Land Rover

This page is all about my land rover from around the time I bought it in 2000, or 1999 some time around then I think. I bought a hard top for it thinking that it would be warmer and keep the rain out better. Well that failed, I soon bought another soft top for it, that was much more water tight and probably warmer.

One of the first pictures of my land rover
One of the first pictures of my land rover

I spent a lot of time off road and had a lot of fun in the first year of ownership.

Trialing through a ditch
Trialing through a ditch

I get another set of tyres for it and also the blue soft top which was second hand, I tried to water proof it with tent water proofer. This worked well for a while, but being outside in the elements everyday all day took it tole.

Going through a good mud hole, used to regularly get stuck in it. Great fun!
Rear cross member, chassis legs and roll cage mounts fitted
Rear cross member, chassis legs and roll cage mounts fitted
In a bit of a state in the drive of Mum's house
In a bit of a state in the drive of Mum’s house
Working hard on the Land Rover

The Land Rover suffered a lot of damage during it’s first year and then spent a year off the road while I worked out what to do with it, at the time I was running a 110 V8 Land Rover. During that time I fitted a roll cage. Also the rear cross member had rotted out, so i designed a new one in AutoCAD and rendered it in 3DS Max. It was made from a piece of 6″x4″ box section, with the ends cut to look like the original, the grab handles are solid 1/2″ bar bent and welded into the box section. We plated up the back of the tow hitch part of the box section for added strength.

 

Two rear cross members showing front and back

Having done all this work, the truck only moved home to Par where I moved to. It lived in a garage for the next year or so.

I think this what taken on the day that the Land Rover left Threemilestone for Par.

The next time it moved, it was to Alan’s front drive where we did a lot of work on the chassis. Patched it up through out over a period of about two or three months in early 2005.

it got a full re-build here.

It had all new breaks, drums, pads, cylinders, new parabolic springs, new +2″ dampers, new glass in the windscreen and various other bits.

Replacing the engine was hard work, but not for me..

I swapped the original 2.25L petrol 5mb engine with Zenith carb out for a 2.5L 5mb engine from a 90 or a 110 early 90’s truck. It didn’t run especially well, maybe the old carb was worn out. The new SU carb fixed these issues.

The fuel economy is very poor at the moment. During the Salisbury trip I averaged 15mpg (19L per 100km). This is not very good bearing in mind that my friends V8 did about 1mpg.

The engine in
The engine in but probably not yet run

A modern tdi should achieve about 25 to 30mpg. Fuel economy and emissions is a great subject for discussion, this is some research that I did into it. It was a blog entry that I did after I looked into it.

See the comment also..

Tractor Balancing with my land rover
Tractor Balancing

I went to the Mabe Shindig on the 21st January 2007 with my Land Rover, I get a go on the Tractor balancing rig, I wasn’t very good but it was great good. Driving was a guy who had a Tractor there.

Land rover back in one piece
Almost done and ready to go

I decided to update the wiring diagram for my Land Rover. It is now of cause out of date and wrong, one day I’ll update it again.

Wiring diagram

I removed the cam and sent it off to be re-ground to get more power, so higher lift and longer valve opening.

The engine all stripped down to get at the cam

I had my Land Rover (Series 3) rolling road tuned on the 29th of December 2008, it develops 65HP at the wheel, and at a guess (By the chap who did the tune up) it develops about 95 – 100 HP at the flywheel. (added on 13Jan09). I fitted a re-gournd cam also:

Re-ground cam
Wish i had gotten a pictures of the cam before hand

The engine is a 2.5L 5mb petrol, but I’ve fitting an SU carburettor with a side draft manifold, had the head ported out and skimmed and put a straight through exhaust on it. Also removed the fan and fitted a thermostat in to a radiator hose and a fan in front of the rad. (about January 2009)

Land Rover cylinder head after being skimmed etc
Land Rover cylinder head after being skimmed etc

At this stage it got a brand new/reconditioned four core radiator as the old one was pretty poor. This one came from Newquay radiators, i took my old one in and returned with this one, someone had brought theirs in for re-coring and never picked it up, so when I took mine in, they just exchanged it.

Brand new/reconditioned radiator

I also removed the fixed fan from the water pump and fitted an electric fan with a thermostat.

Fitted the new fan, tried to keep it away from the main air flow
Engine in and done

 

Having changed to a 2.5L engine with a longer stroke and thus slower revving engine, I now had a slow top speed over all. I decided that it would be best to up the gear ratio a little. these are the options that I considered:
  1. Over drive
  2. Higher Ratio Diffs
  3. Different Gear Box

Over drives are noisy and tend to be to weak, a friend of mine had one, but the bearings failed and he removed it never to be re-fitted. Higher ratio diffs would give me a massive boost, but of cause low range will suffer going from a 4.7 to a 3.9. Hence the last option, which would give me a 0.83:1 rather than the 1:1 of the old series box. I also had to go over to range rover diffs as the gearbox output speed is actually lower and so needs to be brought up by the diffs more.

The other issue is that the LT230 transfer box is a constant 4 wheel drive box, so the center diff only locks and unlocks, where as the old series box engaged and disengaged the front axle. I bought a part from Ashcroft Transmissions which turns the center diff into a engage/disengage for the front axle. Since I still have standard axles I would have been unable to run constant four wheel drive.

The Ashcroft 90/110 LT230 Part Time Kit
The Ashcroft 90/110 LT230 Part Time Kit

Having fitted the kit to the gearbox, it was just a case of working out how to go about fitting the new longer gearbox into the existing space. I chose to move the engine forward about 120mm, this meant moving the radiator forward about 100mm, into the front cross member.

Removing the front cross member
Removing the front cross member
Patching up the steering box part of the cross member
Patching up the steering box part of the cross member
Notch into chassis leg
Notch into chassis leg
After the radiator is moved forward 100mm
After the radiator is moved forward 100mm

the outward look of the vehicle is unchanged. The grill is still in the same place, I had to cut away a lot of the front panel and mount the radiator further to the left then is normal by about 20mm, hence the notch in the chassis leg.

I fitted the gearbox in the early part of 2010.

LT77 and LT230 in a Series 3 Land Rover, the transmission tunnel no longer fits at all.

The rear drive flange is in pretty much the same location as it was when it had the original box in it. I did this to keep the rear propshaft the same length.

Swinging the engine in, with the newly insulated intake manifold and SU carb.

In November 2010 I changed the tyre’s from the second hand General Grabbers that I had been running for a few years, all the tread blocks were rounded off so traction was poor.

Recip mud tyre as per the set I bought, they’re directional
Brand new tyres after driving home having gotten them fitted

I got a bonus from work and of cause blew the lot on a set of four tyres that I’d had my eye on for some time. I wanted to get a tyre that didn’t look completely out of place on a series land rover. I.e. I wasn’t about to go and get a set of Special Tracks or similar. I did however want something would function well off road. I found a tyre that I felt was a compromise, a Recip Mud tyre. Recip have gone bust, but a chap on ebay supplied me with four tyres.

The only let down these Recips is that they’re directional, so technically I would need two wheels with tyres fitted, so that no matter which got a flat I’d have replacement. However, I shall probably just get a general tyre which is good enough to drive on the road with, until I can get to a tyre place and have the right tyre put onto my original rim.

During this tyre search I wondered what size of tyre to fit. I have a friend who always talkeds about fitting a set of 900’s to a series land rover. So I did what i do best, made a drawing of the tyre sizes.

 

Tyre sizes drawn to scale

Also available is the PDF and the (right click, “save link as”) AutoCAD .dwg file of the above drawing.

Shortly after I got the tyres fitted, in February 2011 we went to Salisbury plane for my stag do, Alan took his V8 and I took mine.

Going through Gaters Lane ford

Coming on
Wiltshire
Stopped to fix Alan head light
Still fixing the head light
Leaving
Fire
Our home for the night

We did some trialing through a bomb hole where we probably shouldn’t have been

 

 

 

Salisbury trip pictures are here.

When I returned from Canada for our wedding, Alan MoT’d my Land Rover for me so i could cruse around in it for the two weeks while I was home.

 

2 Replies to “Land Rover”

  1. Great story and excellent photos
    Does Hannah fully understand the other love of your life Brendan?
    (At least we know you will be back from ‘across the pond’ one day as Brendan will begin to really miss his Land Rover, if he isn’t already. A Nissan Versa is no replacement – even with winter tyres!)
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  2. Ah bren bit slow to read your blog about the land rover. those pictures bring back a thousand memorys. You would not belive the number of people that say to me ” Do you live in little treviscoe where there was once a landrover on its back with the wheels touching ?” it reminds me of a dog having its belly rubbed. take care bruv nice one.

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