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dreamin'
26th August 2012, 11:48 PM
Here are some pics of our latest arrival - a late 2a Dormobile.

She is very straight, with little rust, original 6 pot engine, capstan winch, overdrive and most of the usual Dormobile features.

Original Dormobile rear seats have been replaced with a bench seat, but it can be laid out flat and I think we can make it work as a sleeping platform. The demountable table is also missing.

The roof tent, fold-out bunks covers have been replaced at some stage, and she has been resprayed - good job overall but some body rust starting to show in the usual places.

Brakes have been redone, new waterpump and carb rebuild in last couple of years. She runs and pulls well, and sounds fantastic under a bit of load.

Engine wise a bit of tappet noise but no smoke. Engine bay needs a good clean and a few minor leaks to deal with.

She has spent most of the last decade in storage, but fully registered now. I will need to put her over the pits to transfer to Tas reg in a couple of months, so working through all checklists to get things shipshape.

Last few weekends we have been cleaning and checking things over - all new oils, filters, fanbelt, coolant flush, new shocks, etc. Looking for some tyres now, and new hold-downs for the lift-up roof.

Our kids love it (they came up with the name), and excited about going away camping in their next holidays - doesn't get any better.

Cheers

Roger

dreamin'
26th August 2012, 11:51 PM
A few more pics

star_man_61
27th August 2012, 07:35 PM
Hi Roger,

Thanks for the additional pics, its a great interior.

I wish mine was complete like yours, other than the roof, mine has been stripped out so I'm looking for everything to rebuild a Dormobile interior.

So if anyone out there has some interior items I'd be glad to talk to you.

Kind Regards

Bill

dreamin'
27th August 2012, 10:13 PM
Hi Roger,

I'm looking for everything to rebuild a Dormobile interior.

Bill

Hi Bill

Lots of useful fitout info on websites like this one Dormobile features (http://www.expeditionlandrover.info/Dormobile/DMfeatures.html)

Apparently fitout varied a lot - the factory built them to order and fittings used changed over time. Lots for the enthusiasts to argue about!

I think yours is the rarer 3-door, '2 berth' model. Roof and upper bunks may be same as mine but original cabin fitout likely very different. I think there are some pics on the site listed above. Will keep my eye out for bits.

If you find a parts donor, I'd be interested in the rear seats and table, which won't fit in yours.

Cheers

R

jerryd
27th August 2012, 11:15 PM
Hi Roger,
I've been wondering about your new toy, I thought you might have been disappointed with it, but I can now see that instead you've been busy :)

I wonder what happened to the original rear seats :confused: I purchased a new table and fittings for mine, maybe I could get a copy of it made for you. I can certainly get a price if you like. Or I can send you some detailed pics.

Hi Bill,
I've possibly got a kitchen / sink unit that I might part with, it wouldn't have the stove in it though. The wardrobe unit isn't too difficult to construct yourself, I made mine and made modifications to suit. I have measurements if you need them. I'm now making the "Mk2 Model" ;)

A couple of pics

dreamin'
28th August 2012, 12:01 AM
Hi jeeryd - good to hear from you

Yes - only get a couple of hours spare each week and have spent all of that checking things out so she runs safe and smooth, and then getting it clean.

I have only got around to taking photos this weekend.

I have 3 kids so the rear bench suits me fine for now, though I want to revisit seatbelt arrangements.

Your table looks good - is it a new Dormobile item or home made? I like the idea of it but can't see how people get in or out of their seats when it's in place. Do you have any pics or tips for how to make it work?

Also keen to hear fom anyone who can tell me how to load bigger pictures to my posts on this forum - the thumbnail attachments are a bit clunky

Thanks

R

star_man_61
29th August 2012, 10:52 PM
Hi Jerryd

I have sent you a pm with my contact details.

I'd be interested in the kitchen unit and wardrobe plans.

Kind regards

Bill


Roger,

Thanks for the website, I've checked it out a few times and continue to trawl through the Internet to research dormobiles to try and locate missing bits but I think it's a bit like looking for a needle in a haystack.

Kind regards

Bill

alaskantinbender
23rd December 2012, 04:28 PM
Here are some pics of our latest arrival - a late 2a Dormobile.

She is very straight, with little rust, original 6 pot engine, capstan winch, overdrive and most of the usual Dormobile features.


Roger

Greetings from Alaska.
Can you tell me how the winch is powered? I have a 63 series 2a109 with a pto winch and would like to have an overdrive as well.
The previous owner changed to an ashcroft high ratio transfer case and 1st gear is to high to suite me. I would like to change back to a standard case and add the over drive but then I loose the winch(I think)

Thank you

Regards

Jim

chazza
23rd December 2012, 06:23 PM
G'day Jim,
A capstan winch on the front of the car is driven by a shaft attached to the crankshaft; so you can run an overdrive as well.:D

The snag is finding a capstan winch with all of its parts,

Cheers Charlie

alaskantinbender
24th December 2012, 03:20 AM
G'day Jim,
A capstan winch on the front of the car is driven by a shaft attached to the crankshaft; so you can run an overdrive as well.:D

The snag is finding a capstan winch with all of its parts,

Cheers Charlie

Great info Charlie, Thank you.
Your truck is terrific. A fine example of the breed.
Now the search is on for a capstan winch.....

Regards

Jim

garrywlh
16th January 2013, 04:31 PM
g'day Roger,

I love Dora. I am a complete LR virgin, but looking around to lose my virginity with a IIA, especially if equipped with a Dormobile setup like Dora's.:)
How are things going with Dora? Have you and the fam been out in the great Tassie wilderness with her yet?
cheers,
Gazz

dreamin'
16th January 2013, 11:58 PM
Thanks Gazz

as it happens, I am in process of setting up for a camping trip this weekend.

The kids and I get out in her most weekends, and have done one overnight before.

Wife hasn't been keen so far, so trying to make sure all goes smoothly.

Have cleaned her up a bit more since the last pics, so will post some of our trip when we get back.

Good luck with your search - there were at least 3 Dormobiles advertised and sold in Aust last year, so keep watching ebay, gumtree etc - you never know.

All the best

garrywlh
17th January 2013, 09:05 AM
Thanks Roger! Now, how do I do that 'thank you for this useful post' thing?

dreamin'
17th January 2013, 09:17 AM
Thanks Roger! Now, how do I do that 'thank you for this useful post' thing?

'Thanks' button is at bottom right corner of message box

Cheers

R

garrywlh
17th January 2013, 11:44 AM
So Roger, how waterproof is the Dormobile rig?

gromit
17th January 2013, 12:47 PM
Thanks Gazz

as it happens, I am in process of setting up for a camping trip this weekend.

The kids and I get out in her most weekends, and have done one overnight before.

Wife hasn't been keen so far, so trying to make sure all goes smoothly.

Have cleaned her up a bit more since the last pics, so will post some of our trip when we get back.

Good luck with your search - there were at least 3 Dormobiles advertised and sold in Aust last year, so keep watching ebay, gumtree etc - you never know.

All the best

I think I've narrowed my ideal Land Rover down to a Dormobile or Carawagon. Would be great to take the kids away with minimal setup time (the wife isn't that interested in camping).

Until then I'll probably keep acquiring an assortment of orphan Land Rovers........ at least they might come in handy to trade for the Dormobile/Carawagon if one crops up.


Colin

dreamin'
18th January 2013, 12:18 AM
So Roger, how waterproof is the Dormobile rig?

Not very.

Roof window seals a bit perished and previous owner had fitted a home made 'tropical roof' over the fibreglass to stop it getting to hot where he lived in outback SA. I've removed it, and covered the resulting 30-odd bolt holes with tape til I get around to taking it off and fixing it up properly.

Forecast for the weekend is fine (so far).

R

dreamin'
18th January 2013, 12:23 AM
Until then I'll probably keep acquiring an assortment of orphan Land Rovers........ at least they might come in handy to trade for the Dormobile/Carawagon if one crops up.


Colin

Your wife sounds like mine. When I brought Dora home, I sold two parts cars and a chassis that I had finished stripping bits off for my series 1 rebuild. So, technically, we actually reduced the number of landies in our yard. Win-win!

jerryd
18th January 2013, 01:19 AM
Hi Roger,
Glad to hear you are using "Dora" as intended :) We've done a couple of camping trips recently and got washed out on the last one :D All good fun though. Ours leaks through the doors and windows as all the rubbers have melted, although the roof is fine.

Jim at Dormobile sells all the bits you might need for the roof as you probably know ;)

I'm about to take mine off the road now and start the 300 tdi upgrade.

"Happy camping" :twobeers:

gromit
18th January 2013, 08:01 AM
Your wife sounds like mine. When I brought Dora home, I sold two parts cars and a chassis that I had finished stripping bits off for my series 1 rebuild. So, technically, we actually reduced the number of landies in our yard. Win-win!

I think I've seen a list of your vehicles in your signature on the LROCV forum ? I'm up to 6 Land Rovers at the moment (plus motorbikes/trailers etc.) and could be getting an S2a parts car soon.
Wrinklearthur removed 2 chassis' from my driveway a few months ago which gave me a few 'points' back with the wife but if I get the S2a parts car it will be minus several million points again.

I only have my Defender & Series 1 registered at present, the Isuzu C240 powered S3 should be back on the road this year then it's on to the Ex Military LR's.

My kids love Dora but we will have to stick to the tent for the time being.


Colin

dreamin'
22nd January 2013, 12:23 AM
Trying AGAIN with Photobucket:

Weekend away camping with the whole family for the first time.

Top spot on a friend's bush block, great weather, borrowed tent worked well and Dora performed perfectly as transport, accommodation, pantry, cubbyhouse and clothesline.

The tent awning fitted over the back door, creating a big enclosed space with heaps of room for five of us to sleep plus all of our gear etc.

Found a little folding table on special at our local caravan shop - fitted perfectly betweeen the reversed front seat and rear bench - ideal for the kids to sit at for colouring in, cards etc between dips in the river.

On the way home, my wife suggested I offer to buy the tent from our friends, so we can do it all again!

Happy days!!

Roger


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Johnno1969
26th January 2013, 10:50 AM
Hey Roger,

Thanks for that. She looks great.

I just can't understand people who don't love Landies to bits......

John

Cobber
27th January 2013, 08:43 PM
Hey Roger,

Thanks for that. She looks great.

I just can't understand people who don't love Landies to bits......

JohnWhat John said! :BigThumb:

CharlesTeton
10th June 2013, 05:02 AM
Really nice... Jim should be able to help you with older spares.

Just have a Dormobile top put on my Puma Defender. Dormobile are just finishing off a new style units for the cargo area.

Jim at Dormobile has two Carawagon tops I believe which are for sale, apparently they took over Carawagon when it closed and own the rights etc.