OK you DID ask........
Castrol, named for the copious amounts of oil he drops on the driveway, is a 1964 Series 2a ex- Australian Military Land Rover.
The Aussie ex-mils are noteable for their cut guards and 2 inch lift (extended spring hangers) and on some, such as Castrol, a removeable gearbox chassis cross member to make gearbox access & removal easier.
Many of the Aussie Military Land Rovers served in Vietnam, but Castrol never made it off Australian shores. After his military life ended he was sold for $2500 to the RAAF, and was used on their base at Fairburn, Canberra. After that he had a number of different owners before coming into my hands in 2007.
When purchased he had been sat on the side of the road for 3 years. He had a blown head gasket and no brakes, so these were the first things rectified. The head came off, was machined and hardened valve seats fitted. The brake and clutch master & slave cylinders replaced, brake shoes, drums, cylinders and lines replaced. His canvas canopy was rotten, but included in his purchase was a brand new one. He was blowing oil out of the oil filler, which turned out to be due to a leaking gasket and the fact that he had no backflow baffle behind the filler....that was an easy fix.
He has always blown clouds of black smoke, which we had hoped was due to the fact that the carby needed an overhaul, so this was done this week. BUT...it also turns out the head gasket was blown and the extractors were leaking at the block due to poor fitting, so these problems have been rectified, and he no longer blows smoke....and once again has some power.Sept 2010
Soooooo........a sudden impulse to lose coolant has brought the bad news that Castrol has a cracked block. Cracked all the way through from front to back along where the welch plugs sit
I sourced a block.... no idea if it has been rebored, or if it has any damage or scoring until the pistons etc come out. No idea how much of Castrol's bits will go back on and how much will need replacing etc etc. Don't think I'll get out of it cheaply tho
2011 and Castrol is booked in at the local landy mechanics for a heart transplant soon...so we started stripping down the donor block. Some of the components will not be needed, so we are stripping it back to the bare block and cleaning everything up, so that the things needed can be used and the rest put away as "just in case" spares.
Part of the reason for stripping the block down is that we need to transport it to the mechanic....stripped down, we should be able to lift it into the RRC without too much trouble. It was a hell of a job getting it in there to bring it home... 4 people, lots of ingenuity and 20kg of kitty litter required
I've ordered a new wiring loom (Aus mil spec) so that will go in while the motor is out.
Then all that is needed are:
Changing ignition back to push start, & installation of immobiliser of some sort
Putting the correct blinkers/parkers on, plus blackout lights & nato plug socket.
Getting the dash back to original configuration
Repairing the filler necks of both fuel tanks
Replacing the rear crossmember
2 new second hand doors
A complete repaint
We cleaned up a couple of things......
Part of the battery/oil bath cleaner holder ( I only have the top half, going to have to get the base made) and the oil bath filter itself, and the horn for the top of the carby.
It's all had one coat of black paint
and that air cleaner painted nice gloss black
and poor Castrol, half apart
Spent a couple of days the mechanics workshop. He kindly invited us up to clean up and paint the engine bay and front of chassis while the motor is out.
So the time was spent removing things like steering linkages, miscellaneous electrical items attached to the firewall & scraping, sanding & wire brushing off layers of paint and mud, before slapping on some paint.
Got it pretty well cleaned up and the firewall, inner guiards and front section of chassis painted.
and by the time we finished it looked like this
Then there was other stuff to sort out
Spent a very hot Sunday afternoon doing some paint stripping. We had removed the front bumper and brushbar, in one piece on Friday.
Getting the brushbar off the bumper was a longer than expected process with some of the rusted solid bolts needing to be ground off. Coops is handy with an angle grinder thank goodness, but he was tryng hard to warm his front bits on a hot day!!
Once the bar was off we had a go at it with paint stripper....we found though that a flapper wheel on the angle grinder was much more efficient for removing the "at least 5 layers of paint" though. Then out with a small wire brush to get into the corners. One ready to paint brushbar
The bumper is badly bent. I would seem it has had hard contact with something on one end. So....new bar now being sourced!! I think this one too hard/costly to repair
and then I had a call from the mechanic...it appears the head is also cracked
Never rains but it pours......
First coat of paint on the brushbar, and painted up some of the other bits n pieces
The engine might be crap....but the bits attached are going to look real pretty
Went round to our local landy wreckers to see if we could find a few bits n pieces. Came away with a head, an oil filler tube and a nice hand throttle.
I cleaned them up (after dismantling the hand throttle) and sprayed them with primer
These bits and the mounting/backing plates for the throttleMarch 2011
Back at the workshop to clean up the dash a little ready for the instrument panels to go back in.
The panels we have brough home to strip & paint.
This is the dash....
and you should see the motor.... shiney bits like I have never had before. Considering the mechanic was a little reluctant to take the job on originally, he has really put himself into it and is getting quite enthusiastic about it all. I think the fact that I get in and do some of the stuff I do has helped.
Is this good or what?
Have not been able to source a straight (or even close) S2 bumper. Luckily I had a S3 bumper in the shed that looks like new. Took it down to a fabricator to get new mounts welded on so that it can go on the S2....only the very pedantic will pick it!!
The new wheels
and that once was shiny alloy bar now in primer
Coops painted the rollbar black yesterday. Looks really really goodApril 2011
We are now basically waiting to get Castrol back from the workshop but have done a few extra little things. Starting to look good inside the engine bay though
Stripped the bonnet, had the rust in one of the strengthening ribs repaired
Stripped the radiator panel.