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Putting things together
This is the bit that takes the time, but looks good (for a while at least)

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 May as well rebuild a spare 5 bearing engine and use that (and paint in red of course) as it was just getting in the way in the garage...

May as well rebuild a spare 5 bearing engine and use that (and paint in red of course) as it was just getting in the way in the garage...

 Very bright red chassis with the brake system starting to be refitted

Very bright red chassis with the brake system starting to be refitted

 got distracted and built a Log Rover weather vane with Jack, my 5 year old Land Rover enthusiast

got distracted and built a Log Rover weather vane with Jack, my 5 year old Land Rover enthusiast "helper"

 Shiney bits starting to be added

Shiney bits starting to be added

 Engine with clutch and a few other bits being lowered into position

Engine with clutch and a few other bits being lowered into position

 Engine and gearboxes in position, with some more ancillaries added

Engine and gearboxes in position, with some more ancillaries added

 Jack keeping an eye on proceedings

Jack keeping an eye on proceedings

 Engine, clutch, main gearbox, transfer 'box, hydraulic pump (hopefully all in the correct order..)

Engine, clutch, main gearbox, transfer 'box, hydraulic pump (hopefully all in the correct order..)

 The Dowty Hydraulic pump (with previous-owner fitted micro switch) now in it's correct location

The Dowty Hydraulic pump (with previous-owner fitted micro switch) now in it's correct location

 Rotten footwells, door pillars, and top rail.

Rotten footwells, door pillars, and top rail.

 Rusty spare bulkhead trial fitted ready for alignment checking and welding in new door pillars and footwells

Rusty spare bulkhead trial fitted ready for alignment checking and welding in new door pillars and footwells

 New footwells and door pillars welded in, rot cut out and repaired top rail, and then a couple of coats of zinc primer (hours of work on one lump of metal...)

New footwells and door pillars welded in, rot cut out and repaired top rail, and then a couple of coats of zinc primer (hours of work on one lump of metal...)

 new footwells no longer allow you to put your foot through to the road...

new footwells no longer allow you to put your foot through to the road...

 bit of very red paint, wiring loom threaded back in, and starting to refit a few bits of dash etc

bit of very red paint, wiring loom threaded back in, and starting to refit a few bits of dash etc

 I find it helps to keep a few spares tucked away for when the next project crops up... (a windscreen, truck cab roof, front bumper, and a few doors will be

I find it helps to keep a few spares tucked away for when the next project crops up... (a windscreen, truck cab roof, front bumper, and a few doors will be "recycled" from here for this project.

 this is how the front (radiator) panel looks at the moment - that rotten hole at the bottom should be metal. As no spares in the stock shed, this one will have to be rebuilt.

this is how the front (radiator) panel looks at the moment - that rotten hole at the bottom should be metal. As no spares in the stock shed, this one will have to be rebuilt.

 The refitted bulkhead now has a few additional bits refitted (steering box and drop arm, clutch pedal, brake pedal and servo with brake lines fitted, throttle pedal now hooked up to hand throttle (to control the hydraulic pump speed later on), the heater matrix, and a few other bits and pieces)

The refitted bulkhead now has a few additional bits refitted (steering box and drop arm, clutch pedal, brake pedal and servo with brake lines fitted, throttle pedal now hooked up to hand throttle (to control the hydraulic pump speed later on), the heater matrix, and a few other bits and pieces)

 On the inside of the bulkhead, the dash has been rebuilt using the tidiest bits from several donors, steering assembled, and the hand throttle fitted (traingular thing on left hand side of picture under the dash)

On the inside of the bulkhead, the dash has been rebuilt using the tidiest bits from several donors, steering assembled, and the hand throttle fitted (traingular thing on left hand side of picture under the dash)

 Bolted a dummy rear tub into position and trial fitted a truck cab rear window to get a feel for where the tub will have to be cut. Will probably do that next to align the doors, to align the bulkhead, to align the wings, to align the front panel. Or I may just put off chopping the rear tub up as long as possbible...

Bolted a dummy rear tub into position and trial fitted a truck cab rear window to get a feel for where the tub will have to be cut. Will probably do that next to align the doors, to align the bulkhead, to align the wings, to align the front panel. Or I may just put off chopping the rear tub up as long as possbible...

 Refurbished front panel (originally donated by Gordon as mine was so rotten) and radiator grill trial fitted - along with a spare stripey bumper which will be cleaned back to original galvanised finish later on.

Refurbished front panel (originally donated by Gordon as mine was so rotten) and radiator grill trial fitted - along with a spare stripey bumper which will be cleaned back to original galvanised finish later on.

 Nearly new radiator (off Ebay) connected into the cooling system and fitted to refurbished Front panel

Nearly new radiator (off Ebay) connected into the cooling system and fitted to refurbished Front panel

 You can't see it, but the engine is running here for the first time. Apart from the temporary fuel tank (notice jam jar on top of dashboard), and the noise (no exhaust other than the downpipe), it ran very well once the timing was tweaked.

You can't see it, but the engine is running here for the first time. Apart from the temporary fuel tank (notice jam jar on top of dashboard), and the noise (no exhaust other than the downpipe), it ran very well once the timing was tweaked.

 thats the tub chopped then...

thats the tub chopped then...

 Part of this unused outrigger was rotten, so rotten section cut out (the bit lying on the floor) and remaining good steel folded down and welded up.

Part of this unused outrigger was rotten, so rotten section cut out (the bit lying on the floor) and remaining good steel folded down and welded up.

 Rear section of the chassis welded up, zinc primed and then painted. Fuel tank, exhaust and rear prop all fitted as well.

Rear section of the chassis welded up, zinc primed and then painted. Fuel tank, exhaust and rear prop all fitted as well.

 Now all the mechanicals are in place, quick bleed of the brakes (well, not that quick really), balance a seat cushion on top of the fuel tank, and drive it back and fore in the garage a few times - although hardly an extensive test drive, everything works as it should so far...

Now all the mechanicals are in place, quick bleed of the brakes (well, not that quick really), balance a seat cushion on top of the fuel tank, and drive it back and fore in the garage a few times - although hardly an extensive test drive, everything works as it should so far...

 salvaged air tank to be used as a hydraulic oil tank. Welded up a supporting frame - now need to position pipe take-offs before finalising tank position.

salvaged air tank to be used as a hydraulic oil tank. Welded up a supporting frame - now need to position pipe take-offs before finalising tank position.

 the front wing, bonnet, windscreen, roof, rear screen and seatbox are all just propped up/clamped in position to get an idea if it will ever go back together again... Hydraulic oil tank can be seen under the passenger seatbox.

the front wing, bonnet, windscreen, roof, rear screen and seatbox are all just propped up/clamped in position to get an idea if it will ever go back together again... Hydraulic oil tank can be seen under the passenger seatbox.

 same again from another angle. this thing is starting to get quite big. wonder if it'll fit through the garage door??

same again from another angle. this thing is starting to get quite big. wonder if it'll fit through the garage door??

 Baseplate for the splitter-lifter hinge (made from 10 and 6mm plate)

Baseplate for the splitter-lifter hinge (made from 10 and 6mm plate)

 Baseplate again - need to locate a positioning ram inboard of the plate next.

Baseplate again - need to locate a positioning ram inboard of the plate next.

 Hydraulic oil tank made out the old air compressor tank found on the scrap heap. New fittings added, old ones welded up, frame added, and combined filler/breather/dipstick added (ex-military stock bought off Ebay).

Hydraulic oil tank made out the old air compressor tank found on the scrap heap. New fittings added, old ones welded up, frame added, and combined filler/breather/dipstick added (ex-military stock bought off Ebay).

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