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Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
« Reply #225 on: December 12, 2020, 05:38:29 PM »
Yep, no good a squeakiní...
I could feel that it was going to get me down and get me all annoyed etc but I quickly decided that I couldnít be bothered with all that and decided to just rock on, replacing my frustration with a laugh.
The tilt tray mob were efficient and the driver was a rev head, so we had a decent chat on the way back to the yard where I drove it off the truck and parked it up where itís been parked for the last several months.
The wife has put her foot down and told me to get it sorted or sell it. Ho hum.
Iíll reflect on how to fix it next week.


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« Reply #226 on: February 01, 2021, 10:11:53 AM »
Not much to report on the 109 as the health has been up and down like a yo-yo.

I thought Iíd give you a sneak peek of my brothers 39 coupe ute which appears to be in its final stages of development, which is simply amazing and has taken about 30 odd years so far to create.

Being a 39 it was an army vehicle and from what I believe, will be about the only one on the road once finished.

He reckons itís regarded as yard art, but I think heís aced it as a hotrod.

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« Reply #230 on: March 04, 2021, 10:51:04 PM »
Hi everyone,

Activity...

The 109 got 4 hours work done to it today, mainly in the area of addressing the faded paint.

Itís going to take several more hours to get it back up to scratch but now that itís been started, it will be continuing until itís completed.

Purchased a new electric water pump and thermo fan controller today which is set to arrive early next week.
Upon arrival, Iíll get it wired in as quick as possible as thatís the only thing stopping it from being driven.

Iím a bit annoyed at the way some of the zinc bolts have deteriorated, so might be going crazy and replacing them with stainless.

Looking at repainting a few odds and ends in the coming weeks.

Someone a few years back asked me on this site about the cold gal paint I used on all the silver body fixtures, well, the truth is, I sorely regret using it now as itís not held up at all.
I think the oxidation has basically overcome the cold gal and itís simply disappeared.
This means I now have to repaint all the silver bits again.

Thank goodness for this cooler weather...


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Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
« Reply #231 on: March 05, 2021, 11:40:06 AM »
Hey Navo - (Sorry about the abbreviation)  ;)  Great to hear about your progress - always a good read and thread -  Stainless is good unless you need magnetism to help in installation, but no matter what fastener you use, protect it, clear coat, gal primer and paint or there treatment because mother nature is just doing her job and doesn't like dissimilar metals!    Cheers  Frank


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Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
« Reply #232 on: March 05, 2021, 06:12:01 PM »
Hi Frank,

Donít be sorry about the abbreviation, Iíve been called far worse, let me assure you.

Not sure if anyone here knows why I adopted the navigation moniker all those years ago but it stems from me being a former Marine Seismic Navigator. Basically operating a seismic survey vessel by remote control using super computers etc.

I was into computers from their infancy and so I ended up with myriad usernames and passwords over the years, such that it was hard to keep track of them all, thus I was using the navigation name across dozens of sites etc.

Anyhow, thank you for the encouragement and advice, I sincerely appreciate it.

It gets a bit quiet on this thread and website, unsure why. Once upon a time it was a challenge keeping up with all the traffic. Unsure why thatís changed.

Yes, youíre right about the bolts. Iíll be dealing with those as things progress.

Iím super impressed with the trader I acquired the electric water pump and thermo fan controller from, stunned actually.

Turns out itís the current model and was $100 cheaper than what the manufacturer has them listed for. Canít complain about that. Got it delivered today, so from purchase on Ebay to landed at my door in less than 24 hours.
This has put me in a good mood so Iím having a beer and listening to Pink Floyd on the tv.

Yup, pretty happy!

Best regards to you Frank.
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Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
« Reply #233 on: March 07, 2021, 11:59:57 AM »
The work schedule for the 109 has been put off for this weekend due to the VX SS requiring attention to the left rear brakes.

I was told about 4 years ago when having a set of new tyres fitted that I might need brakes in about another 10,000km but soldiered on doubting the assessment. Here we are 40,000km later and it finally went metal to metal on the back left side.

Oddly enough, the other 3 corners still had plenty of life left in them and it appears the issue was somehow related to a sticky left rear caliper.

Rather than muck around I just fitted a full set of brand new rotors and pads as well as a new set of handbrake shoes, though the old ones appeared as new.

Got a feeling the brakes have never been done since new as the previous owner seemed like a sensible chap and as it had only covered 91,000km from new the day I bought it, it seems reasonable for them to have been original fitment way back then.
Roll forward 6-7 years and 70,000km later, and given the meat still on the other 3 corners, I think itís had a pretty good run at wanting a full new set at 163,000km.

Blown away by the professionalism of the Ebay trader I sourced the new set through, astounding service and a whopping discount still has me smiling.

I got the lot for $305.00.

I didnít upgrade to drilled and slotted rotors or anything flash, just stuck with standard spec rotors and the recommended ceramic pads. The way I see it, if it has in fact covered 160 ish thousand km on the originals then the new ones should take it up to 300 odd thou km and if the prices remain similarly low, who could complain about that?

Even if it had a set of pads or rotors and pads prior to my acquiring it, and only goes another 5 years or so on these ones, itís still darn good value.

I think the low brake wear is due to it being a 6 speed manual, and the way I drive sees it slowed down via the gears normally.

Anyway, the VX SS is my primary means of transport so thatís where the priority lies this weekend.

I have visitors attending for lunch today so that does that. After a nice feed and a couple of beers I wonít be wanting to do anything.

Still trying to remember how I went about wiring everything up under the bonnet of the 109 as heaps of years have passed since that was done.

I believe thereís a probable issue with the fuse box I installed on the inside of the right wing as I remember trying to find out how stable the plastic used in its construction and had no luck, but I noticed itís becoming brittle so that answers that question all these years later.

Interestingly, a work colleague just fitted an identical fuse box inside his camper canopy so they must be still available even today.

I purchased 2 of them so still have a spare and havenít decided if Iíll use the spare or go to something better. Iíll determine that once I pull the other one apart.

Also looking to replace the rear diff center to get away from the Detroit Locker as Iím older now and donít fancy skidding the tyres on every turn anymore. Donít get me wrong, I still like burning around in it but think I prefer the problematic wheelspin issues in 1st and 2nd gear over the fully locked diff.

I recognise that Iím being lazy in addressing the 109 but itíll get there. Itís just that once I get stuck into something I go like mad on it and it never stops at one thing and always leads to heaps of other things being done and while thatís not a bad thing, itís about conservative use of energy for me at this stage of my life.

Iím also constrained by having to run the missus back and forth to the bus terminal where she commutes to the city each day but thatís now working in my favour as I knock off work whenever I want basically and rather than sneak home, which is just around the corner from the depot, and have myself a nanna nap, Iím now looking at the 109 and hooking in when the weather is agreeable and doing a bit here and a bit there before I have to go pick her up.

If the weather remains agreeable, then lots will get done but if itís scorching hot then forget it. Iím simply too old for that sort of nonsense.


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Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
« Reply #234 on: March 07, 2021, 12:32:02 PM »
Further to the earlier post, I recall some people were asking me about my having used the perforated vinyl on the windows of the 109 in lieu of proper tint film and I can say that so far itís held up surprisingly well.

I have to replace the vinyl on one window as it was removed many years ago for a reason that escapes me now but I think I still have some left over vinyl stashed here somewhere and will most certainly be using that as itís been great as a tint alternative.

I was expecting it to have perished with all the UV itís been subjected to but itís still going strong after all these years so there you go...

The same canít be said for the brake fluid reservoir, which has been replaced twice in the last decade or so due to UV exposure. The last time it was replaced I added a strip of pinch weld door seal to the underside of the bonnet so that eliminates the gap between the military bonnet and the wing.

History shows that I should have used a longer length of pinch weld, one per side, to eliminate that gap and had I done so all those years ago, I might not have had the fuse box issue develop.

Still, Iím not stressed about it that much as itís all a learning curve and anyone owning one of these old army chariots will appreciate that they require a massage here and a feel up there to keep them going, much like me really!

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« Reply #235 on: March 23, 2021, 04:03:55 PM »
Rain and more rain.
The yard/depot is largely under water and has been that way for the last couple of weeks.
That has reduced the temperatures from crazy hot to quite cool, and would be great working weather if only there was a large undercover work area to toil in, but thereís not, so I canít.
To top that off, I slammed my finger in the door of a Kenworth weíre fixing up and darn near cut it off.
The door closed to the first click and anyone familiar with a Kenworth door frame will cringe at the thought of a finger being crushed in there.
It didnít hurt that much and didnít bleed as much as I was expecting, such that the doctor thought it might be goodnight Irene for the hapless digit.
Xrays showed it was unbroken, amazingly.
The doctor had difficulty stitching it all up and had to cut away little chunks of skin and tissue and then whack a couple of stitches in, along with several sticky tape things to hold it all together.
Canít say it ever really hurt that much but it bites every once in a while.
Being on workers comp is so boring...
Between the rain and the finger thereís not much I can do but search for movies on Netflix.
Had the stitches removed yesterday and Iím waiting for the wounds to heal up before I return to work.
Got a mountain of work awaiting me once this is over.
The grass at the yard has exploded into growth over the last few weeks and is certainly going to be a mission to get back under control.
Havenít been able to cut it as I keep getting the mowers bogged.

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Re: Is there a place here for modified ex army Land Rovers?
« Reply #236 on: April 10, 2021, 02:53:05 PM »
The water soaked  ground is finally beginning to dry up.

I found this video of what I reckon is the best Land Rover camper conversion ever created.

Pretty astonishing design.

https://www.wild-fennec.com/