• 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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Range Rover April 2014 Update

RR-fan-idler-fittedThe 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 to wait.  In the mean time, I attached the reworked front cover with the new belt inside for safe keeping and the gasket in place but unpinched, the cover bolts just finger tight.  With the cover in place, I attached the fan and pulley to the new idler shaft and the new air conditioning tensioner and idler pulleys. [Continue reading]

Defender 90 XS April 2014 Update

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  The 90 had a minor few noise issues.  A slight rattly noise at idle required investigation, and when I lifted the bonnet, I found the noise to be coming from the TDCI's turbocharger.  Fearing a huge bill, I was pleased to determine it was just a … [Continue reading]

109 April 2014 Update

A few little updates this month regarding the 109 transmission, Range Rover engine and Defender 90. … [Continue reading]

Gearbox. Again.

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The gear box had a 3rd/4th synchro spring fail about six months ago.  The symptoms were immediately recognisable, having suffered the same failure in 2004, that resulting gearbox rebuild triggering the rebuild of the whole vehicle.  The symptoms then … [Continue reading]

Range Rover Engine Build

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The engine arrived back from Turner Engineering a couple of weeks ago.  Since then, I have been slowly building it back up with all the ancilliaries. … [Continue reading]