Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Sound Proofing a Puma Defender 90 Station Wagon

After my wife has been driving this Land Rover for a while, We  :-) have decided to sound proof it.
Taking the trim panels off the sides and roof revealed no sound deadening at all, so a blank canvas.
The roof was degreased and fitted with Dynamat sound deadening sheets, then covered over with closed cell 5mm adhesive foam.
The seat boxes, bonnet (hood) and the three doors also got the same treatment. whilst we had the trim off the doors they were rustproofed using Dinitrol 3125 Cavity Wax.
This has made a huge difference to the sound levels inside the Land Rover, making it pleasant for long journeys.

Thursday, 11 August 2016

We have a new member of our fleet. Its a Defender 90 XS Station Wagon in Firenze Red.
So expect some new Defender parts soon.

Friday, 5 August 2016

International Rescue

Had to rescue our 1968 S11a 88" earlier this week as it had died at the roadside.
We towed it back to our workshop with our ex Army Defender, up one of the steepest hills in the area.
It was soon found to be an electrical problem caused by the rev counter (fitted many years ago by a previous owner). This had earthed out the low tension and stopped the engine.
Removing this and many other redundant wires restored it back into use again.

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

We had a trip to Billing Land Rover show last weekend and came back with various parts to copy. One of these was a complete Series one (86,88,107,109) seatbox. So expect seatbox ends and rear rail soon.

 Billing we thought was not as big as it has been in the past with the larger trade stands missing. No Land Rover presence at all!  
Also the roads on the site and in between the stalls were being driven on all day. Not a safe place to walk.

Its the Land Rover Owner Peterborough Show in September we will see what that one is like (it was good last year).

Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Spring Making

Here we are making the springs on our Myford Speed 10 lathe for the Land Rover Series One ventilator assemblies.
Land Rover part number 302996 

Series One Ventilator Lever

These are our latest new items.
They are the ventilator control levers for Series One Land Rovers fitted to 86" 88" 107" & 109" from 1954 to 1958.
Land Rover part number 303754
They are available on our website & ebay.

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Our trusty old series 2a 88" Land Rover failed its annual MOT test due to a worn out rear propeller shaft (replaced with new). Brakes that required new front wheel cylinders and new drums x4.

The other failure was RUST! Luckily the chassis was replaced eleven years ago with a new galvanized one. The problem was the reinforcing structure under the rear axle that had succumbed to the dreaded 'tin worm'.

Before we attacked with the angle grinder and slitting disc we measured it and reproduced it using CAD and made a prototype.

The stiffener was full of rust and mud when removed from the last 48 years!

 There followed a slight change of plans as it is impossible to clean up the axle casing next to the nearside spring mount.
We chose to take the axle off the vehicle as the other stiffener on the nearside was looking grim also.
The new part fitted well, just needed minimal grinding to get it close for welding.
 Both parts ready for welding.
Welded using MIG with 0.8 wire @ 150 amps.
All ready for the heavy lift.
We fitted it using a pair of our Stainless Brake Pipe Shields  B4L0057 and new nylock nuts to the u bolts.

All done and its passed its annual MOT test.
We have now got 25 of the large stiffener / renforcer's in stock.