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Land Rovers => New Zealand Military Land Rovers => Topic started by: johnp on February 09, 2014, 11:10:39 AM

Title: West Australian NZ/singapore 109
Post by: johnp on February 09, 2014, 11:10:39 AM
Hi guys  Perth newby here,i recently bought a 66 ffw off gumtree for $500,i think it is one i worked on back in 1998 when they first arrived here for auction direct from Singapore,supposedly 28 vehicles came in and i know there were some 4x4 "R" model Bedford troop carrier trucks as well so unsure of total landy numbers.I repaired 3 for licensing in WA including 1 for myself which i later sold,have not seen any others except for photos of  1 that a  Remlr member sold overseas somewhere.Apparently this 1 blew a head gasket not long after getting rego and was simply parked up(out side in the elements) and has a very degraded look about it but i would still say is in mostly sound chassis /body condition ,have partly stripped cleaned up and got the motor running again and will shortly have clutch hydraulics working to test g/box,diffs etc,spring hangers,bushes ,steering etc all appear tight ,, some moderate rust in bulk head to repair.The number of coats of paint that have been applied thru the years is amazing and most with none or very little preparation is making clean up challenging to say the least,i would like to find out more on RNZIR?(what is this short for?) Singapore if any one has info on landys from there would be helpful ,Thanks John
Title: Re: West Australian NZ/singapore 109
Post by: THE BOOGER on February 09, 2014, 11:15:59 AM
Hi, RNZIR Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment,

http://www.diggerhistory.info/pages-conflicts-periods/vietnam/rnzir.htm
Title: Re: West Australian NZ/singapore 109
Post by: johnp on February 09, 2014, 11:27:42 AM
Hi Geoff,that was quick,some of this info may already be on here but i havent had time to search it all yet,thanks john
Title: Re: West Australian NZ/singapore 109
Post by: johnp on February 12, 2014, 12:04:45 AM
Hi guys some photos up in new member section and heres a few more ,as we picked it up and at its current stage,John
Title: Re: West Australian NZ/singapore 109
Post by: Carzee on February 12, 2014, 07:10:21 AM
The bulkhead is not too bad. Repairing it on the chassis or taking it off?

Also I notice those fancy ext mirror mounts on the top door hinge.

Thought about which colour you will spray it?
Title: Re: West Australian NZ/singapore 109
Post by: johnp on February 12, 2014, 09:20:51 AM
Hi Carzee,due to time constraints,too many other projects,and general lack of spare cash,i am just doing a budget rebuild and firewall will stay in situ,i would love to strip and sandblast chassis etc ,fit new brake cyls etc but am finding clutch cyls,brake master cylinder etc to be in very good order and am just fitting new cups & seals have yet to move on to brakes but they look to be seviceable  for a bit longer yet(lining wise)but i will fit new flexible hoses all round ,all steering tie rod ends and swivel housings etc are  all in very good nick with no play,same with tailshafts etc.i like the look of the matt bronze green finish they all had so will prob go for that ,that way i wont have to put up with some clown telling me that its the wrong colour(camo grn) or it didnt come out with this or that(you know the type) you see them at car shows telling the owner whats wrong with their car.its not a nut and bolt resto or 100% authentic just a neat and tidy sunday driver ,i have repaired heaps or rusted out side riggers rear crossmembers etc on old s11a,s and 3.s in the past and even made a "ex Aussie army" replica years ago,sourcing many army only bits and pieces back when landy wrecks and parts were still in abundance,i gave up along time ago but this one drew me back to the dark side .John
Title: Re: West Australian NZ/singapore 109
Post by: chris161 on February 16, 2014, 08:18:32 AM
Well done saving a bit of kiwi history! ex Singapore units must be some of the rarest trucks about. looks as though most of the original bits still intact, front bumper and masked headlights are becoming increasingly scarce down under- .the wipers are fitted with a suppressor (box thingy) as she most likely a radio truck hence the oil cooler and hand throttle. look forward to seeing the WIP.
Title: Re: West Australian NZ/singapore 109
Post by: johnp on February 16, 2014, 08:23:04 AM
Gday chris ,thanks,is there any way you can come up with NZ markings or registration numbers etc by chassis no,s ? thanks again john
Title: Re: West Australian NZ/singapore 109
Post by: johnp on February 27, 2014, 08:54:58 PM
Hi everyone ,bought a s111 wagon and a s11a campervan thing as parts for the FFW,wagon chassis completely rusted with patches everywhere(someone really wanted to keep this thing going) and the orig 6cyl 11a has an ugly half built camper on rear reminiscent of the ambulance style 11a,s will bung some photos up just for interests sake soon,both holden powered havent got any running yet to try other parts for seviceability but they should yield some good parts,i am 1/2 way through repairing bulkhead rust at the moment,when you see them side by side civilian ones are quite different in spring shackes and extended/beefed up chassis spring mount points etc.cheers john
Title: Re: West Australian NZ/singapore 109
Post by: chris161 on April 16, 2014, 12:13:18 PM
Hello John  as afaik marking for 1st battalion RNZIR would have been tac plates White "9" on red background on rh front wing and white (left facing ) kiwi on black background  on lh front wing.  army number would be something like NZ32941 in white 2' lettering found in multiple places   on both doors in line with door lock or on front outer panels  sometimes on rear cross member adjacent to tow pintle and on passanger side dash board.rgds c
Title: Re: West Australian NZ/singapore 109
Post by: Baz F on April 28, 2014, 09:19:09 AM
I think I may have had the one referred to as sold overseas. There used to be quite a few pics of it on the REMLA site. Restored, fully equipped with Larkspur. No interest at all when I advertised it for $4000 so I sold it to Alaska, then much moaning about selling it overseas.
Baz
Title: Re: West Australian NZ/singapore 109
Post by: Baz F on April 28, 2014, 09:21:33 AM
Interesting history to the above. These Rovers were sold to South Africa as CKD, and later sold on to NZ. (or at least mine was)
Baz
Title: Re: West Australian NZ/singapore 109
Post by: johnp on May 25, 2014, 04:53:38 AM
Thanks Chris and Baz,havent checked here in a while,landy progress has stalled at mo coz of a Ford louisville truck i bought and the need to change a rusted out cab over to a rust free one(frought with dramas),i have stripped paint off body sides(pig of job) as there was multiple coats of paint which would not come off easily even using the strongest automotive paint strippers recommended,still have to do inside of tub & cab and still trying to find the best doors/guards i can,Have bought new olympic trojan semi bar treads for her and other bits ? pieces off Gumtree/swap meets etc.as i had hoped for the gearbox was smooth and quiet on a test drive(still no brakes finished tho) confirming in my mind anyway the 47000 odd miles showing as original mileage. the last coat of paint to come off was the factory gloss dark green still very smooth and shiny ,doesnt look to have been rubbed down at all before matt finishes applied(maybe they did it in a hurry for some reason?)have contacted the soft top man over east( forgot his name) but it looks like theres a bit of a backlog of orders for him to clear.i am at the mercy of my son as far as posting photos but will pester him to load some up for me.john
Title: Re: West Australian NZ/singapore 109
Post by: skippy down under on June 04, 2014, 10:41:58 AM
Hi johnp, how is the Landy coming.
A good story so far, looking forward to the rest.
Stephen
Title: Re: West Australian NZ/singapore 109
Post by: johnp on June 21, 2014, 12:13:25 AM
Hi guys,finally conned young bloke in to loading some photos,had to halt play for a while to re-cab a louisville we bought,what a **** of a job that was,cab from a 3208 cat motor doner on to a 6v92 Detroit 6 whl tipper the firewall/floor opening was completely different as well as the plumbing and wiring were  miles apart between the two and has taken us much longer than anticipated ,so i left that in disgust for a while and am endeavouring to get restarted on landy tho the weather of late on weekends hasn't been too flash.initially will be camo green for ease of colour straight out of Protec tin but will end up tinting to the darker matt green that it seems to have spent most of its time in as it comes together further down the track,partially repaired bulkhead and front chassis ends,stripped and etched rear tub ,(hope it to be green tomorrow) still trying to find a couple of better door bottoms and will have to use bonnet frame and skin from two to make one good one.

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Title: Re: West Australian NZ/singapore 109
Post by: johnp on June 21, 2014, 10:00:26 AM
landy tucked in too  tight to get any decent photos ,but when it can come out in to the clear i will try for some better shots.Thanks chris161,Baz,skippy for comments etc,photos of the swb on this thread show some of the markings /stencils etc for NZ vehicles which will come in handy later.john
Title: Re: West Australian NZ/singapore 109
Post by: B 52 on August 10, 2014, 06:48:40 PM
(http://i156.photobucket.com/albums/t30/lieutenantrover/NZFFR1966_zps5a5de5c4.jpg) A picture of one I had
Title: Re: West Australian NZ/singapore 109
Post by: johnp on August 21, 2014, 09:22:42 PM
Gday B52 ,there must have been a few that made it on to the road over here,wonder how many are left either on or off road?cheers John
Title: Re: West Australian NZ/singapore 109
Post by: B 52 on September 02, 2014, 02:42:50 PM
There's one here in Kalgoorlie although I havent looked at it yet. There were 28 brought into Perth
Title: Re: West Australian NZ/singapore 109
Post by: johnp on September 03, 2014, 08:37:53 PM
Gday b52,yeah i wonder what became of most of them,i know at least 2 of them we had at Albany 4x4 wreckers were shot in the chassis area like they had been in salt water at least 1 of them had actually broken in half,yet they were still low mileage and parts taken from them were in very good nick(g/box -diffs etc) so that made at least 5 of them in total,i dont recall whether John Hiemstra had any more at Midland 4x4 wreckers i can only remember the Bedford RL4x4 with canvas back and troop seats along the sides it was in extremely good cond for its age.Whats  the  go with the  landy up there in Kal?.I just last weekend purchased a NOS army soft top for a 109"off Gumtree.and still gathering bits and pieces here and there like some reasonable seat cushions and backs ,still lookin for a couple of 11a guards and door bottoms if i cant find decent ones i will repair what ive got but im not a fan of panelling or bogging ali panels,i have repaired  and made one decent bumper out of three in the MOD style as there was too much tow cable damage to the orig.John