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  1. Hi, I'm aware you can break down a VIN number for the exact year and model from a Land Rover, but I require the actual month mine was produced. Can anyone shed light to if this is possible? I have the military history, which states my vehicle was pressed into service during February 1990, yet the chassis codes state it was built in 1989. I'm aware it was likely sitting before it was placed into service, but as I am due to re-register it in Germany I need the production date as I can get 'oldtimer' status and reep a few benefits such as reduced tax, and being classed as historic. Does LRover still hold such information, or can I only prove it was 1989, at some stage? As Germany will want to know what date, time and who put the last rivet in, as well as what tea he was drinking and if he was late that morning. Thanks Paul
  2. good afternoon everyone. I have a 1962 land rover series 2a 109 that research suggests was a tow truck fitted with a harvey frost crane inservice with the RAF. I have tried to find any photos of such a vehicle in RAF service. I would like to get it restored to show condition but need something to work with. As an aside can anyone advise what uniform you might expect the operator to have been wearing in the 60's. Blue coveralls perhaps? any help greatly appreciated. cheers Paul
  3. Hi all, I applied for the B card (attached) from the RLC archive (at great expense!) and excitedly downloaded it, but haven't got a clue what it means!! Can anyone help me? I have recently fulfilled my ambition and bought a 1984 Land Rover, Series 3, SWB... Thank you in advance for any help I am really excited to learn more.. Military History 81KC72.pdf
  4. Hi, I was going to start this thread later but another thread I started on this vehicle's radio setup: http://hmvf.co.uk/forumvb/showthread.php?52339-Unusual-Land-Rover-radio-setup raised lots of questions veering ever so slightly off-topic, so I thought I'd strike whilst the iron is hot. I won the vehicle on an Ebay auction a couple of months ago, didn't pay a lot for it, and it was not sold as SAS. However it does have a lot of curious features: Winch bumper (believe Superwinch X6 is 12V). The winch is low profile and does not obstruct the radiator, important as the V8 engine is vulnerable to overheating. Holes for military bumperettes. Front bumper reinforced internally Bracket over winch bumper (bracket wrong size for ground anchor) Pair "U"-shape tow rings front and rear Flexible brake hoses front & rear protected with wire coils Suspension lifted? Gaitors over the chrome swivel balls (VIN apparently implies a civvie vehicle; more on this below) Military lights front & rear, incl. recessed headlamp panels V8 engine (serial 11D14325B - Range Rover Pulsair 9.35:1 compression ratio dated 1970-83, twin groove/belt with power steering fitted) Chunky angle bracket around rear steering arm fixed to back of diff LT77 or LT85 5 speed gearbox, believe the former. Black painted, but the army also had black LT85s Removable gearbox crossmember absent, so military chassis Fuel pump, fuel filter & some fuses easily accessible in engine bay Wash reservoir, heater matrix, brake servo, radiator expansion tank, hoses & radiator top camo sprayed Chequer plate wing tops screwed on + Tuaam box+transformer/spacer+aerial (VHF). Wing driver's side has vertical reinforcing stay: wing passenger side has remains of two straps on top and wear to paint but no stay. Military bonnet hooks The disruptive camoflage paint scheme is well designed: the wheel rims do not have contrasting colours and so do not flash and draw the eye when in motion; the front is asymetrical, left hand side to right hand side, ditto the rear; the sides are different but in both cases the dark grey disrupts the natural shadow of the cab area. Mud flaps painted. Traces of paint on front tyre passenger's side Rectangular section steel "rock sliders" Two single GPMG mounts. (The front one - not fitted in some photos - has a large spent case collector, presumably to prevent empty cases etc. from hitting the driver. The rear one has the traverse limited so you can't shoot the driver or front passenger. These limits are very precise, i.e. close) Coles sun compass on dash (rigid mount) Spot light driver's side bolted on (not usual army bracket) Remains of thin aluminium plate pop-rivetted in windscreen location passenger's side 24V battery warning light on dash (not unknown on 12V GS vehicles) MPH speedo Wiring a mess. Not sure if any dash lights work Convoy light + toggle switch + big red switch on centre console (latter disconnected: may have been engine starter as believe momentary action, or winch) Bendy map light Straps clip to eye bolts by dash as 'doors' (one strap each side). Front seat belts Gear lever modified Access hole cut in the gearbox tunnel to view the linkage / get LT77 gearbox to fit?? Sound matting Fire extinguisher in passenger footwell (only one check date - 1992) "Late type front seats" (driver's has some camo overspray on the frame) Welded cage between seats, believe for jerry can but may be used for man-pack radio? Two FFR cable boxes between front seats. Remains of something else in front (believe original Land Rover; maybe cubby box) Axe stowage on driver's side. Hi-Lift jack / sledge hammer - note wider strap - on passenger side Roll cage with cam net. Latter much finer than the usual big holes with scrim attached; more akin to sacking. Scrim sewn on. Grab handle(?) either side fixed to roll cage under camo net Plywood lined rear tub + fire extinguisher bracket. Former shows traces of yellow paint Two vertical SA80 mounts; one horizontal (1" further apart) Military 14v radio battery charging system on dexion racking with yellow cable running from battery box under passenger seat to distribution box(?) to 14V (NOT 24V) charging box to cab; canvas case for antennae Radio operator's/gunner's seat hooked over tub side. No seat belt Side whip anntena (not normal post mount as would obstruct rear GPMG / get shot off?). No transformer/spacer so HF Larkspur telescopic radio mast bolted along top of tailgate with fabric endcaps. May be used for bergen stowage and/or possibly deployed horizontally Jerry can stowage in tub (2 twin cages). 3 (believe there should be 4) tubs for the vehicle sides for more jerry cans (not fitted in photos). I think the shallow tub bolts to the seat box and rock slider below. Total capacity 8 jerry cans + 1 between the seats. Assuming 6 petrol + 2 water + manpack radio = 30 gallons + 10 gallon underseat tank. At 10 miles per gallon 400 miles: halve for cross-country = 200 miles, or 100 miles there and back - the same as the famous convoy op. No pointy 'cap' on hub of rear wheels, unlike front wheels Rear disc brakes as well as front (standard Defender fitment 1994+) Axle case breather rear axle (but not on front) Pioneer tools on military tailgate. (Two hinge marks+holes on right suggest a hardtop door was originally fitted. Also bracket for door retainer present) Two civvie foglights No reversing light NATO tow hitch rear + civvie caravan socket Military bumperettes The bonnet does not look original as no desert camo, no yellow paint (or any other colour) underneath, very poor condition inside, bonnet hooks have been moved so they mate with the catches on the wings, and no stowage discernible on top besides the spare wheel mount Holes etc, use unknown: Front bumper - 2 large close together (tow ball?), 3 small spaced along top (number plate?), 2 medium widely spaced apart Bracket over winch bumper has two holes enlarged. (Bracket wrong size for ground anchor) Wing just in front of spotlight - 1 large Wing passenger side has remains of two straps on top and wear to paint Seatbox passenger's side - 2 above known jerry can holder holes Box with wide strap above outside on passenger’s side - Hi-Lift jack or sledge hammer? Remains of thin aluminium plate pop-rivetted in windscreen location, passenger's side Dash top rail - 2 small pairs Big red switch on centre military console - may have been engine starter as believe momentary action, or winch. Toggle switch + 2 large holes in right hand panel Dash oval centre switch panel - 3 small holes along top + 1 large alongside, with holes in gearbox shroud below Steering column left hand side by stalk - 1 large (original lock? Probably normal as seen on another military landy) Welded cage between seats, believe for jerry can but may be used for man-pack radio Bulkhead ply lining - 4 spaced out in line + 3 close together below + 2 on right of gun bracket driver's side Tub floor parallel with bulkhead - 2 P-clip by radio seat Tub floor each side of GPMG mount - 4 in rectangular format I don't understand: Brake box VIN plate (with camo paint smears) suggests 1984 diesel vehicle with a serial number between MOD trials vehicles and first MOD production 90's (see VIN Reseach below), therefore unable to trace a military vehicle registration. Date first registered is April 1985 whereas military vehicles are usually first registered when they leave the MOD, not soon after they are manufactured. (VIN plate on seatbox missing. Plate welded over VIN location on chassis. Ringer?) Civilian(?) speakers in dash (no radio) Fat 2 spoke steering wheel (1991+ 48 spline), not older style 4 spoke with rectangular centre pad (1984 36 spline) - possibly related to fitting of power steering ("power-assisted worm-and-roller steering was optional") Poorly matched rear bumperettes. Holes from civvie 'grab handles' visible (grab handle holes often found on military vehicles). Civvie caravan socket with camo paint Paint layers: dark green, red, Airfield Yellow, OD, Airfield Yellow, sand, grey. Airfield Yellow tends to be on the outside and red inside. Some blue and white in places. More orangey sand colour underneath in places (e.g. tailgate and by spotlight). No ammo box stowage discernible Is it a civilian imitation or is it genuine SAS? I do not believe it is a Walter Mitty invention because it is 'sorted': V8 engine with disc brakes all round and power steering 12v motor with 12v winch and unusually 12v radio gear VHF aerial + HF aerial + telescopic mast There is only one TUAAM wing box whereas most vehicles (and copies) have two Front GPMG has a box to collect empty cases & links, preventing them from hitting the driver and cluttering up the cab Rear GPMG is not obstructed by the usual side aerial mast and vertical telescopic mast mounting I do not believe a SAS replica would be made and sold on like this: The builder would usually take pride in such a vehicle and want to show it off. However, some aspects like the paint preparation, rear bumperette fit and dash cut out for the front GPMG mount are crude whereas the traverse limits on the rear GPMG are very, very precise. The vehicle is purely functional Some modifications would never be seen - bumper reinforcing, brake hose reinforcing, bracket arround rear steering rod There are a lot of holes leftover from where kit has been removed. There would be little or no need to do this on a completed replica: the parts and often the gear are usually sold on with the vehicle. It is not as if some of the gear - axe, shovel, pickaxe shaft, tub fire extinguisher - is particularly valuable. And why replace the bonnet with a very rusty unoriginal one? 'Typical' SAS features are missing - steering/sump/diff guard, ammo box stowage especially between front seats, sand channel stowage, compass mast, raised gunner's seat. In particular the expanded steel mesh external jerry can stowage as per the photos of known Dinkies Atypical SAS features are present - axe stowage, rock sliders, gear box cutout, modified gear lever, radio mast on tailgate, bumper reinforcing, brake pipe reinforcing The camo net does not have the normal big holes but is very fine mesh Chassis VIN welded over whereas the rest of the chassis is not holed - why do this? (The welding looks old) If it is SAS then there are issues which need explaining: Weak LT77 gearbox used. (Ready access for repairs may explain why the gearbox crossmember has been removed.) An LT85 or LT95 box would have been stronger, but may have entailed different prop shafts, engine mounts and/or gearlever holes in the transmission tunnel - I do not know enough about this. The LT77 was fitted to V8 Range Rovers and non-V8 Land Rovers No steering or diff guards (weight? ran out of spares? delay access to weak gearbox? subsequently removed like the radios etc?) Old style Series IIa Pinkie GPMG mounts rather than modern 1980's DPV (ran out of spares?) Latest Land Rover spec seats and steering wheel Lack of discernible ammo stowage, especially in cab No raised seat box for front gunner (may not be expected as upper seat belt mount not raised either) SA80 weapon mounts (Dinkies were apparently used by B Squadron, HQ and maybe SAS reservists) An axe on desert ops!? External jerry can stowage above the rear wheels is solid not expanded steel mesh as shown on the 2-3 photos of known Dinkies (space taken up by axe & aerial etc? extended range not required for the famous convoy op?) Civvie dash speakers, caravan socket, VIN?, multiple paint colours underneath (RAF?) Research Notes - Time Line Emphasis added to highlight the contradictory accounts, even from people who were there! "Very shortly after A Squadron was committed, D Squadron also arrived and the amount of available equipment was further reduced. By The time a third SAS Squadron, B, got to the Gulf a week later, there was virtually nothing left. A plan that had been based around the use of one squadron was suddenly adapted to encompass three and a half squadrons (for the Territorial R - Reserve - Squadron had also been deployed), who were all trying to operate on one squadron's supply of equipment." Ghosts: The Illustrated Story of the SAS by Ken Connor p197 'There are,' Vince [Phillips, Bravo Two Zero] replied. 'Three of them [Dinkies]. Problem is that one of the other patrols has nabbed two already, and I doubt we can fit eight blokes plus kit into a three-quarter-size Landrover.' Soldier Five by Mike Coburn p 25 via Google Books "I know the SAS used 12v 90's "sourced" [stolen?] from the RAF" "The SAS converted ex RAF 90's due to a lack of DPV's available" http://hmvf.co.uk/forumvb/archive/index.php/t-25608.html "In what was to prove to be one of the most audacious plans in the Regiment's history, he decided to send ten 4-ton trucks, with six Land Rovers acting as escorts, some one hundred and fifty kilometres into enemy territory to bring us our essential supplies..." "Eye of the Storm" by Peter Ratcliffe p386 "The cavalry had arrived - a remarkable convoy consisting of ten 4-ton trucks, pinkies and motor cycle outriders." Source: C.Q.B. Close Quarter Battle by Mike Curtis p409 "With no escort, the four-tonners couldn't afford to get into a firefight." Sabre Squadron by Cameron Spence p334 VIN Research Breakdown of SALLDVAC7AA233767 VIN code: Europe, UK, Land Rover, 90/110, 92.3", "Truck Cab, Soft Top or Hard Top (Utility body)", 4 cyl diesel, RHD 5 speed, 1983-4, Solihull, serial No. 233797 Research from Geoff at FMW: "There were tri-service vehicles in KD (prototypes) but they have earlier chassis serial numbers. The first production military spec Nineties to enter service had VINs commencing around SALLDVAC261986 – much later in the sequence -and bore KE serials. Your chassis number is therefore between the prototypes and the first production batch. The RAF had a ‘specialist’ set of serials in AY but made no purchases of Nineties at the relevant time. Is this a military spec Ninety or a civil one? If it is civil then it would have had Asset Code 1621-3100 indicating a civil spec RHD Diesel Soft Top. The relevant vehicles are: 00 KD 34 and 00 KD 35, 18 KD 63 to 18 KD 65 I have not got the chassis number for the last three civil spec Nineties that but all five were for the Navy. Furthermore the first two were definitely a different chassis prefix and I suspect the last three were that prefix too as they were under the same contract." Squaring the Circle - a Possible History The vehicle was originally a civilian 'white fleet' spec RAF 90 hard top in dark green with white wheels, as photographed in Bob Morrison's book "Combat Land Rovers Portfolio No. 1" page 98 top plate (except for the tdi engine). During its time with the RAF it was repainted red, yellow & OD and acquired military lights. This would explain the green paint, white wheels, pointy caps missing off the rear wheel hubs, civvie 'grab handle' holes on the rear crossmember, dash speakers... The Gulf War starts. The SAS is desperately short of vehicles. The desert is very punishing on them so 'white fleet' type vehicles which have not been used & abused cross country are a tempting target. The RAF keeps quiet as it is highly embarrassing to have vehicles stolen from a war zone when sentries should be alert. The SAS and REME (unofficial moto 'adapt, improvise, overcome') raid the spares bin but there is not enough of everything to go round. Parts are fabricated and Land Rover help where they can by shipping goodies over. Modifications include the usual V8 engine for performance, parts compatibility and mechanical familiarity. The tell-tale VIN plates are dealt with. The result is the mysterious Dinky, a vehicle whose very existence is deliberately concealed in some first-hand accounts of the Gulf War. After the war the Dinkies are redundant. They lack the range, payload and equipment specification of proper Desert Patrol Vehicles and the weapons mounts are crude and obsolete. To those familiar with Land Rovers the differences are obvious; even more reason to be camera-shy. Never having officially acquired them, the SAS now has a problem: how to get rid of them? To remove all the parts would leave a body like a Swiss cheese. The RAF - who the SAS rely on for airlifts - would not be best pleased. They are quietly scrapped, but one sneaks away...
  5. Thanks for accepting my registration! Should have joined this forum/group years ago! better late than never :-) Interests are: Military Vehicles, Military and Amateur radio and all that goes with these kind of hobbies! Currently own two ex military Defenders (one is FFR LHD and the other ex TA RHD) both fitted with various working Clansman equipment, one GS Lightweight in need of restoration plus one FFR Lightweight in the process of a ground up Build (Not REbuild!). PLUS !!! One AFV 439 which is about to be sold at auction !!! Details here: https://www.bidspotter.co.uk/en-gb/auction-catalogues/peacock-auctioneers/catalogue-id-whpav10388/lot-cca6139f-c412-4240-9018-a7b300d53590 I need to downsize !!! Thanks again for a very interesting and useful forum! Bill K.
  6. 1998 Wolf 110" 300tdi with full complete WMIK (Weapons Mounted Installation Kit) fitted with recon engine and gearbox and transfer box. Very clean and very tidy example both internally and externally. Standard Wolf 110's are going for £10-13,000. Wmik kit would cost £3000 for gun ring (without all the assosiated parts), over £1000 for the cage if you could find one. Plus all the other parts and modifications that make up a WMIK. £1600 spent on it in last year. Have receipts New mirrors New steering bushes New seat harness New shocks all round New steering damper New brakes all round New tool straps New snorkel New storage nets New rear basket straps New Donaldson air filter fitted. Dash cover Has all the correct load bed lashing points and gun mount transportation mounts Gun ring with all associated part. Only items needed to complete are the guns and gun mounts, gun mounts are readily available from Phil at Dunsfold Land Rover. MOT till Feb 2017 no advisories All wheels recently balanced. Kept in Garage More pictures of any specific part/area available on request. Have its Merlin history report Full pictorial history since release Full vehicle history/hpi check done in February when I purchased it (available to view). 4th seat could be fitted to increase usability Bought as part of a pair of WMIKs although I'm not a dealer, I'm keeping the other so this one is spare. I have some stuff available to dress the vehicle like ammo cans, camo net and jerry cans etc. Some spares available. £15,500 ono Located Cambridgeshire. 170+ pictures available on request or https://www.facebook.com/groups/snatchlandrover/ here:
  7. As above, rebuilding my brothers FFR 90 which served in Gulf War 1. Its going sand but would like to know what they actually looked like in service (markings, equipment etc). Can find bugger all on google, plenty 110s and leafers but not so much 90s, any pictures and advice would be greatly appreciated, Thanks, Sam
  8. Dear all, Allready long time guesst on this forum, watching how other people doing nice restorations. But would like to share my restoration on my first car. The car I own is a: Land-Rover 109' SIII Diesel Made for the Dutch military. End of last year I bought her, verry happy! Always been a huge fan of the lovely British Land-Rover and finally own one. The Dutch army owned Land-Rovers in a few different designs. The moment I bought my Land-Rover I didn't know much about the type of cars the army owned. Did some research on the internet and found out mine was a bit different. The car I own is a : ''Commando & scout car'' Only 250 were made in this version. This is how she should look like: Quite impressive. And this how my car looked like the moment I went visiting it before buying: Quite different he, But if you compare the bonnet brackets and brackets on the rear-tub you see some agreements. My goal is to bring her back to the original state! So complete with gun pedestal, aerial, spare wheel carrier, etc. etc. At he moment I'm stripping the front. Need to replace al the fluids, filters and lots more. So she isn't pretty anymore:blush: Lot's of grease, oil, tectyl and rust. Ok here pictures! This is her home for this winter, nice and dry! Removed the first wing. New rear leaf springs. Because one top leaf was broken. Both wings removed. Grille pannel removed. Not bad for a almost 40 year old lady:) Inside, still looking 'fresh' My MAG pedestal, very lucky with it, these things are so rare. Also did manage to find a original spare wheel carrier. Ok guys, hope you like it and do understand my texting. I'm for The Netherlands, so my English isn't always 100% faultless I guess. Sorry for that. If you have anny questions, feel free to comment! All the best, Jan
  9. Dear all, My name is Jan, 21 years old and living in the Netherlands. At the moment I'm almost done with school. Last year I bought my first car, a 1977 Land Rover SIII 109 diesel. It's a Ex. Dutch military vehicle, but not a regular one. It's one out of 250 Commando vehicels. Allready did couple of jobs on the car, and try to make it 100% technical allright. So I can drive this summer! I will post on this forum my restoration progress. This is my car: All the best, Jan
  10. Hi, My Land Rover 90 has the following radio parts fitted: TUAAM box + transformer (VHF) on wing, second antenna (HF) on side mount (not usual mast), 14V radio charger, distribution box(? - on right of top pic), telescopic mast mounted horizontally above tailgate, couple of cable boxes & a jerry can holder between the front seats, seat in back tub on driver's side. A yellow sheathed cable runs from the battery to what I think is the distribution box, another from there to the charger and from there to between the front seats (cable tie wrapped). The Land Rover is a 90 from mid-late 1980's; suspect demob early 90's. (Am awaiting details from DVLC as there are question marks over the VIN.) The vehicle has a V8 engine (12V), Superwinch X6 winch (also believe 12V), front & rear single GPMG mounts and assorted jerry can storage so it is not your normal FFR. Any idea what radio(s) would have been used / any other parts missing? I'm guessing Clansman PRC 319 for a start... (I haven't served and know very little about radios, so please treat me like the idiot that I am;) Thanks
  11. Dear all, and especially those who served and know. What were common practices for vehicle markings for Land Rovers for a REME LAD attached to a tank unit such as 4 RTR? Did they have a tac sign on the doors? Did they ever carry the REME colours on a decal or hard plate at the front of the vehicle. Was a tac sign like a wrench or spanner used, that is how it is done over here but I dont presume anything. BAOR usage, so a Union Jack sticker front and rear? Would REME personnel wear the black coveralls of the RTR with their own cap badges in a black beret? Anything anyone can illuminate this with is greatly appreciated Thanks Robin
  12. Living in the West Country I often see many Royal marine vehicles of all types. Some have a blue/red square with a white number on. As can be seen on this pic of a defender above the number plate Does it represent a troop, a section ,an area etc etc I have seen many different numbers 6, 9, 14 ,1 etc Is there a definitive specific allocation or what do they represent I have wondered for years Thanks in advance for any response
  13. Hi, Greetings to all. Here is some pictures of my 1976, Land Rover 101 GS. It served with the BAOR in Europe from 1976 to 1993. Waiting for the french bureaucratic wheels to move and produce my "Carte Gris Collection" before getting it tested and out on the open road to enjoy some sunshine. Best Regards Richard
  14. Hello from Belgium I'm garden contractor near Brussels and Liège ... I like old land rover , steyr-puch haflinger , Man truck (4x4) and SNOW TRAC I'm looking for a snow trac ... Thanks a lot Pierre
  15. Hi, does anyone have a copy of AESP 2320-D-122-811, Modification Instruction No 3. I want to fit the wing reinforcement kit on my 1988 TUM GS Soft Top (Land Rover 110 2.5L NA Diesel). Any guidance would be welcome if you don't have the official instructions. Many Thanks Golf Hotel Whiskey. 42 KF 74
  16. Santa arrived early and there was a 12m Racal lightweight 1486-000 mast complete with accessory kit on his sledge. :cheesy: I have a scanned copy of the user handbook but some pages are missing. Does anybody have a spare original handbook that they would like to sell or can scan and email me a copy thereof? Also, what accessories are needed to mount this mast on a Land Rover 110 GS (TUM)? Does anybody have instructions for such an installation or any of the necessary brackets? Wishing you all a Merry Xmas, Geoff 2E0WKT golfhotelwhiskey 1988 Truck Utility Medium 12V GS
  17. Hi, I bought a Radhaz kit last year and am just getting around to fitting it in my 1988 TUM GS Soft Top. I have the bag with the fitting hardware but I am not certain where the "tophat" spacers and pop rivets are used. The kit comes without fitting instructions, which I suspect are contained in an Army handbook or supplement. Does anyone know where I can find the fitting instructions for the radhaz kit?
  18. Hi all, I'm George - and last drove in one of these beasts in early 80's in the Army/RAF Cadets. So after 30 years of wanting one, on Friday I became the delighted owner of an (almost) fully restored 1967 British Army Series 2a Land Rover. So far and many thanks to those who have already posted to HMVF forums I have fixed up the indicators and brake switch to get the vehicle road legal. Have also fixed a clutch issues and steering play all thanks to good old Google/YouTube, and folks like those on HMVF who are happy to share what they know with all the rest of us.....it makes a huge difference to know the knowledge is out there. Hence here I am joining HMVF - so that the next time I need to fix the old girl I can ask a friend. All I need now is to get it through the MOT in October....but what a lovely drive - the old sound and "comforts" I recall......and with the exception of the rear fog lamp and front spots she is the original real deal. I look forwards to sharing what I know - so far I can tell anyone who wants to knwo how to fix up the indicators and relays, and also fix up/replace the brake switch on an old Army Landy. Best George
  19. Hi Everyone. I am new to the forum as I am looking for a few pointers on purchasing an ex mod Land Rover. Any advice welcome. Regards. Neil
  20. Well, Where to start? The 90 is an ex RAF vehicle that has fallen on hard times. Yes I will post all it's info later. The injection pump is leaking, the gearbox has lost syncromesh on 2nd and 3rd, and in general the vehicle is undriveable for the most part. The degradation has been fueled by a multitude of drivers with a lack of skill on a manual gearbox and just a plain old tired engine. We took the vehicle off the road about 2 years ago and parked it awaiting time or the instruction to sort it. We have looked at putting a tdi in it but cooler heads have prevailed and the decision has been made to rebuild locally what we have. To put things in perspective for all of you, in case you have not noticed in the top right hand corner of this thread, we are in Canada. There is no product support for this vehicle from the Land Rover dealerships. This vehicle was never sold here in this configuration. All the parts will be sourced from the UK and sent air freight. The plan is to sub out the rebuild of the LT77 gearbox and the transfer case to a local shop that has engaged and partnered with us and is not afraid of something different. The engine is also going out to a diesel shop that is run and owned by a very smart gent who I totally trust. We at the Union Jack Collection are employees in the end and all of this work has to be slotted in between our regular work of being farmers and builders for the organisation that employs us. The MV work we do is such a small part of our jobs here, sadly. We have been struggling with the serviceability of our fleet and this is one that has been singled out for getting serviceable by management. I am aided by my trusty mate and mechanic Gerry who comes in on wednesday nights to help us, as I am mechanically inlined but no means a mechanic. I supply all the grunt power and organisation in the furnishing of manuals and parts to make the work happen smoothly. To help you get a flavour for the truck, it was purchased as shown from a wee company in Grantham UK a number of years ago and shipped to Canada. It has been used as a hack and daily driver on and about the property and done a lot of hard work. The yellow paint job has always been a bone of contention with some saying the inside and out paint was an RAF gig but somehow I suspect that it was gussied up to make it look pretty and make it sell, who knows! I will be dragging it on the A frame to the shop in the morning to get it ready for the work. Hopefully we can turn this truck around in reasonable short order and get it back into use again. The picture is from a few years ago when it was quite a lot tidier. If you have any comments don't be shy to chirp up and chime in, all comments welcome. Robin
  21. I have recently purchased ad registered a L/R series 3 ffr. My first project and really hoping it could be something different, rather than plain old nato green that sat around a base as a run around. I Enquired to deep cut and have a merlin print out. I thought this would tell me if she went abroad? But the only info both provide are who she served with? Can any one shed some light how i find out more? Would the report tell me if she went abroad or do i now have to delve deeper through the units and dates she was with then? I have tried typing the units into army page to see where they could have been between dates but with no joy. Help?
  22. Tonight was our usual four hour stint at MV maintenance. After messing about with the wide track trailer we got into sorting a few issues with our 101 GS. We had, if you remember had a visitation this spring by racoons. We put the rough running down to a plug wire, perhaps it had gotten chewed on a bit. Anyhow, Gerry our trusted mechanic played around with some acetylene but to no avail. So he whipped out our shop pyrometer and soon found one cylinder that was quite cold. After grinding down our plug socket to get onto the offending cylinder we yanked out the plug which looked like it was well fouled. Up into my office and fired up the laptop and looked in the Excel file and low and behold plugs in stock on shelf C3C. So out in the all terrain golf cart to the sea can and pull some plugs out. Fitting the new plug and tightening the exhaust system u bolt clamps and it was transformed into a sweet running machine. All the fluids and dampers in the carbs were checked the other week so its a good to roll vehicle for this weekends outing. Great use of technology a pyrometer eh?!! R
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