• Welcome to my Series III Restoration Site
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  • 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 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 it eventually went on.  The instructions have a few steps to protect the new unit – a full oil and filter change, followed by cranking the engine with the fuel solenoid disconnected to pump oil through the feed line, prior to its fitting tot he turbo to clear out the dirty oil and prime the system, followed by more cranking with the oil feed fitted to prime the bearings.  Only then  can the solenoid be reconnected for engine running.  Obvious when you think about it, but easy to miss. [Continue reading]

Range Rover Injection Pump

The RRC's 300Tdi fuel injection pump had to be repaired soon after I got it.  It was bought second hand from a chap with a newly cast engine that the REME scrapped.  The pump was brand new and so a deal was struck.  Immediately on fitting it became … [Continue reading]

Aaarrggghh!!! Bloody Land Rovers!

OK, clearly not a happy update!  In a nutshell, the 109 seems to be trying to commit suicide at the moment.   … [Continue reading]

All Stop!

Another failure on the way to work, and as it happens, on the same hill where the third gear stripped its teeth last year.  This time, the fuel solenoid bunt out and shut off the fuel to the injection pump just as I was crossing a busy cross road, … [Continue reading]

Range Rover April 2014 Update

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The Range Rover engine is all but complete.  I just need to refit the injection pump and the timing belt before fitting the front cover and exterior pulleys and belts.  But the injection pump needs overhaul first, and since that isn't cheap, it has … [Continue reading]