• Welcome to my Series III Restoration Site
  • Fairey Overdrive Overhaul
  • Fitting Forward Facing Rear Seats & Belts
  • Fitting a Defender Heater

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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New Rear Dampers

While replacing the rear diff, I removed the tops of the rear ProComp dampers to fit new rubber boots, with the plan of adding some oil to lubricate the pistons in the top seals to stop them creaking so loudly.  The left damper was fine and the plan worked perfectly, but when I removed the top of the right damper, I found that it was completely shot – the gas pressure had leaked out and there was no resistance to compression on the piston, though it still had resistance to extension. [Continue reading]

109 Front diff now 4.71

Well, at least this afternoon's work went a little better than yesterday's, with no running around trying to find special tools in a hurry.  Both diffs are now 4.71 to reduce the strain on the gear box and to give better low speed driving. … [Continue reading]

109 rear diff now 4.71

Well, the title says it all.   I spent an exasperating day swapping the Salisbury diffs over again to drop the ratios.  Removing the bearings from the carriers to move the good bearings from the 3.54 unit to replace the rusted bearings on the 4.71 … [Continue reading]

deja vu

Following the sound proofing effort and oil change/service, I took the 109 on its 265 mile trip to work.  The car was astonishingly quiet, eerily so, in fact, quieter than the 90XS.  The sound proofing really works better than I could have hoped for, … [Continue reading]

109 Soundproofing


The 109's interior noise has been well reduced by the Wright Off Road matting system ever since the build, but with the Tdi engine and overdrive, noise levels are still an issue.  Maybe I have become used to the levels in Helena's 90XS and previously … [Continue reading]