Author Topic: 175-319 Series 2A 109 LRPV replica/copy  (Read 1547 times)

Offline DennisM

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175-319 Series 2A 109 LRPV replica/copy
« on: July 15, 2016, 01:03:29 PM »
A very long time ago whilst restoring 112-587 and with REMLR (Registry of Ex-Military Land Rovers Australia/New Zealand etc the 'Judge' was
visiting as he did mostly on a Saturday or a Sunday afternoon, I mentioned about the REMLR website, and as the 'Judge' wasn't on the net
I took him inside and was showing him aspects of it, he was taken by the auction images from Perth, images supplied by the late 'Bob Dimer'
he said wouldn't it have been great to get hold of one of them, I told him that the images were at least 10 years old and 23 of the 26 had been
sold to a pastoral lease and that most likely they would be trash by now, I was also impressed by them and said to the 'Judge' I will build one
of them when time permits, that sowed the seed and in the back of my mind those images were going through like a slide show, I was also
secretly looking for  suitable donor vehicle/s to construct one from.
I just can't remember whether it was late 2003 or early 2004 that the opportunity arose to acquire 2 donor vehicles, my mind was racing in an
effort to find suitable location for them, where they wouldn't be interfered with, the 'Judge' offered to babysit this S2A 109 175-319 wreck for me

as found in the 'garden' @ Modern Mtrs Dungog, as you can see it was missing some vital parts, these were sourced easily enough, Murray
moved the wreck up out of the garden to where we could load it for transport to Morpeth.
The other donor was in much better condition

I asked could I leave it where it was until I found room for it somewhere near home, lucky for me the answer was yes it could stay where it was,
so I came away feeling a lot easier and could get on with the restoration that was underway at the time i.e. 110-850, then it was 172-562 before
 I could really even start to think about making a start, but that didn't stop me thinking/planning ahead.
At the time all of this was happening we & REMLR did not know about anyone who had one, but since 2005/6 REMLR has found 3 owners, some of
 them frequent this site, with one owning several of these machines in varying states of condition.
When the time came in 2006 to make a start I took a trip to Bandiana as I knew they had one there, I also received help from Stuart K in WA,
materials were bought and stored, the wreck of 175-319 was transported to my address by Warwick Lord as he had a tilt tray @ the time
it poured rain on that day and for several days after making it difficult to work on, the rain started about 10 minutes after this image was taken

when the rain stopped I took stock of what I needed in order to make this viable, the engine/G/box/bulkhead were R/S**t so they were disposed
of @ the local tip (dump metal 4 free) the chassis was reasonably good except for the X member under the flywheel, it was B.E.R (buggered)
I had a spare front chassis section off the original 109 WKSP, I had kept that as I had hopes of getting the 2A fire truck from Toolern Vale
where I had met with Ian T in 2003, he sorta said he might sell it/might not sell it, so I asked him to keep me in mind, but anyway that didn't
eventuate and as I had the need for a X member it was used for this project

and where it was going, when the surface was cleaned up

the chassis was checked all over and any faults repaired

The chassis on a LRPV had a few additions to it like twin rear shocks mounts shown here

and mounts needed to be fabricated for the bottom mounts on the diff/assembly

the chassis continued to take up a lot of time but eventually it all came together after many months of slog

check out the 'Poodle Patrol' in the background, you can't sneak up on me LOL.
The time was coming to bring the Series 3 109 home so it could be dismantled and parts not wanted disposed of,
that process took about 10 days as you guessed it 'RAIN', I wasn't impressed to say the least, anyway the items that were to be used
were stored and the area cleaned.
The need for a bulkhead was urgent, I made a call to a friend who owns a large property around Ivanhoe NSW, he directed
me to a place in Cobar, where a bulkhead was sourced

I had been on night shift when I arrived at the 'Judges' place and stated I was going to Cobar, did he want to come with me
so we set off @ 1330hrs Sunday arriving in Cobar late that night, I missed the owner of the vehicle he had gone to work
in the local mine, so we hung around all day until late in the afternoon, a deal was struck, and within 2 hours it was
on the roof rack of my 110 and we were heading homeI arrived home after dropping the 'Judge' @ 0445hrs Tuesday morning
I needed to sleep as I had been deprived for more than 72 hours+, anyway to cut a long story short the B/head was cleaned
blasted repaired painted and fitted before Friday of that week, it was a marathon effort

The project was coming along engine transmission diffs all insitu, B/head mounted, wiring underway with a lot of mod's
as I was using the Series 3 diesel loom (as I had a 5 main bearing diesel engine in the LRPV at the time)
As I said before the LRPV is no ordinary Land Rover, it has many bolt on/welded on and fabricated additions including the dash
I had taken images @ Bandiana and I needed to move along on a daily basis, 2mm alloy sheet was obtained and the drawing put to
good use

also I contacted a local badge maker to make the dash/instruction board showing the controls, but that would come later

and other shots showing the construction of the dash/instrument panel

As well as the interior, there are many additions, here is a selection of some of them

side protection guards

the heavy plate attached to the chassis for support pintle MG mount

making the pintle for the MG



then the ROPS

and other things that hang of it

 at the rear

bike rack


with the bike a 'Suzuki' DR 350

and off the front

12Volt sockets x 3 front one on rad/sup panel, dash, and left rear near taillights

more items for the interior

rear tub storage situated in front of rear wheels

auxillary fuel tank rear tub

and the tyres came off ex-Afghanistan LRPV's

anyway that's a shortened version of approx. 15 months of work full on slog everyday something was done on the project
to get it to this stage with winch fitted etc.,

and in use on the 25th

it has since had an engine change, it now has a Series 3 petrol engine reconditioned, out with the diesel

in with the petrol

and as I have said before if you could restore/build something like this in 4 hours (that's what it took to upload etc.,), anyway cheers Dennis







« Last Edit: July 15, 2016, 05:51:51 PM by DennisM »

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Re: 175-319 Series 2A 109 LRPV replica/copy
« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2016, 02:01:16 PM »
Dennis - Great article - you are a skilled artificer - really enjoy reading your articles - inspiring!

Frank




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Re: 175-319 Series 2A 109 LRPV replica/copy
« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2016, 05:38:06 PM »
I agree ,a great read

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Re: 175-319 Series 2A 109 LRPV replica/copy
« Reply #3 on: July 15, 2016, 07:46:20 PM »

Hey Dennis,

I don't think it's a repro , looks like a real LRPV to me . She Just it missed out on a posting to the regiment 😊👍

You are bloody talented mate .

Cheers,

Mick

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Re: 175-319 Series 2A 109 LRPV replica/copy
« Reply #4 on: July 15, 2016, 11:11:39 PM »
Dennis,

I have to agree, you are a real inspiration !!!!
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