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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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 after much grinding, cutting, folding work, the old bulkhead is replaced with a new chequer plate panel designed to tidy things up and provide more interior space

after much grinding, cutting, folding work, the old bulkhead is replaced with a new chequer plate panel designed to tidy things up and provide more interior space

 here you can see the new panel and the extra space it has provided (compared with the diagonal line of the old panel) which is needed to house the hydraulic spool valves later on

here you can see the new panel and the extra space it has provided (compared with the diagonal line of the old panel) which is needed to house the hydraulic spool valves later on

 gradually coming together, but still looking quite sad...

gradually coming together, but still looking quite sad...

 the valve block being fitted - can also see the hydraulic oil tank nearby.

the valve block being fitted - can also see the hydraulic oil tank nearby.

 two of the three levers adjusted to position - one accessible through the outside hatch, the others internally

two of the three levers adjusted to position - one accessible through the outside hatch, the others internally

 front wing rubbed back and primed, aluminium wheelarch liner made and fitted, mudflap made from salvaged conveyor belt..

front wing rubbed back and primed, aluminium wheelarch liner made and fitted, mudflap made from salvaged conveyor belt..

 hatch cut in bodywork for access to the splitter lever

hatch cut in bodywork for access to the splitter lever

 got bored of designing the hydraulics, so painted the front end, fitted the lights, bumper, spare wheel mount, light guards etc - all of which made me feel better...

got bored of designing the hydraulics, so painted the front end, fitted the lights, bumper, spare wheel mount, light guards etc - all of which made me feel better...

 also ended up removing all the glass from the rear window panel to paint that (and to renew the runners).

also ended up removing all the glass from the rear window panel to paint that (and to renew the runners).

 engine bay now complete and looking a bit tidier...

engine bay now complete and looking a bit tidier...

 Rear bulkhead now tidied and had it's final fitting. Spool valve block in place, and hydraulic plumbing begining to go in. Seatbox also overhauled and installed.

Rear bulkhead now tidied and had it's final fitting. Spool valve block in place, and hydraulic plumbing begining to go in. Seatbox also overhauled and installed.

 Seatbox and rear bulkhead in final place, seating clearance being checked, rear glass still to be sorted.

Seatbox and rear bulkhead in final place, seating clearance being checked, rear glass still to be sorted.

 Seatbox and sill supports in place, lever hatch finished.

Seatbox and sill supports in place, lever hatch finished.

 Closer view of the hydraulic fittings going together, including the first home-assembled hydraulic hose (using 5000psi-rated re-usable fittings).

Closer view of the hydraulic fittings going together, including the first home-assembled hydraulic hose (using 5000psi-rated re-usable fittings).

 Hydraulic filter mount added and plumbed in with the splitter positioning ram.

Hydraulic filter mount added and plumbed in with the splitter positioning ram.

 now moved to the other side of the garage so work can start on this side (wing liner, door etc). Truck cab is now all glazed and assembled, but the roof panel is still to be painted.

now moved to the other side of the garage so work can start on this side (wing liner, door etc). Truck cab is now all glazed and assembled, but the roof panel is still to be painted.

 Managed to clear some space and get the kitcar back in the garage - now in desperate need for a respray. Too many projects, too little time....

Managed to clear some space and get the kitcar back in the garage - now in desperate need for a respray. Too many projects, too little time....

 The Log Rover emerges from the garage after a year and a half - It'll have to fight for drive space with all the other Landies. Rear body just chopped and plonked in place for design work.

The Log Rover emerges from the garage after a year and a half - It'll have to fight for drive space with all the other Landies. Rear body just chopped and plonked in place for design work.

 plenty of work still to come with aligning that rear tub, and making it tip...

plenty of work still to come with aligning that rear tub, and making it tip...

 the rear tub has already been butchered by some of the 9 previous owners - plenty of bodging evidence

the rear tub has already been butchered by some of the 9 previous owners - plenty of bodging evidence

 quite a lean to the passenger side, due to increased camber of the drivers side springs. may swap the springs if it doesn't level out itself once settled and suspension bolts tightened

quite a lean to the passenger side, due to increased camber of the drivers side springs. may swap the springs if it doesn't level out itself once settled and suspension bolts tightened

 reasonable alignment of wing, door and rear tub. Splitter recess and control hatch looks ok.

reasonable alignment of wing, door and rear tub. Splitter recess and control hatch looks ok.

 keeping the load bed as big as possible means tight fit for the splitter-lifter

keeping the load bed as big as possible means tight fit for the splitter-lifter

 rotten doors rebuilt and painted and fitted, rotten floors replaced with chequer plate

rotten doors rebuilt and painted and fitted, rotten floors replaced with chequer plate

 mount made for the hydraulic pressure guage and fitted in place (above spool valves, viewable through the corner window).

mount made for the hydraulic pressure guage and fitted in place (above spool valves, viewable through the corner window).

 Shot showing the interior (minus seats) whilst the battered roof is off being tidied up and painted

Shot showing the interior (minus seats) whilst the battered roof is off being tidied up and painted

 Filled the hydraulic tank, it was oil tight. Tested the hydraulic pump, it worked. tested the spool valve block, it worked. Tested the pressure guage, self made hoses, pressure relief valve, oil filter, movement of the Splitter-lifter,   and everything worked first time!!! Bit of a relief as everything was secondhand/scrap/ebay and cobbled together...

Filled the hydraulic tank, it was oil tight. Tested the hydraulic pump, it worked. tested the spool valve block, it worked. Tested the pressure guage, self made hoses, pressure relief valve, oil filter, movement of the Splitter-lifter, and everything worked first time!!! Bit of a relief as everything was secondhand/scrap/ebay and cobbled together...

 new roof (well, painted dented one) emerges from the garage.

new roof (well, painted dented one) emerges from the garage.

 working out dimensions of the loadbed

working out dimensions of the loadbed

 New auxillary switch panel built and fitted - made from recycled aluminium panel from a computer rack, Lucas toggle switches, warning lights, and fuse box all from salvaged Series III stock - so all built for nowt...

New auxillary switch panel built and fitted - made from recycled aluminium panel from a computer rack, Lucas toggle switches, warning lights, and fuse box all from salvaged Series III stock - so all built for nowt...

 the underside of the engine bay will never look like this again...

the underside of the engine bay will never look like this again...

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