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109 GS Resto
« on: May 22, 2012, 11:52:09 PM »
Hi guys,

Looks like we are off to a new start.

So to test the waters...

Here is my 1980 109 GS project. In pretty much original condition. Has been used on a farm sparingly since being bought from an army auction back in the 90's.

I have a second 109 on GS which will probably be a parts car.

My first order of business is to get the old girl roadworthy so that I can take advantage of the historic registration in SA before it changes to include vehicles before 1979 only >:(
« Last Edit: May 23, 2012, 07:07:41 PM by Polizei »

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Re: 109 GS Resto
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Re: 109 GS Resto
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Re: 109 GS Resto
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2012, 12:19:22 AM »
Many of the nuts and bolts are severely rusted.
In particular I have had great trouble with the thermostat housing.
I have snapped two of these bolts, and no probably have an even bigger problem on my hands!!


I can't even get the wheel nuts off yet  >:(

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Re: 109 GS Resto
« Reply #4 on: May 23, 2012, 12:22:16 AM »
anyone got a source for seat material? I seem to have a couple that were recovered. The seat backs all appear original.

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Re: 109 GS Resto
« Reply #5 on: May 23, 2012, 01:24:32 AM »
Gday Polizei!

I found LANOTEC spray worked well on my wheelnuts but maybe I was lucky, they were in a good dry climate. Im sure suggestions will come up and you can choose the best for you.

The broken bolts suck but try an easyout before you panic (but be very careful to not disturb the original thread)

as for the seats, couple options - 1) recover in canvas
                                                     2) check out EXMOOR TRIM in the UK (kits    but wait until the dollar lifts against the pound again!)
                                                     3) leave them as is, they look good enough for rego and you can do them at any time.

What else do you need to do and who do you intend to rego thru (club wise)...


The wire netting over the canopy is interesting is it a farm addition or in service addition? (hopefully someone will know)

Did you get your ARNs?
« Last Edit: May 23, 2012, 01:29:23 AM by digger »
(remlr 235 / MVCA 9)*88"-'63 .S2A--c6005  x 2-"Horrie"-112-769, & "The Vet"-112-429(-Vietnam-PRE 1ATF '65)
(unnamed)--109"--'56 .S1 (ute)(future project --88"--'66--S2A-as UN CIVPOL.) 80"-49,53 PARTS, 80"-50,52 , 1 x 109 s3, "Hans" 1 x 88 s3, AND 1 X 110 - 2012 "BEAR"

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Re: 109 GS Resto
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2012, 02:04:37 PM »
Basically my plan for rego is to perform a complete service and also do the brakes. Everything seems to be functioning despite the lack of recent maintenance.

It seems I have had the whole car soaking in WD40 to try and loosen all the nuts and bolts! I have tried a propane torch on the wheel nuts and loctite freeze and release, without luck. Lanotec will be next on the shopping list! That freeze and release is quite pricey at nearly $20 a can. I ended up getting one of the thermostat housing bolts out with a handheld impact drill. I think the rattling effect loosened it up, mind you it broke the other bolt. :o

I also got a big box of parts from Paddocks, hoses, gaskets, etc. So finally I can do a proper service.
Is the air filter serviceable? From what I can understand it is an oil bath sort, but I am not familiar with these.

In regards to the weld mesh that is over the canopy hoops, it was like this when purchased from the army auction. Even though the vehicle was not mine until recently, I have known the car ever since that time.
Anyone know why it might be there? I'll get some more pics on the weekend.

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Re: 109 GS Resto
« Reply #7 on: May 23, 2012, 07:08:50 PM »
The ARN
32-258   
109   
6/11/1980
Series 3   

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Re: 109 GS Resto
« Reply #8 on: May 23, 2012, 07:09:26 PM »
I couldn't see any info regarding the unit its from etc

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Re: 109 GS Resto
« Reply #9 on: May 23, 2012, 07:48:39 PM »
Looks good.

I like the caged hoops.

Rusted nuts are a funny thing. I've had some on my 2A, and wouldn't budge. Sprayed with all sorts, used impact tools, breaker bars..... you name it. Things wouldn't budge.  >:(

Come back a week later and the things are literally falling off and come off with bare fingers.  :o
Drives you mad.  :D
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Re: 109 GS Resto
« Reply #10 on: May 23, 2012, 08:50:43 PM »
air temps can make a difference, a very cold winter vs summer day has a significaant heat change in the materials, and as such, expansions of metals.

The cage is an interesting one, and i've seen vehicles in service photos with them fitted to help keep branches etc out of a vehicle, and equipment in.  Maybe even a copy of those fitted to the 110 if it was a late service series 3.

My old series 3 had a ridgeple running down the center of the hoops above them which I removed because it was cutting into the canopy for example.

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Re: 109 GS Resto
« Reply #11 on: May 23, 2012, 10:17:58 PM »
My series 3 FFR I bought from army auction camp road Broadmeadows in 1991 had exactly the same weldmesh on top with the same canvas rapped around the edges, but it was very hard on the canopy, I took it off straight away but funnily enough as with all land rover stuff I kept it!

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Re: 109 GS Resto
« Reply #12 on: May 24, 2012, 08:08:07 AM »
Interesting you mention the mesh being hard on the canopy.

When I took the canvas off to trailer the vehicle home, I noticed a another large rectangle of canvas which had been placed over the cage - no doubt to minimise chaffing. I am sure that the hood has not been removed since it was originally bought from the army.

By the way it is hessian that is wrapped around the cage and front and rear hoops that you can see in the pic. There is also two lengths of hose the run from front to back along the lower edge, presumably to cover any sharp edges.

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Re: 109 GS Resto
« Reply #13 on: May 24, 2012, 04:21:32 PM »
The wheels are hopefully coming off tomorrow to get sand blasted and then power coated. My plan is to eventually paint over this with the olive drab when time permits.

I have been quoted $40 per wheel by a company called Hartech in Adelaide. This is for blasting and powder coating.

Does this sound like a sensible plan?

I have some second hand tyres ready to put on (Olympic Steel Treks), in preparation for registration. The old bar treads look the part but are cracked and probably won't hold up to scrutiny.

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Re: 109 GS Resto
« Reply #14 on: May 24, 2012, 07:12:03 PM »
Hi Polizei...the oil bath filter comes apart. The top just lifts off, the bottom unclips. The oil sits in the bottom, so be careful not to spill it all over you when you take it off  ;) There is a sort of coarse steel wool in the bottom of the main body of the filter. It's pretty easy to give it all a clean up with degreaser or petrol once it's apart. You recharge it by putting oil back in the bottom section (takes about 800ml, but there is a line on it to show you where to fill to).

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