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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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The Borg Warner Unit and Tdi-ZF4HP22 Plate

Just a quick couple of photos to show the Borg Warner transfer box and the torque converter housing (to take the  place of the existing flywheel housing) to mate the ZF auto box to the 200Tdi.

Borg-Warner-boxThe Borg Warner unit has the same low ratio as any LT230, but has the 1.22 hi range ratio used on most RRCs and Discovery Is.  Unlike the LT230 or the Series transfer box, it uses epicyclic reduction gears for low range, that set being locked for high range, and the output of that gear set is connected to the output shaft by a chain, so it is much quieter.  It has a centre diff like the LT230, but that has a viscous coupling on the front output shaft to make is function as a limited slip diff, so there is no diff lock control.

200tdi-torque-converter-houThe torque converter housing is much thinner than the manual flywheel housing.  That is important for correct alignment of the torque converter.  It’ll also help save a little space during the conversion – the ZF box is much longer than a Series box, so the engine and transmission will be a tight fit between the 2nd and 5th cross embers (the one with the steering relay and the one behind the transmission).

July 2016

I am back in the UK with the family for a not so summery holiday.  It's easy to forget how changeable the weather is here! I have been to check on the 109 and to give it a quick drive around the compound in all gear combinations to splash the oil … [Continue reading]

Some new bits and plans

Well, there's no chance of me putting any of this into place for a very long time, but I have bought a Range Rover Classic Borg Warner transfer box and a Discovery 200Tdi ZF22 automatic gear box and associated parts for a retrofit to the 109.  Both … [Continue reading]

Brief Visit, Feb 2016

I had a fleeting visit to the UK (I requested a specific flight pair that meant I flew my folks down to Dubai personally), and used the 24 hours in the UK for a few tasks, including checking on the house and the 109.  The result is that both are … [Continue reading]

October 2015 – missing the 109

Well, it's now six months since I emigrated and I miss driving the 109. As good a car as the XC90 is, it doesn't have anywhere the character and enjoyment of a Series Land Rover or even a Defender.  I write this sitting in a Bangkok restaurant; in … [Continue reading]