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Land Rover Lightweight 55HG89 Restoration

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Seem to have put more parts back on in the last few weeks than we have in the last 6 months, guess all restorations are like that sometimes!

 

We have been working on the seatbox and battery/charging system connections as well as the wiring for the lights. Even managed to start the engine up for the first time in about 8 months, once we managed to get fuel to the carb she started right up, the yellow top batteries really turn it over well!

 

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Put the O/S headlight box on

 

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Then wired it up

 

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Need to get some more P clips for this as we have ran out

 

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Was really good to start connecting things up and checking that they power correctly without shorting or just not working at all! Just need to wire the O/S rear lights then thats pretty much all of the wiring sorted, just got a lot of FFR cabling to run and somehow make it look presentable! Jim was ecstatic with progress look how happy he is in this picture

 

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How can you stand that much excitement in one person?

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We have been looking at trying to get some painting done recently as as we have had a nice dry and even warm weekend we decided to try to get as much done as possible!

 

 

 

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Hoping to get some of it fitted soon will be nice to get the cappings back on the tubsides and get them fitted back to the tub, they have been off it for a long time now. Once there on we can fit the NOS hood sticks and then the tilt!

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Owing to the good weather yesterday we managed to get the final coats on paint on the tub sides as well as the upper tailgate. This meant that we could get them fitted today.

 

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We started with the tub sides and riveting on the various cappings and fixings to them. I thought a while ago when we drilled out all of the old rivets to prep the panels that it would be a pain to get them back on again without damaging the new paint, but as it turned out this was fairly easy if you are careful. The only thing I would recommend is getting hold of an air powered rivet tool as doing it with a manual tool (as I'm sure I will find out tomorrow when I start to ache!) is not ideal and you have to be so careful not to damage the new paint surface.

 

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We also managed to get the hood sticks on and mostly bolted up

 

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And then the tailgate! Tho pretty sure the screwdriver holding it on at the min is not a standard Lard Rover part as i cant find a FV number on it anywhere! :-D

 

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Next we need to get the tailgate cappings and the Pioneer tool fixings on, I've counted another 59 rivets to get that job done!!!

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Thanks for post #55 as I was wondering how you did that with all of the galv. cappings. My lwt is torn completely down & I was wondering if I should drill out all those rivets or not......... Your truck is an inspiration to me.

Regards,

Matt

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Thanks for your comment WCmatt the cappings are easy to get off but we found that the tub sides are really flimsy without them for support. There are 8 rivets on either side that go directly ontop of the painted surface, needless to say there were some tense moments after every one snapped and we check we hadnt ruined a few weeks of work! What are your plans for your Lightweight and how long have you been working on it? If you have any questions on anything you have seen above please let me know. As Ive mentioned before this forum and its members are an constant inspiration to me so more than happy to help out whenever I can as many other have helped us in the past!!!

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Beno1983

Thanks for the tips. I tore my lwt down last fall but haven't touched it since ('been to cold over here to work in an un heated shop :embarrassed:). I'm going to "regroup" and hit it again this spring. I'm hoping to have the frame & suspension done depending on how things go, maybe the axles as well? Would be nice to have all that blasted, painted & rebuilt, back together again.....:cool2:

 

Regards,

Matt

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Did a bit of work on the upper tailgate yesterday needs some slight adjustment and the seals putting on. To be honest Im really glad its done as I think its the last time I will have to rivet onto painted panels! Will soon be time to do some more painting of the bonnet, doors and wind boxes so hopefully the decent weather were having holds for a bit!

 

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Had a bit of a tidy up of the radio table as it has become a bit of a storage area recently, still need to get hold of a couple of cables then we can get all the cables routed properly.

 

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Congratulations for that excellent restauration.

 

I finished a restauration of a FFR Lightweight IIa in 2009 with Dexion radio rack and Larkspur radios. One thing I couldn't find out was where and how to fix the horn. I think it's at the bracket of the air filter but I've also seen some photos where the horn was fixed on the right side of mask.

 

How did you do it?

 

Daniel

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Congratulations for that excellent restauration.

 

I finished a restauration of a FFR Lightweight IIa in 2009 with Dexion radio rack and Larkspur radios. One thing I couldn't find out was where and how to fix the horn. I think it's at the bracket of the air filter but I've also seen some photos where the horn was fixed on the right side of mask.

 

How did you do it?

 

Daniel

 

Hi LightLandy

 

We have seen a few methods of mounting the horn, when Jim got the vehicle it had an incorrect horn that looked like it came of a truck of some sort. It was on a triangular shaped bracket on the front panel and was on in the middle with the oil cooler. We decided to mount it on the inside next to the air filter as we have seen a lot mounted this way and it just seems a good place to put it.

 

Here are the holes that we mounted it to

 

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Dont have any photos of the actual horn itself, will take a picture on Saturday and share it

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Thanks.

The mountig on the LW IIa must be different. In the position you place the horn on your LWIII is the headlamp on the LWIIa.

 

Regards

 

Daniel

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Cracking looking wagon. It brings back fond memories of way back driving them all over N Germany. Something that i will always remember is driving to the old Inner German Border in the Hartze mountains while duty fitter at Hildershiem and back again in one of those to fix a broken vehicle. Got there and the fault was not what we were told so had to go back to camp pick up spares and go back to fit the parts. Wobbled all over the road took hours to do the trip but good fun.

I'm jealous now, i want one.

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Did a little bit more work over the weekend mounted 2 penthouse lamps to the radio table and had some fun and games when we wired them up. To begin with we used what we thought was the correct cable which had a 2 pin connector one one end which we connected to the 3 way power distribution box and then a 3 pin penthouse connector or the other end. We attempted to test the wiring and for some reason we were only getting 24 odd volts at the battery with the engine running where we were getting 28V previously. As we had changed the lead that goes from the shunt box to the generator panel recently we suspected that there was an incorrect connection somewhere on that lead so started to fault find. Turns out that the issue was caused by the penthouse power cable which was not wired as we had thought! Lesson learned never trust a cable is correct again!

 

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The amount of time I spent on these machines, seeing one in this condition is a sight for sore eyes, well done!

 

With all the new fitments and paint do you still get that smell of oil, petrol and canvas?

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The amount of time I spent on these machines, seeing one in this condition is a sight for sore eyes, well done!

 

With all the new fitments and paint do you still get that smell of oil, petrol and canvas?

 

Hi Hobbit

 

There is defiantly a smell of oil, petrol and canvas but that could just be from Jims garage! Its always good to hear from people who have used them in the past. Did you work on them or drive/operate them?

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Hi Hobbit

 

There is defiantly a smell of oil, petrol and canvas but that could just be from Jims garage! Its always good to hear from people who have used them in the past. Did you work on them or drive/operate them?

 

Lived with them, drove on exercise, serviced and maintained them along with 88s and 109s, mk bedfords, 1t ambulance, and command post track vehicles too, have an original gs version now, need to get it back on the road this year, but i cant see it happening unfortunately

 

I worked with Larkspur and later clansman radio, the caged radio bay we had then was massive, used to hold 4x100 ah sigs batteries, hated working on them, especially battery changes. they where complete with an overhead mesh, nor sure it was for protection or as a farady cage, the lightweight ffr was used as rebro units due to limitations on radio ranges with larkspur

 

Still love em, as well as the mk but missus wont let me have one of those

 

Keep up the good work

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Hi all

 

We have managed to get a bit done over the last couple of weeks so thought it was time for an update, we have decided to take some time off work this week to really get some bits back on the vehicle as were hoping to make it to the leafers at t'pit in August so time is not on our side!

 

We have been mainly concentrating on getting the bonnet painted and fitted which for some reason has seemed to take ages but were finally there. Weve also managed to get the O/S floor, sil and TUAAM boxed fitted!

 

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Looking good! BTW, what is the motorcycle parked next to the landie?

 

Matt

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Looking good! BTW, what is the motorcycle parked next to the landie?

 

Matt

 

Thanks WCMatt, its the next project, Jims Harley Davidson MT350

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Finally managed to make some progress on the doors were pushing to get to at least one show this year so hopefully we will able to get the list of jobs we have left sorted before the end of the show season! We decided to go with new doors and door tops as pretty much all of the rest of the panels on the vehicle are original and the doors that were on the vehicle before had rotted out on the bottom and needed re skinning.IMAG0281_zpsbkkoglrd.jpgIMAG0303_zpsze3bvoaq.jpgIMAG0304_zpsmkpgtqh1.jpg

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Simply amazing! I noticed in the images of the new doors being sprayed that there is another landie frame laying around. Future project (after the motorcycle :D)? Have to wonder if this isn't going to be the nicest lightweight in all of the UK....

 

Matt

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