a few months. I chose the non branded style. They cost far more than I was happy to pay at the time, but I bit the bullet and got them as I did want proper ones. They had to "look" the part.

They were quite flexible/floppy when new, but hardened up pretty fast and then cracked.

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The solution was to make a new set using old conveyor belt material, using the now useless ones as templates.

Sure, they're not the actual Land Rover ones now, but this time they'll endure.

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Other new rubber parts which failed are the gearshift boot on the floor, and the handbrake boots (both of them)
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Carzee on January 31, 2013, 05:54:33 PM
Great mods, yes the asian wannabe rubber replica parts are nasty. The conveyor belt is the way to go for the mudflaps for sure.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 31, 2013, 06:44:26 PM
Great mods, yes the asian wannabe rubber replica parts are nasty. The conveyor belt is the way to go for the mudflaps for sure.

I'm not sure where they were actually made, but I got them shipped from the UK. Nothing would surprise me though.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 31, 2013, 06:47:31 PM
This is the most recent pic I have.

I think I've washed the SIII about 3x times in the last 18 odd months, and it's only had 1x coat of polish in all that time too, so the whole thing is looking a bit ordinary.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Minikeg on February 05, 2013, 12:05:43 AM
Fantastic vehicle!

Love the cabin!
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 05, 2013, 01:16:49 AM
Fantastic vehicle!

Love the cabin!

Thank you Minikeg,

The cabin's not quite finished yet.

I've yet to complete the fabrication and installation of the overhead roof console. It's been custom made with aluminium and will be covered to some extent with the same grey roof lining carpet/material as used on the rest of the roof, and then fitted out with the extra guages for the fuel tanks, along with a few communications radios.

The audio system is also yet to be re-installed, and I'm sticking with the same unit I had in the vehicle previously, albeit with a new head unit. The new head unit will be mounted in a marine "pod" on top of the heater plenum. Great care will be taken to ensure all the wiring is hidden too, which was not the case with the last audio install. I paid $400 for it to be professionally done at the time, but the installers couldn't hide any of the wires due to the bare nature of the inside of an old army truck, so there were wires running all over the place and looking quite the eyesore.

The stereo certainly rocked, no problem there, and the 12 inch subwoofer more than did the trick, but now that I've lined everything with sound deadener and carpet, it should be much better and result in less vibration.

There are still myriad other little jobs to do, but as is the way with a hobby, the'll get done in fits and starts, as the urge develops.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 06, 2013, 12:36:37 AM
Here's a picture of a close call I had a few months back, when I went to the local shopping mall.

I went up to the top deck of the carpark as per usual, and after backing into my favourite parking spot, looked up and saw a massive storm approaching. By my reckoning, it was going to hiss down rain in a few minutes and rather than run the gauntlet and get saturated upon my return, I opted to fire it back up and head down into the undercover parking area below.

I found a spot and backed in, then locked it up and walked away. Glancing back from about 20 metres away, I was alarmed to see what appeared to be the concrete from the ramp leading up to the top deck, almost in contact with my newly completed Safari/tropical roof.

The clearance between the roof and the concrete ramp appeared so close, that I just had to walk back for a closer look.

I was standing on the back step when I took this image, so I actually weighed the vehicle down when the image was captured.

I guestimate that the gap between the roof and the concrete would have been just enough to roll a cigarette through...  :o

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Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Carzee on February 06, 2013, 03:03:26 PM
Very lucky there...go buy a Tatts ticket and see if your luck is really at high tide. I think it just might be!
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 08, 2013, 06:19:47 PM
This is what the vehicle looked like directly after the rebuild.

It came up pretty good I think.

The picture was taken on Aug 28 2011, and it's been used as my primary vehicle ever since. As a consequence it's had scant further upgrades and has been let go to a fair degree, but it's not a huge job to get it shined back up to the level it was at in Aug 2011.

I didn't realise it was so long since it was fired up and put back on the road.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 08, 2013, 06:39:19 PM
It's almost due for a complete freshen up underneath too.

I've got some of that tar paint for the underside of the tub and the rest will be redone in black.

Also going to fit new parabolics to the front to correct the slight "lean" it has, which appears to be stemming from the right hand front spring.

While I could have had the springs rebuilt and retensioned to suit, the lack of a serial number on that right hand front spring makes me think it's not even the same as the correct military springs as per standard.

The parabolics will also give me a 30-50mm lift at the front, which is what I want anyway, as moving the engine/gearbox forward by 100mm during the rebuild has thrown the weight forward and is affecting the height a little.

I've also lowered the engine in order to reduce the center of gravity. The engine no longer leans backwards by 7 degrees. It sits dead level now, zero degrees.

While I want the vehicle sitting/stanced correctly, the nose down at the front aspect is still kind of ok when I carry gear in the cargo area, as it limits the incidents of toolboxes etc, sliding backwards from the bulkhead and smashing into the tailgate. The fitment of carpet slows the toolbox etc down, but they still make their way backwards, perhaps due to my nailing the throttle all the time. Once I raise the front up a little, I might fabricate a "spreader bar" to go between the tubs to hold gear forward. Kind of like what they use in pantechs.

I don't nurse this vehicle, obviously. It's an ex army Land Rover for goodness sakes, and therefore it should go like a bat out of hell!
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 08, 2013, 08:41:26 PM
I just had to buy this hat badge...
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Polizei on February 09, 2013, 09:28:21 AM
Would be interested to see pics of stance with parabolics
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 10, 2013, 07:59:06 PM
Would be interested to see pics of stance with parabolics

No problem, when I do the spring swap I'll photograph the tape measure against all 4 corners both before and after.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on March 05, 2013, 06:27:29 PM
The rebuilt heater matrix.

Pulled it completely apart and mounted the core on a foam surround. Blanked off any little airleaks at the same time.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on March 05, 2013, 06:43:04 PM
The front radiator support panel was modified in order to move the radiator forward as far as possible while retaining the original Series III shape.

The radiator was also moved across to the side just a little bit too.

Plenty of measurements were taken again and again before the modification began. Once the cutting started, the radiator was reinstalled and test fitted into the vehicle before being pulled apart again for painting.

It was a bit of a pain in the backside to get it right, but thankfully it all came together and has worked as expected ever since without any issues.

**Note, the NASCAR dual intake brake duct was only used during the mockup stage. A single intake NASCAR brake duct was installed before the front panel was reinstalled.


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Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: juddy on March 05, 2013, 08:00:36 PM
One thing I've noticed with the currently available Land Rover replacement parts, in particular the rubber bits, is that they all fail quickly.

The new rear mudflaps failed in just a few months. I chose the non branded style. They cost far more than I was happy to pay at the time, but I bit the bullet and got them as I did want proper ones. They had to "look" the part.

They were quite flexible/floppy when new, but hardened up pretty fast and then cracked.

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The solution was to make a new set using old conveyor belt material, using the now useless ones as templates.

Sure, they're not the actual Land Rover ones now, but this time they'll endure.

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Other new rubber parts which failed are the gearshift boot on the floor, and the handbrake boots (both of them)

Would I be correct in saying you did not buy genuine for the boot rubbers and mud flaps?
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on March 05, 2013, 08:05:33 PM

Would I be correct in saying you did not buy genuine for the boot rubbers and mud flaps?
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I presumed they were genuine as they came from a reputable trader in UK.

When they arrived they were in brown paper, and no, nothing to indicate genuine.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on March 05, 2013, 08:17:40 PM
I should add that the failed mudflaps weren't the only ones to go in a similar fashion.

I initially had "Land Rover" embossed ones on it and they lasted maybe 3-4 years before becoming hard and cracking.

Had similar results with other stuff like the door lock covers too, NOS, in Land Rover packaging etc, but they might have been on a shelf for goodness knows how long. The one packaged on the bottom is still ok, but the one packaged on top was as brittle as a potato chip and crumbled upon touch.

I do try to buy genuine where practical, but after a few failures, I'm left to wonder if the NOS gear is perishing through age??
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: juddy on March 05, 2013, 09:22:44 PM
I think this is becoming a big problem. Some of my nos orders have looked very tired. High prices yet in a poor sate after being sat on a shelf for 50 years.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on March 05, 2013, 10:02:25 PM
I think this is becoming a big problem. Some of my nos orders have looked very tired. High prices yet in a poor sate after being sat on a shelf for 50 years.

Yep, I agree. We can only assume an item is still in reasonable nick even if it is NOS.

I went for a snoop and found an old sale you had here for rear mudflaps and I cringed when I saw the plastic wrapper, for it did jog my memory and I'm now fairly sure both sets of mudflaps I had were genuine. The little stickers jogged my memory.

"Perishables", is perhaps the proper word for these types of items.

I never blamed the sellers for what happened, as I did have them on the vehicle for a little while before they carked it, and the same with the door lock covers. I just accepted that these items, being rubbers and plastics, probably are a bit past their shelf life in some cases.

I paid top dollar for the mudflaps, so was expecting them to last a while. Then it happened agaon, same deal, but I opted for non logo the second time. They perished even faster.

Oh well, let's see how the conveyor belt material holds up. :)
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: juddy on March 06, 2013, 08:39:32 AM
Now don't confuse my genuine series mudflaps with 50 year old nos stuff, they are genuine and manufactured in the uk recently.  And I would be very surprised if they did fall to bits after a few months, In fact I have never heard of new land rover mudflaps failing so soon, yours cant have been genuine.

The other thing to remember with NOS items are in the good old days things were manufactured from better materials, Land Rover these days are very poor at at this, I had a 1996 130, the rubber seat moulding was like new after 15 years, my 2010 Defender was worn on the corners after one year, due to a light material being used.

I have some of the Yellow logo mudflaps, and these are from the 80s, the material is the same as the new OEM ones....




Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on March 06, 2013, 05:21:29 PM
I'm puzzled by your last comment as it's highly contradictory.

The ones I bought were genuine.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Diana Alan on March 06, 2013, 07:14:16 PM
The rebuilt heater matrix.

Pulled it completely apart and mounted the core on a foam surround. Blanked off any little airleaks at the same time.

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Ross

Do you think there would be room for an air-cond evaporator after the heater element?
....
**Note, the NASCAR dual intake brake duct was only used during the mockup stage. A single intake NASCAR brake duct was installed before the front panel was reinstalled.
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Ross

Just out of interest what are the NASCAR brake ducts used for on the SIII?

Diana
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on March 06, 2013, 08:26:54 PM
Hi Diana,

There isn't a whole lot of room left inside the SIII heater martrix for the fitment of an evaporator, and if there was, it would be too small to be worthwhile I think.

I'd look at getting ahold of a Defender heater/aircon unit and just adapting that to suit.

From images I've seen online of the Defender unit, it wouldn't take much to make it work on an SIII.

The Nascar brake duct serves as an air intake, positioned behind the grille, and coupled directly to the front of the air cleaner assembly, then a duct carries the air from the air cleaner assembly, up and over to the carburetter.

Call it a "cold air intake", or an "air ram", or whatever, but it serves to force feed cold fresh air into the engine.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Diana Alan on March 06, 2013, 10:16:56 PM
Hi Ross

Before you attempt to fit a Defender under dash unit, I suggest you sit in the passenger's seat of a Defender with one fitted.  Like the Disco 1 the Defender unit is an after thought and only ideal for people who have no feet.  Aparently the puma Defender integrated type is quite effective.

My thoughts were to lift the heater core up, insert an a/c core and modify the shape of the air duct on the top so it fits under the bonnet and has a second duct to draw inside air with a flapper valve between the outside air and the recycled air.

If that's not an option I may go Plan B and have a RRc/Mk IV underdash unit fitted under the drivers seat and ducted to the Defender dash vents.  Not an option on your SIII with the fuel tank.

Diana 
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on March 07, 2013, 12:32:43 AM
Oh, I'm not looking for aircon for my vehicle Diana, for if I were, I'd have tackled that during the last rebuild.

All the heat proofing I did seems to have worked fairly well in my favour and even on the hottest days I find it's fairly pleasant in there.

I'm also a bit pressed for room in the engine bay where I'd need to mount a compressor, and a supercharger would be fitted long before a compressor ever got the nod.  ;D

If I ever did wish to add aircon, I'd probably go for an old roof mounted unit, similar to what they used to fit to trucks many years ago. Still I'd have that compressor issue though.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on April 29, 2013, 08:56:10 PM
Cursing....

Went up the bush yesterday to cut some firewood and managed to clip a tree stump with the front bumper/brushbar while trying to get around a really tight little bend in the track. Luckily I was only idling around it in 1st low range when I clipped it.

Must have hit it on an odd angle, for it folded the bumper bar in a way that's a bit surprising for the speed it was going. :(

Bye bye nicely powdercoated bumper...

Will be on the hunt for a replacement in another few months.

Aside from that, it was another good opportunity to give the 109 and No.5 trailer a workout.

Had to reverse up a really tight and windy track for about 3-4 hundred yards, and I really like the way the No.5 tracks. It's very predictable and surprisingly easy to reverse.

I noticed how the 4x home made jerry can holders, welded to the sides, made lining it up a breeze. I was initially going to shanghai those and run the trailer as per standard, devoid of all that sort of stuff, but after seeing how well they work as guides, I think I'll now source 4x proper ones.

Can't complain with the performance of both the 109 and the trailer, even when fully loaded it just cruised and never lost but a few kph on the really big hills.

When loaded I was sometimes taking it to 110-115 kph before going into overdrive, whereas I normally shift into overdrive at about 100 kph when empty. It does love the weight though.

All in all it was quite a pleasant little adventure...except for the loss of the bumper bar. :(
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Shepp on July 16, 2013, 09:02:58 PM
Love what you have done with the vehicle. I am in the process myself and was wondering where you purchased your door skins. Cheers Matt
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on July 17, 2013, 01:12:36 PM
Hi Matt, thanks for the encouragement.

I scored the door skins from a bloke who had them stored in his garage for a number of years.

The story goes that his wife imported them from UK as a gift, but he never fitted them as he was planning to rebuild his vehicle at some point, thus as it sometimes happens, the rebuild never manifested and he ended up getting rid of it.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Shepp on July 17, 2013, 02:09:57 PM
Wow what a great pick up. Cheers. I am on GCLRO forum under Shepp always welcome to accept any tips/tricks or advice.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on December 12, 2013, 11:01:40 PM
Phew...

Several months abroad sees me looking at a very faded paint job.  :-[

The spiders seem to reckon it's all good though...

Might have to get crackin' soon and get it all back up to par...

Lots of spare parts have been collected for other things that needed doing, so I have gear to work with...
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: FFRMAN on December 12, 2013, 11:04:12 PM
Phew...

Several months abroad sees me looking at a very faded paint job.  :-[

The spiders seem to reckon it's all good though...

Might have to get crackin' soon and get it all back up to par...

Lots of spare parts have been collected for other things that needed doing, so I have gear to work with...

Thanks keep it coming, I was wondering where you had gone!

cheers
Scott
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on December 13, 2013, 03:14:48 PM


Thanks Scott,

I've been on the internet the whole time, but have been quite busy, rarely got a chance to look in here.

While I had to go do some things abroad, I really didn't want to come back here just yet....but oh well, that's the way it goes.

I've still done nothing to the 109 since ages before I left, but I'm starting to get the bug back.

Maybe the bright idea to get back into it stems from a little hassle that cropped up a couple of weeks ago...

I was coming off a freeway pretty quickly and was looking to start dropping down gears when the clutch pedal locked up on me, so yeah, that kind of got my attention.

When I built it, I added an adjustable clutch rod, made by Dellow Automotive, a great bit of gear. Unfortunately, when I did the clutch bleed, I adjusted the rod and didn't put any Loctite on the thread of the little locking nut....I didn't add it as I thought it may need to be adjusted once the vehicle was driving again, so left it...then after I got it fired up and driving, I forgot all about revisiting that chore.

Thus it must have worked loose and made its way, along with the ball part, down to the end of the thread, up against the slave cylinder. The part of the rod that was extended must have begun hitting up against the front jackshaft yoke....and then the rod somehow got bent and rendered useless.

After sussing out what was wrong I ordered a new one and slipped it in a couple of days ago....this time with Loctite on the thread.  :P


I have lots to do in order to get it back up to scratch, like installing the parabolics in the front, replacing all the driveshaft bolts, install a 2 speed wiper motor, get new windscreens, get a new set of wiper arms. Get rims for the No5 trailer...

Get tyres sorted...do the brakes...rebuild the No5...goes on and on...feel like taking a nap just thinking about it... ???



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Thanks keep it coming, I was wondering where you had gone!

cheers
Scott
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Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on December 23, 2013, 01:55:29 PM
Had to do a bit of a milk run the other day, all over the place in the 40+ degree temps and the first thing I noticed was that the blind which covers the radiator grille, was not allowing enough air through into the cooling system, so much so, that the digital water pump and thermo fan controller started "tripping" into safe mode and staying there.

Rather than try to remove the blind from the grille, I just undid the 4x screws and removed the grille for the day. That solved the problem. Temp remained constant from that point on, even in the bumper to bumper traffic where I seemed to be stuck for a couple of hours.

Thus, the experiment continues with the cooling system...

It works great, but I had to install the blind so as to keep the heat contained at highway speeds, where it was too efficient to maintain a constant temp, and this is the first time that it hasn't liked it when the heat gets above 40 degrees with the blind on.

Thinking I need to design a better blind....or figure out another way to regulate the air flow into the radiator. I'll have to think on it some more...

Noticed the electric fuel pump was making lots of noise too, and three times when climbing a steep hill the vehicle started bucking, felt like lack of fuel to me.

Will have to think on that one too, see if I can isolate the actual cause and overcome it. That's the first time it's ever done that. I've heard the fuel pump get noisy on hot days, but it hasn't ever affected performance.

I seem to be developing a bit of a love hate relationship with the Detroit Locker too, the tyre wear is annoying me. It's wearing down the tyres and about double the rate as standard...
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 01, 2014, 03:47:42 PM
I've finally decided on the wheel/tyre combination I'll use.

The 109 has 272309 rims and the trailer has the AYG8108's.

While the AYG8108's appeal due to the wider track and possible turning circle advantage of the leaf sprung 109, I'd have to modify the mudguards on the No 5 trailer if I went that way. The Army got away with it but knowing how petty some police and RTA blokes can be, I reason that I'm probably better to rectify the problem and get it back into spec, not to mention mirroring the track difference between the vehicle and trailer at the same time.

I'll have to keep an eye out for a pair of 272309 rims now, hopefully already painted matt green to suit the paint already on the trailer.

Tyres on the trailer will be a couple of moderately worn Dunlop Super Grippers, while the tyres on the 109 will now go from Super Gripper to Road Gripper.

I'm hoping the slight change from Super Gripper to Road Gripper will further lessen the road-noise. It's not too bad as is, but I want to see if there's much of a difference.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: FFRMAN on May 01, 2015, 07:09:49 PM
Looks like it's up for sale

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Land-Rover-1978-SIII-109-GS-Ex-Army/141648539676?_trksid=p2045573.c100034.m2102&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140410092834%26meid%3D1929a47f470442a0880969ff00b27659%26pid%3D100034%26rk%3D6%26rkt%3D8%26sd%3D281678634685

Looks like a very good modified GS
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on August 22, 2019, 07:23:29 PM
Urmm, wow.

29437 views?

Can that be right?

My younger brother bought my 109 GS after I decided to launch off on another series of adventures.

Did this, did that, basically went off and tried to recapture what I thought were more interesting endeavours, then started realising that Iím not exactly getting any younger and after a wicked health scare which darn near did me in back in 2017, Iíve been kind of restricted from doing much of anything and just spend my time trying to recover my health.

No idea how the 109 is these days as I havenít seen it for years but I decided to buy it back off my brother, sight unseen, and have decided to have a crack at restoring it back to its former glory.

I reside back in Oz now and have arranged to have it transported to my Queensland home in the coming weeks.

Oh well, itíll hopefully give me the incentive to get off my backside and get back into it.

I hope everyone at REMLR are doing well.

Have I lost my mind in returning to a Land Rover hobby? It kind of feels like it.

Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on August 22, 2019, 09:01:26 PM
I might be on the hunt for a front bumper bar and perhaps a lift point, and perhaps a brush bar, not sure yet.

They copped a little whack before I sold it to my brother and shot through, but I believe it copped another whack when my brother parked it at work, nosed up to a cyclone fence and for whatever reason, parked it in gear and upon knocking off, he reached into the cabin and started it up...

Due to the wicked ignition system I installed, it caught immediately and launched forward into the fence...

Due to the Detroit Locker I installed and the torque of the hotted up motor , it apparently wasnít going to let a mere cyclone fence stop it and proceeded to climb the fence.

My brotherís only short and had a bit of difficulty getting at the key during the drama and he reckons that heís lucky it didnít run him over.

I laughed when he told me, but now Iím reflecting on how hard itís going to be to fix up.

Unsure what other carnage itís been subjected to but oh well, it is what it is...

I really donít know why I repurchased it, because as much as I enjoyed the challenge of building it way back then, Iím conscious of my laziness these days and hope I havenít bitten off more than I can chew.

I was told today that there are new air conditioning systems available now that might enable me to install one, coz Iím a sook these days.

I always dismissed fitting one as I reasoned that a supercharger was a higher priority and under bonnet space being so limited, I had to settle for neither, but if what I was told today is true, I might get a decent air con for it.

I should get rid of the Detroit Locker too, it was really annoying skidding the rear tyres everywhere you went.

I canít find information about why itís locked so tight that it chirps the tyres so much, perhaps thatís just the way they are.

I know it chewed the drive tyres at twice the rate as before.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Carzee on August 22, 2019, 09:06:01 PM
 8) good to hear from you and see you still have the Landy. Glad you got thru all the dramas so you can get back "to normal" and enjoy things. Interesting way to prang a Landy too.
Cheers.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on August 22, 2019, 09:14:43 PM
...back to normal?

Hahaha...

I reckon Iíll be struggling to accept that owning an ex army jigger is anywhere near normal.

Would love a mint 2a 109 GS though, full military appearance, but with my running gear...

I guess once you commit to having one of these vehicles, itís all or nothing.

Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on September 14, 2019, 06:12:45 PM
Fyi
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on September 15, 2019, 09:42:11 AM
Iíll slowly delete the Photobucket images and replace them with my archived images as time allows.

I found a few other pictures today that might be appreciated here, though theyíre not military.
Theyíre of a civilian Series 2 or 2a I stumbled across while negotiating the back streets on a place called Lampang in Thailand.
I was in the area seeking emergency surgery and while taking a short cut I spotted this vehicle and couldnít help  stopping and walking back to suss it out more closely. As sick as I was, I just had to check it out.

This is the best kept original Land Rover I have ever seen in my life and rest assured, Iíve seen a few.

I tracked down the owner and was even more surprised to discover that this vehicle is owned and maintained by a middle aged Thai woman.

*Apologies for the reflection of my silk shirt in these pictures. I didnít realise the shirt was reflecting and by the time I got back to my vehicle and checked the photos it was too late, I was too exhausted to make the walk back.


Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on September 23, 2019, 08:16:28 PM
Phew, the 109 GS will be arriving in Brisbane tomorrow morning so Iíll finally get a chance to look it over and see how it fares after all these years.
The transport driver carrying it related that he was waylaid at his first stop by a Land Rover enthusiast who was pressing him for information in it.
Apparently itís still looking good.
Tomorrow we will finally meet again...
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on September 24, 2019, 05:11:49 AM
I was sent this image by my brother during the night.
I wasnít sleeping very well and after seeing my old army truck loaded upon the carrier, well that woke me up fully.
Apparently itís still in good nick after all this time.
Itís going to be interesting having it back.
Here I was thinking Iíd be content simply building and firing competition combat style handguns for the rest of my days and that Iíd be satisfied with that.






Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Carzee on September 24, 2019, 03:16:58 PM
Still looks the goods alright.
I wonder if there will be many oil drips on the floor of that trailer...
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: fc101 on September 24, 2019, 04:07:22 PM
Mister Navigation - did you used to own a yellow LWB or wagon that had a Holden 253 and I think a Cabstar gearbox?

If so - what happened to it?

Cheers

Garry
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on September 24, 2019, 06:53:56 PM
Still looks the goods alright.
I wonder if there will be many oil drips on the floor of that trailer...

Yep, it appears there may have been a few as my brother reported that due to lack of use and being parked on gravel for a few years, the front and rear main seals appear to have failed somewhat, though Iím yet to investigate that yet as I only had time to unload it and park it out of the way as I still have regular work to do before I can divert some time towards looking it over.

I think he said the transfer case had a minor leak also, and Iím pretty sure I know where that would be coming from as the Ashcroft High Speed transfer box isnít designed to mate to a Nissan 5 speed overdrive box and when mated, there was a small gap up the top that couldnít be sealed routinely, so I sealed it with a heavy sealant and that did the job at the time, thus my guess is that itís wept from that point.

Iíll know more once I crawl underneath.

Not really surprised if the front and rear mains have leaked after sitting so long.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on September 24, 2019, 06:56:49 PM
Mister Navigation - did you used to own a yellow LWB or wagon that had a Holden 253 and I think a Cabstar gearbox?

If so - what happened to it?

Cheers

Garry

No Sir, not me.

Iím not personally aware of any of these things sporting a 253, though Iíve heard tales of the odd one being done back in the day.

Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: fc101 on September 24, 2019, 07:06:56 PM
Oh Ok - thanks was obviously someone else then.

Cheers

Garry
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on October 09, 2019, 09:08:57 PM
Finally had time to have a quick look over the 109 today, after walking past it and around it numerous times every day since its arrival.

Been a long time since I built it and a few minor things have been changed since I last saw it.

Tíwas a bit of a trip down memory lane.

I was trying to get my head around an electrical glitch thatís interfering with the thermo fan via the electric water pump controller and found an issue with the under bonnet fuse box as well as a stand alone heavy duty fuse powering the thermo fan itself.
It appears the fuse holder terminals had a tiny bit of corrosion on them, limiting contact and heating up the fuse to where it was kind of melting the plastic at one end of the fuse....hmmm.

Itís got a minor fuel leak from a hose exiting the electric fuel pump.

Itís running a bit crook, hunting...

I checked the distributor cap and the terminals are a bit corroded though not overly.

Canít quite fathom the hunting..., sort of feels like a vacuum leak, or itís just the miss thatís given that impression.

Some wiring has been fiddled with since I owned it last so Iíll have to really suss it all back out.

If anyone has a spud bag full of motivation laying around that they donít want, send it my way...

Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on October 09, 2019, 11:46:25 PM
I did note a few other things as I climbed over it and under it and I was a bit surprised at how I sort of jumped straight back into it, like I was running on autopilot.

I really like how you can just dive underneath it and scootch along from end to end pretty much, without needing to jack it up.

Never bumped my head once, oddly enough...

Did cringe at having to carefully place my knees atop the brush bar so as to lean all the way to the back of the cylinder head as I ran along checking the studs for tension.
All were tight, as was everything I checked.
The knees donít like it much as theyíre peppered with shrapnel from when I was young and brave...

The ceramic wrap on the extractors has perished and looks ordinary, so that will need to be addressed at some stage.

Thinking that I best tackle the electrical glitches first, just to save hassles later, because Iím kind of leaning towards stripping out all the gear and parts that are packed in it, then giving it a bit of a clean inside and out, and putting it into service as my daily driver once more.

A mate stopped by before I left work and he commented that it sounded like it had a bit of a cam in it, and was clearly surprised when I told him it does, though not a really big one.

Iím guessing my old timing light is packed away in the back somewhere, so thatíll need to be dug out soon.
My brother reported that the plastic distributor drive gear failed a year or two back, and he replaced it with a steel one.
He said he never timed it after that so the timing is way out.

I did note the inline tap Iíd placed in the vacuum advance supply line was turned off too, so I quickly turned that back onto full signal, so yeah, the vacuum advance will be working again now.
For anyone scratching their head as per the vacuum advance pressure limiting tap...itís a part of another modification I was meddling with before I spat the dummy and sold the vehicle.

Because the engine is worked a little bit, I utilise an Edelbrock water/methanol injection system as well as a Crane Cams Hi6 capacitive discharge unit, with a Crane Cams PS91 ignition coil with ICE spark plug leads, which feed up to 120 sparks per trigger event, yes you read it correctly, up to 120 sparks per trigger event, to the Brisk Premium LGS spark plugs.

Back in 2012 I was running a Plasma ignition system on it @4.7μF and sometimes up to 1 joule, along with a computer controlled ignition system that allowed me to adjust the impedance at the spark plug, but that was then and this is now.

The prototype ignition equipment arrived with the 109 too, so I can always buggerize around with that again if I get the urge, and as much as people really want me to get back into that, Iím unsure if I wanna venture back down that path.

Back in the day, I was testing a serious ignition system that utilised high energy radiant plasma as the ignition source, burning anything as fuel.

Seems like forever ago, but apparently I was the first person in 12 years to defeat the thermodynamic equation in a Class A test conducted at the NSW, RTA, EPA, testing facility at 5 Lord Street Botany NSW. Ho hum...

I still have the paperwork from the tests though I donít like to look at that data these days, life goes on...

For anyone interested, the test vehicle was running on LPG and petrol, though it was also plumbed to run on methane at a later date. We were looking at running it on ammonia down the track too.

There was a hydrogen booster plumbed in by another bloke who reckoned it was the be all to end all, and had nothing whatsoever to do with me, and with him safely out of the country and therefore unable to interfere with the testing, the investor pressured me into testing it, regardless of my opinion that it was a waste of time, but alas, after concluding my Class A ignition test on LPG, then petrol, and nailing it, the investor got me to test the hydrogen booster as he was quite convinced it was spectacular and just wouldnít listen to my advices, so I begrudgingly performed the test, with all due diligence, as one does, even when one is loathe to, and sure enough it was as I predicted, the hydrogen booster did virtually nothing.

Anyway, what happened in the months after successfully nailing the test, things moved very quickly and it appeared as though life was about to get quite interesting.
It was due to be demonstrated publicly at the 2012 Sports Compact Jambouree at Willowbank, where we were sponsoring the whole shebang, but 11 days from launch, the investor got greedy and decided he wanted 50%.
I didnít like it but was in so deep, I had to grin and bare it, then the following morning he pitched that he wasnít happy with 50% and was taking 75%. I didnít comment, I just stood up and started unplugging my laptop from the dual 50 inch monitors I was using, and that was that, I packed all my stuff and walked away.

 Thatís what did my head in and made me wanna change my life and get away from everything.

I did still help blokes out for a while with sourcing spark plugs and other items for them to jazz their Land Rovers up for better power and fuel economy and they were all wrapped.
Then I decided to drop off the planet for a while.

Before I dropped out of sight I did have the privilege of testing the ignition on a world record holding race car, which was really interesting, as it got me in touch with a very capable tuner, who got his degree at Melbourne University Thermodynamics unit under my idol, Professor Harry Watson, who still to this day, or so I believe, holds the world record for efficiency from a hydrogen fuelled engine.

I donít have anything against hydrogen, I love the stuff, but I was into atomic hydrogen, not some gumboot backyard stainless...percolator.
Back in 2008 I was involved with a project in Italy, using a supercharged radial engine running on bottled hydrogen, and it was that project that led to my designing and developing the Nascent Plug, named after the hydrogen species we were using at the time.

It was a very serious spark plug, capable of running at 10 Joule, and it blew everyoneís mind, including the 3 physicists tasked with assessing my tests at Botany.
It had them completely baffled, and was fun to demonstrate.
Those were fun times, especially when Iíd publicly release information about my findings, only to be met with barefaced ridicule, and then a foreign physics department would replicate my tests and confirm my findings in the top scientific journals.

So you see lads, owning a Land Rover can lead you up some rough tracks alright...

Sorry for the rant but some of the old timers here might enjoy the read, as some of them were following my progress back then and were always keen for updates.

So yeah, thatís a little bit about me and my 109, which was my primary test vehicle back in the day.

Iím not really sure how Iíll go getting the 109 back up to scratch as I seldom have spare time and time isnít on my side health and fitness wise but Iíll try my best to get motivated.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on October 10, 2019, 12:18:08 AM
Hereís a sneaky picture from way back when I started toying with plasma.

Those are 16 kV microwave oven blocking diodes which I was using until I was able to get custom made ones.

Back then the quest was performance, but the attendant fuel economy came as a bit of a surprise.

I wasnít keeping notes at that stage but I was able to significantly increase the fuel economy, and Iím 100% positive that nobody here would believe how far I managed to stretch it.

It got crazy, very...

It seems like a lifetime ago, and I rarely think about it.

I shut it out because of the dramas it attracted.

Those were interesting times alright.

Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on October 10, 2019, 03:10:33 AM
This is why every man and his dog tried to sue me.

This is the Nascent Plug, running at 2 joule.

Thereís a filter over the lense of the high speed camera but a keen observer will be able to get an idea of whatís going on...

The colour thatís still getting through the tint tells a remarkable story in and of itself...magenta.

A studious type, will note where magenta lies on the UV spectrum.

Thereís also zero EMF, nor are there any toxic or dangerous emissions.

No x-ray, no gamma, nothing whatsoever, just a perfectly clean plug which is doing things nobody believed were possible at that time.

Anyone with electrical knowledge will be aware that a high energy radiant plasma is essentially a mini sun, and like the sun, is round.

Note the plasma ejection, itís shaped like a candle flame.

Show that to a physicist and watch his mind snap.

He will know that a high energy radiant plasma is as hot as the sun, and heíll know that nothing can survive those kinds of temperatures. Itíll vaporise diamond and melt tungsten, the hardest propertyís known to man.

So how does one design a spark plug thatís going to survive?

Itíll just get melted and consumed as fuel in an instant...

Truth is, I fluked it.

I knew I couldnít use thoriated tungsten as that becomes radioactive when subjected to moderate current flows, so what did I use?

How to model the plasma away from the orb shape and into a bullet shape?

How can it eject the plasma without melting or eating the plug materials?

Pot luck is how...

You get pure tungsten but it cannot be machined, only cut.

I had a mob in USA develop me some pure tungsten rings and cylindrical rods which when assembled, resembled a surface discharge spark plug, like a Kawasaki Z900 plug, or a marine outboard plug, but thatís where the similarity ends.

The equidistant gap and deep well extending into the plug base, creates an interesting little phenomenon as the deep well acts as a fuel tank for ionised fuel.
It ionises whatever you feed it, to the atomic level, instantly, then detonates the atomic hydrogen, which blows the plasma out of the plug without it ever touching the plug components, just like that.

You couldnít design it to do that even if you tried, you can only arse it, and I mean, totally arse it.

I had the plugs built and shipped to the project in Italy untested.

The engineers freaked and I mean freaked.

They reckoned I scammed them...for nobody operates that way in the scientific world but thatís what happened.

They asked what I expected the outcome would be the moment they fired it up and I simply stated that it was a 50/50 situation, purely, my plug design would either work brilliantly or it would vaporise, it can only be one way or the other.

It was a very tense time...

Next thing, theyíve set it up to test it and boom...it worked...and now they canít find the words to describe what theyíre seeing.

Their minds couldnít comprehend it.

I just roared laughing because after the tension came the release and watching their reactions and facial expressions was too much for me and I lost it totally.
Without a doubt, my laughter was driven by fear, because theyíd already told me that they were going to basically skin me alive then eat me, for they were certain that failure was imminent, then bingo, they hit the button and the rest is history.

Anyhow, the success of the plug ended up being the cause of the failure of that element of that project, because the custom built supercharged radial engine was air cooled, no coolant or water at all, and after running on bottled hydrogen for 7 glorious minutes, the engine was shut down and disassembled for inspection, whereupon it was discovered to be filled with water...

They couldnít understand it and all eyes were on me to figure it out, because it ran perfectly with a standard ignition, but on plasma it somehow created water within the crank case...why?

A quick head scratch and trying to get over the thrill and the laughter of the preceding minutes and itís full blown thinking time.

How?
Why?

Of note was the report/sound it made when it was fired in open air prior to it being installed in the engine, sounded really loud, like a bull whip cracking, or a rifle cartridge being fired.

Being a former explosives preloader and having a reasonable grasp of sound travel through my occupation as a Marine Seismic Navigator, and having had a lifelong familiarity with firearms etc, I knew that thesound/report was not only unanticipated, but was significantly powerful and remarkably fast.

We had audio as everything was being recorded, so a quick rewind and replay presented another quest, find out what was making the rifle shot sound and figure out how it was creating water out of thin air.

Using my knowledge of guns, I estimated the sound to be travelling above 1000 fps, and playing the sound back through a computer program which timed it, the result was 1.222222222 fps, energy unknown.

How to figure this out?

To cut a long story short, the answer is:

The high energy radiant plasma, fired through the Nascent Plug, ionised whatever it was fed to the atomic level and detonated the atomic hydrogen, which projected the plasma out into the combustion chambers, in turn detonating and generally vaporising the bottled hydrogen.

Due to the ionised hydrogen atoms being stripped of electrons, theyíre looking for an electron so as to reassemble and because theyíre so powerful, like about 7-10 times more powerful than ordinary hydrogen atoms, they steal the first electron they come across, which from memory (faded now) I think may have been the oxygen atom, something like that.

H2O, water...

Howís it getting into the crank case?

Simple, via the bore hatch and piston rings.

It cannot be compressed as itís at the atomic level thus has no body to compress, therefore under the slightest pressure, it just makes for the nearest exit, perhaps a mere microscopic scratch and theyíre gone.

They donít get far, just far enough to grab a mate and reassemble as water...

Engineers and scientists are peculiar creatures, for they never stop searching for another approach.

Rather than backtrack by ditching my spark plug, which clearly isnít suitable in a radial engine, they pressed forward using atomic hydrogen stored in metal hydride, on a 50cc scooter.

The metal hydride fuel cell was the size of a Red Bull can, is solid steel and is inert in every way, even when loaded with atomic hydrogen.

Pretty amazing project, the math was crazy.

The figures I saw, predicted that the 50cc mini bike could theoretically travel from Melbourne to Perth and back to Ceduna before it required a replacement fuel cell, again, Red Bull can size.

The project collapsed because the engineers lost the plot trying to remedy the water in the crank case problem.

They started a spin off project and I got dragged off into that, but to be totally honest, I wasnít very helpful as it was far too technical for me.

They hypothesised that if they ionised nitrogen, reversing its polarity, the rampaging atomic hydrogen atom would lock onto that, which cancels the H2O business and due to the larger sized atoms, albeit reduced in stored energy yield potential, down from like 7-10 times as powerful as an ordinary hydrogen atom, is brought down to 2-3 times.
They argued that it was still viable.
That meant the mini bike would only make it from say Melbourne to about Port Augusta before requiring a refuel.

They pressed on and on, overcoming hurdle after hurdle till the investors pulled the pin, like more than 12 months later.

I bailed long before that and wasnít able to recover my property or get paid.

It was all a waste of time and money.

That project led me to the later one, up in Qld, where an R&D company approached me to assist them in several big projects, which were all very interesting but as I said earlier, the automotive/racing/fuel economy/emissions reduction one was the easiest, so away that went, and boom, 10 days from launch, I walked out.

Canít turn back the clock and time doesnít stop.

Iíll never get involved with R&D projects ever again.

You can only be burned so many times before you tire of it.

That said, it was interesting and took up a fair bit of time.

Iím getting old now and am struggling health wise. I nearly died in 2017 from blood poisoning, caused by what they think was a cyst on the bone in my upper jaw, that cost me all my teeth and near did me in, but for some unknown reason I survived, though itís been a massive struggle to recover my health.

Age catches up with all of us sooner or later and the older we get, the more our chemistry changes, defeating us this way and that till we finally check out.

I canít believe Iím writing all this stuff for I should have been asleep several hours ago.
They started me on some new medication today, because the health took another broadside and Iím a bit uncertain how itís going to go, but oh well, only one way to find out.
I gotta try to force myself to sleep, this new medication isnít good.
Itís supposed to knock you out, not hype you up...
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Carzee on October 10, 2019, 09:33:16 PM
A fantastic read, I get about 1%.
 99% is way over my head and hitting the wall behind me. Alternative fuels and plasma!

Off topic, but here in Canberra there are a few electric cars. So much R&D for the things. And there is the electric Lightweight Land Rover out Murrumbatemen way.

What are your thoughts on the future, the electric fleet? I don't like that big brother or even your insurance company could remotely disable the vehicle using the computer network. If the vehicles are hired, not owned, that would be different.

We are fortunate to have lived in the age of relatively simple and private motoring.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on October 12, 2019, 11:05:02 AM
My thoughts?

My initial thought when seeing what Iíd written made me cringe, for I have scant memory of writing it.
The loosening of my tongue came from a new heavy duty medication I commenced using the night I wrote all that stuff, and while it did the exact opposite of what it was supposed to do, the following couple of days were difficult and I was very doubtful of finding relief, but I awoke this morning feeling bloody marvellous for the first time in probably 3 years.
This doctor took a punt and I think sheís on the right track.

Fingers crossed.


My thoughts of the future?
Technologically speaking, progress is being made in leaps and bounds in many areas but the powers that be are still holding on (only just) with their petrodollar driven agendas.
The global economy being held up now by false hope alone, it appears a change is coming and the reliance on fossil  fuels can only be addressed after a global financial reset.

A careful observer will already note that uncle sam (yes, lower case) is pulling out of its wicked ways, such that lies and oil/gas will no longer drive the war machine and soldiers will no longer be lied to and forced into perilous situations at the behest of some treasonous low life political grub whoís only earning a couple of hundred thousand a year by being a scumbag public servant yet amasses millions in reality, totally unchecked and accountable to nobody...

Only an idiot would believe that servicemen went into any other country for any other reason than for the forced acquisition of the target countries assets, full stop.

Iíd like an electric car, why not. Iím all for the environment and critters.
On the other hand, I still like nicely configured conventionally fuelled vehicles for thatís what I grew up on, so while I donít mind flying the flag for that camp, Iíll still fly one for the other, but saying that, if I had to choose, Iíd probably go electric.

You can already see that itís all heading in that direction by the way itís getting difficult to source bits and pieces for the older chariots.

Look at the prices...

Not so long ago, you could get the parts you needed everywhere with ease, and they were so plentiful that you could almost get them at your local fish and chip shop, but those days are gone now, well and truly.

In days of old, kids grew up observing how their old man and uncles etc, tinkered and tweaked with the family jalopy, and in turn grew accustomed to repairing them themselves and that sometimes drew them into the automotive repair game which prospered. These days you canít get a kid to do anything unless itís got a screen and a cyber game to keep the little cherub from being bored.

Iíve no clue as per how it will all turn out but I do believe we were born in the best era of human evolution for weíve seen so much progress in such a short time, more than in any other era.

My hope is to live long enough to see a global financial reset, and after the chaos and carnage of that, to sit back and observe how much progress that would elicit.

The era of digging massive holes in the ground and hocking the minerals off to foreign industrial and marketing giants cannot be sustained indefinitely.

This modern digital age is a tricky one, thatís for sure, but kids are all over it at the youngest of ages, so while we grew up playing outside with sticks and stones and ants etc, the new age nippers wouldnít know what an ant was, and would perish in a heartbeat if the power grid ever collapses and stops them recharging their phones and devices, but alas, thatís what a heaped dose of progress will get ya...

Youíre living in the heart of the deceptive beast, and right next door to where all the digital wickedness is being done (Majura).
The problem is far greater than you could possibly ever imagine and itís folly to attempt to digest it all.

Sorry if my opinion causes a crinkly brow but I prefer to just say it as I see it and truth is a blunt instrument these days.

Subject change...

Last night I shifted the 109 and even though itís fully loaded with parts, the wheelspin was a bit hectic, such that I felt the Detroit Locker wasnít working.
A few tries both forward and backwards on gravel and nope, not working.
The right wheel is working but nothing at all from the left back wheel.
Iím thinking itís either the locker itself or an axle or drive flange, probably in reverse order.

Itís a pity the weather is so ordinary this weekend, for the way this medication is working, I feel like I could do just about anything.
If the doctor has finally found the problem and solved it, Iíll be happy to kiss her backside.
My missus freaked out because sheís never seen me jump out of bed and hit the ground running for years.
Itís still early days of course but Iím feeling pretty darn good right now.
If I continue to feel ok, then Iíll be doing some big time work on my 109.
I got some ideas I wouldnít mind trying.

Hard to find info on 109ís these days as everyone seems to have gone in for the effeminate Defender model...

Whatís the world coming to?
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on October 12, 2019, 11:39:53 AM
Carzee, this one just popped up on one of my feeds and I thought it was pretty interesting, given our conversation here.

https://youtu.be/FwzmQf44hMo
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Carzee on October 13, 2019, 09:49:31 AM
That video is um, sad alright.

On trains and buses nearly everyone is on their phone. Public transport. When I was younger and on the buses I would see nearly everyone reading an afternoon paper. Even on the Sydney Harbour ferries, surrounded by gorgeous views, arguably the best in any city anywhere, people would read the papers.

The other month a photographer's project got attention. He uses photoshop to remove the phones. It is similar to scenes in the video you linked, and just as revealing. https://www.removed.social/united-states

So many young people spending hours on games. 40 hrs a week, mostly into the early hours? We had pinball games or Pacman, but only until the pocket money ran out. Then you mowed another lawn or cleaned a pool for more money.

As for depression or social alienation, many people are lonely, and for many reasons. I have worked in this field as did my father. Dad was involved in the methadone rollout for years then got a job with Qld Health counselling for those with Alcoholism. Interesting that working with hard drug addicts was a skill requisate for dealing with alcohol dependency -which is much more widespread (even in politics, boardrooms and stock market) and perhaps harder to kick because it is sold absolutely everywhere, even supermarkets, corner shops and fruit/veg outlets in the ACT.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on October 13, 2019, 02:31:25 PM
I drove the 109 today so as to unload all the stuff out of the cargo area.

It drove like a bit of a pig, stalling whenever I caught a traffic light.

After not having driven it for so many years, I was surprised at how I still had the knack for zooming around in it.

Fully loaded it was still chirping the tyres on bitumen.

The timing is way out.

Someone wound the idle screw right out, thatís why it kept stalling.

Had a police ute ghosting me for a few kilometres and it was hard to drive it sedately with the engine stalling out when decelerating, and compression locking the wheels when dropping down gears.

The trip home should be better I hope.

The plan is to cruise down to the pistol club and make an appearance, then return the 109 to where Iím currently storing it, grab my regular car and boot off home.

Itís been a bit interesting driving the old jigger again, more than a bit interesting.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on October 13, 2019, 05:55:11 PM
Iíd forgotten how it is when youíre driving an old Land Rover, the way people just start waving at you and people yell out and give the thumbs up, or walk over to you to make comments about the old 109.

At first I was thinking ďwho dat?Ē and wtf is this monkey on about?...then I remembered that the old bangers seemed to have that effect on people.

My wife kept asking ďwhoís that?Ē ďIs that your friend?Ē

A lot of older blokes seem to really like the old battle wagons.

Itís parked up once again and Iím glad to be home. Iím a bit tired after all that.

Once I tune it up and sort a few odds and ends out with it, and polish/detail it, then itíll be real fun to burn around in.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on October 13, 2019, 06:17:21 PM
That video is um, sad alright.

Indeed and absolutely...

Wise words Sir...I agree with everything you said.

I really enjoyed looking at the art, thank you, for I do appreciate good/clever art.

Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on October 15, 2019, 11:57:09 PM
Interesting...
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on October 28, 2019, 08:02:55 AM
I tried to use the 109 to shift house on the weekend but alas, it wasnít to be.

No clue whatís happened yet but Iím bracing for the worst.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on October 29, 2019, 09:42:41 AM
Curious...
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on October 29, 2019, 12:01:03 PM
The cause of the hole...

Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: fc101 on October 29, 2019, 12:11:24 PM
So is that part of the original diff components or part of the detroit locker section.  I know the locker can fail in a big way if the diff bearings fail.

Any indication that any of the other bolts had failed or other damage to the diff.

Garry
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on October 29, 2019, 12:23:22 PM
Itís the standard equipment.

Canít see anything else to explain the lack of drive at the left wheel.

Undid the flange bolts and tried to pull the axle but it wonít come all the way out, as though thereís something attached to the other end or something.

I always thought they just slid out.

Prior to pulling the drive flange I jacked it up and tried to turn the wheels and the right hand wheel was turning the diff centre but zero from the left wheel, it just spins freely.

No noises or anything, just smoothly spins.

Got me beat...

Trying to get a phone number of someone who knows how to pull axles on a series 3 now as Iím not having much luck finding info online.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on October 29, 2019, 12:45:07 PM
Just removed the r/h side drive flange and that axle slid straight out.

Hmmm...

Left axle not coming out might mean itís busted and somehow jamming.

Dunno...
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on October 29, 2019, 03:23:07 PM
Datíll be the other problem...
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: fc101 on October 29, 2019, 05:51:13 PM
Yes that will be it - looks is the back end needs a sympathetic rebuild and in the future I would be wary of tight turns on hard ground with those series axles.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Carzee on October 29, 2019, 05:58:32 PM
Uh oh. Scnap!
Landy owners should do a poll type thing to add up how many axles they have broken over the years...
regards,
Ross
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on October 29, 2019, 06:05:39 PM
Indeed.

Still trying to fathom the sequence of events.

It was loaded from floor to roof with parts before it was loaded onto the trailer and transported to Brisbane from Melbourne, but my brother says it was definitely still dragging a wheel on turns.

Mystery is how it was immediately evident to me that it was only driving the right hand wheel as that became apparent as I was driving it off the trailer and parking it.

It just kept wheel spinning.

Iíll try to get some professional advice as per the snapped crown wheel bolt, plus snapped axle, to see if thereís a possibility of them being related prior to making a decision as to which way to go.

Iím hopeless, once stuff like this happens, I generally start sorting it and wind up rebuilding and re-engineering stuff.

Trying to avoid that.

Getting too old to be doing that kind of nonsense...
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: STDDIVER on October 30, 2019, 05:24:15 PM
Question? - Anyone driven the vehicle in 4WD on the bitumen?  FWH engaged?   Drive line windup?    Horrible luck though

STDDIVER
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on October 30, 2019, 07:49:20 PM
Nope.

Prior to selling it several years ago, I had a minor clearance issue with the clutch slave mount coming loose and snicking the jack shaft, in turn bending the actuator rod, so I removed the jack shaft when I did the repair and pressed for time, I never reinstalled it.

My brother never bothered to reinstall it either as he only used it on bitumen.

From what Iíve read online, itís apparently more common to snap the right hand axle, so again the mystery remains.

Iíve checked the splines in the centre and theyíre mint, as are those on the drive flanges and right axle.

Even the splines on the undamaged end of the snapped axle are mint.

The inside of the diff appears as new, and there were zero metal pieces or flecks in the oil.

The only thing I can think of, is that when loaded with parts from front to back, from floor to roof, that itís snapped the axle on a turn.

My brother swears that both wheels were driving up to when he loaded it onto the trailer to transport it up to me, but it was only driving one wheel upon arrival.

I believe him but I reckon itís snapped perhaps on one of the very last turns heís made, and it was totally silent, and didnít make any noises at all, until the crown wheel bolt head snapped.

Someone even suggested that the head of the crown wheel bolt may have jammed somewhere within the locker and somehow caused the axle to snap, though Iím not sure if thatís possible.

Iím not overly worried about the matter, but I sure hope it doesnít happen again.

Iíll get advice about the crown wheel bolts and Iím not sure if I should grab a pair of axles and all the other stuff ir just throw a single axle in and run with that.

Unsure yet...

Iíll wait till people who know more about these things than I, give over their opinions.

Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: STDDIVER on October 31, 2019, 11:56:08 AM
Fair enough!  Good luck with it.    STDDIVER
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on October 31, 2019, 02:47:19 PM
Had another quick look at it today as I needed to find out what thread the crown wheel bolts are and in so doing, discovered that about every third bolt was barely nipped up.

Now glad Iím replacing them all.

The first loose(ish) one was wet with diff oil from end to end and the threadlock was detached from the thread.

The second loose(ish) one was dry, yet it appears the threadlock had lost its grip and it was quite easy to remove.

Interesting...
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: STDDIVER on October 31, 2019, 03:15:43 PM
You might want to pull the other axle and check it while you are there - being RH and all ;)
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on October 31, 2019, 05:36:44 PM
Yes, I already did.

The splines throughout are in really good condition.
Canít even see signs of wear.

My brother thinks he knows how and where it happened.

It was fully loaded and heíd weighed it and it came up at 1960kg.

He then fuelled it and reports that it was dragging the tyres upon entry to the servo, but after filling it with fuel, he reckons he doesnít recall any more squealing of the rear tyres from that point until he arrived home.

I checked the tyre pressures after it arrived and prior to unloading it and found the rears to be at around 28 psi.

I reckon the weight and low tyre pressures, with perhaps a skid and grab at the servo and snap.

Whatever the case may be, itís happened and is now in the throes of being repaired.

Finding it hard to source crown wheel bolts but the rest of the bits are already being freighted in from the southern states.

Iíll source the crown wheel bolts and remove the snapped one over the weekend and with luck itíll be back on the road next week.

Iím constantly amazed at how easy this thing is to work on, so basic and fast to do.

The most time consuming element will be cleaning the respective parts prior to re-assembly.

I really like how straight forward they are to work on.

Itís sitting on stands fully now, all four corners and itís perfectly level, even the engine is reading zero, which is good to see.

It shows that the massive efforts I went to when I built it all those years ago, are still there.

All zeros, you beauty.

Once the new drive shaft bolts arrive and are in place, then I can double check my pinion angles from transfer box to diffs, and from memory those were the same.

Thatís why I lowered the front of the engine to where it sits flush with the chassis...

Then had an adapter plate made to lean the carburettor backwards by 7 degrees so it was then at zero also.

Iím conscious of the rear axle wrapped under aggressive acceleration and the squatting is on my list of things to address this time.

Iíll do my homework and figure out a rear spring ride height which will be a tad above the azimuth of zero, to allow for the diff to wrap under load, but at speed I want the chassis, engine, carby running at zero.

It probably sounds complicated and may be puzzling to most people but when I set out to improve my 109 and make it perform the way I believe it should have performed from factory, it got a bit out of hand and once begun, has to be followed through with.

Still looking for a roll bar/cage as I remember it felt sketchy on high speed bends.

Worked 202, high speed diffs, high speed transfer box and 5 speed overdrive gearbox, hence the Detroit Locker.

It goes really well off road but I built it to terrorise wrx suburu type buzz boxes at traffic lights...

The project will now recommence, but Iíll have to be a bit careful as Iíve been warned that a single traffic infringement will result in a review of my concealable weapon licence so I better just behave myself as I donít wanna lose that.

Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on October 31, 2019, 09:36:16 PM
I found the schematic for the 20x circuit Chevrolet spec hot rod loom tonight, along with the data for the water methanol injection, electric water pump and thermo fan computer, as well as the Crane Cams Hi6 capacitive discharge ignition, plus a large number of Brisk Premium LGS spark plugs, along with another new in the box Edelbrock water methanol injection unit and a heap of copper core spark plug leads.

There are a number of new BOSCH HEI distributor caps and rotor buttons, Hall Effect Sensors, and plethora other things to mess around with.

The box of engine oil filters is a welcome find too.

I really have to make the time to sift through all the boxes to find other items I need, but so far so good, plenty of bits and pieces to stroke around with.

The very first item to catch my eye was an aircraft throttle cable.

A true tinkerer may be able to appreciate what that item can do on a long trip, laden or empty, when that item is attached to a custom made bracket at the base of the distributor, allowing the advance to be altered incrementally on the fly by merely turning the dial a notch at a time forward or backward, and monitoring the vacuum, temp, fuel flow etc etc, enabling the operator to trim the tune according to conditions.

Post trip, all you do is hit the button to reset the dizzy back to its standard setting.

Thereís a tap attached to the vacuum advance line too, which you can use to limit the application of the vacuum advance, much like a locked dizzy as used in old school speedway cars way back when.

I sourced that cable from a scrapped aircraft in USA.

The trick is to find one the correct length and that can be a bit of a headache as series Land Rovers are so short, that a typical aircraft throttle cable is just far too long and wieldy to be practical. You want it to go straight from the dash to the dizzy with only just enough surplus cable to allow for the flex of the engine upon the engine mounts.
That way, a single click, relative to the length of the arm youíve carefully hose clamped to the dizzy shaft and attached the cable end to, once nutted out, can be adjusted to provide .1, .2, .3, .4 etc of a degree of advance at will.

Push the button in to reset the dizzy back to baseline.

I did have an aviation spec Flowscan fuel flow meter but that appears to be missing.

That was last used in 2010 at the NSW RTA EPA Nox emission tests. No clue where that went but itís possible it was knocked off when my laser thermometer and spectrum analyser disappeared.

I know a few people are eager for me to get back into the area of plasma physics and thermodynamics and while all that equipment arrived with the 109, Iím unsure if Iíll be dipping a toe back in that pond just yet.

For now itís purely mechanical, getting it running like it was before, after that, who knows.

I have no desire to spend money on it as I have other things that are of a higher priority for me these days.

Land Rover owners are generally the most miserably tight people ever born, such that they loathe to spend any more than pocket change but want a Rolls Royce in exchange, so Iím aiming at gravitating toward a similar behaviour pattern as those strange creatures.

(tongue in cheek)
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on November 05, 2019, 07:15:52 AM
Spoke too soon...

Now Iím squeeking about part prices.

Drive shaft bolts were nicely priced, as was the replacement axle.

Couldnít source crown wheel bolts so had to place an order to replicate them...

Cost was $330 for 12 bolts with a 2-3 week waiting period.

The wait is extended as the steel stock has to come from Perth, on a speedy camel I think.

Going to use the waiting period to go over the suspension and steering and other undercarriage bits and pieces.

I just noticed that I need to reroute the exhaust too, so itís clear of where the left hand side fuel tank sits, because I want the other tank installed finally so as to utilise it as the primary tank to help offset weight.

The ceramic exhaust wrap has perished and looks mangy, so I might re-wrap that too at some stage, though I somehow recall that job causing extreme itching as the fibreglass shards go everywhere.

Need to fabricate a heat shield to deflect heat away from the electric fuel pump as the new exhaust will be basically underneath the fuel pump.

Hard to get excited...

Trying to dive into it but the old body isnít as limber as it once was and once I flop down on the ground I just wanna stay there and would if the sun wasnít so bright and if I had a pillow, thereís no way anything would get done.

These bolt places are red hot, theyíre happy to get in the bolts but only if you buy a minimum of 50x.

The first quote I got to replicate the crown wheel bolts was $50 per bolt, but the second guy was $25 per bolt.

Gee, I hope I donít have to do these again for a while...whinge whinge...
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Ravvin on November 05, 2019, 08:37:32 AM
A quick tip with the fibreglass itching. Guys doing fibreglass repairs in the boatyards will rub down any exposed skin with baby powder before handling it.
The only problem I see is that its starting to heat up, and if you sweat, it will wash it off. Its worth a try though, especially around your neck and face.

Greg.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on November 05, 2019, 08:40:14 AM
Good information, thank you.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on November 08, 2019, 09:00:32 AM
The new axle arrived yesterday.

I only ordered the one as I was sceptical as per the quality given the $20 price tag, but upon arrival and having discovered this axle to be NOS, very probably ex army due to the way it was packed, and by the looks and feel, it was probably wrapped in the 60ís or 70ís, thus Iíll be happily grabbing a couple more in due course.

Reminds me of a tale my father related to me when I was a kid.
Dad was a senior store man at the PMG, in charge of various big warehouses around Melbourne.
Having started out as a telegram boy on a pushbike during the war, he rose up through the ranks to reach the top, thus he always had some interesting tales to tell.

Anyway, he said that during the war, the Americans were given some big stores near South Melbourne, probably Salmon St, to run some of their mechanical operations out of as part of their staging program, and apparently a large number of 44 gallon drums were stacked in the corner of one store, so the yanks figured that someone had thoughtfully left them there for use by the US forces, and apparently the stuff smelled ordinary and had a consistency akin to a grease, so thatís what they thought it was and thus, they applied it to all their wheel bearings etc.

He reckoned that diggers would often remark that they smelled vegimite whenever a yank vehicle went by, and apparently by the time the matter was finally addressed, the yanks ended up just shrugging their shoulders and didnít worry about rectifying the error as apparently the vegimite worked well in its new found role.

Dunno how true the tale was, but it seemed plausible to me at the time.

Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on November 18, 2019, 07:46:46 AM
Tick tock...

Iím under the impression that the custom made crown wheel bolts will be made this week, hopefully by mid week.

Being so pressed for time, not much has been done but I dedicated 5 hours to the differential on Saturday, and wasnít pleased with the brakes which have been on it for goodness, ten plus years, so being lazy and not wanting to waste time cleaning the brake assemblies etc, I simply grabbed a couple of spare entire assemblies and prepped them for use.

Nice and easy.

Ended up tearing the whole diff down just to check on everything else as it felt wrong to just chuck it back together and running the gauntlet as per the unknown condition of the other parts.

Everything looks good, nothing appears dodgy.

A bit surprised at how clean the diff is inside, like new.

I need to figure out which oils to use now, but I need advice on which one to choose as Iím hoping to run the same oil in both diffs as well as gearbox and transfer case.

Anyone have a handle on this topic? Iíd appreciate the advice.

The plan is to await delivery of the crown wheel bolts, then attack the broken crown wheel bolt, remove and fit the new ones, then after thatís done, finish assembling the rest of the diff and then do all the oils at once.

Canít see it stopping there as Iíd like to sort the ride heights and steering, but my primary vehicle cracked a radiator header tank on Saturday morning as I was heading in to work on the 109, so thatís gotta be sorted but at the same time, I really need to get the 109 back on the road.

I also need to figure out how to air condition it as Iím a sook these days and want aircon.

Another thought is to shelve this diff and fit a standard ine with high speed gearing the same as what it already has and in so doing, live with the wheel spin issues. The Detroit locker is kind of aggressive for the street...perhaps...
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on November 25, 2019, 01:30:03 AM
I picked up the crown wheel bolts late Friday afternoon but stayed home this weekend to rest.

Too many distractions...

The latest distraction is in trying to overcome an ocular occlusion that decided to visit just as I took delivery of my custom built 92G Beretta.

After several weeks of waiting for the occlusion to fade, only to have it recur a few more times, itís reached the point where now Iím over it and want a surgeon to laser it to stop the leak.

To hasten things, Iíve sourced a 500 lumen torch that fits to the bottom of the gun and a red dot laser sight as well. Iím yet to source a green one but I probably will be shortly.

The idea is to laser bore sight the barrel to the frame mounted laser, then huck the torch underneath and with luck thatíll allow me to see the targets.

Iím aware that the occlusion is fading really quick now that a surgeon is being sought, which of course is always the way. Just hoping it doesnít recur as thereís nothing worse than not being able to see properly.

Itís always the way though, one thing after another.

I keep seeing Series 2a workshops and really regret not building one of those instead of the 109.






Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on November 25, 2019, 06:43:07 AM
The crown wheel bolts came up great.

The heads are a whisker deeper so if another one backs out, itíll sheer a whisker sooner than before...I think...

The machinist fitted nuts on them to protect the threads which I thought was nice.

No clue if these will solve the problem but itís a step in the right direction.

Still havenít tried to remove the broken bolt but so far everyone agrees with my hypothesis in that given the sheer point of the broken bolt, and given the couple (so far) of loose ones I found near the broken one, odds are good that the broken one backed out and got sheered, so if Iím right, itís not secured by the threadlock.
Fingers crossed because if itís a clean snap it might be easier to remove.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: BEARMAN on November 25, 2019, 09:32:42 AM
G'day Navigator, I only just saw the bit about your rear diff. I reckon I can tell you what has happened as I went through the same thing in my 109 about 30 years ago. In my case the cause was the crownwheel bolts had not been loctited from new and every one of them was loose. I couldn't find any trace of loctite on any of them when I stripped it down. I reckon my diff was made on a Monday morning by someone with a hangover from the weekend. When mine let go the same thing happened, a bolt came out far enough to catch on the diff casing and when it snapped it flew through the rear cover a bit lower than where yours did and let all the oil out. I was cruising on a dirt road in the Gulf country and didn't hear anything until the diff get very hot and seized. Didn't break either axle but stuffed the pinion/crownwheel and even cracked the carrier. Had to buy a used diff from the wreckers to repair it. Also I probably could have helped you with those crownwheel bolts had I known - I am pretty sure I have a few of them here.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on November 26, 2019, 08:51:09 AM
Gíday BEARMAN,

Iím inclined to agree with your assessment as per how the bolt broke.

If all the other bolts were tight then it would change the whole narrative, but because I discovered 2 other loose bolts 1/4 of the way around the crown wheel when having a quick scout, that kind of suggests Iíll find a couple or more loose ones when I get around to replacing them.

The sheer point was at the first thread, which is about 1/3 rd the length of the bolt, so it seems strange, at least to me.

I just tried to find the broken bolt to take a photo but I canít locate it at the moment, too much junk piled up around the workshop from the plethora of broken vehicles I work on.

Mine had Loctite on them, but as I mentioned in an earlier post, the threadlock had failed on the 2 other loose ones I found, so Iím inclined to think that for whatever reason, thatís potentially the cause, along with the brutal life this diff leads in that itís equipped with a Detroit Locker.

I never reconditioned the diffs when I built the vehicle as they hadnít done much work, and I was told theyíd been recently rebuilt by the previous owner when he fitted the high speed gearing.

I suppose it was my own fault for not having checked them over way back then.

I was already aware of the punishment the drivetrain is copping as Iíd already had to resolve a similar problem at the drive flange bolts, where theyíd snap or come loose frequently. I resolved that by drilling and tapping those to take M12 cap heads, which has so far done the trick, but in so doing, Iíve only moved the problem to the next weakest point. I donít really know where that will potentially be, given that the universals etc are super tough, being the same as those used on the Ford GT 351 vehicles, or so I believe, but whatever, the problem will no doubt manifest somewhere else in time.

Now that the drive flanges are sorted and the crown wheel is on its way to being done, it only moves the weak point again, perhaps into the transfer box?

I met the bloke who designed and machined the parts for Marks Adaptors to suit the Nissan box, but he reckons the transfer box is built to a standard beyond what Iím subjecting it to so who knows where the next weak link will manifest.

Thatís why I donít run wider tyres nor wheel offsets.

Itís all a learning curve I suppose and trying to fathom things is half the battle.

Thatís why I sold the vehicle after building it, I was over the challenge and wanted to get away from it, having built too many vehicles over my lifetime.

Iím trying to get my mojo back but itís still tepid at this point.

Iíll have to pull my finger out and get this thing going again soon as itís starting to bug me...

Too much to do and scant time in which to do it.

Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on November 29, 2019, 04:52:50 AM
Finally got the rear diff sorted.

The broken bolt was extracted by wedging a screwdriver into the crown wheel mating face and prying it apart enough to get a small pair of pointy nosed vice grips in and bingo, the broken bolt backed out relatively easy.

I just need to put oil in it, bleed the brakes, and check the oils in the front diff, gearbox, transfer box, and itíll be back on the road.

I fitted a new radiator to my other car yesterday also, and Iím pretty happy with that too, it went smoothly.

Thinking of driving the 109 up onto some steep ramps and washing the inside out because itís picked up a lot of dust in the last few years.

Iím over the spring/parabolic height nonsense.
Iíll have to get springs made for it. Wasted too much time with the spring issue. Had enough!

The 109 still needs a million things done to get it back to how it was envisioned to be but itís getting there slowly.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on November 29, 2019, 09:46:40 PM
Almost finished the basic chores necessary to get the 109 back on the road.

Need to pull all the wheels off and put new screws in the brake drums, then check the oil levels in the gearbox, transfer box and front diff. Then it should be pretty much ready to go.

I canít remember if the hubs on the front diff are separate to the diff itself, requiring their own oil, or if they get their oil supplied from the diff. I suppose Iíll find out somehow.

Might lift the front off the ground and suss out the steering and relay.

Today the 109 got a wash inside, not with a sponge though.

I removed the few items I had sitting in the back, then let fly with a truck wash I use on a fleet I maintain, then rinsed the daylights out of it.

A workmate freaked out when he arrived about an hour after I did it, to find water still running out the doors and tailgate.

If ya gonna wash a Land Rover, ya donít stroke around.

If ya canít flood them out then you havenít built them properly.

No harm came from it.

I was a bit surprised and how much dust came out. It wasnít nearly as much as I expected.

I might bring it back home on Sunday and start using it as my daily starting Monday.

Still need to figure out how to install some kind of air conditioning too.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on December 03, 2019, 11:20:42 AM
The plan to drive the 109 has been placed on hold for the moment.

Iíve discovered an oil leak at the output shaft on the transfer box.

Iím unhappy with the amount of play in the output shaft too, so I feel compelled to look into it.

Iíve seem a Youtube tutorial which seemed to explain some of it, so further research is necessary.

I did test drive it to check out the diffs and transfer box and theyíre all working as theyíre supposed to.

Oil levels in the front diff and gearbox were where they should be, but the transfer box wanted 800ml, and that appears to be solely attributable to the output shaft issue.

Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on December 18, 2019, 08:53:05 PM
I still havenít done anything further to the 109 since my last post.

The weather has been knocking me around a bit, such that finding the energy to work on it just isnít happening.

I drove it today though, just to see what it was like and it drove well enough, though it seemed a bit light on power wise.

I basically used it to carry some tools to another site in order to swap out a problematic fuel pump on a 98 K3500 Silverado 4x4.

As I was about to head back, I asked to borrow a timing light as mine didnít arrive with all my tools etc when I had the 109 transported up from Victoria, and I knew the distributor drive gear had failed and that the timing wasnít done when the dizzy went back in, so I was eager to time it.

Turns out the timing was not even on the timing tab, so a quick reset was done and yeah, that helped a lot.

Iím just nursing it as I want to resolve the play in the output shaft before I start launching it around, but I can already feel that itís going to perform much the same as I remembered it.

Early next week Iíll get stuck into it as I wouldnít mind using it over the Christmas break, though the sergeant major is still harping on about me fitting the passenger side step for her but I keep telling her that I need to install the left side fuel tank first.

She points out that Iíve been telling her the same story for about 10 years but thatís simply not true, itís really only been about 9 and a half years.



Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on December 20, 2019, 10:15:17 PM
Today I finished working for the year so hopefully now Iíll be able to devote some time to the 109.

Iím very disappointed in the indicator and brake light lenses I fitted a number of years ago, as theyíve all faded like crazy, so I ordered a replacement set and went about fitting them today but it wasnít to be. The assemblies have all fallen to bits from UV exposure.

I think I wrote about the dodgy plastic assemblies all those years ago and from memory I was only putting up with them until I found suitable LED lights to swap them out with.

Iím not that impressed with whatís on offer Iím afraid and am leaning towards sourcing the original steel assemblies and just fitting LED globes to those in order to retain the vintage look.

Itís been suggested to fit modern LED strip type lights to it but I simply couldnít do that, they would spoil the look I reckon.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 04, 2020, 04:52:47 PM
Happy New Year everyone.

I havenít been near the 109 over the break as Iím still resting my eye but finally the occlusion is dissipating, slowly but surely.

Itís taken months to reach this point and Iíve still got another month to wait for my appointment with the eye surgeon, who I already know is unable to do much to help me.

Iím just grateful that my sight is returning.

Santa brought me (coz I havenít been too naughty) a 500 Lumen spotlight and a red dot laser to attach to my handgun so I was pretty happy with that.

The light allows me to see my sight picture a bit better and the laser looks like itíll really help too, but itís all cumbersome.

Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 05, 2020, 09:16:16 AM
Iíve made up my mind about which way Iíll go with regards to the indicator lights, parkers and brakes.

Iíve decided to go back to the original style steel bodied lights but this time with glass lenses.

Iíll fit LED globes to them and see how they go but I reckon they should be sweet.

Once I get back to work Iíll buy them. Theyíre a bit dear at about $50 a light but thatís the way she goes...
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 10, 2020, 10:01:12 AM
Hooray! Iím finally regaining the sight in my right eye. Itís been a long long time, too long, but itís slowly settling down.
Just the fact that I can see better, albeit marginally, improves my attitude and motivation level.

Noticed something odd this morning while flicking through my subscriptions on Youtube, where ďseriously seriesĒ put up a new video and the series 3 they used to highlight the video, well it just looked odd.

I mean, it looks straight and neat front on, impressive if you ask me, with a similar profile to my 109 I think, but there was something about it that just seemed foreign, and this caused me to flick back through pictures of my 109 as well as myriad pictures of series 3 vehicles via Google in order to suss out what was the standard layout for the parking light and blinker on a series 3.

I vaguely recall trying to figure this out when I rebuilt the 109 all those years ago, but from memory I think I just settled on copying what the majority of people had, which was parker up top and blinker down below, so after seeing the ďseriously seriesĒ picture, where the blinker is up top, it got me searching online again this morning to suss out what was what.

Iím sure the placement of the indicators and parkers were covered by an ADR rule but I just canít be bothered trying to find that, so I decided Iíd try to figure it out by looking at multiple images of series 3 Land Rovers online, and try to see what was standard that way.

Most show the blinker on the bottom, which is how mine is, and from memory I think I somehow determined that to be the standard.

Itís strange to flick through hundreds of images looking at just the indicators and parking light positions, because every now and then you see the placement has been reversed and it kind of catches you off guard.

Iím not entirely sure but I think the ADR relating to indicators and lights on a series 3 mightnít apply to an ex army vehicle as they had a number of exemptions from new.

I still love the fact that my 109 has the 27a exemption, which few people know about, and was indeed news to me when I purchased the vehicle, but during the rebuild when I was doing the research on what I could and couldnít get away with, I discovered the missing 27a on the compliance plate and that sent me off in many different directions, looking for the ďwhyĒ.

Tool holders bolted to the front panels are another one. I cringe whenever I see a non military Land Rover with tool holders bolted onto them and I wonder how shocked those people will be if ever a savvy lawman wheels them over.

Who uses their tool holders, really?

Theyíre shocking bits of gear if ever you need to lean up and over into the engine bay, for theyíll gouge you in a number of ways. My ribs hurt just reflecting on the number of times I copped it when working on mine, or what about the little split pins they used to have in them? Anyone whoís worked on an ex army banger will fondly recall being fanged by those blasted split pins. I removed mine and threw them far far away.

I can recall losing the plot over my tool holders while rebuilding the 109 and removed them at some stage and refitted them after all the engine bay work was done. They were the last things to go back on, weeks later, if I remember correctly.

I donít use my tool holders for anything other than cracking jokes with, stuff like how these are the only vehicles on the road where the potential for some serious road rage is openly on display, in that the weapons are openly  carried, so to speak.

Youíve got your pick handle right there, along with the axe, either are just a wing nut away from deployment, and the shovel is on the opposite side just in case you need to plant your victim and the mattock head is there too, in case the digging gets too hard.

I remember going to great lengths to acquire genuine tools for mine but theyíre all lost now and I canít be buggered searching out new ones for theyíre a total hassle in that theyíre easily stolen and are too expensive to replace.

I suppose the ďlookĒ of the ex army series vehicles is what attracts people to them for they do have a tough look about them, and looks are often deceptive.

My childhood dream to own a series 3 army Land Rover were probably driven by how rugged they looked, and as a kid I hadnít any idea about what made them tick but I liked them and just had to have one.

Iím still at a loss as to how any government could deploy them where bullets are flying and get away with it.
A stark reminder of this can be found if one looks at images of the series 2a vehicles which were ambushed in Vietnam.
Coke cans on wheels...
Those are some haunting images.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 10, 2020, 11:13:25 AM
What about a spare wheel carried atop the bonnet, thatís another interesting one.

Without a wheel upon it, the bonnet is super light weight and effortless to lift, but trying to climb into the engine bay is probably not much different to encountering a mouse trap. Youíre not a true ex army series Land Rover  owner until youíve banged your head on the bonnet and bumped the bracket that holds the bonnet up at the same time.

I have a genuine love hate relationship going on with my spare wheel carrier atop my bonnet.

It all started out nicely enough as I had the factory spare wheel holder in the tub behind the drivers seat and was using that, but the look of the spare wheel atop the bonnet soon overtook the practicality element.

I then got rid of the in tub wheel carrier as I fitted later model seats in the tub, so my spare wheel was relegated to the bonnet for good.

You have to be the son of Hercules to open the bonnet now, and I canít help wondering if thatís half the reason for the pre enlistment medical/physical exam.

Can you do push ups?
How many?
Chin up?

They should have just asked, can you clean and jerk a Land Rover bonnet or better yet, just had the potential recruits demonstrate their strength by doing it for real.
They could have had them filing past a series Land Rover just past the front door, and that first test would have weeded out many of the young hopefuls.

Aside the crazy weight atop the bonnet, those domed aviation style rivets are only good for so long before they start worrying through and thus that day came for me at the same time as having completed the big rebuild.
Iíd removed the spare wheel in order to remove the bonnet, which is just 1x split pin and washer then lift, itís off and one can then climb up and over...without hindrance or mouse trap effect.

Upon refitting the bonnet, I was placing the spare wheel back on when one of the few remained rivets broke, leaving the wheel carrier affixed by only a couple or three other rivets.

A quick look and it was then made apparent that several of the rivets had snapped or worked their way through the aluminium bonnet, but you couldnít see that from outside the bonnet where the heads were for they all looked normal, though a couple were a bit loose and could be turned with your fingers.

I was pretty surprised and counted my blessings at having it happen right then and there for had it not happened, the odds were that the next decent bump in the road and whoosh, bye bye spare wheel.
The height of the wheel and the sliding forward may have planted the spare in through the back window of some little old ladyís car too, so yeah I was grateful for the problem showing itself when it did.

Still, as I get older and all my injuries let me know theyíre still my friends, I still carry that wheel atop my bonnet.

Itís like the barn door, itís perfect for me as it allows me to mount the spare wheel at the rear of the vehicle, which is a huge plus for weight distribution, and it kind of looks ok, but I still canít shake my love affair with the tailgate and cat flap.

I know that as each year passes that Iím finding it harder and harder to climb into the back of my 109, so one day I will refit the barn door and save myself the drama, but in doing that Iíll probably want to hang another wheel off that too, not because I need 2x spare wheels, but because itíll look the part.

First things first, stop being a sook and stop being lazy and get it back on the road, itís only a few short hours away from being ready to drive again, so....maybe tomorrow.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: fc101 on January 10, 2020, 12:28:45 PM

 as well as myriad pictures of series 3 vehicles via Google in order to suss out what was the standard layout for the parking light and blinker on a series 3.

I vaguely recall trying to figure this out when I rebuilt the 109 all those years ago, but from memory I think I just settled on copying what the majority of people had, which was parker up top and blinker down below, so after seeing the ďseriously seriesĒ picture, where the blinker is up top, it got me searching online again this morning to suss out what was what.


If you just google series 3 pics you will see most have the blinker on the bottom but most of the pics are of overseas vehicles.  Australian Series 3 all had the blinkers on the top.  If you google "Australian Land Rover Series 3 pics" you will see the pics show a mix of mil and civilian series 3s - low and short wheelbase and they all have blinkers on the top.

Garry
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 10, 2020, 12:33:15 PM
Thanks Garry.

Iíve got them all pulled out atm and Iím about to order some shiny new ones, so when I refit them this time Iíll swap them around to get them right.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on January 21, 2020, 10:26:12 PM
The glass indicator/brake/parking lights arrived today and well, Iím really happy with them.
Iíll fit them this week and finally begin using it as my daily driver.

Iíd forgotten how light the 109ís are, but was reminded of that today when I used it to pull a Toro zero steer mower out of a swamp where it sank down to its chassis.

Using a strap, it took a few goes before it finally yanked up and out of the bog.
I didnít engage 4x4, just relied on the locked rear diff to do the job.

Still weighing up the options with regards to air conditioning, still havenít decided which way to go with that yet.

Itís been really difficult these last couple of weeks just doing my job.
Getting old and fat, plus the weather has been off its head.

I imported 2x Miracool water vests before Xmas and have been wearing one to try to cool my core temperature during the day and the vest is amazing in heat, but it struggles in humid weather.

I used to wear a Miracool vest when I was working out in the Cooper Basin and it worked phenomenally out there so Iím waiting for this rain to boot off so we can get back to regular heat, and to where the vest works.

Crazy weather.

Somehow managed to get my face badly sunburned last friday, and suffered all weekend with that. That was with sunscreen on too.
I think I copped it via the polish Iím using on a truck Iím working on.
Pretty sure thatís where I got it as my eyes got fried too.

Been looking at solar powered mini split air conditioning systems  too, with a view to installing one in the 109.
Not sure if thatíll happen yet as it may still be cheaper to fit a universal regular compressor driven one yet, though fitting the pump isnít going to be easy .

Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 01, 2020, 10:16:17 AM
Todayís the day...this time for sure.

I know Iíve been saying Iím going to get the 109 back on the road for days, weeks, months and Iíve meant to, but health dramas and work commitments keep intervening.

Finally got my eye surgeon appointment set for this coming Monday morning, and while itíll be good to get a checkup, Iíve known for years that thereís nothing they can do to help me.

Thatís what Central Serous Retinopathy, coupled with laser exposure and acute UV damage will get ya...

Work has been hectic and well, that never stops.

Iíve been breaking in the new cooling vest I imported from the USA a few weeks ago and itís helping to keep my core body temperature down, but it canít help reduce my ever expanding belly.

I had to lengthen the velcro straps as my rapid weight gain has forced me out of all my clothing and work clothes.

Copping a bit of ribbing for getting so fat so fast, but I canít complain too much as I was thin and athletic all my life and I figure itís probably ok to let myself go a bit now, though having said that, the extra weight restricts me in more ways than I ever imagined.

Ahh well, way she goes...

The plan today is to get a haircut, do a mandatory rolling comp at the pistol club, wire up the lights on the 109, then whipper snip and mow...

Then have a few beers...

Iíve attached an image of the cooling vest so people understand what Iím talking about.

Anyone struggling with the heat would do well to look at sourcing one of these, for theyíre simply fantastic in dry heat, but in humid heat theyíre a bit less effective. They weigh a bit too, so if youíre on your feet all day theyíll take a good week or so to adjust to.

I used to wear these years ago when I was marching through many of the deserts in Australia, where my colleagues were literally half my age and I found the vest gave me quite an advantage.

I used to wear the vest under my shirt but lately Iíve been wearing it over the top of my work clothes, mostly because Iím now really struggling to get into my clothes and thereís no room for the vest.

Looks like I just have to get new clothes.

Oh well, better get this day underway...

Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 01, 2020, 06:30:14 PM
Phew, been at it for a few hours and am pleased theyíre installed, though Iím yet to wire them up.

Fiddly things theyíve proven to be.

Had to pre wire each light prior to installation and regret not looking at the job more closely before starting the install as the paint on the rear quarter metal sections is in need of a do over.

Didnít notice that all the silver has degenerated beyond redemption over the last heap of years.

The paint on the body panels wants a good polish up, as does the powder coating, but unfortunately the silver canít be saved.

Iíll have to look at doing that again in future.

Biggest gripe with the new lights, isnít to do with the lights themselves, for even being a bit fiddly, they werenít that hard to put in.

The magnificent wiring job I did when I rebuilt the vehicle didnít allow for any excess, and all the wires were trimmed to nice tight lengths and were tucked away out of harms way, thus now that Iíve ditched the other lights in favour of these glass ones, thereís not a lot of wire to play with.

I swapped the stop lights from the bottom spot to the top this time and was going to swap the front parkers from top spot to bottom, but that short wire issue stopped me.

I can always rewire everything later but itíll have to be bodged up for now as I really need this thing back on the road.

Probably not going to finish it today but will attack it again tomorrow.

Iíll have to get used to looking at these new lights for theyíre a lot different to the old ones, but I think theyíll grow on me.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 02, 2020, 01:56:25 PM
Front lights are wired up and looking good.

Took the time to check the front hub oil levels.

L/h side was down about 250ml and the r/h side was down about 150ml.

Iím thinking thatís pretty reasonable since they havenít been topped up since the rebuild, which was several years ago now.

Just got to wire the rear lights up, then load up the whipper snipper and go.

I noticed the lights appear tinted from afar, unsure why but I suppose itís just the colours of the glass.

Not going to pull the back of the transfer case off to shim the output shaft today, simply not enough time.

That can wait.

Did curse after I refitted the front wheels and put the jack and stands away as it then dawned on me that Iíd forgotten to fit the new brake drum screws.

Oh well, theyíll have to wait till I get another couple of spare hours.

Next major job on the list is to fit the l/h side fuel tank.

Anyway, enough waffling on, time to wire the rear lights and head home.

Pretty warm day, 34 degrees, thank goodness for the cooling vest.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 02, 2020, 09:39:58 PM
The rear r/h indicator wires gave me grief and cost me about an hour.

After finally figuring out the problem, the darn indicator still wouldnít work so I changed out the new globe and that did the trick.

Drove the 109 home in 35 odd degree heat, and found the heater is jammed on.

Itís in need of some fine tuning as horsepower wise, itís not as quick as I remember it being.

Itís a truck of course, an old truck at that.

Certainly not as comfy as my SS sedan which is the vehicle I initially sold the 109 over, as I couldnít justify having 2 cars at the time.

Anyway, it drove well enough, but needs a tweak to get the herbs back.

Iím happy with it.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 04, 2020, 06:06:45 AM
In the coming days/weeks, I also hope to address the warped brush bar and buckled bumper bar, which all occurred when my brother parked the 109 in gear at his work car park, then proceeded to lean in after work and hit the starter without first checking the gear stick.

Apparently the engine caught instantly and away it went, defeating the hand brake and the cyclone fence ahead of it.

From what I was told, it wasnít stopping and was simply climbing the fence, till he somehow managed to reach in and shut it down, and from the story he told me, that was quite a mission as heís only short.

I know of a truck repair business which has a massive hydraulic press, and I might as them how much theyíll charge me to straighten the brush bar.

I think the bumper is beyond hope though, so might have to buy a new one of those and try to get it re-powder coated.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: Dozer on February 04, 2020, 01:01:48 PM
Loving reading all the work you've been doing for some time and look forward to hearing more! Would love to be as mechanically able as you clearly are. 

Moral from the last post... don't lend your Landy to family  ;D

Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 04, 2020, 01:34:45 PM
Thanks for the encouragement.

I donít think Iím a gifted mechanic, for thatís not really my area of expertise. Iím a Marine Seismic Navigator by profession, but Iíve done many varied jobs over the course of my life, whereas with cars etc, itís just a hobby.

Ive built many cars, trucks, motorbikes etc through my life, and I used to enjoy it as itís quite a distraction.

Anyone can do this stuff, itís more about finding the motivation to apply to it.

My present occupation has me repairing vehicles and machines of all different types, not just in keeping them operational, but cleaning them up to enhance their value etc.

Iím never short of things to do, for every day sees me tackling a dozen different jobs.

I like the variety.

We donít spend much on parts as I recondition everything myself and rarely need outside parts.

I just fix/remodel whatever it is thatís broken.

Itís gotta be pretty bad before I throw my hands up in defeat.

This morning I was greeted by a 6x4 heavy prime mover which I jazzed up last year and put back on the road, and today it decided it was going to freeze the starter motor and not play the game. Tricked it into starting and the problem disappeared.
I think the driver may have left it in gear and shut it down, locking out the ignition when the air pressure dropped below a certain value.
Pesky new age vehicles, theyíre  electronic nightmares. Too many secondary circuits bussed into the primary circuits I think.

Itís not like the old days where one could overcome a problem in a very basic way, these days you need a degree in computer engineering just to turn the key.

Send him on his way, then did a bit of tidying up.

Now Iím rejuvenating a Manitou, specced up as a plaster board lifting machine.

Iíve already jazzed one of the 3x we have, and itís down at the auction yard for sale, as will this one be in a couple more days.

I build trucks too, or rather, restore them and put them back into service.

Itís just a spin off from my hotrod and race car building days.

Itís a job.

I canít return to oil and gas exploration, or interstate transport, so this suits my current circumstances, though I have to confess it tires me out.

It keeps me out of strife I suppose.


Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 04, 2020, 03:34:29 PM
I did notice an anomaly with regards to the electric water pump and thermo fan controller in the 109 on Sunday.

It was 38 odd degrees outside and the digital controller threw a hissy fit in heavy traffic causing me to pull over and lift the bonnet to look at what was going on.

It appears to have launched into some kind of safe mode, throwing on both the electric water pump and thermo fan.

I noted the fuse was a bit hot too, while the engine operating temp was only at 90 degrees.

This leads me to suspect that the power feed to the water pump and thermo fan may be inadequate.

Iíll make up a jumper lead and run the power for those directly from the back of the battery isolator and see if that stops the problem.

It only did it the once but Iím paranoid about it causing the engine to boil so best I try to figure out at least a basic plan to bypass it.

Davies Craig gave me a new loom for it years ago as the problem was evident not long after I installed the system, and it certainly appeared to have been a loom related issue back then.

Roll forward to now and the incident of the system tripping into some kind of safe mode warrants further investigation.

The blind across the grille was fitted to allow the engine to get hot, as without it the engine runs too cool, but that was when I lived in Victoria. I might have to rethink it.

Itís still only reaching 90 degrees on a 38 degree day so I donít think the blind wants removing.

Iíve got the digital controller set at about 90 I think, so all that appears normal, itís just the incident where it trips into safe mode that has me scratching my head, along with trying to remember how I wired it up all those years ago.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 11, 2020, 07:44:50 PM
I think I might have figured out why the 109 doesnít go as well as I thought it should, and itís not the 109ís fault, itís mine.

I initially sold it because I wanted a modern sedan with the usual creature comforts like power steering and aircon etc, just a get in and go affair, easy to drive, quiet and comfortable.

The vehicle I ended up with wasnít new, but was a 2002 VX SS Commodore, with the Gen 3 LS1 5.7 litre engine, Pacemaker extractors and twin system, along with the 6 speed manual. It had 91,000km on the clock and was a 1 owner from new.

Thatís why the poor old 109 got flicked, and why I now feel it to be underpowered.

Itís not underpowered at all, itís just that Iím accustomed to driving a healthy 350 Chev as my daily and am used to scooting around in that, so when I jump in the 109, of course it doesnít pull that well, itís only got a worked 202 in it.

Why I never realised this before is a mystery, must be getting old, but it just goes to show that you donít have to have a long neck to be a goose.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 13, 2020, 08:34:56 AM
The weather has been extraordinarily wet these last couple of weeks, such that it hasnít been practical to drive or even work on the 109.

It still only has the single speed windscreen wiper motor, and it really does need the 2 speed motor for when it rains in Brisbane, it doesnít muck about.

I do still have a couple of other pressing issues to address before being wholly confident in driving it, namely the excess movement in the transfer box output shaft, and Iím not altogether delighted with the steering.

The steering is precise with virtually no excess play, but it still feels a bit too stiff.

I know Iím spoiled by having power steering in my other car and maybe thatís all it is, but I wouldnít mind checking out the steering relay just to see how freely thatís moving.

Itís a Land Rover series 3 of course, and you always have to be mindful of the poor turning radius, like start making your turn 3 streets back from the one youíre hoping to turn into.

That was another reason I fitted the Detroit Locker, truth be known.

I used to drive the 109 in occasional rallies undertaken by the collectable vehicle club I was once a member of, and they had a nasty habit of arranging to meet in small cafe type car parks, like McDonalds car parks etc, and the 109 isnít designed to navigate those.

I mean, perish the thought of ever navigating through a Maccas drive through, itís a nightmare, but luckily I wouldnít eat that food even if I was starving.

To navigate those car parks in dry weather is a hassle, but in the wet theyíre easy, just load it up and pop the clutch and powerslide your way around, easy.

Nobody expects a big old ex army series to powerslide/drift very well and yeah, theyíre not really suited to it but you can drift them in a pinch if youíre careful.

Well the rain has just stopped so I better get cracking to do my job, at least until the next downpour.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 15, 2020, 12:58:36 PM
I took the 109 for a quick spin to the nearby pistol club yesterday and aside from the chirping tyres it went well.

The day before, I was tasked to look at a senior gentlemanís ride on mower, which has reportedly never performed properly since the day he got it, and has never once fired up under its own steam by turning the key.

It had been stored away in a shed for ages, all the tyres were dead flat and it was covered in a thick layer of dust.

Apparently it was simply rooted and showed no signs of life, turn the key and.... not even a tick.

Itís been a long time since I worked on a ride on, so I went in blind and presumed it had a bad battery, thus I approached it with jumper leads and a truck battery in the hope of jump starting it.

I ran the multi tester  probes across the terminals and hmmm, it was reading 12 volts.

Tried the key, nothing.

I placed my hand atop the flywheel cover and tried to turn it over and it turned over freely, so it wasnít seized.

Oil looked clean, got me buggered, so try jump starting it...nothing, totally dead.

Hmmm, something wasnít right and my brain was screaming at me that Iíd seen this problem before.

I then sat on the seat, thinking the pressure switch might still be functioning and still nothing happened.

Then I saw it, the bloody hand brake wasnít engaged. I quickly pressed in the brake and reset the little lever and hit the key and...tick. It wouldnít crank but at least it showed signs of life.

I dragged it out of the shed and force started it by hand winding it up to top dead centre and then hitting the starter and away she went, then idled it around the yard and up to the workshop by putting it in a low gear and walking along beside it. I would have rode it but the tyres were dead flat and so old that I reckon theyíd have fallen apart, so care had to be taken.

First things first, inflate the tyres and then take it for a mush...

I did a couple of laps on it and it was performing perfectly and just then the employerís nephew arrived and was scratching his head over how the supposedly stuffed mower was now working again and he asked me if it was any good as it looked like crap and theyíd already decided to sell it and buy the old fellow a new one.

I reversed up to him and said ďwatch thisĒ, popped it into 5th gear, applied full throttle and popped the clutch.

It launched alright, lifting both front wheels about 10 inches off the ground, and away she went, flying down the driveway at full speed.

I held it flat in top gear and went up and down the long driveway for about 10 minutes and it never missed a beat.

Then shut it down and left it to cool, before giving it a clean and hucked a bit of polish on it before calling it a day.

Overnight I pondered the lack of cranking power and reckoned it was probably a bad earth or connection somewhere, so upon arrival to work yesterday, I set about removing the battery and battery cables. Yep, thatís how pathetic my life has become, I actually think about work matters in my own time.

Attacked it the next day by attaching the fancy new, you beaut, battery charger to it and hmm, after only 1 hour it reported the battery as being good and was fully charged, which of course was partially supported by the multi tester reading the day before, so yeah, lets look for a loss via the battery cables.

Noticed red electrical tape on the positive cable, meaning somebodyís been here before, and meaning theyíve probably been on the same quest as I was now on, yet theyíd obviously failed to find the problem and flicked the mower instead.

The positive cable was sound, all the way up to the starter motor, but the moment I tried to undo the nut holding the power cable to the starter, it spun...hmmm

Pull the starter and remove the bottom plate, below the carbon brushes and bingo, I found the lug which spun wasnít connected to the internal wires, but they were just sitting against the lug under their own weight.

That was the crux of the cranking problem right there I reckoned, and I was going to strip the starter down and solder the wires to the lug when the boss said no, heís got a mate who does his alternators for him who is set up to do this type of repair, so I happily handed over the starter and off marched his nephew to get it repaired.

Better him than me I thought, I mean, I could have done it, in spades, and quickly but no, their mate was given the task, so that I could do more pressing repairs on other vehicles, fair enough.

So when the bosses nephew returned from delivering the bodgy starter to the repairer, I kidnapped him and we both knocked off work and snuck off to the pistol club in the 109, and that was that, the mower didnít get finished.

I strongly urged them not to flick his mower as all it really needs is a bit of love.

We sent them images of how it came up once cleaned and theyíre suspicious, thinking we sent them images of a different mower entirely, just to do their heads in.


** Iíve been asked a few times why I write these posts, and I mainly do it because itís easy for me to write/type.
Several people have commented here that they like to read my posts and several people Iíve met in person who visit this site, tell me they love having something to read and that my posts are appreciated and to keep them coming.

Iím bewildered by the number of views on this thread, it blows my mind.



Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 16, 2020, 12:13:43 AM
Another ex army vehicle in the family.

My older brother also has an ex army vehicle.

Heís had it for many years and itís finally nearing completion, or so I believe.

Itís certainly not standard and would have to be regarded as totally modified.

It was picked apart at the seems and refinished by hand, chopped and channelled and the body has been raked over the hand fabricated chassis. The idea of raking the body over the chassis is a trick heís applied in order to give the car a lowered at the front stance, but retain full travel suspension.

The number of hours heís put into this vehicle arenít measurable, as itís been an ongoing project for perhaps 25 years.

Itís all steel, heated and shrunk to massaged to insane tolerances.

I was told that the amount of body filler that will be required to rectify minor issues wouldnít be more than a small handful. Thatís mostly on the underside of the body I think.

The outer panels are crazy straight.

Itís been bare metal for about 20 years now and the paint when done, will be a purple called ďplum crazyĒ I think.

Engine is a mild 350 Chev, Turbo 350 and 9 inch diff. Fuel is dedicated LPG.

Not sure if heís air bagging it but it was on his list of things to do.

Those flames are embossed in the steel.

I believe it to be ex army as itís a 1939 Ford Coupe Ute, and the army scooped those all up due to the war I think.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 16, 2020, 12:22:33 AM
My younger brother also has a hobby car, and while itís green, itís not ex army.

Itís a 1951 Mercury Sports Sedan.

All original, even has the original paint job.

Itís a very nice car for its age, drives well too.

The flathead V8 still goes like a scolded cat too.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 16, 2020, 12:29:37 AM
We got our car hobby traits from mum.

Our mother has always had high performance cars.

This was her last car, which was only sold recently.

Itís a 1979 Corvette, 350 Chev with Turbo 400.

It had less than 80,000 miles on the clock when sold.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 17, 2020, 12:50:13 PM
Iíve removed the brush bar in order to have it straightened in a press.

The bumper bar is warped in too many places for me to feel confident in it ever being straight again, so Iíll look at getting a new one somewhere down the track.

The paint is coming up slowly but will need some serious elbow grease applied.

Iím being heavily persuaded to leave the brush bar off for good but I really like having it on there.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 17, 2020, 01:35:44 PM
Bye bye stone guard.

Iím going to try driving without that for a while.

The spare wheel can stay off the bonnet for a while too.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 17, 2020, 08:29:49 PM
Finally, the 109 is again being used as my daily driver.

Iíve got to get used to driving it of course, but so far so good.

I decided that today was going to be the day but first I had to sort out a temporary speedometer as I still havenít gotten the Jaguar speedo and tacho reworked to suit this vehicle, so I was looking for a temporary gps speedo to get by on when a mate offered to loan me one until I could source one.

Simple solution was to buy the exact same one as he was loaning to me and just give him mine when it arrives.

Iím very familiar with gps and was astounded to read in the literature that this device will display erroneous readings at times and I thank the manufacturer for being so honest. Iím over gps equipment providers lying about basic facts. Itís refreshing to find one, and just a basic and really cheap one, that speaks the truth.

Sure glad I fitted it as I found myself clipping along a bit quicker than I should have been on several occasions, so yeah, Iíve got to adjust to driving it again.

It cruises really well at 110kph.

I think I might source a standard diff though.

I also might have to get fair dinkum and tune it up, along with the refit of the Crane Cams Hi6 ignition system etc, and the 34 ADM Webber could probably use a kit through it if itís going to be punting me back and forth to work.

The weather will be a factor too, if itís too hot or looks like crazy rain, Iíll take the SS.

Tomorrow Iíll be swinging past a truck rebuilders yard to enquire about straightening the brush bar.

Oh yeah, after grabbing the gps speedo I helped my mate out by pulling 2 trees out of the ground in his front yard. They looked pretty big but came out really easy with just a few light tugs.

Didnít wheelspin on his lawn either, so all good.

I still canít get over the number of people who check out the 109, and wave etc.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 23, 2020, 11:01:22 AM
Anomalous readings...

The gps speedo took about 10 minutes to lock onto a suitable 3 way fix, weather is the culprit.

Sitting outside the church waiting for the sgt mjr to exit, I noticed the readout fluctuating from 11-12 kph, so yeah, itís doing what any gps does when the chipping rates are being bounced around a bit.

Just happy to have it regardless, at least until I get my regular speedometer sorted.

Not ideal weather for driving this beast but I have to dump off a million cans and bottles to the recycling depot to free up the cargo area.

Wasnít a productive week hobby wise, after locking up a muscle in my hip while doing a quick peak hour prime mover breakdown recovery, which saw me hooking a chain to the broken down truck and hooking that to a tipper and dragging the dead truck for about 1 km to where it was out of harms away.

I was jogging along beside it giving instructions by phone, in thongs.

I quit jogging after about 500 mtrs, bugger that.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 23, 2020, 12:07:30 PM
The rains are here...

That puts the mozz on my plans to work on the 109, at least for a few hours...

Swung into the best fish and chip shop for miles around to get more food than I need.

I wonder if I have any grog in the fridge?

Hmm...
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 23, 2020, 09:13:40 PM
The rain eased off, stopped, then tinkled for a couple of hours, so I used it to my advantage and gave the paint a bit of polish.

Needs a lot more elbow grease but itís coming up alright I guess.

I removed the perforated vinyl window film from the passenger side door window too. Itís been on there since the last rebuilt and held up well, so Iíll be buying some new stuff and doing it again in future.
Loviní the perforated vinyl.

Lots more to do of course, but itís happening.

The sgt mjr has been throwing commands around but Iím resisting.

She no like the roof console as itís easy to bump ones head on, but after youíve headbutted it and yelped 10-20 times, you learn not to just jump in, but sneak in carefully.
Sheís right though, itís a pain in the...head, so I might ditch that soon.

Probably going to ditch the tailgate and cat flap shortly too.

Canít seem to get the passenger side fuel cap off, no idea why but itís just spinning.

Iíll replace both fuel caps in time.

A tune is becoming priority as itís getting tricky at the traffic lights.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 23, 2020, 09:33:17 PM
Iím thinking of having new badges made, probably the same style as the last set but this time saying Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Sure beats Solihull, Warwickshire, England.

Iíll get a new Four Wheel Drive, Holden Powered too, or think up something snappier.
Itís registered as a utility, so might incorporate that somehow, dunno yet.

I keep looking at the glass and wishing I had green glass, or ďfast glassĒ, so I might look into that. Perforated vinyl is awesome but green glass is better I think.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 24, 2020, 06:49:51 AM
Brisbane Queensland
Australia

Four Wheels Down
Utility Wagon

?

Can anyone think up a better quip than that?

Iím open to ideas.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 24, 2020, 08:10:19 AM
Still undecided about how to complete the safari roof. The old plan entailed polishing it to a mirror finish but thatíd be hard to maintain these days I think.

Second plan was to vinyl wrap it, but I canít think of a single decent idea as to what colour/image Iíd wrap it with, so Iím leaning towards painting it, probably silver, or white. Iíll have to reflect on that a while longer.

Iím getting used to driving it again and itís kind of fun though I do notice that vigilance is required in keeping the speed down. Iím just not used to the sounds it makes and this morning as I was driving to work I focussed on keeping it at lower rpm levels, to where it started sounding a bit like a light aircraft engine buzzing along and then I remembered that thatís how I used to drive it before. Strange that Iíd forgotten about that. Canít remember everything I suppose.

Itís hard to describe it but it kind of gets into a happy spot and the sound/vibrations sound a bit like a light aircraft at cruise speed.

That sound is a little bit harder to detect than it was before, but thatís likely due to the new muffler that was fitted to it sometime after I sold it to my brother.

I have to sort the tune out soon, itís not stable.

Itís early days...
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 24, 2020, 09:53:18 PM
Was sneakoíd by a nasty gout attack in my right foot at about lunchtime today, and wow, the trip home was made much more interesting.

Standing on the 109 brake pedal when gout is rockiní...is probably like consciously stepping on a dingo trap.

The trick is to stay off the brake as best as you can, but thatís not always possible and there were a couple of times where I was looking for an escape route rather than stand on that pedal any harder.

Only a gout lover can appreciate what Iím saying.

The trip home was still fun though.

Iím getting used to driving it again and am falling back into the groove.

Still driving too quickly in it, have to learn to slow down but thatíll come.

I can see that people are surprised when theyíre driving near the 109, for its apparent that theyíre not accustomed to an old Land Rover scooting along and pushing them along.

They donít understand that the turning circle is ridiculous, so cutting bends, straightening out the ďsĒís  and using it all up is just how you have to drive.

The 109 style of driving can trap you too, if youíre not careful, like when you enter a small car park and no other cars are there so you sneak right up the front and then when you come back a few minutes later you find yourself surrounded by other cars.

Thatís a trap which requires a steely resolve. Backward, forward, gain a few inches more each time. Itís tricky and now I remember why Iíd always park right up the back of a car park and walk the rest of the way. Starting to remember.

I love my 109.

Must be delirious...

Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 25, 2020, 06:54:49 AM
Keep the revs down low, remember the camshaft profile, drive it like a diesel...

The steering is firm but predictable now. Thereís no chasing it all over the place.

In 60 kph speed zones its a toss up between lugging it in 4th or dropping it back into third.

Iím now shifting it into 5th between 95 and 105.

Itís just cruising along.

Might increase the engine operating temperature another 5 degrees to see what happens.

Might toy with disconnecting the water heated plenum chamber at some stage too, as I canít see any reason to keep that connected, itís not like it gets that cold in Brisbane.

A mate in the UK is going to source me another set of billiard ball gear shift knobs as these current ones are shagged.

Thisíll be the third set Iíve had. I like them.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 25, 2020, 07:18:50 AM
I see a pair of aluminium 72 ltr fuel tanks for sale on Facebook Marketplace, in Brisbane.

Iím tempted to grab them but I figure I could spend the money better elsewhere.

My steel tanks are in pretty good nick still.

Reminds me about when I had an aluminium rear fuel tank and 1 aluminium side tank.

I sold them as I couldnít see a matching side tank becoming available anytime soon and now a matching pair pop up, albeit something like 10 years later.

The $200 price tag for a pair is a steal if you ask me, itís bloody tempting.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 26, 2020, 07:38:40 PM
Finally got a chance to arrange for the brush bar to be straightened in the whopping big press, but it wonít be happening right away.
Iíll be trying to get it done on a Saturday morning in perhaps a month or so.
The gentleman whoíll be doing it is flat strap doing accident rebuilds on heavy trucks and by the looks, business is booming.
Every bay was full and there wasnít much room out in the yard.
Heís had to stop doing general servicing on fleets just to focus on the wreck rebuilds.

Iím grateful for him being able to help me out.

The engine tune issue is becoming very frustrating.

The trip to work wasnít pleasant.

I messed around with it a few times and just canít get it right, so Iím going to have to spend some time trying to nut out what the problem is.

Right now Iím waiting for the engine to cool down so I can bypass the water heated plenum, just in case thatís somehow affecting the fuel in the carburettor by heating it too much.

The backfiring and stalling at traffic lights is making it a chore to drive, hard to relax.

Whatever I did today while tweaking with it did have some effect though, and has given it a significant power boost, but itís still not right.

Under acceleration itís no problem, it boogies nicely, but the moment I back off it starts backfiring and stalling at lights.

The problem with the carburettor started after the distributor drive gear broke.
My brother isnít very mechanical and had dramas refitting the dizzy, and because it wouldnít run right, timing being way out, he had someone else look at it and unfortunately that person was also not up to speed with how to set the timing and instead went wild with the screwdriver and messed around with every screw on the carby, including the automatic choke, and boy did they make a mess of it.

Sigh...

Iím thinking I might have to start from scratch and put in new spark plugs and dizzy cap, then get the carburettor rebuilt. Itís possible that it needs a kit put through it.

Thereís something just not right with it and itís bothering me.

One thing I did notice was the vacuum advance line on the dizzy had some kind of light adhesive around it, where the air fitting is, and Iím wondering if they might have cracked or broke the little plastic barb when they did the dizzy repair, and if thatís a part of the problem.

The dizzy isnít standard, itís been re-graphed by Scorcher, and worked great when I had it done.
It wasnít even a rebuilt dizzy, it was brand new in the box, shipped to Scorcher to be tweaked to suit this engine.

Iíll be cranky if I need to source a new vacuum advance module.

Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on February 27, 2020, 07:57:30 AM
Didnít get a chance to bypass the water heated plenum, it got dark before I could have a crack at it.

I attempted to tune the carburettor and managed to improve it somewhat, but it needs more refinement.

The run into work was generally uneventful and I spent the time by closely monitoring the engine temp.

The digital controller for the water pump and thermo fan gets its temperature readings from the top radiator hose, while the VDO gauge gets it from the cylinder head, so thereís about a 7 degree difference.

Reflecting on that, and given that the cylinder head is showing about 95-97 before the thermo kicks in, the digital controller is reading between 85-90, so Iím taking a punt and pulling down the engine temp by 5 degrees just to see if that does anything.

After a run along the highway, the engine temp seems to remain constant and isnít bringing the fan on, which Iím comfortable enough with, but as soon as you decelerate and pull up, itís struggling to stay at idle.

If there are hills or traffic lights involved then itís a juggle of handbrake and feet, itís annoying. Unless I grow another leg?

Iím noticing that the backfiring is happening more when the engine temp is up in the mid 90ís, so thatís why Iím decreasing the operating temp by 5 degrees.

This reduction will bring the fan on 5 degrees earlier though, so thatíll be doing extra work.

Maybe today, if I get time, Iíll bypass the plenum to pull extra heat away from the carburettor.

Gotta try things, itís the only way to find out what works and what doesnít.

Thatís motor racing...

I do enjoy burning around in the 109, but I wish it was running better.

Might have to unbox the new water methanol injection system too, and refit the capacitive discharge ignition.

Itís all time...not money, just time.

Iím swapping back to my other car for the run home tonight just for something different.

Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on March 02, 2020, 05:40:21 PM
Not much to report, the 109 is soldiering on.

Still havenít resolved the tune issue, havenít had time.

Today in the peak of the heat, I noticed the fuel pump making a bit of noise and I wonder if itís cavitating?

Maybe the fuel lines are getting too hot but I canít fathom that out just yet.

The plan is to dig out a brand new set of Brisk Premium LGS spark plugs from the storage bins and maybe make myself up a new set of spark plug leads, then whack on a new distributor cap and rotor button. Then look at the carburettor and fuel pump.

Today I was asked if I could help out a mate by jazzing up a car for him so he can flick it quickly, and heís prepared to kick me over a few bucks so I agreed.

It means going into work for a day over the weekend.

Got a bloke travelling up from Sydney to look at a truck I did up last year, so the rush is on tomorrow to have that one jazzed up and ready to rock in case he buys it.

Work has been the usual, this wonít start, that wonít run, canít get gears in this, foot control valve needs replacing in that, airline blew in this, airbag gone in that. The list is seemingly endless.

Itís a challenge to find the energy to work on my own stuff when Iím running around like a hairy goat all day every day.

Thank goodness for that cooling vest, itís really helping me to function through the heat.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on March 14, 2020, 02:41:35 AM
No progress has been made to the 109 lately as a couple of health issues prevail.

I did use it during the week to do a nearby parts run, not because it was necessary to put the parts in the back or anything but rather, the blasted gout returned and it was simply easier to hobble over to the 109 as itís parked only a few metres from my work area, whereas my sedan is parked about 30 metres away.

It went ok, except for when I was parking at REPCO, where the gardeners were finishing up their chores after mowing and a fluorescent lady decided to use the leaf blower right where I was swinging in to park.

Rather than make a fuss about her marching over and positioning herself right behind me so that I couldnít back in, I just parked right there, half in and half out of the parking bay.

I knew what was about to happen and I kinda prayed for it to happen and yeah, sure enough it happened right on cue.

As I shut down the engine I sprang open the door and hopped out, BANG! The engine backfired, sounding like a .25 caliber gunshot, right when she backed her fluorescent backside up near the back of the 109 and started blowing leaves away.

I was lucky enough to catch a peep at the smug smirk she flung my way, for having successfully stroked me around, but alas, I also got to see her expression change when the backfire occurred.

Iím pretty sure she thought I threw a cracker at her because she scanned the ground around her before chucking a greasy look at me, like, yeah good one smarty.

Ordinarily Iíd have jumped out and jokingly chastised her for baulking me but she didnít look like sheíd appreciate a joke so I remained expressionless and just turned and waltzed off.

It only took her a few moments to blast the leaves away from the parking spot but I wasnít waiting. Better to trump her snakey move by ignoring her and just parking out in the middle of nowhere, like I just donít care.

Pretty sure the backfire made a statement and it got me to thinking, you donít hear cars backfiring these days.

Anyway, I waited till I rounded the corner of the building before I smiled.

This weekend Iíll dig out a new dizzy cap, rotor button and spark plugs so that next week I can slip those in and take it from there.

Been looking at prices to have the carburettor rebuilt and while I can do it myself, Iíd rather try to suss out the people who originally blueprinted it for me and see if they can go over it again because they really nailed it last time.

Iím also thinking of grabbing a new harmonic balancer as itís possible the damper has slipped, giving an erroneous timing tab reading, so while the balancer has only done low kilometres, time is the mitigating factor in that itís possible for the rubber to have shrunk over the last decade or so, causing it to slip.

I canít remember if I marked the balancer hub and ring with a punch as a precautionary measure when I installed it, for thatís what I used to do back in the day, so that you can tell at a glance if itís moved. Iím actually surprised that they donít add punch marks at the factory as part of their assembly process. Weird that.
I also fitted a Dellow balancer guard to it so even if I did punch mark it, thereís no real way to see the marks without first removing that. Strongly doubt I marked the guard, I probably wouldnít have been that clever.

Time is my enemy, just canít find the time to do things. Maybe the world is speeding up or something but I canít rock and roll like I used to, though I constantly amaze myself with the amount of progress I make at work.
I started jazzing another twin steer truck this week, this time a DAF, and it looked like a nightmare to begin with, but itís coming up surprisingly well so far, and while itís still got a long way to go, I can already see that itís going to surpass everyoneís expectations.

Sold a Manitou that I did up last year, apparently it yielded a good price.

Sold a brand new tandem boat trailer that was stashed down the back of the yard, no cleaning or detailing required, just a check over, tyre pressures adjusted and modified the electrical plug to fit the new buyers vehicle. Amazing what can be done in a few moments with a grinder. Wouldnít fit in a million years then zap zap zap, take that bit off, then grind off that whole section and trim down that, then click, it fits like a bought one, beautiful. The buyer couldnít believe it. No mucking around, just get it done and oorroo, good luck with it, hope it gives you good service. No clue what he paid for it, I wasnít interested in knowing as I was just happy to see it gone.

Sold a twin steer Iveco last week, again yielding a good price, after doing that up over a couple of months last year, then parking it down the back of the yard for a few more months, which was annoying as I poured a lot of hours into it and it bugs me to do a full vehicle and bring it up like new, only to leave it to weather again. You canít restore anything and then park it up for ages as the UV and other factors degenerate it and spoil a lot of your good work, nevertheless, I got the heads up that a bloke loved what he saw in the detailed photographs and I had to find the time to go over it again, just in case he was fair dinkum.

Gave it a bit of attention between other jobs but on Wednesday I got told the bloke was dead set and would be arriving on Friday to pick it up. That gave me 2 days to pull finger and get it ready, phew, mission time.

Then the brakes decided to play funny buggers and give me grief, but a new valve appeared to have sorted that.

Friday morning arrived and the darn brake problem resurfaced, though not in quite the same fashion, so I decided to replace the other valves to ensure the new owner wouldnít have any issues.

He flew up from Sydney with his wife and patiently waited while I swapped out the valving and did my final checks, like wheel nuts  etc, and away he went. We had a few calls back and forth as he drove back to Sydney, just to make sure he wasnít having any issues and yeah, he had a pleasant, trouble free drive home.

Heís a very happy man. He canít believe how well that truck presented and performed. As long as heís happy and that he gets a good run out of it, thatís all you can hope for.

I have to admit, that one came up pretty nice, apparently it looked better than when it was new, according to my employers. They showed me photos of when they bought it and yeah, it was a plain jane alright.

Iím pretty lucky really, in that my employer gives me a free rein to do whatever I want. I donít have any actual duties, I just do as I please. That said, Iím flat out all day every day because everything I see needs work.

If it rains I might repair a couple of old air over hydraulic jacks, or fix something else up. We donít buy many parts as I try to restore or repair as many things as I possibly can.

Occasionally a couple of the drivers jump in and give me a hand. Theyíre kind of drawn into it because they can see the progress being made and canít help getting involved in it, which is good. Their trucks and equipment are sweet, I always jump to fix any issues they have, immediately. Theyíre clearly taking pride in their equipment now.

Itís hard yakka maintaining a diverse fleet by yourself, but it keeps you busy, thatís for sure.

I enjoy hearing the jokes and laughter of the drivers, as it indicates to me that morale is high and means that at least Iím having a positive effect and my labours are appreciated.

Oh yeah, I removed the overhead roof console in the 109. Iím going to remove the drivers side sun visor too.
I donít need any visor as the Hyundai seats have me sitting up pretty high, so that I have to crouch down or lean over onto the console to see the traffic lights sometimes.

Will be transferring the rego over to Qld in the next few weeks.

Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on March 18, 2020, 08:47:03 PM
Plans...

Iíve been flat out at work so nothing has been done other than to make plans.

The general idea is to have the 34ADM Weber carburettor rebuilt. Iím looking for a top notch carby rebuilder to wave their wand back over it. Given that it was blueprinted last time, Iím hoping the freshen up will only require minor tweaks.

The Scorcher distributor will be removed and shipped back to Scorcher for a freshen up too.

Crow Cams are now selling their own brand of roller rockers so Iím eyeing off a set of those.
I canít for the life of me remember what became of the Crow Cams guide plates and screw in studs I had on it when I initially rebuilt the engine.

Anyway, once theyíre purchased and fitted itíll mean this engine has a Crow Cam, Crow roller rockers, Crow lifters, Crow pushrods, Crow screw in studs and Crow guide plates. Anyone would think Iím a fan of the Crow Cams brand and theyíd be right. Theyíve been toiling for many many years and I used to work just around the corner from their factory way back when I was a young bloke, and I always got on well with them so I donít mind supporting them.
None of the gear Iíve ever bought from them has failed me. Wish the same could be said for some of the big nane brands Iíve tried and been let down by, but alas, thatís motor racing.

The wheels on the 109 keep catching my eye and I had a fleeting thought about having a set of custom aluminium wheels made for it. Not spoked wheels or anything fancy, just a flat billet center, a bit like a Centerline drag mag.

If I got anyone to spin them up itíd be Dragway Wheels, for Iíve had several sets of wheels made by them since I was a young bloke and they have always made nice wheels for me.

The priority is to get the engine running sweet again, then worry about nonsense like custom wheels.

I know one thing, if this corona virus scam results in me being isolated for a time, Iíll spend that time going over the 109, doing as much as I can.

While Iím time poor, I still find time to research bits and pieces.

Oh yeah, I want a new pair of fuel caps too.

I still canít get the passenger side cap off, it just keeps spinning so I think Iíll have to destroy it to get it off.

Hurry up corona scam, get us all locked down so I can work on my own vehicles for a change.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on March 20, 2020, 06:29:40 PM
I got a chance to drive the 109 today and it went ok.

Nothing to report about it really, other than seeing the passenger of a newer type Land Rover, a Discovery I think, taking pictures of the 109 as I was waiting at a set of traffic lights.

Had a good day at the gun club and did quite well, surprising myself.
The gun is bedding in beyond my expectations.

Had another eye problem develop on Monday and yet another on Tuesday, but thankfully theyíre not within my central vision area, so I can still see quite well.

This weekend is reserved for going through crates of parts in search for the numerous bits and pieces I need to sort the ignition system out.
Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on March 23, 2020, 10:52:23 PM
I forgot I copied this advertisement a ways back.

I thought it was well written, like automotive poetry...

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Title: Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
Post by: navigation on April 03, 2020, 07:07:53 PM
Had the 109 re-engineered as it was time to transfer the rego into the Qld system, which was completed today.
Itís now registered as a 6x seater and everything else was transferred across without any hassle.
Pretty happy that it all passed with flying colours.

Touched base with a bloke about having the Weber carb rebuilt.
Touched base with Scorcher about having the distributor serviced.
Still looking at getting a new harmonic balancer.
Tossing around the idea of fitting a new mechanical high volume fuel pump, which will then be augmented by the electric fuel  pump.
Eyeing off a set of Crow Cams roller rockers.
Canít find my screw in studs and guide plates so might have to spring for a new set of those yet.

Going to remove the hatch and drop down tailgate soon, in favour of the barn door, simply because Iím too old and fat and Iím feeling too many aches and pains to want to climb in via the tailgate anymore.
I love the tailgate but the time has come.

Still a million things to do...