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1968 Land Rover Series IIA
« on: April 30, 2014, 01:34:43 am »
I thought I’d put a bit of an update on my old girl and the latest thrilling instalments. Since getting her back on the road last June I feel I have had my fair share of mechanical woes but the good thing (always look on the positives!) is that all the bits I have fixed have not failed… so I’m just working through the bits that I thought might not require care and attention.. Since January I have done the following:

Replaced the engine mounts – they were completely knackered.

Replaced the engine fan – one of the blades snapped off, slicing the inner wing..

Had the carburettor fully rebuilt. I could see that fuel was leaking from the inlet pipe and found the thread stripped. I tried to bodge it together but in taking off the carburettor I must have disturbed something and it soon became apparent the whole thing needed an overhaul..

Serviced it, including oil change and new spark plugs plus lead, distributor cap and points – plan is to change the distributor to an electronic version so I don’t have to mess around with points again.

Bought bench seats for the back – only short wheel base ones but that’s all I needed.

Replaced the bearing in the steering column – now my steering wheel doesn’t feel like it’s about to fall off which is nice.

And now the current and most annoying item – replacement of the clutch. Just before Easter I was on my way into work and suddenly lost drive. I got myself recovered and dropped off back at my place (the bloody recovery guy put it in my neighbours parking space / car port… and it’s been sat there ever since – do you think I should talk to her.. I left her a note…).. back from my Easter break I set to sorting it out. What a pain it is. I started off with removing the floor, then the seat box, then the steering wheel followed by disconnecting the prop-shafts and gearbox mounts. When I got to disconnecting the adaptor plate from the gearbox (it has a Holden six cylinder engine fitted) I found just 3 loose bolts holding it together and the adaptor was found to be cracked. Reading up on various forums it seems that clutch alignment with these conversions is a common issue.. anyway some pictures.



Our free trip back home courtesy of the NRMA roadside assistance..

Floor etc. removed – what a hideous job, there are so many bolts / screws holding down the floor though at least they were all new so removal was pretty easy.

One very broken clutch plate…

Cracked adaptor plate.. and the ‘new’ one I got hold of..
 

So I’m back at work now and won’t be able to resume work on the Old Girl until Saturday. I have had the flywheel skimmed and bought a new clutch plate so I think I have everything needed to try and put it back together. I have checked the alignment of the replacement adaptor plate and it looks to be correct… I am not looking forward to lifting the gearbox back in – I took it out on my own but suspect getting it back in won’t be quite so easy. I am also taking the opportunity to try a replacement gearbox that I picked up from eBay a couple of months ago. It was only $50 and having inspected the gears it looks good… the gearbox it replaces was very noisy with a couple of other issues so I’m hoping for an improvement (and maybe even a speedo that works). I guess I will road test it before refitting all the floor..

Ah the joys of Land Rover ownership… I think it generally does pretty well. I use it every day driving to work which is about 30 miles and considering that’s facing Sydney traffic I don’t think it does a bad job. It has been a little disappointing with the latest clutch issue but I’m sure it will be worth the aggravation.

Cheers guys!
« Last Edit: April 30, 2014, 01:49:53 am by LWBS2A »

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Re: 1968 Land Rover Series IIA
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2014, 03:41:18 am »
We're back in action now, I took Friday off work and spent the day putting it back together.. which then ran into much of Saturday. Replacing the gearbox is surely one of the most time consuming jobs there is on a Land Rover. Surprisingly getting the 'new' gearbox back on was pretty easy. I was able to lift it solo and getting it lined up to the engine was relatively easy asides from squashing one of my fingers.. only minor damage. It was everything else that proved hard work. Though it's now working I think the slave cylinder rod needs adjusting so it engages the clutch more..

Everything back together and I find it's got an annoying misfire. I just bought a new set of points, went to fit them and found one of the sparkplug leads wasn't really attached.. plugging it back in has cured the misfire.. why didn't I check that first?!

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Re: 1968 Land Rover Series IIA
« Reply #2 on: October 09, 2014, 06:51:40 am »
Here are some pictures taken over recent months here in Sydney. I'm surprised by the volume of Series Land Rovers I keep spotting in the area where I live.





Spotted this one today, looked lovely with original unmolested paintwork. Appeared to be fitted with a galvanised chassis, unfortunately I was pushed for time and couldn't locate the owner but I've seen him around a couple of times..

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