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1984 SIII Rebuild - with lots of pictures.

Discussion in 'Series Land Rovers' started by Sean, May 21, 2009.

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  1. Sean

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    There's never enough pictures on here so I thought I'd put some of mine up, also in the hope that it might inspire a few of you to rebuild that 100 quid ebay landy you've been thinking of buying.

    A while back her indoors hinted (well i think she did) about having a landy just for herself - so one late night I purchased a 1984 SIII off ebay for a
    couple of 100 quid - and just for a bit more fun I didn't go view it first,just based on the 3 pictures below - it looked original, unmolested and complete.
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    I managed to drive it onto the back of the trailer, which was a bonus as I'd driven from Stafford to Carnforth to collect, leaving any form of winch in the
    garage. Seeing as I'd also not asked the seller if the engine ran (or if it actually had an engine) this was a bit of a result.

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    To be honest it didn't look to bad (from a few meters back) so I put a new rad in, taxed it and took it for an MOT - which it passed with NO advisory comments
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    So it sat on our drive getting the very occasional use for the next 10 Months - her in doors comes out in a rash if she drives anything more than 3 years old
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    It was coated in a nice thick sand/grit/waxoyl mix of grime.

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    It clearly wasn't mint - bearing in mind this had passed a MOT less than a 1000 miles ago.

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    Both dumb irons are past their prime, as shown by the quantity of rust that came out of them.

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    The engine sounded a bit tired and lumpy, so it was pulled apart and put back together over the winter.

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    Engine Out :: 06May09.flv video by seanmoore2008 - Photobucket

    Eventually it was all sorted with new dumb irons, chassis primed, undercoated and overcoated.

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    And slowly it started coming back to life, with refurbished or new original brake components, bearings and seals. Until eventually in moved on it's own
    wheels for the first time in ages - albeit with a little help from the 110

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    So now the weather is nice again and there's more than 2 hours of daylight the engine has gone back in after it's rebuild and sounding like a wannabe V8.

    Engine In :: engine.flv video by seanmoore2008 - Photobucket

    The cooling system has been cleaned and flushed using neat vinegar and a couple of those dish washer tablets (patent pending on the method)

    Engine In :: coolingsystemcleaningmadeeasy.flv video by seanmoore2008 - Photobucket

    Lots of the larger internal components have been rebuild and refurbished.

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    A brand new Rists loom has been acquired.

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    So next it'll be a bit of bulkhead repairing - under the windscreen and corner tops look fine but it's going to need both footwells, both full door pillars
    and mounts and anything else that crops up once the paint has been stripped.

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  2. Sean

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    I'm going out, I may be some time ....
     
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    Nice work Sean, good to see it's coming along :)
     
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    This is good! very good! Thanks Sean :) I'm looking forward to the next installment!!!
     
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    nicely done sean, i don't reckon you'll let the mrs near it once you've finished it!!!;)
     
  6. Sean

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    she'd be expecting to have power steering, ABS and do 40 to the gallon
     
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    lookin good mate, bout time some one else put up ther pics, shame my chassis int in better shape, might have to be a new galvo job in the summer !
     
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    Guid yin sean. Keep up the good work;):D:D
     
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    if yer look closely buster yer can see me winch on his garage floor hahaha, no rush sean !
     
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    Do ye mean that one mate..

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    yup , thats the one mate, ;)
     
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    Sean have you got any more piccys of your engine frame looks just right for my 'project 2.5td' :D
     
  13. Sean

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    gimme ten minutes and i'll see what i can do - I might be able to dig out the CAD files along with the structural load analysis calculations i did before i built it as well
     
  14. Sean

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    seeing as I (clearly) have spent so much time designing and building this i don't want to be seeing a orange painted version appearing on your website in the next few weeks

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    The red thing above was based on a standard cheapy Machine Mart thing - but it's no where near the right fit - if your looking to build something similar go find yourself a bread delivery man and see if he'll sell you one of his trolleys like the one below - they normally only want a fiver for them, the casters are would cost you a tenner a corner if you started from scratch

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    Cheers for the piccys :D

    i always thought you had put a new chassis on your series, seems not :D

    Looking good, very inspriring. might get mine done one day. Wayyyy to busy at the moment for it tho
     
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    Orange :eek:, black is far more suitable :D;)

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    this one's a bit beefier

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    sounds ducking beautiful
     
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