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General Category => Say hello ... => Topic started by: orkneydave on June 25, 2015, 07:55:33 pm

Title: Hello from Orkney
Post by: orkneydave on June 25, 2015, 07:55:33 pm
Hi, new to the forum!  Don't currently have a series (just a D3) but am on the lookout for one.  Also in the process of restoring a 1972 MGB GT.  I live in Orkney and quite often go exploring off road in the Disco.
Title: Re: Hello from Orkney
Post by: mistericeman on June 25, 2015, 08:05:06 pm
Welcome along Dave ....

I'm sure you'll find plenty to keep you interested especially IF you're searching for a series as folks often stick a for sale add up on here that they have spotted .

Have to say after our trip up the West coast of Scotland last year
http://seriouslyseries.createaforum.com/new-board-12/leafers-in-'t'-lochs-the-pictures/

I'm jealous ....

Mind we are off again in September and plan to get to Orkney ....so maybe we can call in for a brew IF the kettle is on  wdesmle
Title: Re: Hello from Orkney
Post by: guest11 on June 25, 2015, 08:08:23 pm
Hiya Dave
Welcome onboard  wdesmle
 Glad you found us wdesmle
Title: Re: Hello from Orkney
Post by: B20wnx on June 25, 2015, 08:13:38 pm
Welcome Dave
Buying a series is probably the best thing I ever did, buying another is the second best.
Good look in your search
Title: Re: Hello from Orkney
Post by: orkneydave on June 25, 2015, 08:26:31 pm
Thanks for the welcome!!  lkebtn
Title: Re: Hello from Orkney
Post by: Lurch on June 25, 2015, 09:18:17 pm
Welcome along.

Buy three, that way you should be able to keep one on the road.
Title: Re: Hello from Orkney
Post by: genem on June 25, 2015, 10:12:24 pm
...and welcome, from the deep South. ( Perthshire...) 
Title: Re: Hello from Orkney
Post by: orkneydave on June 26, 2015, 11:10:53 am
Mind we are off again in September and plan to get to Orkney ....so maybe we can call in for a brew IF the kettle is on  wdesmle

The kettle is always on!
Title: Re: Hello from Orkney
Post by: moomoo on June 26, 2015, 05:49:03 pm
Hello chief, welcome aboard. Buy a good'un and it will reward you greatly,take your time,don't be too eager. I've been there ,done that many times,not always good. BUT, you'll know if she's right if you take a sceptic with you to view. wdesmle
Title: Re: Hello from Orkney
Post by: Calum on June 29, 2015, 11:13:18 pm
Welcome!

Any pics of the B? ;)
Title: Re: Hello from Orkney
Post by: orkneydave on July 01, 2015, 01:04:41 pm
Thanks again everyone!  Currnetly tempted by a 109 2a with a 300tdi fitted but dont wa't to rush in and get a wrong un!  Also been offered a rather ropey looking lightweight locally but it might be a project too far!

Pics of the B (currently a rolling shell waiting on a rebuild!):
(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/24934_349178434425_7911264_n.jpg?oh=64e15202adc083197544376c23156fd8&oe=56295BC8)
(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/24934_349178414425_2801904_n.jpg?oh=025504967131c48583763d2ce2fd85ac&oe=562B2BDF)
(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xfa1/v/t1.0-9/24934_349178384425_3374212_n.jpg?oh=915beba15aed33565c9ee37023230765&oe=562524A4)
(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xaf1/v/t1.0-9/24934_349208934425_1882522_n.jpg?oh=1248fb03f8d1d04ee9bf5897241e4ad6&oe=56329A25)
Title: Re: Hello from Orkney
Post by: Calum on July 02, 2015, 11:53:04 pm
Doesn't look too crispy for a B! Why did you strip it?
I do really like the late 60s/early 70s era models. Unfortunately ours is one of the early rubber bumper models but it was so local and so cheap that it was rude to pass it by...
Title: Re: Hello from Orkney
Post by: orkneydave on July 03, 2015, 10:07:47 am
It didn't look too crispy when I bought it!   It was a genuine barn find bought for 400.  I rebuilt the fuel pump and seplaced the brake pads/shoes and got it MOT'd.  Sadly about six months later (after being used as my daily driver) the big end went.  I got the engine out at a local garage to be rebuilt.  At the same time I asked them to fit poly bushes and replace the brake lines.  That was when we found that the rear wings comprised of 1/2" or more of filler around the arches and the sills were literally made of paper machie!  Decided that it would be best to take home and strip down before rebuilding properly.  The engine has a new overbored block and just needs put back together, but I have not started on the shell yet.  Unfortunatly a house extension has got in the way but should be finished that by the end of the summer and then will get the B rebuilt.

The eary RB ones aren't too bad actually and can be easilly converted to chrome if you prefer that look.  I wouldn't be surprised though if they start to get their own seperate following as prices continue to climb, much in the way that happened with early Porsche 911 which now have their own impact bumper club!
Title: Re: Hello from Orkney
Post by: Gossamer on July 06, 2015, 06:48:46 pm
Hi Dave. Hello from Derby. I've just joinde up too. My mate is an OT on Orkney so when you need a frame around your lavvy she's your girl. She had a  blue 109 safari a while ago, I believe its still on the island JFS featured in the plate. There's a chap in the yard in Derby where I have my lock up who breaks MGs, maybe he'd be useful for bits and Caroline could ferry em up to you.
Title: Re: Hello from Orkney
Post by: orkneydave on July 06, 2015, 10:10:32 pm
Hi Gossamer, from a fellow newb, welcome to the forum!  Not seen many 109s here for a while but will have to keep an eye out for that one.  Useful to know about the chap that breaks MGs.  Excuse my ignorance but what is an OT?
Title: Re: Hello from Orkney
Post by: Gossamer on July 06, 2015, 11:28:45 pm
Occupational Therapist. I remember now putting new springs on that 109 about 12 years ago when it  belonged to my mate Josie and then a  new clutch slave cylinder when Andy bought it from Josie then new window runners when Cags bought it from Andy. Then it drove all the way to Orkney from Derby with the starter motor still on because the ignition switch failed. Before the springs were changed I borrowed the lwb to tow my lwt back home on a trailer. I had the lwb the wrong way round on the trailer and with the old springs n shocks being very bouncy on the safari, we boinged along for about two miles before the lwt and trailer tried to oevrtake me on the A5. All the supermarket skid pan training cut in as we snaked up the A5 and Im pleased to say we hit nothing but it's true to say that you could smell the fear. I wish I had bought that safari when it was available.
Title: Re: Hello from Orkney
Post by: Gossamer on July 07, 2015, 01:59:48 pm
Occupational Therapist. I thought I had replied last night but maybe not. I think I saw that LWT on the Merkit Place.
Title: Re: Hello from Orkney
Post by: orkneydave on July 07, 2015, 04:01:39 pm
Occupational Therapist - makes sense now! There is a LWT for sale locally on Merkit Place; I had a look at it the other night but it needs a fair bit doing now and is probably overpriced a bit (1250 without wheels).  I was still tempted but would prefer a 109 and would rather not have another major project (still got the MG to finish!).
Title: Re: Hello from Orkney
Post by: Gossamer on July 09, 2015, 09:22:37 am
Lightweights look heroic and are fun to drive but, if you're like me and carry lots of kit about, a lwb is a more practical option. The ride is smoother but parking more difficult. The only practical solution is to have at least four land rovers. hard top and soft top long and short at entry level followed by a pair of truck cabs and then a drop side tipper, a cherry picker, camper, hearse with trailers of course. A 130 box back mobile workshop with a Bedford to carry the spares and a Stally with a Hiab may be useful if the neighbours don't mind you parking on the verge.
Title: Re: Hello from Orkney
Post by: B20wnx on July 09, 2015, 10:47:27 pm
OT - outside toilet??
Title: Re: Hello from Orkney
Post by: Gossamer on July 10, 2015, 11:25:09 am
I'll tell her you said that. She's a strapping lass.  wdesmle

Outrageous Temper?
Title: Re: Hello from Orkney
Post by: orkneydave on April 15, 2019, 03:57:47 pm
Hi All!

Apologies from being away from the forum for so long.  Combination of more work and less time online has led to a significant reduction in forum visits recently.

Anyway, back now and hoping to contribute a bit more.  I still have Alfred (http://seriouslyseries.createaforum.com/the-landrover-gallery/alfred-the-109/) as my daily driver and he is holding up well.  I'll update his thread over the coming days with jobs that have been done, jobs still to do and of course pictures of his travels throughout Orkney and the rest of Scotland!

Dave and Alfred

(https://live.staticflickr.com/4892/31848047637_78149c8222_c.jpg)
Title: Re: Hello from Orkney
Post by: Gossamer on April 15, 2019, 04:10:48 pm
Welcome back, Dave.

Do you ever bump into a 109 Sation Wagon in Marine Blue with the reg starting in JFS?

Used to belong to a series of mates of mine.

Last seen somewhere near Kirkwall.
Title: Re: Hello from Orkney
Post by: orkneydave on April 15, 2019, 04:26:34 pm
Thanks Gossamer.

Can't say for sure if I've seen it.  There's not many leafers out and about up here, although there is a rather scruffy looking 2a 109 3 door in regular use around Kirkwall.  I'll keep an eye out though.
Title: Re: Hello from Orkney
Post by: Tom on April 15, 2019, 04:55:22 pm
Lovely photo!

I thought i remembered your username from before, I got a bit confused seeing it in the 'hello' section again  ;D

All the best,
Tom
Title: Re: Hello from Orkney
Post by: orkneydave on April 16, 2019, 10:26:32 am
Thanks Tom.  Good to be back!
Title: Re: Hello from Orkney
Post by: Lo-Fi on April 16, 2019, 11:14:13 am
Welcome back. Good to see Alfred still going strong