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Ian L

1944 Morris C8 / Landrover 2.25 petrol engine conversion.

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New Land-Rover clutch release bearing & newly fabricated release bearing carrier.

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Old 9" Land-Rover flywheel binned & new 9 I/2" Land-Rover flywheel fitted. The 9 7/8" Austin Shearline clutch friction plate had to be taken down 3/8" in diameter to fit under the pressure plate so its now pretty close to the outer ring of rivets.

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Engine fitted back into the chassis utilising the original rear Morris gearbox chassis brackets & the fabricated front brackets, no cutting or welding of the original vehicle was required & only a few holes drilled in the chassis for the front mounts.

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All of that work was done in November / early December, then I did this which stopped play for 4 weeks. Crushed both hands under a trailer which fell off a jack.

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OK play resumed, knocked up this with a mate using just a Pillar Drill as that's all we had, its the remote oil filter adapter as there is not enough room between the engine & chassis to fit the original & the clutch pedal fouled it.  

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The only place to fit the remote oil filter was the top L/H side of the engine utilising the engine lifting eye position on the front of the head.

Once painted green it should look a bit like the Jeep position, I think the copper oils pipes give the engine an older appearance ?

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Manifolds cleaned, painted & fitted. I have also made a curved down pipe that mates up with the original silencer in the original position.

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Almost finished fabricating the new radiator fan cowl,  I've fitted it over the top of the original & cut out a much smaller hole which lines up with fan but I've not made the circular part yet as I'm not entirely happy with my idea.

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Luckily the radiator top hose junction is a bolt on type rather than soldered on so I was able to fabricate a straight 35mm junction which lines up with the Land-rover thermostat housing rather than the origional 2" angled unit that I've removed.

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Spent the days making the new inside cab engine panels today, photos to follow ASAP.

The carburettor has been a problem getting it to fit under the bulkhead but have finally managed it today by machining 5mm off the insulator block & about 10mm+ off the alloy adapter plate, it now looks a lot better with a WW2 Jeep airhorn fitted on top with about 8mm clearance above.

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Great work, Look after yourself its to easy to get hurt. You can never have to many blocks.

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Ok with the engine done (photos to follow ASAP) I decided to tidy up the front end bodywork.

The front axle & brakes have been overhauled before paint stripping & repainting, the grill & bonnet panels have had shot blasted & then I welded up all the rotten edges & straighten before painting. (sorry about the poor photos but she's in a dark barn)

I've removed the front right side wing as its a bit bashed up.

UPDATES TO FOLLOW SOON. 

 

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Really interesting conversion. Just in case you didn't get an answer its a 3 bearing (5 bearing has strengthening ribs on the block above the sump)

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23 minutes ago, samc88 said:

Really interesting conversion. Just in case you didn't get an answer its a 3 bearing (5 bearing has strengthening ribs on the block above the sump)

I think the 2nd engine I fitted is 5 bearing ? I will have a look.

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