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The time has come for Grumpys Mk11 Stolly to start working again.

Its been resting for awhile since the clutch gave up on him a few years back, first of all under some trees and then more recently outside our workshop teasing us to get it working again.

A quick measure up and we knew it would fit in the door but would it fit between the posts of the ramp? It was a squeeze with about 3/4" either side between the sides and the posts.


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Ready to moved.


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Grumpy on the Militant. We needed it nose in, so the crane came in handy to more or less turn it around in its own length.


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The final push, Took three of us to get it in. Grumpy swinging the back end into line on the crane, Jeff reversing the whole lot and Me steering the dead Stolly onto the ramp. :schocked:


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Its in!


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Started taking the very slimy deck out.


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With the deck and floor supports off reveals a mobile compost heap. :roll: Full of rotting leafs and creepycrawlies. This weekend we will start gardening erm..clearing the rubbish out before warming the spanners.


More to come....



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Yep, we will be doing it our selves. The Mk2 is the easy one so we are doing that first. Before deciding if we should start on the Mk1 or sell it as is or start on the Tatra 813.

We have dragged it in so it can dry out and we can work on it at night. Will pull out again to lift the engine out with the Militant and then clean and paint the Hull.

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Spent a couple of hours in the barn last night. Donned gloves and armed with bin bags we set about gardening in the back of the Stolly.

Looking alot better now that a couple of sack fulls of leaves have been removed.

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Also removed the rear hull plate and Grumpy went exploring..

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Pic's aint the best due to the lights.

Next job is to remove the fan pullys and belts so the fans and rad can come out, then on to the engine its self.


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:-) :-) :-) :-)


Thats a relief - thought I was having vision problems now!!


We had mine out a couple of months ago for the same reason - every time I came back to the vehicle the clutch reservoir was empty, Tim had fitted a new master cylinder in March so I thought it had to be the slave leaking (and a new slave came with the vehicle)!

After a days dismantling we got to the slave - and it was as dry as a bone...

That left either a line gone - :shake: :shake: :shake: - or another problem wth the master. Luckily it's the master as described on the welcome thread. Bit of a pig to reach under that I-beam and the steering rams but nowhere near as bad as having to run in new a line!!

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  • 5 weeks later...

Found some time to do a bit more work on Sunday. Grumpy had already got the fans loose but couldnt lift them out on his own. They were pulled out, swiftly followed by the radiator which gave us loads of room at the front of the engine. Worked around disconecting any obvious pipes and cables and the last to come off were the two big oil pipes. Pig to get at and my shins are a nice colour this morning from being wedged in the hull to get at them.

Plan to have a another night at it in the week and then it should be ready to get the engine out.

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Well done! Good you got rid of that garden in the back, I would like to save this wreck of a Stolly in a village near us but the bloke won't sell up. :-(

I don't know why because he'll never put it back into action again. :dunno:

Its a real shame, as it has all of its swim gear, even the swim board in place! If we did get it, it would be a very expensive project. On talking to the guy, this is what was wrong with it the last time it was used(many years ago):

Groaning gearbox

Dodgy Wheel Station Repair

Needs new tyres


Brakes and all will need doing obviously

Various other jobs

And of course.... we don't know if the engine is seized. :cry:

Oh well, such a shame to see it rot.

Thanks and Regards,



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Time for Grumpy to get a shed load of silver paint. :-D




I bought a tin of the Aluminum paint (the proper mod stuff) off Ebay a while back, I'll see if I can find out who sold it me and let you know. I must get round to clean my hull out!! I'm got this stuff called Bilgex which is designed for boat bilges. I will drive the stolly up some ten foot ramps I've made and get the steam cleaner on her and hopefully all the sludge should come out the rear hull plate opening. I see the chap with the the very rough stolly ( one with no wheels) on eBay didn't sell, I thought his starting price was optimistic @ £1200.00.

I noticed that there was a nice Saracen ( military vehicle parts for some reason) and a cracking ferret listed for sale, I would buy them if i had the money!!!!

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Nah, going to rent one, I think they are around £50 for a weekend. Tell you what, if I rent it on Friday, use it on the Saturday and then i could bring it over to yours and grumpy can do his on the Sunday, Craig needs to do his Mk engine and Phil wants to do his Land rover so they will chip in. Another Mate of mine Chris has just bought an unusual Mj Bedford hard body 4wd twin wheel rear axle ( cruelly nicknamed the horse box :-D) off eBay and that's in the yard, so he will properly want to do his as well. It will have to be the weekend after next as this Sunday is my Birthday (40 and not happy about it :shake:) Tell what you think.


feeling old stolly

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We had a really good night on the Stolly last night, the engine is now fully disconnected and ready for the weekend when we can lift it out with the Militant and see what the clutch has decided to do this time. I think its going to be a bit more of mini restoration now we've had chance to get stuck in. The main trouble is the Stolly was parked up about 7 - 8 years ago after the clutch gave in and time has not been so kind. Whilst the engine is out we may as well drop the sump and have a look at the bearings and maybe the head will come off as well. Looking at the hull, although there is no major rot it needs a good steam clean and a fresh coat of paint, maybe the gear box, oil tank and fuel tank may be dragged out so we can freshen up the whole hull, but where do you stop :dunno:


I'll post up some more pictures up when I've get them off the camera

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Let me know if want to share the steam cleaner this weekend, I've got Phil coming down from the MVT Saturday to verify the Mog and I hope to steam clean my Stolly ect Saturday afternoon. Sunday morn I could drop it over to you. All this of course is down to whether the old gout ease's up ( my foot looks and feels like 9 tons of Coventry's finest is standing on it) :-o I will have a look in the shed and see if i can find anymore clutch plates. Let me know!!



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We had a really good night on the Stolly last night,


Yep, and we have only managed to lose one spanner into the depths so far. :-D Attacking the bellhousing bolts it slipped down the side of the starter motor. Can see it but cant get at it.

Lying on the bulge of the dowty getting at oil pipes under the exhaust manifold proved to be a pain the ass, any movement tended to result in me rolling off the bulge and getting wedged between it and the dropside. :roll:



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Just the weather on sunday to carry on the job. It varied from light rain upto 'oh look there goes the ark'. :roll:


Time to make the Landrover sweat a bit pulling it out off the ramp.

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Really need to paint those wheels. :whistle:


Get out the engine hoist.

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Rigged ready to lift out.

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Lifted slightly and a good poke with the crowbar and it parted company from the gearbox.

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And out it comes..

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Left with a large gap in smelly oily hull.

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It was the release bearing that had failed, found a couple of large bits left in the bellhousing and most of the carbon ring was in bits in the hull. Its also taken the pressure plate fingers, the ring is well out of central.

Stolly Simon turned up bring the vital parts of milk and jaffa cakes then helped get it back on the ramp and the engine into the barn.

Hope to give the engine the once over in the week and see if we will remove the gearbox before cleaning and painting.


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  • 1 month later...

Bit of an update,

Spent a day removing the rear of the cab, so i could then remove the hydraulic tank to remove the fuel tank. :roll: Got it all removed but couldnt lift the tank out on my own.

Once the tank was removed it gave us lots of room to work on the gearbox, wouldnt fancy trying to remove it with the fuel tank in place.

Last Sunday, Got the Stolly off the ramp again, parked it outside the work shop and lifted it onto big axle stands.

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Disconnected the drive couplings between the transfer box and middle bevel boxes.

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Out comes the last big lump from the hull.

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Grumpys now got a bit of cleaning to do. :whistle:




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