Landrover Restoration

June 18, 2007

Parts Catalogue

Filed under: Other — Steven Rowlandson @ 1:39 pm

It seems one of hte the best ranges of parts are local in melbourne. http://www.landrovers.com.au offer a full range of parts and spares and the majority of what I need are available. Looks like a lot of our cash is going their way over the next few months.

June 16, 2007

2007-06-16 Clean up of the Rear Chassis and general inspection

Filed under: Other — Steven Rowlandson @ 4:06 pm

Work commenced on the rear half of the Chassis. Lots of dirt and rust have been removed thanks to the help of the hitachi Angle grinder and wire brush attachment. some concern has been found with some rust in the top of one of the chassis rails. One of the side mountings off the chassis is also rusted but can be easily repaired by welding in a plate to repair it. The rusted our Chassis Rail can also be repaired with a new piece being welded in. Time to call in the assistance of a collegue to ensure this is fixed properly and safely.

I have also started removing all the fiddly pieces from the rear of the chassis, such as the lights, light guards etc. A simple task made VERY difficult as nearly every nut and bolt has siezed from years of rust. I have doused just about every nut and bolt i can find in penatrene to try help free them up but I can see a lot will need to be cut off.

Damage to Passenger rear sill
Damage to the rear passenger sill area.

Damaged chassis rail from rust
Damaged chassis rail from rust. All rear chassis has been wire brushed and sprayed with a rust inhibitor/treatment prior to more sanding and painting.
Damaged chassis rail from rust
Damaged chassis rail from rust.

Most Rust :(
Rust hole above the guard / near the windscreen.

Dodgy repair in the roof with Fibreglass :(
The roof has a dodgy repair with Fibreglass covering a square hole. The Roof it self is not that great. No rust but out of shape.

Other Photos:

Landrover Photo 20070616
Landrover Photo 20070616
Landrover Photo 20070616
Landrover Photo 20070616
Landrover Photo 20070616
Landrover Photo 20070616

More photos here

June 15, 2007

Some Photos from Day 1

Filed under: Other — Steven Rowlandson @ 2:03 pm

The Ute - As picked up from Ballarat

The Ute - As picked up from Ballarat

The Ute - As picked up from Ballarat

The Ute - As picked up from Ballarat


The Ute - As picked up from Ballarat

The Ute - As picked up from Ballarat

The Ute - As picked up from Ballarat

The Ute - As picked up from Ballarat

What do all those knobs and levers do?

June 13, 2007

The initial plan

Filed under: Other — Steven Rowlandson @ 11:29 pm

Land Rover SIIA LWB UteThe first stage of the project will be to remove the cab and break it down to individual panels. These all need rubbing back, inspection, repair / replace where required. I have chosen to paint the Landy in Olive Drab. Its a nice plain colour, and a bit more interesting in the original dull grey. Luckily I have some sources of parts from the UK and will probably bring in some new panels suck as door panels etc. The shell will be stored in a broken down states in the short term whilst the chassis is repaired of any rust and repainted and the engine is rebuilt. The front and rear axles will be removed, new bearings fitted to the diff / wheel bearings and the axles replaced with something a little more robust to give me the option to run larger non standard tyres in the future. At this stage I am hoping to get a set or Interco Super Swamper LTB’s (34×10.5×16) for the Landy for winter use or a set of smaller Simex Centipedes.

Once the Chassis and engine are back in place, the body will be painted in panels off the car and the bodywork rebuilt.

The final stages include the electrics and a new customer tray. At this stage I am looking at a steel frame, wooden deck with some custom work to make the vehicle more suitable to touring. This includes mounting a stainless 120 litre water tank, 9 litre air tank, compressor, dual battery and second spare all under the tray. Above the tray I will be constructing a pipe frame with canvas canopy and a secure steel mesh cage to secure camping equipment when touring. This can house stoves, swags, and space cases for clothes and food. I will plumb in a Shower unit under the bonnet plumbed in to the water tank and also allow the water pump to be used to fill the water tank via some extra taps / fittings. The vehicle will also have some permanent mounted steel jerry cans to increase range as well as the odd 20litre water jerry for quick access to water and provide the abilty to carry suspect water (collect on route for use with the shower / cleaning / cooking) as well as known fresh drinking water. Thats the plan at this stage, and we aim to have the Landy on the road within 12 months.

Series IIA - LWB Ute Vs SWB Hardtop

Filed under: Other — Steven Rowlandson @ 9:26 pm

Its come time to narrow down on the model of SIIA I am looking at. I had my heart set on a SWB Hardtop, but a LWB Tray would be practical, easier to restore (Less Paint!) and having a tray again would be handy every now and then. I think it looks like the LWB Tray option is the go followed up with a LWB Softtop in a year or two (when this project is completed and I have my own place and some more spare cash! So the search starts .SIIA LWB Tray. I have found one, for $400. Lets see if we can strike a deal.






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