Not done anything to the Land Rover, apart from drive it, it's just so good at it!
Went to the Newbury 4x4 spares day, drove home loaded up with stuff hanging out of the back, but the only thing acquired for the 109 was a rusty old bullbar
The only major issue I've noticed is the oil pressure dropping when hot at idle, and last weeks heatwave had it dropping even lower than normal. I'd bypassed the factory fitted oil cooler and not fitted an oil pressure light in the rush to get it built ready for RRG, so I think it's time to fix these and try to regain some hot oil pressure.
The oil cooler relief valve has been taken off the block, cleaned up and painted, and is ready for some AN12 adapters to be made to plumb the oil cooler in. With my hands deep in the engine I've also fitted an oil pressure switch to the bottom of the filter housing on the last remaining spare port. Next I'll be waiting for the hose, 7" fan and thermo switch to control the fan to come through the post. I'm not sure where to fit the thermo switch yet, it's rated at 110-105°C, so maybe in the outlet from the cooler would be the best place to fit?
Whilst I'm waiting for the oil cooler hose to arrive, I've just removed the seatbox so I can fit the new under seat battery box and get rid of the old bodged up crusty fuel tank. While I'm in there I'll add some more sound deadening to the tub bulkhead and have a look at how I'll remake the difflock and hi-lo transfer levers to suit how the gearbox has been pushed further back than usual?
Great work you have done so far. Personally don’t like the bull bar..... sorry
The bullbar is like Marmite, but it's damn handy where I live!
Got the oil cooler plumbed in and tested. It keeps the oil pressure up for longer, but after a long drive the pressure does still drop very low.
I think it needs the main and rod bearings replacing, but no immediate hurry.
Since I've spent the last few months putting everything into the P6 to get it ready for the Gathering and having a new daily driver the 109 has had a bit of a rest over the heatwave. With the P6 running now my attention has turned to sorting out some of those annoying niggles on the Land Rover, mainly the upright seat position and the lack of load bed space.
So this morning I set out with the tools and removed the cab roof, drew a few cut lines and began stripping the back body
Then out with the grinder
Chassis looks great still, after loads of brushing off of dried mud!
All going to plan I should be collecting a Defender hi-cap tub tomorrow morning and sizing it up to make the brackets and bolt it on. The remains of the old tub bulkhead will be reconstructed to move the bulkhead panel back flush and have a large storage area behind the seats. There will be a small fillet panel to move the truck cab back panel back from the doors, and the roof will be split and a section of aluminium grafted in to lengthen it.
Hicap is nifty! Ps how low is "low" re oil pressure
Just got back from fetching it. I hate the M25, and clearly it's just as bad around Heathrow on a weekend as it is during the week! Pics later once I've sorted everything out.
Oil pressure generally settles at 10psi hot idle, and instantly rises when the revs come up. However if I work the engine the pressure drops down to around 6-7psi, but after a few minutes climbs back up to 10psi as the fans kick in and do their thing. The internet tells me it should be close to 20psi hot idle, and 10 is not uncommon. Cold pressure is usually 60-90psi depending on how cold it is outside.
Oil pressure gauges should be renamed worry gauges.
I'd rather worry about something that may not be an issue than be sat by the side of the road awaiting recovery again with bits of my engine trailing behind
There's always something cool about a chassis cab Landy
The new hi-cap tub, damn this things heavy!
It's mostly straight with a few dings as to be expected, and has been media blasted all over so almost completely bare metal! Got some corrosion repairs to do on some of the mounting points as to be expected with quality Land Rover corrosion prevention methods where the aluminium meets steel
The steel mounting brackets and and lower quarter panels have all been removed and the underside has been prepped for priming.
It will be epoxy primed all over, and military green will be splashed over the outside and underside. What I haven't decided yet is what the inside of the bed will be? I could just spray it green with everything else, or do I have one of those spray on bed liners applied, and are they a diy job or pro only with special gear needed? It will be used for general haulage duties, building materials, tools and car parts, and also as a camper with a mattress thrown in the back on the odd occasion....
I'd imagine your local paint supplier can advise better.
Rubberised Shultz basically, ain't it?
Just had a proper look at the Raptor paint. It appears I can use my Shutz gun with it, which seems promising! From about £70 for way more that I'd probably need, seems like good value as it'd also help insulate the bed too.
I think they are spec'd to run at 20psi hot idle, and as I'd like to do some greenlaning running the engine at idle with light loads for long periods of time and towing a car transporter trailer eventually I need spot on oil pressure.