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gromit
24th January 2015, 08:53 PM
Finally I've found one.......

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/01/254.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/VPfTj9)DSCF3383 (https://flic.kr/p/VPfTj9) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

It's a 1965 Series IIa with a Dormobile conversion fitted in 1966.
I tracked it down through the gentlemen who has been maintaining it for many years. It was traded in at Regent motors late 1960's and came overland, possibly to the tip of India then by boat to Australia. Two owners in Australia before me.

I collected it today from the NSW border.
Checked it out last weekend and was blown away by the vehicles stashed on the farm. A DUKW, an amphibious jeep, a blitz, several early military trucks, more early Jeeps, stationary engines, lines of cars, tractors, trailers ......
I thought I was a hoarder until I saw this lot.

It needs some work but drives OK and I know the engine was reconditioned a few years ago and the gearbox rebuilt.

Top is OK just a couple of seams come undone on the canopy, the roof windows had been painted white maybe too much heat buildup when camping outback ?
There is some panel damage to the outer wing and the rear corner on the drivers side. Also the rear window on that side is blanked off.
Seats need recovering (just got a cost for 'elephant hide' covers from Exmoor Trim:o).

Lots to do, including reducing the fleet because SWMBO isn't happy.

Thanks to Phin for advice re price and also Jerryd regarding price and general Dormobile information.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2017/07/141.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/W9yKyS)Dormobile 1 (https://flic.kr/p/W9yKyS) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/01/255.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/WcVMRX)Dormobile 2 (https://flic.kr/p/WcVMRX) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/01/256.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/WcVMWB)Dormobile 4 (https://flic.kr/p/WcVMWB) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/01/257.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/V88u7A)Dormobile 7 (https://flic.kr/p/V88u7A) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr



There are lots of odd little brackets & fixtures added by the previous owners which I'm trying to work out what they were for. Looks like the curtain rails have been removed in the past and then someone has tried to fit a modern replacement.
Hours of fun but as usual not enough time......


Colin

phin
24th January 2015, 09:08 PM
Looks top notch Colin - very jealous!

Exmoor do elephant hide grey with white piping Dormobile seat trim sets. I wonder if they'd just put together a driver's seat for you?

cheers
Phin

wrinklearthur
24th January 2015, 09:25 PM
Congratulations on your find and I hope your fleet reduction isn't going to be too painful for you.

gromit
24th January 2015, 09:47 PM
Looks top notch Colin - very jealous!

Exmoor do elephant hide grey with white piping Dormobile seat trim sets. I wonder if they'd just put together a driver's seat for you?

cheers
Phin

Phin,

I've asked if they will supply the front seats only.
Full set is GBP 386
Front Seats : Doormobile retrim kit (http://www.exmoortrim.co.uk/store/series-2-3/front-seats2013-07-01-12-43-02/doormobile-retrim-kit-detail.html)


Colin

rangieman
24th January 2015, 11:11 PM
Well done Colin a realy nice find:D
So how long before you have to shift out by orders of swmbo:p:angel:

jerryd
25th January 2015, 12:50 AM
Glad you made it home okay Colin ;) you've now joined the elite club and have a mobile B+B......... to go where you like and stop where you like :cool: .

As you know most bits are available for the roof although a bit pricey to get them here, the rest will restore. The curtain tracks look standard but with the wrong hooks on them, they should be silent gliss. New sliding hooks are available.
A chap in france makes a good Perspex roof vent or available from Jim in the uk.

A tip for future camp trips, a mattress from a sofa bed fits exactly onto the folded seats giving a good nights sleep.:zzz:

Jeff
25th January 2015, 06:56 AM
What a fantastic find. Good luck with it.

Jeff

:rocket:

JDNSW
25th January 2015, 07:32 AM
Magnificent!

John

mick88
25th January 2015, 08:06 AM
Nice original looking example, excellent find!
I looked over one a few years back.
It may still be there! If anyone is interested I can follow it up.




Cheers, Mick.

gromit
25th January 2015, 08:14 AM
Well done Colin a realy nice find:D
So how long before you have to shift out by orders of swmbo:p:angel:

She said at least 1 of the other Land Rovers has to go plus our camper (Coromal PS421) which doesn't get used.
The house roof has to be painted (Colourbond that has the zicalume showing through), a new kitchen and airconditioning.

Bloody expensive Dormobile........


Colin

garrywlh
25th January 2015, 08:25 PM
Soooooooooo envious!

What a marvellous find. Well done.

With the jerry can racks on the front, perhaps you could mount a 'Whiskey' and 'Soda' or 'Gin' and 'Tonic' like the Oxford/Cambridge chaps did for their First Overland expedition.

Looking forward to the resto

Garry

gromit
26th January 2015, 08:20 AM
Investigating the vehicle yesterday I found this.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/01/1301.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/W9zgB7)DSCF3431 (https://flic.kr/p/W9zgB7) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr


A snorkel ??









No, air conditioning for the passenger footwell.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/01/1302.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/VaXgdF)DSCF3432 (https://flic.kr/p/VaXgdF) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr


There is also a home made heat shield round the exhaust manifold so in the past the passenger must have complained about the heat !



Colin

Jeff
26th January 2015, 09:28 AM
Investigating the vehicle yesterday I found this.

[URL="http://s1245.photobucket.com/user/cradley/media/Dormobile/DSCF3431_zpsstjsncih.jpg.html"]There is also a home made heat shield round the exhaust manifold so in the past the passenger must have complained about the heat !



Colin

I know someone who put a 200 TDi snorkel on a 300 TDi to do the same thing. This one is much simpler.

Jeff

:rocket:

wrinklearthur
26th January 2015, 09:40 AM
Nar! You got it wrong.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/01/205.jpg

It's a after market foot washer for those that travel in Land Rovers that don't leak enough. :p
.

Cobber
27th January 2015, 10:01 PM
That's fantastic! :BigThumb: deciding whether to do a full restoration or leave it alone (more or less) would be the hardest thing because it looks really good, but wonderfully 'used' all at the same time. I hate the word 'patina' but your Dormobile has it in spades :D


So how long before you have to shift out by orders of swmbo:p:angel:doesn't matter now, he can live in the Dormobile! ;) :D

gromit
29th January 2015, 08:20 PM
A few more pictures of Walter.......


Brackets on front & rear corners for caravan jacks to level the vehicle & stop it moving when camped.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/01/1307.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X7xopc)DSCF3446 (https://flic.kr/p/X7xopc) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/01/1308.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/W3Bv91)DSCF3445 (https://flic.kr/p/W3Bv91) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

A nice VDO revcounter (that works).

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/01/1309.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X4DZZN)DSCF3448 (https://flic.kr/p/X4DZZN) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Something missing here........There was obviously a Smiths heater at some point but the demister vents are still there.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/01/1310.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/W66S7p)DSCF3449 (https://flic.kr/p/W66S7p) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

No capstan winch (but on the shopping list) instead something was stored between the dumb irons.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/01/1311.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X4DTgC)DSCF3452 (https://flic.kr/p/X4DTgC) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

The opening hatch should be a perspex moulding. At some point it's been replaced with a home made hatch. Brackets over the cab for a roofrack in the past.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/01/1312.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/WHz1WA)DSCF3451 (https://flic.kr/p/WHz1WA) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

The cooker.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/01/1313.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/W9yKqA)DSCF3440 (https://flic.kr/p/W9yKqA) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr


Missing items are the Dormobile sink & table (I've found holes for the table mounting points) and the Smiths heater.
The cooker is missing the grill, the gas jet is there but the rest is missing.

Need to allocate some time between chores around the house to change the oils & fit the silencer & tailpipe I sourced earlier in the week.
Also have all the brake & clutch rubbers ready to go.



Colin

gromit
31st January 2015, 09:10 PM
Found time to fit the silencer/tailpipe today.

I noticed when I looked underneath that the exhaust exited at the side of the vehicle but there was a hole in the mudflap where it used to exit. The silencer/tailpipe looked newer that the rest of the system but the silencer had split open.
When I went to buy a replacement I found that suffix A & B use one pipe and suffix C is different, my chassis is suffix C. Unfortunately I could only get the earlier silencer/tailpipe.

After undoing some very rusty bolts I sat them side by side.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/01/1303.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/XfL8rC)DSCF3474 (https://flic.kr/p/XfL8rC) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

When I offered the new one up the tailpipe went through the hole in the mudflap, fitted easily to the old hangers and the neighbours will be happier when I start it now.


Here is a picture of the under seat tank, looks like it was specially made (no filler pipe at the rear) and has a Series I filler neck welded into place.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/01/1304.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/WHyLNW)DSCF3467 (https://flic.kr/p/WHyLNW) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

The changeover tap looks like a military one.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/01/1305.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/WHyJQh)DSCF3468 (https://flic.kr/p/WHyJQh) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

There is a neat lockable door that fits under the seat.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/01/1306.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/W3Bjdd)DSCF3466 (https://flic.kr/p/W3Bjdd) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Normally on a Dormobile the gas bottles were kept under here so maybe the door was fitted by Dormobile ?

Checked the plugs & replaced the points & condensor. If I get time I'll change the oil tomorrow, did notice it's been fitted with a spin on filter which will make it easier.


Colin

Bytemrk
31st January 2015, 10:07 PM
What a fantastic old vehicle Colin.

As others have said.... rather jealous... great find.

keith73
3rd February 2015, 08:18 AM
What a great find.Well done.

JDNSW
3rd February 2015, 04:16 PM
The changeover tap is not necessarily military - these were widely available in the 1960s. The underseat tank may possibly be a Series 1 (replacement) tank.

John

gromit
3rd February 2015, 05:43 PM
The changeover tap is not necessarily military - these were widely available in the 1960s. The underseat tank may possibly be a Series 1 (replacement) tank.

John

John,
The tank is the same shape as the Series 2/3 16 gallon unit but missing the filler tube & vent at the back.


Colin

JDNSW
3rd February 2015, 09:56 PM
John,
The tank is the same shape as the Series 2/3 16 gallon unit but missing the filler tube & vent at the back.


Colin

Definitely not Series 1 then - and does not seem to be the factory aux tank 552328, but probably an aftermarket one copied from this but extended to the larger size.

John

Lotz-A-Landies
3rd February 2015, 10:25 PM
The under seat fill tanks are standard on Brit military lightweights and Australian military gunbuggies. They could be purchased as an option through the Land Rover parts chain.

JDNSW
4th February 2015, 06:10 AM
The under seat fill tanks are standard on Brit military lightweights and Australian military gunbuggies. They could be purchased as an option through the Land Rover parts chain.

That is the 552328 I referred to, isn't it, not the 16 gallon one in this vehicle? The larger tank is not listed in the optional equipment parts book.

John

Lotz-A-Landies
4th February 2015, 11:30 AM
Fairy Nuff!

The 16 gal tanks were introduced on the SIII but many were retrofitted to SIIa. In 1976 Leyland Australia/PMC Enfield did a run of 15 gal underseat fill tanks for the 109 station wagons most if not all went to LROCS members. They were 15 gal because they had a scallop out of the rear top corner to clear the bodywork behind the front seats (rear passenger footwells) the difference between those and this one is that the filler neck and cap was the same as the Mini and Morris 1100.

Perhaps Doormobile had these made up as options for their builds.

gromit
9th February 2015, 12:07 PM
Changed the engine, gearbox & transfer box oil.
Levels were OK and oil drained wasn't too bad.

Then went to drain the rear axle (Salisbury) and found a problem with the drain plug. Looks like someone had replaced the drain plug with a cast iron one (like the level plug) which had been grounded and snapped the square head off !
Oil level was OK so left it for the time being, might be an axle out to resolve that one.....

Checked brakes and linings all OK, no weeping cylinders (but I will replace all the rubbers down the track). Brake flexi's cracking and all the rigid pipes very rusty. Swivel hub seals need to be replaced.

The 'to do' list is getting longer.


Colin

Lotz-A-Landies
9th February 2015, 01:27 PM
Hi Colin

With Salisbury axle assemblies, it is also worthwhile to check that there is no oil seep marks on the axle tubes where they insert into the casting for the Salisbury diff centre. It is a sign of the tubes working inside the centre housing and of potential/imminent failure.

If there is any evidence of oil it needs to be investigated or the housing/assembly replaced.

Diana

gromit
12th February 2015, 02:44 PM
After checking the brakes at the weekend I went down to take a few photos and found a wet patch on the drivers floor !
Master cylinder leaking badly after me testing the brakes at the weekend.......
Bugger, looks like I'l be working on the pedal boxes sooner rather than later.

Colin

gromit
9th March 2015, 07:27 PM
Decided to flush the cooling system & replace the corrosion inhibitor.

The coolant looked nice & green and smelt OK but who knows how long it had been in there and what type of coolant it actually was.
Checked the hoses and they were cracking from old age (I know the feeling) so thought it best to change them as well.

Top hose was easy, bottom hose was a PITA because of a bulbous end on the water pump connection. Ended up with the hose end in boiling water & some dishwash liquid to help it slide on. Took several attempts but after a few skinned knuckles and choice words it fitted.
Then came the short hose on the water pump, probably best fitted when the head is lifted. Checked the length of the new one against the old and remembered the old trick fitting Mini bypass hoses. Cut about 1/2" off the length, into boiling water to make it flexible and then slid it up onto the water pump then back down into position.

So new hoses, new hose clamps, new coolant mixed with tankwater and after checking for leaks I put Walter away. Next job is to pull out the pedal boxes and reseal the master cylinders.

The radiator top tank has been repaired and looks as though it has been over pressurised in the past, also it doesn't look the same as my other Series II's but then this one is from the UK.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/03/1598.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/W3E8SY)DSCN3415 (https://flic.kr/p/W3E8SY) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/03/1599.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/WHD9Y9)DSCN3413 (https://flic.kr/p/WHD9Y9) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr


Colin

gromit
31st March 2015, 09:28 PM
Decided to remove the pedal boxes so that I could re-seal the brake & clutch master cylinders.
There's a lot of oil under the bonnet, I'm hoping it's not from the current motor, so I had to degrease where the pedal box sits on the bulkhead.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/03/1596.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X7AUEM)DSCN3428 (https://flic.kr/p/X7AUEM) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

The steering box is leaking so that's next on the list of jobs to do sooner rather than later. I can also replace the seal where the column fits through the bulkhead because it's decomposed.

The nut on the back of the brake master cylinder was a problem. Pedal box held in a vice, adjustable spanner didn't like the force was applying with a length of water pipe. I went through some tools I brought out from the UK years ago and found a 7/8" King Dick Whitworth spanner which fitted perfectly, some heat applied, water pipe on the spanner handle and finally it gave in.
Annealed the copper washer, cleaned the master cylinder and fitted a set of new rubbers.

Wire brushed the pedal boxes & pedals ready for painting.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/03/1597.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/WHDpbN)DSCN3430 (https://flic.kr/p/WHDpbN) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Must tidy up that workbench & make some space......

Will re-seal the clutch slave and replace the flexible hose next. When it's mobile again the brake hoses need replacing.


Colin

gromit
4th April 2015, 08:57 AM
One of the pivot pins that connects to the master cylinder was badly worn (furthest right) so I made a couple of new ones.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/04/1345.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/XfQbHj)DSCN3442 (https://flic.kr/p/XfQbHj) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr


Just need to make my mind up whether I'm taking the steering column out while there is extra room with the pedal boxes removed. Just means that Walter will be out of action a bit longer......

Colin

gromit
5th April 2015, 08:57 AM
Spent yesterday taking out the steering box.
Managed to do the job with the wing (mudguard) in place, fiddley but possible.

My modified Pitman arm puller came in handy and a long breaker bar to undo the nut.

Everything was very oily, looks like the O-ring seal failed some time back so most of the oil fell out, luckily a small amount remained inside to provide a degree of lubrication and rust prevention.
The O-ring broke into pieces when I removed it, not sure if it was the original but it was certainly very old.

I had a spare steering column in stock so I compared the two, Walter's one was no worse than the spare so both got new O-rings and side cover gaskets.
Column & box now repainted, mud shields & steering box cover need de-rusting & painting then a fiddley reassembly job.

I noticed that the swivel hub seals are leaking so looks like it will be a while before Walter is mobile again.


Colin

gromit
4th May 2015, 09:10 PM
Had some good weather at the weekend but I went to the Lake Goldsmith (steam) rally Saturday and spent most of Sunday in the garden.

I'm working in an open sided shed so the weather needs to be good for me to be down there working on Walter.

Parts overhauled & painted ready to be re-assembled.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/05/1627.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/W3EoQd)DSCN3463 (https://flic.kr/p/W3EoQd) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

I must take out the clutch slave cylinder to re-seal it and replace the flexible hose. Then it will be the rest of the steering component including the relay.


Colin

Landy Smurf
4th May 2015, 11:59 PM
That radiator looks similar to the one in my 109" fc.

gromit
20th June 2015, 11:47 AM
Pedal boxes & steering column went back in a few weeks ago.
I made a new foam seal where the column goes through the bulkhead because the original had decomposed.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/06/1086.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/XfQq4N)DSCN3530 (https://flic.kr/p/XfQq4N) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Last week I lifted the floor and transmission tunnel to make overhaul of the clutch slave cylinder easier, also replaced the flexible hose.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/06/1087.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/W3ERZy)DSCN3532 (https://flic.kr/p/W3ERZy) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Today I decided to remove the steering arms to check the track rod ends and replace the boots. Bit of mucking around to get access but eventually removed them.

Unfortunately I found that one of the swivels has badly pitted chrome (I'll take a guess that all the oil has escaped from the swivel hub).

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/06/1088.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X4HVRQ)DSCN3531 (https://flic.kr/p/X4HVRQ) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

I'll be on the lookout for either a replacement axle or at least a more serviceable swivel.....


Colin

gromit
16th July 2015, 09:09 PM
Just managed to cross one item off the shopping list.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/07/1426.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/XfRX9w)DSCN3552 (https://flic.kr/p/XfRX9w) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

A few parts missing and some alloy welding needed but all the big bits are there.


Colin

crackers
16th July 2015, 09:32 PM
What is it? :confused:

gromit
16th July 2015, 09:37 PM
What is it? :confused:

It's one of these

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2013/05/507.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/WE3syU)DSCN2368 (https://flic.kr/p/WE3syU) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr




A capstan winch.


Colin

crackers
16th July 2015, 10:23 PM
Thought it might have been - the drum reminded me of one of those things you tie boats up to.

Have fun. Personally, I don't plan to get stuck... but I own a Series 1, not one of those JohnnyComeLatelies :D

JDNSW
17th July 2015, 06:56 AM
Just a suggestion, prompted by your pictures, while it is easy to get at. Check the two pins that link the clutch slave cylinder bell crank shaft to the clutch release fork shaft right at the bell housing. These are special hardened pins, and do tend to fail occasionally. Check them for wear, cracking or signs of bending, and that they have not been replaced by inferior pins or ms bolts, which will have a very limited life. They are a real pain to replace with all the floor panels in place!

John

gromit
19th July 2015, 07:29 PM
I was going to take the Series I for a drive this morning, instead I decided to remove the steering relay from Walter......should have gone for a drive.......

I'd been soaking it in penetrating oil for some weeks.

The top bolts came out easily, they were facing forward so easy to remove. The bottom bolts came out easy and the support ring removed without too much of a struggle.

Then it came to removing the relay.....

I had a jack underneath pushing on a block of wood, raised the corner of the vehicle off the ground without any sign of movement.
Large screwdriver under one edge (while still on the jack), slight movement. Went and found a pinch bar, under the other side, slight movement.

After about 2 hours with a selection of steel offcuts, pinch bars, jumping up & down, more penetrating oil it was about 1/3 out of the crossmember.
Persevered with some more steel offcuts more jacking and it finally cried enough and slowly emerged from the crossmember.


https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/07/1424.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X4HMhW)DSCN3557 (https://flic.kr/p/X4HMhW) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

I can't believe how much rubbish gets down the hole in the crossmember over time.

Bolts out, endcaps off, covered in rag and used a hide mallet to drift the shaft & bushes out. Turned out it had been filled with grease in the past so at least it wasn't rusty inside.

A couple of new gaskets & seals and a wipe over with an oily rag and it will be ready to go back. Mind you I have to clean out the hole in the crossmember and throw some paint around.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/07/1425.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/WHDLAw)DSCN3561 (https://flic.kr/p/WHDLAw) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr



Colin

schuy1
19th July 2015, 08:55 PM
Yes, it is amazing how it all finds its way in! I have taken 3 days of work to get 1 out! Grease may stop it leaking but does nothing to allow the fibre bushes to do any dampining. The oil works with the fibre. The oil seal surfaces on the shaft need to be perfect, I have used speedie rings on them in the past.
Cheers Scott

gromit
4th August 2015, 07:05 AM
The Aeroparts winch I purchased has a few parts missing (that's why it was cheap......).

If anyone has a driveshaft, the driving plate that fits to the crankshaft or an operating lever it would help get the winch working. There is a company in Germany that make the parts but that is a last resort (due to the cost).
Even if someone has the parts I could borrow & measure, that way I could make the parts.

Advert here http://www.aulro.com/afvb/wanted-adverts/223337-aeroparts-winch-parts.html

The steering relay is now ready to re-install, just need to find some better front swivels because the chrome is badly pitted then I can overhaul the front axle.


Colin

schuy1
4th August 2015, 09:53 PM
Hmm,
I have same problem with my Aeroparts winch! Maybe when people took them off they had a mass burial at sea for the drive bits! Would account for the scarcity of the bits:(
The german parts are a little exy....... There are a mob in Brissy that does industrial chroming of stuff, Radchrome I think they are. Been meaning to see if they will do swivels... I will reinforce my chair before I ring though, maybe :D
Cheers Scott

gromit
5th August 2015, 07:02 AM
Scott,

I think people removed the winch leaving the drive plate on the engine, the driveshaft not being physically 'attached' to anything gets lost in storage.

4 Wheel drives in Melbourne used to get swivels re-chromed but as demand has dropped off it's not economically viable to do pairs here and there. Apparently they used to get them done in batches of 10 or more at a time.

If I had access to a driveshaft I could probably make one, I know someone who would be able to machine the splines.


Colin

marting
9th August 2015, 10:16 PM
I got a re-chromed set of swivels through All 4x4 in Newcastle last year. I think it was about $180 exchange. I think that must be for each though can't quite remember. Long since given up trying to keep track of what I am spending!
I think Roverparts in Ballarat also list an exchange option.
Cheers, Martin

harry
11th August 2015, 08:13 PM
DLS on eBay sell swivel kits, I found them to be good value, no secondhand dodgy stuff.

gromit
16th November 2015, 07:06 AM
I've ordered some parts from the UK which are on their way, some for Walter and some for other projects.

I'm still looking for a replacement front axle with good swivel chrome but no joy.
I did get a lead from a recent show I attended with the Series I so I guess it's follow that up then make a decision to either get mine rechromed or get some **itpart ones.

I'm going to put the steering relay & steering arms back on hopefully this weekend so at least the Dormobile is moving again.

Once the above ground pool is repaired & a new liner fitted I'll have some more spare time.....



Colin

gromit
21st December 2015, 09:39 PM
Pool is nearly sorted, we had a water leak in the house (a pipe inside a wall split !) just the septic to sort out, spouting to paint and rear diff bushes to fit to the wife's Territory.

But......I've found an axle with decent swivels !!
It was incomplete and had been stored outside, water ingress meant that both the swivel taper rollers were rusted. The Railco was OK so ended up running a bead of weld round the taper roller outer race and it almost fell out.

Looks like our camper may be sold so I can see some garage space becoming available after Christmas.


Colin

Lionelgee
22nd December 2015, 10:51 AM
Looks like our camper may be sold so I can see some garage space becoming available after Christmas. Colin

Hello Gromit,

Does tbe "camper" refer to a camper trailer and your not saying goodbye to Walter?

Domestic repairs - things that interfere with valuable Land Rover time. How is the Isuzu 240 project going?

Kind Regards
Lionel

gromit
23rd December 2015, 07:06 AM
Lionel,
Yes it's our Coromal camper trailer that is going. On the plus side it will create space for Walter.

Wallit is back on the road but I'm trying to track down a strange noise from the front end when turning or hitting bumps. About to re-fit the freewheel hubs to see if it stops the noise, if it does I have to check out the front axle. Still need to paint & fit a replacement bonnet plus a bit of interior tidying.

Once Walter is in the garage I need to sort out the front axle and brakes and then order seat covers and some Dormobile parts (sink, badges etc.). Hopefully I'm allowed some of the money from the camper trailer sale........


Colin

Cliffy
30th December 2015, 03:58 AM
Are you buying any parts from DM in the UK?
I know where there is a dormobile that could be sold if the right buyer came along.

gromit
30th December 2015, 08:34 AM
Are you buying any parts from DM in the UK?
I know where there is a dormobile that could be sold if the right buyer came along.

DM as in Dormobile UK ? If so then yes I have to order some parts from them.

Any pictures of the Dormobile, details of condition etc. ?


Colin

gromit
3rd January 2016, 09:13 PM
The Caravan sold on Boxing Day, finally some space so that the Dormobile can be fully under cover.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/01/1034.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/WHEq7J)DSCN3769 (https://flic.kr/p/WHEq7J) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Because it was in an open sided shed it was covered in dust, bird poo etc. so cleaned it and degreased the engine.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/01/1035.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/XfSjeC)DSCN3764 (https://flic.kr/p/XfSjeC) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Started and ran OK but need to overhaul the brakes, swivel hubs etc. Parts about to be ordered from Exmoor, Dormobile UK & The Trim Shack (correct Silent Gliss curtain runners etc.). Now Walter's 'inside' I hope to be able to devote some time to him.......


Colin

harry
3rd January 2016, 09:56 PM
that's an interesting crankcase ventilation system in the last picture.
is that genuine land rover, or a mod ?

JDNSW
4th January 2016, 06:40 AM
that's an interesting crankcase ventilation system in the last picture.
is that genuine land rover, or a mod ?

Looks like a cross between the normal PCV system and the open system, although what the extra stub (blocked) on the intake elbow is, is anyone's guess!

John

gromit
4th January 2016, 07:31 PM
I have another inlet elbow connection that also has the two pipes so it must have been standard on something.

Colin

Homestar
4th January 2016, 08:01 PM
That's the same as what's on the 6 cylinder, it just runs to other side is all as the carby is opposite the exhaust.

Lotz-A-Landies
11th January 2016, 06:04 PM
It could be a port for the anti-smog variants with the air pump. (Yes a Land Rover defeat device, same as used by Holdens, minis etc in the mid 70s)

Will check the manuals tonight.

gromit
18th January 2016, 05:58 PM
Over Christmas I ordered seat covers from Exmoor Trim, Silent Gliss curtain rails from The Trim Shack in the UK and a sink, bunk covers plus the correct badges from Dormobile.

Seat covers should be made & leave early Feb, curtain rails arrived today, Dormobile were getting bunk covers made.

Just need to do some mechanical work then strip the seats so that the frames can be stripped & powder coated.


Colin

dreamin'
20th January 2016, 08:02 AM
Colin

Before powdercoating the seat frames, check how closely the moving parts fit. I recall reading on a UK forum someone who painted their seat frames then needed to sand them back so they would fold properly due to thickness of the paint.

Just a thought

Roger

gromit
20th January 2016, 06:50 PM
Colin

Before powdercoating the seat frames, check how closely the moving parts fit. I recall reading on a UK forum someone who painted their seat frames then needed to sand them back so they would fold properly due to thickness of the paint.

Just a thought

Roger

Thanks Roger,

This had crossed my mind but Dormobile had to get them painted so I wonder if they were dipped, sprayed, powder coated ??
I don't want to completely dismantle them so I'll take one apart and see how we go.

Colin

gromit
26th January 2016, 06:45 PM
Decided to start stripping the front axle today.
I want to check the brakes, reseal the wheel cylinders, fit replacement swivel hubs & seals as well as check wheel bearings.

Found the flexible brake pipe was cracking (intended to replace this anyway) and one of the brake shoes was sitting out-of-square so has worn lopsided. Time for new shoes.....

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/01/1036.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X7CziM)DSCN3788 (https://flic.kr/p/X7CziM) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

The swivel hub still contained some (very black) oil so the taper roller bearing may still be usable.
Brake drum had no wear lip so it's either been re-machined or it's relatively new.


Colin

gromit
9th February 2016, 07:46 PM
So many bits to check, overhaul & re-paint.

The springs have been fitted with poly bushes, problem is the crush tubes weren't greased so they have rusted & swollen. I had to cut the crush tubes & then get the poly bush out. Fitted conventional bushes in their place.

Swivel chrome wasn't great so salvaged swivels from an ex military axle and will fit those instead.

Parts stripped & painted.



https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/02/999.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/W6dKbX)DSCN3799 (https://flic.kr/p/W6dKbX) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/02/1000.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X7CtcZ)DSCN3801 (https://flic.kr/p/X7CtcZ) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/02/1001.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/XfTnXh)DSCN3804 (https://flic.kr/p/XfTnXh) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Swivel hub assembled & pre-load set.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/02/1002.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X7CjFv)DSCN3808 (https://flic.kr/p/X7CjFv) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

I've cut the end off a scrap axle, welded it to a piece of plate which is then clamped in the vice. A couple of bolts hold the swivel hub in place and make it easy to set/adjust the pre-load.

Parts arrived from Dormobile today.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/02/1003.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X7FoAZ)DSCN3812 (https://flic.kr/p/X7FoAZ) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Sink, bunk covers, badges, material for repairs etc.

Seat covers have been shipped by Exmoor, now need to strip the front seats ready (the covers are badly damaged, rears are OK'ish). Purchased some hessian the other day to cover the seat springs (as original) and some synthetic wadding for the top surfaces of the seats. Original was cotton based but cannot find it so synthetic it is.....


Colin

gromit
11th February 2016, 04:58 PM
Seat covers arrived today.
The 'elephant hide' is a good match to the original.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/02/998.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/XfVBM7)DSCN3814 (https://flic.kr/p/XfVBM7) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Have to sell one of the kids to pay for them now !


Colin

dickyjoe
13th February 2016, 10:39 PM
Looking great and loving reading your progress on Walter.

gromit
16th February 2016, 03:14 PM
Just scored a Fairey overdrive in Bendigo.
Supposedly reconditioned, I'll know more when I strip it down. On the plus side the input end looks unworn.

No operating lever but it was a bargain price. I already have a lever from another overdrive that came on a vehicle purchased some time ago. The input on that one was badly worn and I haven't even bothered to take it apart.

Between the two I should be able to give Walter longer legs......


Colin

litelandy
18th February 2016, 03:26 PM
Gday Colin does Walter have the rear seat stowing straps still? If so could you please post some pictures of them? Also I'm very eager see your seat refurb!

Cheers

Glen

gromit
19th February 2016, 06:53 AM
Gday Colin does Walter have the rear seat stowing straps still? If so could you please post some pictures of them? Also I'm very eager see your seat refurb!

Cheers

Glen

Glen,

There are a lot of brackets/straps etc. added by previous owners but I couldn't find rear seat stowing straps (didn't know that they could be 'stowed').
OK just found a picture on Terri Ann's website http://www.expeditionlandrover.info/Dormobile/seats.html

If you ask on the Land Rover Classic Campers forum I'm sure someone will provide pictures. http://www.lrcc.org.uk/


Seat refurb may be some time away but I'll post any pictures.

What year/model is yours ?


Colin

litelandy
19th February 2016, 10:52 AM
Cheers Colin. I've been through TerriAnn's website and also emailed her directly but I can't get a clear indication of where the straps anchor to.

I've recently acquired the Dormy in Perth. It's a '64 or '65 2A converted in '65. It's in reasonably good nick although the cooker and wardrobes have long been removed.

I can't work out how to post a picture!

Glen

litelandy
19th February 2016, 11:23 AM
Hopefully this works!

gromit
19th February 2016, 12:52 PM
Glen,
That's the one Cliffy recently sold, there are some picture of it on this forum from some time ago.

Have you joined the Land Rover Classic Camper forum in the UK ? Someone there will have the details I'm sure.


Colin

litelandy
19th February 2016, 01:01 PM
Yep that's the one! I'll have check out the Classic Campers forum. Cheers Colin

jerryd
19th February 2016, 09:56 PM
This one :)

litelandy
20th February 2016, 12:16 AM
That's the one Jerryd. It needs some work but it definitely has potential. Won't be long and I'll be taking it on weekends away!

gromit
22nd February 2016, 08:21 PM
Had to remove the drivers side wing tonight to get at a brake pipe.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/02/1004.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/WHEWUL)DSCN3820 (https://flic.kr/p/WHEWUL) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Is the pipe normally fixed to the battery tray legs ?

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/02/1005.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X4K7Z9)DSCN3821 (https://flic.kr/p/X4K7Z9) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

I'm going to replace any rusty brake pipes so the only way to get at this one was removing the wing, I hope the others are a bit easier to get to......

Next the outer wing panel needs to be straightened out.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/02/1006.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/W6dNrV)DSCN3823 (https://flic.kr/p/W6dNrV) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr


Colin

dickyjoe
22nd February 2016, 08:29 PM
Hi Colin

Yes it's standard. The brake pipe is fastened onto the leg of the battery tray.

Wings off make it heaps easier, especially when getting to the 5 way joiner on the chassis rail.

Richard

gromit
20th April 2016, 08:05 PM
Work and family commitments have slowed down work on Walter.

Brake pipe replaced and drivers side of front axle finished.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/04/946.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/XfVgqq)DSCN3832 (https://flic.kr/p/XfVgqq) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Managed to panel beat the wing back to shape but there's a section that needs to be shrunk so need to think about how to do it. I don't have oxy so I need to find someone who can work with aluminium.
I found another wing outer panel that looked OK, started to strip it and under about 5 layers of paint there was quite a bit of bog. Must have been like this for years.....

Started work on the rear axle passenger side.

Everything came off OK except for one spring bolt. Someone had fitted poly bushes in the past but I don't think anything was greased !
Took a reciprocating air saw to it.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/04/947.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/W3Joz5)DSCN3850 (https://flic.kr/p/W3Joz5) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

The bolt head end is still seized into the spring hanger.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/04/948.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/WHGKj7)DSCN3853 (https://flic.kr/p/WHGKj7) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Polybushes may be quick to fit but they are a PITA to remove if they are fitted dry.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/04/949.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X4MS6q)DSCN3959 (https://flic.kr/p/X4MS6q) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Just have to cut the original bush out of the chassis (this wasn't changed to poly bush) and re-fit some standard bushes with some copperslip on the bolts !


Wheel bearings were OK so new seal & re pack with grease, overhauled the brake slave cylinder just need to make up a new pipe to the junction on the axle and replace the flexi.
Once the spring has been repainted & new bushes fitted it will time to assemble, then I can turn Walter around and work on the other side.

Need to look out for someone parting out a LWB station wagon. I need 'B' & 'C' pillars that have seatbelt mountings (must have had them by Series III ?). Otherwise I'll have to improvise something.........


Colin

JDNSW
21st April 2016, 07:04 AM
Removing the front wing (mudguard in this country!) makes a lot of things easier. And it is quite easy if you do it more than once in a decade.

For example, I always remove one to take the head off - just makes it easier.

John

Dinty
21st April 2016, 07:32 AM
Same here John, I always remove LHS wing to access/remove the head, it also gives a better go @ the welch plugs as well, Colin, I always enjoy your images and mate your garage looks as bad as mine LOL cheers Dennis

gromit
21st April 2016, 07:06 PM
mudguard in this country!

OK but I originate from the UK plus all the Land Rover manuals call it a wing.

The other one I've fallen foul of is dynamo, I'm told 'here' it's a 'generator'.

Then if I mention 'nearside' or 'offside' people are really confused.......


Colin

Lionelgee
22nd April 2016, 01:35 PM
Then if I mention 'nearside' or 'offside' people are really confused....... Colin

Hmmm that got me thinking - nearside equals Kerbside. Offside equals ...? Apart from Driver's side as opposed to passenger's side. What would be the equivalent of the non-Kerbside term? Not including the term "offside" that is!

Kind Regards
Lionel

gromit
22nd April 2016, 09:51 PM
Lionel,

Have a read of this :-

Near Side (http://www.infoplease.com/dictionary/brewers/near-side.html)


Colin

gromit
1st May 2016, 06:11 PM
After chopping up some branches that fell in the storm last night then running one of the boys to Venturers I managed some time on Walter.

Finished off the offside rear (drivers side).

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/05/950.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/W3Jjd9)DSCN3870 (https://flic.kr/p/W3Jjd9) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/05/951.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/WHGP8j)DSCN3872 (https://flic.kr/p/WHGP8j) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr


Made a new brake pipe from the T-connector to the backplate. Later I'll replace the flexi and also re-make the line from front to rear.

Next weekend I'll get it started and turn it around so that I can work on the other side.
Once that's done I can re-cover the seats and look into installing seatbelts. Most of the mountings look straightforward (advert in the Wanted section of Markets) but at the moment I'm not sure how to fit the upper mount for the front belts, where to mount the front inertia reels and I may have to fabricate the lower mount for the rear belts.


Colin

jerryd
1st May 2016, 06:27 PM
Hi Colin, I fitted Defender seat belts in mine, the dormobile was exactly the same as the defender so they bolted straight in. Just a bit tricky when folding seats into the bed position.

dickyjoe
2nd May 2016, 11:58 AM
Ah love this country! We use a bit from the UK and a bit from the USA.

Hoods and bonnets, trunks and boots, wings fenders and mudguards :-)

gromit
2nd May 2016, 04:50 PM
Hi Colin, I fitted Defender seat belts in mine, the dormobile was exactly the same as the defender so they bolted straight in. Just a bit tricky when folding seats into the bed position.

Jerry,
Did your Series III have seat belt mounting points already fitted ?

The problem with my IIa is that there are no mounting points to start with. I already have the seatbelts from Paddocks, just have to figure out how I'm going to install them.

The only concerns at the moment are the top mount for the front seats (in the B pillar) and the bottom mounts by the doors for the second row.
The second row mounts for the Defender go into the angled section of the floor which will be easy to replicate.
Someone has drilled a hole straight through the B pillars in the IIa at roughly the correct height, there is one belt still mounted so I'll have to see if there is an anti-crush spacer in-between.


Colin

gromit
4th June 2016, 05:40 PM
Started stripping down the passenger side hub.
Brake shoes OK, wheel cylinders will need kits through them, brake flexi and the rigid brake pipe need replacing.

Drained semi liquid grease from the swivel hub but when taken apart found that the lack of regular use had meant that the casing for the Railco bush and also the pin had rusted badly. With new seals it will be filled with EP90 so hopefully it will get splashed around to stop any future rusting.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/06/1002.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/W3Kyuo)DSCN3949 (https://flic.kr/p/W3Kyuo) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/06/1003.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X4MYeh)DSCN3952 (https://flic.kr/p/X4MYeh) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr


The swivel hub has pitted chrome but I have a good replacement and the Railco bush & pin are OK.

Time to start paint removal & de-rusting then everything will need a repaint.



Colin

chazza
5th June 2016, 08:18 AM
Unfortunately I found that one of the swivels has badly pitted chrome (I'll take a guess that all the oil has escaped from the swivel hub).

I'll be on the lookout for either a replacement axle or at least a more serviceable swivel.....

Colin

Nice car Colin!

Why don't you soak the swivel in molasses until the rust has gone and then fill the pits with an epoxy filler.

I did this on my S3 2 or 3 years ago and no oil has leaked since :)

Cheers Charlie

gromit
5th June 2016, 10:18 AM
Charlie,
Haven't seen you on the forum much recently......

Fortunately I picked up a s/h axle a while ago with better swivels. Also collected some parts a while back and there was one swivel housing complete and the chrome looks perfect.

I used epoxy resin on my Series I and Wallit (Series III) but there were only a few pits. This one is quite bad........

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/06/1001.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X7G8pz)DSCN3957 (https://flic.kr/p/X7G8pz) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Colin

chazza
6th June 2016, 08:45 AM
OK but I originate from the UK plus all the Land Rover manuals call it a wing.

The other one I've fallen foul of is dynamo, I'm told 'here' it's a 'generator'.


Colin

I call it a wing as well.

When I was young, it was pointed out to me that both alternators and dynamos are generators of electricity; so I call it a dynamo as well. :D

How many people call a damper the incorrect name of shock absorber?

Top work Colin! I only realised this morning, that I had read only half of this thread yesterday when I posted about the swivel - apologies for wasting your time,

Cheers Charlie

Dark61
6th June 2016, 09:32 AM
just a quickie to say thanks for the very clear and detailed photo's in this thread. A picture paints a thousand words.
cheers,
D

gromit
11th June 2016, 08:48 PM
The front swivel hub came off without any problems but then it came to removing the leaf spring.......
I'm really beginning to dislike poly bushes, not that I was ever a fan of them.

When they were fitted no grease was used so the bolts seize in the anti-crush tube and the tube rusts and doesn't want to come out of the poly bush.
The ones fitted are a single piece with a very small flange, looks like the flange gets squished down to force it into place then the anti-crush tube is fitted.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/06/1004.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/W3KnjC)DSCN3960 (https://flic.kr/p/W3KnjC) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Managed to get the spring off and then had to drift the bolt out of one of the anti-crush tubes.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/04/949.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X4MS6q)DSCN3959 (https://flic.kr/p/X4MS6q) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

The hole in the chassis was rusted internally so I used a piece of dowel with a cut in one end and some coarse emery in the cut. With this in a drill I managed to clean the rust away.

Installing the conventional bush.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/06/1005.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/XjAqYB)DSCN3965 (https://flic.kr/p/XjAqYB) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

I did apply some Copaslip but it was hard work winding it into place.

I ended up with a puller to remove the poly bush from one of the spring eyes. Hitting it with a drift didn't work because of the resilience of the polyurethane.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/06/1006.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X4MLcS)DSCN3967 (https://flic.kr/p/X4MLcS) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

New bushes installed after rust removal.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/06/1007.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/XjAmv8)DSCN3968 (https://flic.kr/p/XjAmv8) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

I tend not to use grease on the outside of the spring bushes since I had problems with another vehicle where the bush ended up loose in the spring eye.

Managed to de-rust everything and get some painting done so should be able to re-assemble once I've shimmed up the replacement swivel hub and re-sealed the slave cylinders.



Colin

gromit
18th June 2016, 07:29 PM
Found a front swivel hub assembly the other day in my collection of bits, the chrome looked perfect !
Stripped it down and found that the Railco bush had been loose in the swivel and the hole was worn oval !!

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/06/1008.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X6vvKA)DSCN3795 (https://flic.kr/p/X6vvKA) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Re-assembled the front passenger side hub/brake etc. today.

Slave cylinders ready for re-assembly.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/06/1009.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/XjAgYx)DSCN3975 (https://flic.kr/p/XjAgYx) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Shimming the swivel.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/06/1010.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X4MFah)DSCN3977 (https://flic.kr/p/X4MFah) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

I've found that nipping the Railco pin in place to get roughly the correct pre-load you can slip shims into the gap to determine roughly what's needed. Add another 0.003" shim and re-assemble & tighten and it's usually about right (add or subtract to get it correct) but it was spot on this time.

Assembly nearly finished, brake shoes installed.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/06/1011.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/XjAcpn)DSCN3980 (https://flic.kr/p/XjAcpn) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Ready for the wheel to go back on.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/06/1012.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/W3KCtL)DSCN3985 (https://flic.kr/p/W3KCtL) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Onto the passenger side rear next then a few brake pipes to make up.


Colin

gromit
21st July 2016, 07:06 AM
More fun last night removing rusted leaf spring bolts from poly bushes.

The inner steel tube isn't very well rust proofed (maybe zinc passivated), that and a lack of grease on assembly means that the bolts rust to the tube, the tube swells & you have to cut them out.

Used an air saw again because the Dormy is inside the garage. Now just have to extract the polybush & rusted bolt & tube !

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2016/07/1125.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/W6gUzk)DSCN4097 (https://flic.kr/p/W6gUzk) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr


Colin

gromit
26th March 2017, 08:56 PM
I haven't been doing much on the Dormobile for a while.
I did get some Troopy tyres a while ago, then got the rims blasted and have just painted them in 007 Limestone.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2017/03/934.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/XfWopo)DSCN4280 (https://flic.kr/p/XfWopo) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr



The wire frames in front of the wheels I made for lifting them. I have to paint outside then move them inside to fully dry.

Need to get the brakes finished (a few more pipes to make up) then re-upholster the seats.


Colin

gromit
6th April 2017, 05:35 PM
Wheels now have tyres fitted. Expensive hobby even with Toyota take-off tyres

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2017/04/1079.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/XfWpVQ)DSCN4293 (https://flic.kr/p/XfWpVQ) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Need to remove the temporary wheels and fit these at the weekend.


Colin

gromit
23rd April 2017, 11:07 AM
Had a look at seatbelt mountings today. Because I'll be taking the kids out in Walter I've been told inertia reel belts are preferred......

The Dormobile has 3 seats in the front and 2 individual seats in the rear, it's old enough to not need belts but came with two dodgy front belts fitted. Bits of angle iron bolted through the rear floor, holes through the B pillars but no crush tubes etc. etc.

I've already got the inertia reels & a lap belt for the centre front (although I want to get onto the supplier because the inertia reels come with stalks which isn't going to work too well with the dormobile seats).

I parted out a LWB Station Wagon a while ago and scored some mounts and 67hardtop supplied some brackets a long while ago so I'm nearly there.

Front top mount, bolts to rear of B pillar.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2017/04/1080.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/WHJh5o)DSCN4311 (https://flic.kr/p/WHJh5o) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2017/04/1081.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/XfWA9W)DSCN4316 (https://flic.kr/p/XfWA9W) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Lower front centre mounts.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2017/04/1082.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/WHJetw)DSCN4313 (https://flic.kr/p/WHJetw) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2017/04/1083.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/XfWCTd)DSCN4314 (https://flic.kr/p/XfWCTd) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Lower front mount is standard Land Rover, down beside the seatbox.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2017/04/1084.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X6wCVL)DSCN3259 (https://flic.kr/p/X6wCVL) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Just need to work out where to mount the inertia reels where they don't interfere with the seats. May end up low down on the B pillar.


Rear upper mounts.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2017/04/1085.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/XfWxes)DSCN4318 (https://flic.kr/p/XfWxes) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Inertia reel can mount like this.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2017/04/1086.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/XhwXCo)DSCN3865 (https://flic.kr/p/XhwXCo) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Just need to work out the rear lower centre & side mounts.



Colin

gromit
23rd April 2017, 09:32 PM
I'm on the lookout for a Smiths heater to replace the one that's been removed from Walter.
De-mister pipes are there but the heater is AWOL.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/01/1310.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/W66S7p)DSCF3449 (https://flic.kr/p/W66S7p) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

My Series I has a home made jobbie.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2015/06/828.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/WDoEor)DSCN3522 (https://flic.kr/p/WDoEor) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

In my travels I've scored a couple of these.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2017/04/1087.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/WKqvQJ)DSCN3521 (https://flic.kr/p/WKqvQJ) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

They are made by Toa Denso.
I googled and couldn't come up with much but they seem to have been an aftermarket heater you could buy to fit to any vehicle (I found some posts on a Holden forum). I did also find reference to them being sold in K-Mart ?!
A bit smaller diameter than the Smiths and not quite what I'm looking for.


The search continues.....

gromit
13th May 2017, 08:02 AM
Thanks to a couple of fellow forum members I now have enough bits to make up a suitable Smith's heater.
The door knobs & clips are available from the UK, although I did wonder about tracking someone down who can plastic print the door knobs (high tech for a 50 year old vehicle). Just need some door clips, which are also available from the UK, but I might try to make some first.

Next I'm trying to track down the original sound deadening (sort of) carpet for the firewall etc. The material is Hardura Hardura (Tuffelt Classic) | Trimming Materials (http://www.car-hood.co.uk/hardura-tuffelt-classic) but I haven't yet found anyone in Australia that sells it at a reasonable price (Classic British & German have it at $69 per mtr but I'll have to check what width). I have an industrial sewing machine so if I can source the material could possibly make up a set.
Exmoor supply what I need Search results for: 'hardura' | Exmoor Trim (http://www.exmoortrim.co.uk/catalogsearch/result/?cat=0&q=hardura) but getting expensive by the time you add freight.
The only other option is someone parting out a vehicle with DeLuxe trim.

Mine is 'passable' but has a few holes and a couple of pieces are missing. I parted out a wagon recently with DeLuxe trim and the Hardura parts were worse than those in Walter !


Colin

gromit
4th July 2017, 09:32 PM
Since Photobucket are holding me to ransom I'll have to re-insert the photos for this thread, in the meantime.....

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2017/07/141.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/W9yKyS)Dormobile 1 (https://flic.kr/p/W9yKyS) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr


Colin

Chops
4th July 2017, 09:48 PM
It says flickers server hasn't got the DNS address bit ??

gromit
4th July 2017, 10:01 PM
It says flickers server hasn't got the DNS address bit ??

OK looks like I haven't got the hang of it just yet......


Colin

gromit
2nd December 2017, 04:48 PM
Haven't been doing much on the Dormobile for a while, need to get a military Land Rover ready for Corowa next year.

Still on the lookout for parts though. The Father-in-law is clearing out some gear he won't use now due to health issues, picked up a stainless steel two burner stove & grill that should fit the Dormy (I'll keep the old one stored somewhere).

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2017/12/31.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/ZJmccr)DSCN4590 (https://flic.kr/p/ZJmccr) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Also scored a hand winch, chainsaw and a 21litre Engel fridge. Plus some other bits & pieces like a home built storage system for a Suzuki Jimney c/w a hand operated 'forklift' he used to get it in & out of the vehicle ! Looks like a trip to the scrap merchants is on the cards soon.


Colin

gromit
14th June 2018, 06:56 PM
I'm still working on a military Land Rover, one of my boys has a Subaru to get through a roadworthy, I have a couple of sheds to finish but I've been tidying up round the Dormobile and I'm starting to look for parts to get the project moving again.

The indicator lenses have faded and the sidelight lenses have cracked, they are the Sparto ones fitted in the UK back in the 60's. I was lucky to get one sidelight lens at the swap meet at Cooma but need another plus four indicators. They are a different shape to the usual Lucas items.

https://www.aulro.com/afvb/images/imported/2018/06/96.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/X4DRGA)DSCF3453 (https://flic.kr/p/X4DRGA) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

I've posted a wanted advert on the forum and next will have to try a few companies in the UK
Sparto Indicator lenses (https://www.aulro.com/afvb/wanted-adverts/262379-sparto-indicator-lenses.html)


Colin

gromit
5th August 2018, 08:51 PM
Having a tidy up ready for a 'hard rubbish' collection and I thought I'd sort out a roof rack given to me by a fellow forum member ages ago (thanks Ian).

The aim was to cut down a roofrack to make one that fits over the front section of the roof and overhangs the bonnet.
The rack had lots of bits welded onto it and weighed a 'ton' so out with the angle grinder and a few cutting discs later I had some parts to weld together a shortened roofrack.

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/931/43141976154_99bba5f584_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/28JiUt5)DSCN4892 (https://flic.kr/p/28JiUt5) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr

Took ages to cut/grind off all the additions that had been welded on. Just need to weld on some legs and brackets for support arms down to the windscreen pivots. Then it'll need sandblasting & painting......


Colin

67hardtop
5th August 2018, 09:30 PM
Been a bit busy there Colin??

gromit
2nd December 2018, 09:12 PM
Just found a video on YouTube of a Series I gathering at Gembrook back in 2007.
The landowner Steve is a member here.

YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgawZR0S80Y)

I noticed a Dormobile, looked a bit closer and it's the one I now own ! It appears a few times but at 50s in there is a rear side view and a couple of distinctive items that confirm it's mine.
Contacted Steve and it turns out that Bevan Fenner was driving it, he put me on to it a few years ago........small World.


Colin

gromit
22nd December 2018, 05:11 PM
Early Christmas presents arrived.

https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7854/45502374185_7b6966be5e_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/2cjTyyR)DSCN4993 (https://flic.kr/p/2cjTyyR) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr


Thanks Santa......sorry, I mean thanks Charlie.


Just need a driveshaft for the Capstan winch and I'm a lot closer to getting it working.

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4314/36267799186_4bdf220b2b_z.jpg (https://flic.kr/p/XfRX9w)DSCN3552 (https://flic.kr/p/XfRX9w) by Colin Radley (https://www.flickr.com/photos/152321353@N07/), on Flickr



Colin

Chops
22nd December 2018, 09:38 PM
Colin, Iím guessing the bracket looking parts are for the winch?

gromit
23rd December 2018, 08:38 AM
Colin, Iím guessing the bracket looking parts are for the winch?

Hi Marcus,
Yes, for the fairlead roller, the brackets on mine are broken. If I can find someone who can alloy weld mine could be repaired.

Read that you moved earlier in the week, you should have shouted and I'd have given a hand. I'm off till the 14th (but Tracy has a few jobs for me to do) so if you need help when you're back let me know.


Colin

gromit
17th November 2019, 09:58 PM
I had a fellow forum member round on Saturday looking at seatbelt mounts etc.
We looked at the Dormobile and the brackets I'd acquired, compared it to the Defender and worked out how to install the mounts.

Today I had an hour or so spare so I removed some of the bracketry a previous owner had installed and started looking at seat removal (to fit new covers). I was disappointed to find that a latch mechanism on one of the rear seats had been cut off and it's mating part unbolted & removed !
There are two single seats in the second row of a Dormobile and they can be moved together and laid down (to form the main bed). The latch stops the seat folding accidentally so I need to pull out the seat that's complete and copy the mechanism.
Re-covering will be fun as it's an inner sprung seat not the usual block of foam covered with vinyl.

One of the grab rails on the back of a front seat is also missing so I need to get some pipe bent with quite a tight radius to make a replacement.

It looks like installing the seatbelt brackets will mean taking the hardboard headlining out and removing timber battens that are used to mount the headlining and curtain rails.
I also need to lift the roof to get the rear sidepanals out to replace the seals top & bottom.

There's a lot of work to restoring a LWB Station Wagon and even more with a Dormobile !


Colin

jerryd
24th November 2019, 12:54 AM
Hi Colin, I might have a single seat grab bar in the shed on my spare seat, will have to check.

It took me nearly 2 months to restore my seats but well worth the effort. I'm not staying original on the dormobile as I want it to be user friendly [bighmmm] so I've gone on a ''Out Of Africa'' theme for my seats and curtains.

The trimmer did a great job but costs went way over his quote, I ended up making new seat back panels, new foam, repairs and replacement springs etc. I stripped all the frames and re painted them.

I have some oddments of elephant hide material tucked away also, might be useful to someone.

gromit
24th November 2019, 09:18 AM
Hi Colin, I might have a single seat grab bar in the shed on my spare seat, will have to check.



Jerry,
If you have a spare grab rail it would be very helpful. I actually need the passenger (longer) bar but I could lengthen it easily and at least the bend radius matches the other one.
I like your seatcovers but I'm using Elephant hide........

I've started to add the rear seatbelts.
SWB hardtop brackets required holes drilling. Because of the timber for the headlining & curtain rail to attach to you have to remove the timber strip & cut out sections to clear the bolts. I'll paint the brackets green when the roof is removed somewhere down the track....

Mounting the inertia reel was straightforward. Pulled out the captive nut strip where the sidepanel is held to an angle bracket and managed to drill & tap one the the nuts to 7/16" UNF. Drill a clearance hole in the sidepanel and bolt up the inertia reel.
The lower mount should be easy, just need to weld a 7/16" UNF nut to strip of steel.

The inner one's behind the seat will be a bit harder, I'll have to plate either side of the floor. Then I need to get onto the seatbelt supplier in the UK because the inertia reels come with stalks and I want webbing for the inner mounts because the seats have to fold down.

I may get a chance to remove the rear seats today and start copying the latch that's missing on one of them !


Colin

67hardtop
24th November 2019, 04:18 PM
Colin , I have a friend who can get almost any seatbelt combo you want. Inertia reel with stalks or even webbed buckles. Just need to know what exactly ur looking for and I can tell u if it's available, and a price including postage to you through his business. I've just recently fitted new seat belts to my bushpig perentie with longer stalks so the belts fit around my guts better ..lol. I fitted the belts I removed to the piglet stage 1. Let me know if u need me to check them out for you. Cheers mate. Rod.

gromit
25th November 2019, 06:44 AM
Colin , I have a friend who can get almost any seatbelt combo you want. Inertia reel with stalks or even webbed buckles. Just need to know what exactly ur looking for and I can tell u if it's available, and a price including postage to you through his business.

PM sent

67hardtop
25th November 2019, 09:11 AM
That's cheap. The belts are about $130.
PM sentDunno what's happening there? The belts are about $130 each for inertia type. Not sure on lap belt type. My mate, I've just found out, is away for a couple weeks. Few marital probs. The belts that he gets mostly fit Aussie cars, just thought u might be able to get something that fits. If the belts u need are fairly specific then he may Not be able to help. Plus he's the sort of bloke that won't contact you. He deals mostly through his eBay store, Holdspares* with the asterisk. Just thinking he's prob not the sorta fella that would go out of his way these days. Hmmm. Cheers Colin.

gromit
25th November 2019, 12:47 PM
Rod,
I'll get lap belts from Paddocks ($25 each) which will give me the end I need instead of the wire stalks.

Colin

67hardtop
25th November 2019, 10:26 PM
Sounds like a much better idea I think Colin. Cheers
Rod,
I'll get lap belts from Paddocks ($25 each) which will give me the end I need instead of the wire stalks.

Colin

gromit
30th November 2019, 09:25 PM
Every time I work on the Dormobile I find something missing or broken !

Previous owners have added & removed bits & pieces so there are plenty of extra holes. Today I found screws missing from one of the rear seats and some 2BA pan head screws from the rear sidepanel that have gone walkabout ! Also found some rust in the bottom of the passenger side B pillar. At some point in the future I'll have to remove the side of the Dormy (A pillar, B pillar & 1/2 C pillar) to fix the rust. I do have a spare pair of panels that are reasonably rust free but it's not a job I'm looking forward to.

Anyway, managed to get another couple of seatbelt mounts in place. Had to remove the headlining panel which needs to be replaced and, just like in a caravan found the sharp end self tapping screws poking through the roof and all sorts of work that was done to fit the opening roof section.
The front section of the roof has some brackets bolted on where a roofrack must have been fitted in the past. Inside there was a curved steel brace to take the weight to the gutters.

The 'headlining' is hardboard (Masonite) with a vinyl covering. I've found a few potential suppliers but I'm guessing it might be something used in the caravan industry. My only concern is that it's curved at the edges. I wonder if it's just forced into shape or whether you have to damp it down and clamp it in a former ??


Colin

gromit
10th December 2019, 06:30 AM
Parts turned up from Paddocks in under a week so I now have some seatbelts to work with.

I'm looking at making a former for bending the Masonite for the headlining. No idea what I'm doing so hope it works out.....
I'm a member of a local woodwork club (Mens Shed) so I'll cut out the parts to make the formers, I need one for the tapered section on the front headlining and another for the two short side pieces.

I spoke with a customer who works at a company that laminate boards, he wasn't aware of vinyl clad Masonite so it must be something from the 60's in the UK when the Dormobile was made. He suggested companies that vinyl clad kitchen cabinet doors or the other alternative is to wrap one side in vinyl.


Colin