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1976 series 3 rebuild

Discussion in 'Series Land Rovers' started by samc88, Oct 20, 2012.

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  1. samc88

    samc88 Drivels spiritual representative

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    As some of you may know I've got a 1976 series 3 diesel which I got off my granddad. At long last now comes the time when we can actually start work on it. I'll post the before pics on here (I know they're on another thread but this'll keep it consistent...I hope). This will hopefully turn out to be my first car and our aim is to rebuild it so its sort of like a bespoke one the factory may have made for a paying customer (e.g. better interior and the like). Its got a 2/5 N/A diesel fitted which I'll keep and we're going to fit power steering to it.

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  2. samc88

    samc88 Drivels spiritual representative

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    The first jobs have been today on it, its been towed to behing the garage where it will remain until next saturday. Me and my Dad cleared all the junk out of it, removed the light guards (which we'll tidy up and chuck on ebay) and then we used the grinder to get rid of that god awful hoop on the front. We've also got some new fabric front seats which we may sell on ebay but we'll see. Pics to follow soon,

    Cheers,
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  3. samc88

    samc88 Drivels spiritual representative

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    And after we started work on it :) Looks different doesn't it?

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    Sorry for the delay

    Sam
     
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    johnny curt 1 Well-Known Member

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    tis funny coz the first thing i did with my landy when i got her home was remove the bleddy ugly bar off the front :D:D
     
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    Looks much better already! Looking forward to reading more
     
  6. samc88

    samc88 Drivels spiritual representative

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    Well hello everyone, at long last work has commenced. First job was to winch the series into our garage using my dads 110 (the starter motor's knackered on my engine). Next job we did was remove the bonnet and stack it up against the wall. Front and rear lights were removed then (headlights and bowls will need replacing). The next job was removing the driver side door and then starting to undo the wing.

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    Me (on the left) and my brother taking off the light surrounds

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    Close up of the headlight connectors (they just pull off)

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    Taking off the front apron

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    The "good book" on the wing :D

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    Just some of the "wiring" on the vehicle

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    The current state of play with the drivers door removed.

    Tomorrow we're going to get the wing off and remove some of the chequer plate around the landy.
     
  7. samc88

    samc88 Drivels spiritual representative

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    More progress has been made today, both wings are off. Here's some more pics to bore you all with.

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    Bulkhead looks good, only a small patch of welding on the corner by the drivers side and a new footwell is needed. Sorry for boring you all with the pics :D
     
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    Not atall boring, keep them piccies coming.
     
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    Lovin the pics....keep em coming :clap2::clap2::clap2::clap2::clap2:
     
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    Yep keep them coming.
    Starting my strip down of my 88 in the new year. Any info is good info!
     
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  11. samc88

    samc88 Drivels spiritual representative

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    Its official 3 days later and I'm now topless :D So to summarise the work done so far since Friday,

    Bonnet off,
    Front wings off,
    Heater blower off,
    Front and rear seats out,
    All 3 doors are off,
    Roof off.

    I'm amazed at how easy the roof and sides were to come off in one piece, a few bolts around the tub and a row above the windscreen, its pretty simple stuff at the minute getting the main body panels off. Next up is the rear tub, oh joy :D

    I'll put the photos up after school tomorrow when I can find the damn camera lead again (I know where it is I just can't be bothered getting at it at the minute (shameful I know) :D

    Cheers,
    Sam
     
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    for getting the tub off i have a few pointers to help

    remove the seatbox first as the bolts behind the fuel tank are a reet fekkin pain to get at otherwise

    disconnect the fuel filler hose from the tank and leave the other bit on the tub ( its easier to get appart and back together later on )

    once you have all the bolts out of the tub lift the arse end of it up and slip a rug sized piece of old carpet between the tub abd rear crossmember ( this stops the fixing tabs snagging on the struts under the tub )

    take the rear lights off first because yer gonna stand the tub on its back end and cut the rear light wires above the wheelarch height to give you plenty of length to work with when rewiring the bugger :D:D:D

    if youve done all this then you should be able to stand on the chassis rails where the seatbox used to be grab the tub and tilt it left to right while nudging it off the back of the chassis till it tips and stands on its end then just walk round it get yer shoulders under it and lean forward and its then easily shiftable if yer on yer own :D:D:D
     
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    samc88 Drivels spiritual representative

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    Thanks for that info Johnny :)
    We shall have a go at doing that next weekend then if we can :)

    Cheers,
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    Some pics from Sunday, finally :D

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    Back door off
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    With no roof
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    All in all I'm quite pleased with the progress we've done over three 3 hour days :D

    Cheers,
    Sam
     
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    samc88 Drivels spiritual representative

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    Well its been a while but progress has moved on with the landy. Firstly we took the floor panels out and then the seatbox which came out OK. Then we had a look at taking the rear tub off. Thats off now and its absolutely filthy.

    The other day we dropped the rear axle off so we get good access to paint the chassis, which by the way is in really good condition. The only bit of rot is a small bit on the crossmember behind the tow-ball drop plate. At the minute we're stripping the paint off with some brake fluid (works much better than that new formula nitromors stuff). Many pictures shall be uploaded when I get the camera back off my dad :)

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    These threads are never boring, and the photos are very useful. Keep them coming.
     
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    Looking good mate keep it up
     
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    Sorry for the lack of updates (those pesky A-level exams getting in the way :rolleyes: ) but progress has been made. The rear axle was removed and the rear crossmember was repaired and the rear third of the chassis has been red oxided. A quick note, the water traps in the rear crossmember have been removed by welding an angle plate across them so mud/ water will fall off easily instead of getting stuck and rotting the metal, should hopefully protect it a bit better :) .

    I'll put a more detailed account up tonight along with lots of piccys I've got of the work done :)
     
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    Here are the first installment of pictures.
    This post shows how we removed the seat box and the rear tub.

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    The gater for the red high/ low range selector lever
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    After the driver's side floor has been removed
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    The battery isolator that my granddad fitted behind the driver's seat
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    Removed overdrive lever (It is held in position using a locknut which must be loosened before the threaded lever can come off)
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    Removed the yellow knob so that the tunnel could pass over it
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    Tunnel removed with seat box still in place
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    The front cab with seat box, floor and transmission tunnel removed
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    We wedged blocks under the tub to lift it off the chassis one bit at a time so it wouldn't get stuck as we tried to clear it off the chassis (made it much easier to remove)
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    Before we did anything else we put a latex glove over the fuel filler on the fuel tank to stop any crap getting down there (we had disconnected the filler and breather pipe (?) before attempting to lift the tub)
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    The tub off the chassis
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    After removing the rear drop plate we discovered the only major bit of rot on the entire chassis which was lurking behind it
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