Hey there Land Rover / Rad Rover fans!
So for about a month now we at Rad Rovers have been working on a 1960’s Series 2 or series 2a or series 3 Land Rover ! …. i say it that way because we are not quite sure what it is because the first builder used a series 2a chassis and a series 3 transmission, and Series 2 bulkhead….
The owner commissioned someone to build him a rover… this rover.
It was a bit thrown together… to put it mildly.
Just days later after ownership he found Rad Rovers and said… “i can stop, but that’s the problem…. I can’t go again! the brakes are all locked up! Can you help me?”
Sure thing boss! Send it over here.
Interestingly enough, we live in the same home town of Sarasota Florida !
So after I get it fixed, I can still see it kickin around town! so that’s fun.
Lovely guy and his wife too, happy to help.
Yes sir! the brakes were a real mess! AND the E brake wasn’t even close to having a chance.
So work load was roughly:
- all wheels got 100% re-built from the axle housing flange outward, including new UV joints on the half shafts + new race bearings…. the works. New swivel balls, New bearings, New lip seals, New shoes, New…everything
- E-Brake was also 100% overhauled from transfer case back.
- rear drive shaft overhauled
- rear differential pinion flange and lip seal rebuilt
- all three-pedal got removed and rebuilt:
- The clutch master cylinder reservoir was the one that was built in so not a chance of accessing it under the fender (its left hand drive) Changed that one out and added an isolated reservoir.
- The Brake cylinder was for a 109 with the double line system to front and back with the servo…. noooot posable. The system was overloaded with pressure.
- The skinny pedal was so loose in all the linkages I said to hell with it and added my own tried and proven custom throttle assembly. It’s a cable controlled system that is clean, simple, precise and easy to install. (If you want a better throttle assembly let me know)
- And the Wiring !! omg the wiring… what a basket case or rats nest garbage. My electrician removed 2/3rd of what was there and that’s just the beginning. There were about a dozen stripped and exposed hot / live wires just floating around behind the gauge cluster !?! I’m “shocked” there wasn’t an electrical fire.
- Naturally seeing that I said we are adding an emergency battery cut off switch
- Adding a dock for USB charging station and 12v outlet
- The mufler ! (im really dead serious now…) was dangling in the air by two plastic zip ties ?!
- LED’s everywhere! Green led strips inside the cab and under bonnet. And all the marker / driving lights are all changed out to the Defender fully waterproof housing units. Really love those…
- Brand new and fully custom fuel line from tank to carb. Yes, another design of mine that I’ve used many times.
- Thinking of also adding a custom made spare tire mounting bracket on to his tailgate with a jerry can.
- steering wheel didn’t have a cancel wheel for the blinker
- Doors wouldn’t stay closed
- OH! there wasn’t any oil anywhere in the transmission or steering / swivel ball housings !?
so… a great Flintstone Land Rover is quickly becoming a RAD ROVER !
If you wan’t it done right and want to live longer, come visit “Rad Rovers”