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1965 Series 2a Station Wagon in Holland

Discussion in 'Members Vehicles/Projects' started by Stretch, Mar 18, 2016.

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  1. Stretch

    Stretch Well-Known Member

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    G'day Folks,

    First time poster - virgin Land Rover owner.

    I've just bought some rust and some crumpled Birmabright in the form of a right hand drive series 2a station wagon.

    I'm proud (?) to say I've done everything you shouldn't when buying a Land Rover. I've ignored the buyer's guides and just bought the cheapest I could find. This is a big gamble. The seller reckons the chassis numbers are AWOL and that that's gonna make it difficult to register the thing for Dutch road use.

    This could be fun.

    This little project of mine is a bit of a mid life crisis "well I try it the hard way" for once. I'm well and truly fed up with paying top dollar (or euro) for something that is "good". Every "good" car I have ever bought has always been "not good": I always rip it to bits and end up with component parts anyway so I figured I wouldn't pay extra this time. So this time I found something that is at the other end of the spectrum of "good".

    This could be an epic fail.

    We'll see.

    This thread is gonna show the blood guts and mess I'll be making in the land of windmills, tulips, water retaining devices and round cheese.

    So here's the beast =>

    1965 series 2a Land Rover1.JPG

    1965 series 2a Land Rover2.JPG

    It even came with a jam jar full of random bits!

    1965 series 2a Land Rover3.jpg

    Now I'm all set (as the Americans say)...
     
  2. West Slope Rover

    West Slope Rover Well-Known Member

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    "G'day" and "all set" and living in Holland. You're a freaking polyglot.
     
  3. Stretch

    Stretch Well-Known Member

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    Well I could do this in Dutch too - but I'm 100% English. (I find you get more English the further you move away)
     
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    West Slope Rover Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, me too. I'm so English I live in the USA.
     
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    Ah deep underground in the US of A...

    ...been there long? 14 years and counting for me on this side of the water.
     
  6. West Slope Rover

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    I'm so English I was born here.
     
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    im so english you know you feel subordinate
     
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    I'm so English I apologise in a knife fight....
     
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    At least that's how you lot want me to feel. ;)
     
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    You mean a spoon fight. You guys have outlawed knives.
     
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    Well this is going to be interesting. I'm used to be being on American dominated forums.

    I'll say no more!
     
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    Do you enjoy being dominated by Americans? o_O

    Any road up, I am very much looking forward to your rebuild! :D
     
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    Nice looking project ....I Do love a 109 StaWag

    We picked this 2A up a year or so back for £400

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    Took it all round the Highlands and Islands of Scotland

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    Currently in process of fitting 300Tdi

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  14. Stretch

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    Not especially only the ones that "knock me out with those American thighs" - you know the fast machines that keep their motors clean...
     
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    Yep 400 quid. I've spent many an hour looking at 400 quid Land Rovers in autotrader - different ball game here in Holland. Mine cost me a whole heap more than 400 quid. But then I didn't have to buy it on ebay and go and get the bloody thing on a trailer.
     
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    Bit of progress today. Today I've mostly been spraying penetrating oil. At least the thing smells a bit better now.

    Series 2a slowly removing the doors.jpg

    Doors are coming off quite easily.

    I assume flat head screwdrivers are a big point of discussion in the Series 2 world. (About as bad as rounded out Torx fasteners)

    Series 2a Bonnet off.jpg

    Bonnet came off - I'm planning to remove the front wings and the front panel next week.

    Series 2a radiator out.jpg

    Radiator out (that was fun - various sized fasteners)

    Another aim for next week is to get the bulkhead out so I can cut and repair it with this one

    Series 2a extra bulkhead.jpg
     
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    Been there bulkhead wise...
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    Well now I know your name...

    ...I see you have a brake booster: Is that standard on series 3 diesels? If so do they have vacuum pumps?
     
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    Think most 3's had them... They run of the crappy butterfly arrangement on the inlet (night mare to get set up right AND prone to issuing clouds of smoke and not much vacuum)
    My StaWag came with a 19j already fitted so had a vac pump fitted... Same with the 300...
    Plenty of electric vac pumps available on the bay.
     
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    I'm toying with the idea of fitting my Mercedes OM617 (5 cylinder diesel) which has a nice piston vacuum pump. I must say I've been just muttering at the rust on my Land Rover - next time I see it I'll see if there's a butterfly valve fitted!
     
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