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Welcome to my Series III Restoration Site

This site is dedicated to my eternal fiddling and tweaking of my 1972 Series III 109 inch Land Rover. I bought it in February 1992 and immediately set about a few repairs and a bit of tidying up and all these years later I’m still working on it! After years of minor rebuilds, in 2004 the discovery of some major corrosion led to a full ground-up rebuild. As this started, the specification started to creep, and many new features were incorporated in order to make it a highly usable combination of daily driver, family vehicle, expedition vehicle and general utility.
This multi purpose use leads to many compromises and is why the vehicle still continues to evolve after the rebuild as new ideas or new frustrations reveal themselves. I have acquired two more vehicles (the Range Rover and the Lightweight), which also have their own jobs.  They are not subject to the level of work or alteration that the 109 has been,  so they have their own smaller, more generalised blog sections.  The “how to” guides on popular repairs or modifications to all three vehicles are included in the FAQ section. Please note, I am not a trader in vehicles or parts, and am not a garage providing repair services. This site is to offer inspiration, technical information and ideas to other Land Rover enthusiasts, helping others learn from my experiences over twenty years, both positive and negative.  I write about what has and hasn’t worked for me – I cannot promise that the same ideas will work for your vehicle.
The vehicle is still an ongoing project and still gets the occasional new accessory or modification, but below is a list of alterations that make up the basic specification of the vehicle and are covered in posts in the respective subsections on the site navigation bar and menu:
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Billing – Bits for PAS Upgrade

PAS partsI made it to the last day of the Billing show and managed to get a few good deals on steering column parts to convert the 109 to power steering.  The steering wheel is immaculate (now that it has been cleaned) and the other bits seem good.  The only snag is the column itself – I checked for free rotation and this was remarkable smooth and steady, with the column in excellent condition.  But, just after paying for it I found that the threads for the steering wheel retaining nut are absolutely wrecked.  I should have checked them too.  So, I’ll have to cut new threads and use a non-standard nut, but it’s otherwise mint.  I still need to remove the steering box and hydraulics from the donor P38.

109 Fuel Boost Diaphragm

The RRC already had an issue with the fuel injection pump not responding to turbo charger output before it came off the road.  that was recently sorted out, as per a previous post (stuck pin at the base of the boost plunger).  Well, the 109 has had … [Continue reading]

Cleaning Up the Wright OFF Road Trim

OK, here's a lesson to all of you - don't use proprietary car cleaning products with silicone on car trim of light colour.  I used Autoglym vinyl care spray on the Wright OFF Road matting in the 109, and over the years it stained it a less attractive … [Continue reading]

Stronger Overdrive Casing

PAS parts

I have refit the original type of front casing to my Roverdrive, having suffered two broken new style casings.   The design was changed to have three milled voids to increase oil flow through the main bearing, but I found the remaining lugs that … [Continue reading]

New Turbo

I got the turbo charger back from Turbo Technics.  While it is classed as repaired, it is essentially new - there was hardly anything reusable from the original.  They're not a lot of fun to fit, with securing nuts in difficult to reach places, but … [Continue reading]