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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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Road Legal Again

Having finished the last details on the PAS conversion, the 109 was booked in for MoT test (annual safety check, for non-UK readers).  The old check expired at the end of December, but UK rules allow the vehicle to be driven to a testing station as long as a booking has been made and insurance is still valid.

The 109 passed with no advisories; a clean sheet.  And oh, does it drive differently!  I can now turn the steering with one finger with the vehicle stationary, never mind with one hand at walking pace.  It’s light and fairly precise – it still has a bit of camber following requiring up slope correction, and I’m sure that is down to the suspension allowing a small amount of lateral axle movement, which has the effect of making a down slope steering input, but it’s not much more than on the 90, so fitting a panhard rod would be relatively pointless.

I am very pleased with the results of the PAS.  It is a doddle to drive and will be well worth the effort in the long run.  Being able to change gear while manouvering is quite bizarre, and I suspect that stiff shoulders will be less common from now on.  It also means we can now sell the 90 in preparation for our emigration.

 

PAS finishing jobs

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The PAS is up and running.  The last few tidying up jobs are nearly done. … [Continue reading]

PAS installation completed

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Well, it's in and working.  I got the hydraulic lines back and installed them to make sure that no dirt could enter the steering box.  With them in place, I cleaned up the P38 lower steering column and remove the three pinch bolts from the splined … [Continue reading]

PAS box and drag link installed

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The PAS box and drag link have been fitted today.  The box was installed with 12.8 high tensile M12 bolts.  I used cap head bolts as there was little clearance between the chassis faces and bolt holes for a hex head and less still for a socket to fit … [Continue reading]

PAS box bracket

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The PAS box bracket is now fitted to the chassis.  It's a 6mm steel plate pre-drilled for the box's bolts (12mm), welded around its perimeter and then reinforced with gussets from each corner across the top and bottom of the chassis.  The chassis was … [Continue reading]