Anyone into Land Rovers

Discussion in 'Workshop Projects' started by Cornish Rattler, Jan 22, 2018.

  1. Cornish Rattler

    Location:
    Manchester
    Hi guys

    I've just joined this forum and just wondered if anyone on here is into land rovers, at the mo I'm restoring a 1970 S2a swb land rover was a 2.25 petrol but is now fitted with a Discovery 200tdi engine, I'm at the stage where the new galv chassis is fitted with refurbished axles, new brakes, steering and Parabolic springs and I've just fitted a new Steve Parker 300tdi-series exhaust system ( 300tdi exhaust manifold used ) makes fitting the intercooler pipes easier and neater and also keeps the exhaust away from the bulkhead, the gearbox is the original std one but plan later in the restoration to have the gearbox ratio's upgraded for M'way use as I've already swapped out the std 4.7-1 diffs to Discovery 3.54 -1 diffs and plan to fit an o/d aswell.

    The bulkhead is absolutely shot and plan to fit a new galv one, the rest of the hard top body is in great shape although the van sides have aftermarket windows in them and I just want the plain van look then once its finished it will be finished in Limestone.

    here are some pic's from what it was to how it is now :D
     

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  2. Cornish Rattler

    Location:
    Manchester
    Some of the condition the chassis was in when I bought it
     

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  3. Cornish Rattler

    Location:
    Manchester
    And how it is up to now
     

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  4. Nearly

    Nearly Member

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    North of York
  5. Still Farming

    Still Farming Member

    Location:
    Glamorgan Wales
    We all been there mate and wore the T shirt out ?
    Sympathies ?
     
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  6. Cornish Rattler

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    Manchester
    Oh I've just remembered when I next get paid I will be fitting a new 300tdi turbo aswell :)
     
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  7. Pilgrimmick

    Pilgrimmick Member

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    Looks like it will be a fantastic motor, what Land Rover should have built in the late 70s
     
  8. Cornish Rattler

    Location:
    Manchester
    Haha so have I many times its just that I thought I saw the light a few years back sold my then 1961 S2a swb 200tdi that I fully restored bought a Disco 300tdi man then later another Disco 300tdi auto then a Defender 200tdi then earlier last year decided the light wasn't that bright and bought another S2a swb :D
     
  9. Cornish Rattler

    Location:
    Manchester
    Dead right I've always said that they should have upgraded the S3 and called it an S4 rather than re-name it a 90/110 then re-name it again to Defender 90/110.

    Don't get me wrong the Def 90/110's are a great vehicle I've had a 90 before this one but found them a bit boring, think series landy's are better :)
     
  10. Pilgrimmick

    Pilgrimmick Member

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    The gauge of the alloy was thicker, they had a more solid feel to them, If you put decent sound deadening in the doors, they even close with a quality ‘thunk’!
    They just lacked power.
     
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  11. Cornish Rattler

    Location:
    Manchester
    Yep I just love em
     
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  12. Netherfield

    Netherfield Member

    Location:
    West Yorkshire
    But it's still a bloody Land Rover when you've done.
     
  13. Pilgrimmick

    Pilgrimmick Member

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    Argyll
    Peasant!
     
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  14. Cornish Rattler

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    Manchester
    That' the idea :D
     
  15. Mursal

    Mursal Member

    Welcome to the forum .............
    No interest in them until they stopped making anymore, that's always a good sign for future value. But our yard is full of stuff that they don't make anymore, for that exact reason .......
     
  16. Netherfield

    Netherfield Member

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    West Yorkshire
    fishing.jpg
     
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  17. Cornish Rattler

    Location:
    Manchester
    That' what I intend using it for Sea fishing trips and metal detecting :D
     
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  18. suffolksmallholder

    Location:
    Suffolk
    The best diffs came from a Rover 90 they were 4;3 rather than the std series 4;7 or 3;5 from a Rover 110 (Or what I know as RR diffs). Even with a Fairey you'll run out of gears but 3;5's spoil the low range. Still you've enough power in the 200 engine to whoop her along the road & hat's off to your endeavours. if you do find & fit a Fairey remember all the transmission is going through what is essentially less than two pints of oil so keep it clean.(y)
    If you can find some 109" twin leading shoe front brakes & the bigger drum ones fitted to the rear. Remember you'll get brake fade & eat shoes! You'll go from 60 to 30 quickly but from 30 to zero when the drums are hot takes time:rolleyes:
    There's not a lot in the 300 & 200 turbo but tweaking the pump helps. Some extra black smoke is the downside but if the engine is a goodie it will pass the emissions ok, providing you don't wind things round too much. Just make a note of the original datums so you can go back to it if needed.
    Be aware that the wider wheels put quite a strain on the drag link & steering link arm threads & as you are going just so much faster, consider pairing up the locking clamps as the 200 & 300 LR's did from standard. A friend bought my first c1956 series1 3500 & the front wheels went in opposite directions one time under heavy braking, cure above but it's not a pleasant experience:eek:. The roads in the early 80's were less crowded. (He'd fitted much wider wheel rims than my original LWB items)
    I may be telling you how to suck eggs but using an old LR for work certainly made me aware of keeping the running costs down!
    SS
     
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  19. wait for it
     
  20. Netherfield

    Netherfield Member

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    West Yorkshire
    Best place for a Landie, in the sea
     
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