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2a ex army 109 GS - Clints shed
« on: March 27, 2016, 09:10:21 AM »
After seriously looking for a few days and not months of dreaming i finally found the beauty i was looking for. An Ex Army Vietnam era Landrover.  I learnt i wanted a 2a which was the correct period for Vietnam. The visible difference being the inbound front headlights.
  After seeing many on gumtree with heaps of coolangatta gold and grass covered chassis i never thought i would find a gem to resotre, nor milspec, nor original working motor as many had conversion motors a popular one being the holden 202 straight 6.
 
 Low and behold, just up road from me a seller had one in a paddock for the last 4 years.  Many seem to have found life as a farm truck after exiting the military.  The vehicle i had found was a genuine ex army 1969 series 2a lwb 109 GS landrover with original motor and a rebuilt box n' transfer. The box however had not been put back in the vehicle after the seller going through a divorce, his project came to a halt.  He had also rebuilt and recovered the seats in od canvas and the landy came with heaps of spares, some new some old. 
 6 spare wheels with 4 from a 110 (apparently wider offset) 2 spares and 4 on the truck with 90's high mile mil tread 85% .  The ute back was full of all the spares and unfortunately for some silly reason the spare screen was layed on the bottom with everything stacked on top. Was just sad to see the glass smashed due to a lack of care.  However seeing the price of new parts and glass etc , its not like the glass panels are hard to get nor expensive.
 The floor was all out, the motor turned by hand every now and then (said the seller) it wasnt seized. 
 So i begun reinstalling the box with transfer attached  (easiest i have ever done being able to slide in from above. No more bench press a gear box from your chest like my HQ holden). I stood in the tunnel while a mate passed it through the door. Too easy.  I begun to go through the boxes of parts hoping all the nuts bolts and washers where still there. Jars and containers revealed 98% of all needed.
 A trip to supercheap and $130 later i serviced the Landy with gearbox and transfer oil, engine oil (spares included 2 new oil filters) a new set of ngk plugs and a quick inspection and overhaul of the breather caps. The rocker cover breather had rusted away its mesh inside. A good clean and some steel wool did the job. The airfilter was clean and i was told it nows runs a small holden carby instead of the landy unit.  The fuel tanks were drained and washed out with some new fuel, the lines had wasp nest clogging them. The old rubber fuel lines had perished along with the fuel tank filler hoses. One ive managed to cut of the bad end and refit the passenger side needs replacement.  I cleaned out clutch reservoir and bled the line, again the easiest ive ever done having a bung hole to stick the spanner in next to the pedal. 
 I flushed the coolant out of the rad and replaced with water till i fired it up and gave it a cycle to flush out the remaining fluid.  All ready to go with the battery out of the ski boat, she came to life via feeding 'start ya bastard' and fuel down its throat also down the fuel line back to the filter to get the lines primed.
 Wow ! She fired up and idled away perfectly. A little smoky but i remembered i had topped up the tank after flushing with 50:1 boat fuel. Probably a good thing for the dry engine.
 Next i added drained and added coolant and had to resolder the overflow tube back to the radiator top.  No leaks. She runs good and with no leaks.   Next i couldnt wait to drop it in gear and she if she drives.  The clutch a bit rusty i think along with the brake drums she shuddered and nudged its self along my front yard. A quick trip down the back yard it all begun to free up included the frozen suspension.
 Rust on this truck is only surface with one door bottom half gone and a pen tip size hole just below the passenger door lower hinge on the pillar.  So nothing really.  All this truck needs is a clean and paint.
 The 2a came with 4ltrs of od correct paint , my son and i armed with a pressure cleaner each begun to blast the old layers of paint away back to the original army od and some areas back to bare metal. And i thought i would be paint stripping and sanding.  Cab will have to come off one day to clean and paint the chassis but for now, a few cans of inox had stopped the dry surface cancer.  So for now i will just be painting the top until more time and a rotating chasis stand is available. 
Rats had made home over the years along with wasp nests so a good clean with disinfectant was in order. Scrubbed the seats and hey presto! The landy is almost ready for rego.  The body has been fitted with a hard single civi cab, i was planning to remove and restore back to canvas roof full lenght.  I would also like to put bench seats in the rear for carrying more passengers but dont know the legalities as of yet.
 I did however find a raeme vehicle in convoy in Nam with a hard single cabin top with white roof.  Im guessing they retained a white roof for heat reflection reasons seen on full panel van roofs in Nam.  So for now the hard cab is staying until money permits the normal canvas roof. 
 I have not been able to find the ARN but engine and chassie numbers on the remlr.com site is not showing this vehicle went to nam. Either side of my munbers went though.
 Through remlr.com helping me identify white rear stonecutters, earth wing nut above one, and white diff center on the rear and bumpers.
 Getting used to driving manual smoothly again, realizing quickly that 1st doest like revs before 2nd change. Also 1st wines of its head.
 Cant wait to get it rego'd and out on the open road although i read military had a big dash sticker stating 40-45mph max.   Other forums suggest no more than 80-90kph. 
 So much more to learn, loving the landrover engineering and simplicity and military options.  Will post up pics asap.
 
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Re: 2a ex army 109 landrover resto in 2 weeks
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Re: 2a ex army 109 landrover resto in 2 weeks
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Re: 2a ex army 109 landrover resto in 2 weeks
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2016, 10:41:51 AM »
A great write up and pics :)

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Re: 2a ex army 109 landrover resto in 2 weeks
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2016, 01:56:53 PM »
If anyone can help me find my landys ARN that would be awesome thank you.
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Re: 2a ex army 109 landrover resto in 2 weeks
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Re: 2a ex army 109 landrover resto in 2 weeks
« Reply #6 on: March 27, 2016, 02:34:18 PM »
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Re: 2a ex army 109 landrover resto in 2 weeks
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Re: 2a ex army 109 landrover resto in 2 weeks
« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2016, 08:24:24 PM »
Thank you dodgeguy,  i didnt even notice you had posted the arn before my last pic. 
  Some more pressure cleaning then hand sanding with 240wet n dry smoothed over one side. The front guard has some slight dents,  thinking about it now, im going to bog out before paint. It will be a good lesson for my son in panel work. The rest of the sanding went too easy. As ive said before and i can see i will repeat myself, this is the easiest car i have ever rubbed back before paint. Being a brick on wheels i guess makes the flat sides with one curve easy work.
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Re: 2a ex army 109 landrover resto in 2 weeks
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2016, 08:58:39 AM »
Showing some pictures of the 3 layers of different colour paint,  the darkest being the original od.  The 4ltrs of paint that came with it is the correct darker shade as per original that i can tell.  The use by date? I'll take a gamble and use it.



A photo of the interior and engine bay.  I would like to get the original air cleaner and snorkle for it. 
My son, really keen to see the map light working, we decided last night to pull the globe to see if it was blown. Globe good, checked fuses, a little hard with no references on the fuse cover, none blown. We decided to take off the wiper motor cover with map light and test. Wow 12v wiring dream. The simplicity (here i go again).  Panel with switch testing good we decided to check behind the instrument cluster. The previous owner , after installing the hard top with a roof console/sterio/light had cut the + wire to the map light. Easy quick fix.  Now the only thing to get working is the blackout switch

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Re: 2a ex army 109 landrover resto in 2 weeks
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Re: 2a ex army 109 landrover resto in 2 weeks
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2016, 03:51:34 PM »
Painted one side to see how it would lay up and if there was any reaction with the paint, went on really good. So far so happy. A few scratches and small dents etc, but its a 69 army truck not a street machine, so im not worried. Main thing is that its back to original colour and has a good sealed coat on the truck.  Immaculate condition is not a priority for my 2 week resto goal. When its dissasembled and built ground up in years to come, i will worry about little imperfections then.



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Re: 2a ex army 109 landrover resto in 2 weeks
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2016, 07:06:18 PM »
Well I'm surprised that the paint wasn't all lumpy/jellified, you are very lucky with that, cheers Dennis

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Re: 2a ex army 109 landrover resto in 2 weeks
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2016, 08:04:37 PM »
Little gluggy on the bottom like all paint tins that have sat a while, a good stir with my biggest flat head screw driver (side to side raises the paint from the bottom, not circle motion)  the paint was looking good.  I even decided to go for a straight mix, no thinning.  Maybe it was my gun, maybe i had it set just right, or the weather was good, but it went on the best i have ever sprayed before.  Not one run, went on almost dry with no splatter or anything. No mist in the air, if i wasnt wearing a mask my nostrils wouldn't of had one bit of paint up them.  I did have my gun set for a narrow fan and not alot of paint flow, with only 150mm i coated the side 4 times over.  I dont know why but so far everything is going so good for me on this truck. I think i have more than luck on my side with this one.
 Total spent so far :-
Hire trailer $70
Oils , fluids and spark plugs $130.
 My friends said spend 2grand on it and it will be awesome.  More like $500 total expenses  !  Lol. 

I would like to put the side facing 2 person rear bench seats in the back either side.  Im not sure on the legalities of carrying passengers like this ? and if belts are required ?
 Did these troop seats have a frame? Or just foam and vinyl covered plyboard? Also how were they attached ?  If im not legally allowed to have it registered for 7 seats and only 3 , then im not bothering putting them in the back.  Does anyone have experience with this? 

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Re: 2a ex army 109 landrover resto in 2 weeks
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2016, 10:27:24 PM »
Hi, thanks for posting all the info, great to read.

The rear "troop" seats a are frames bolted at the rear base and hooked up under the capping on the tube for the back section, the base then folds up. the seat was just foam covered with green vinyl.

Unfortunately you will need engineers certificate to get people to legally sit in the back - even then it is a hell of a safety risk.

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