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1968 LWB Landrover
RUNNER - I rebuilt this 1968 LWB Landie in 2000, and it was used as the family runabout and for shifting logs/trailers etc, until we got the Rangie and Disco. Now kept on as a backup vehicle as doesn't cost much (runs on half price LPG, Road Tax exempt as a Historic Vehicle, and very cheap insurance).

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 Upturned milk crate for drivers seat is not standard fitment - work in progress

Upturned milk crate for drivers seat is not standard fitment - work in progress

 Completly rebuilt in 2000, galvanised chassis, parabolic suspension, various modifications, and now running on LPG

Completly rebuilt in 2000, galvanised chassis, parabolic suspension, various modifications, and now running on LPG

 Different seats, instruments, electronic ignition, LPG, etc - but still a noisy old Landie

Different seats, instruments, electronic ignition, LPG, etc - but still a noisy old Landie

 Playing in the drifts

Playing in the drifts

 ooops - this is what happens when a 2 ton Land Rover hits a dawdling pigeon at about 50mph

ooops - this is what happens when a 2 ton Land Rover hits a dawdling pigeon at about 50mph

 leaking back axle pan - above the filler...

leaking back axle pan - above the filler...

 luckily rear pan can be removed on the Salisbury axle

luckily rear pan can be removed on the Salisbury axle

 the offending pin hole

the offending pin hole

 big patch replacing thin metal, then some paint

big patch replacing thin metal, then some paint

 Need to investigate overheated engine and lack of coolant. Garage full, so on the driveway.

Need to investigate overheated engine and lack of coolant. Garage full, so on the driveway.

 water + oil = mayonaise mess...

water + oil = mayonaise mess...

 signs of coolant around these peened over head plugs - so maybe not head gasket?

signs of coolant around these peened over head plugs - so maybe not head gasket?

 head off anyway to see whats going on

head off anyway to see whats going on

 looks ok

looks ok

 investigate around plugs - black paint lifted in the central area

investigate around plugs - black paint lifted in the central area

 head cleaned up ready for a trial refit

head cleaned up ready for a trial refit

 new gasket

new gasket

 made a coolant system pressure tester to see where the coolant was going.

made a coolant system pressure tester to see where the coolant was going.

 AHHH. look closely and see some bubbles along a fine crack between the two silver plugs - not good

AHHH. look closely and see some bubbles along a fine crack between the two silver plugs - not good

 with leak tester spray on it lots of bubbles appearing over crack - the head is scrap.

with leak tester spray on it lots of bubbles appearing over crack - the head is scrap.

 spare head in garage previously removed the Log-Rover (hence the red)

spare head in garage previously removed the Log-Rover (hence the red)

 refitted the next morning before the sun came up.

refitted the next morning before the sun came up.

 unfortunately blew the rear silencer apart when unburnt fuel, well burnt in a rather big explosion. rewelded it up and all ok.

unfortunately blew the rear silencer apart when unburnt fuel, well burnt in a rather big explosion. rewelded it up and all ok.

 time to rebuild a spare gearbox for Big Blue as current one jumping out of 2nd and 4th - plus fit an overdrive and replace slipping clutch

time to rebuild a spare gearbox for Big Blue as current one jumping out of 2nd and 4th - plus fit an overdrive and replace slipping clutch

 degunking the spare box

degunking the spare box

 pegged (with the bolt top centre of pic) the rear bearing carrier to stop it spinning in the casing

pegged (with the bolt top centre of pic) the rear bearing carrier to stop it spinning in the casing

 was replacing rear bearing on layshaft (seen in the vice), when progress halted to gut and hang a fresh road-kill deer found outside the garage one snowy night.... Made a tasty venison stew shorty afterwards.

was replacing rear bearing on layshaft (seen in the vice), when progress halted to gut and hang a fresh road-kill deer found outside the garage one snowy night.... Made a tasty venison stew shorty afterwards.

 back to assembling the box - shafts and gears refitted

back to assembling the box - shafts and gears refitted

 bellhousing back on

bellhousing back on

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