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    SERIES 3, 1973 with HOLDEN 186 MOTOR

    We've recently joined and started posting about "Bev" in the Series 2A section, however, we have put the Series 2A on the backburner for the moment because we just bought this Series 3, 1973 model so thought we'd better post here. We've christened him "Forrest".

    For those of you familiar with 186 Holden motor conversions we would love your comments on the process of conversion and what jumps out at you from our photos. We know that it's quite common for this to have been done but that's about all we know. The plan for this project is to strip down completely and restore from the ground up so if you have any suggestions, recommendations please feel free to jump in and comment. We have some books and a cd arriving and also have Land Rover Workshop Manuals parts 1 & 2 but for Series 2A.

    We realize there is a lot on the forum to search through and have been reading various threads and watching videos and learnt bits and pieces but need to work out a plan of attack for our project.

    cheers
    Garry and Veronica









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    Dont know if it is the picture playing tricks but that motor appears to be crooked towards the drivers side
    cheers chris


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    Hello Gary,

    That is a nice looking rig you have got for yourself there!

    You might want to ask a convenor to shift your thread as there is a dedicated Holden powered group located not far below the Series III page.



    Mine is 202 cubic inch Holden motor.

    There is a "Sticky Note" about alignment issues with the gearbox and Holden engine interface. It is well worth a read - available from the Holden page Both links accessed August 2, 2017 are: https://www.aulro.com/afvb/holden-po...es-land-rovers and the Sticky Note BEFORE FITTING A HOLDEN ENGINE CHECK ALIGMENT FIRST

    Kind Regards
    Lionel

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    Thanks very much for the links Lionel, I will take a look at them. We are keeping in mind both Series 3 restoration and Holden motor posts so have been searching and doing lots of reading. May be pertinent to post in both areas to start with as you never know whose attention we may grab. All responses are greatly appreciated at this early stage of things for us as we are learning.

    We were quite pleased with our Landy find and hope to have it running around on the road again. (We have a Series 2A lurking in the background too)

    I think I've come across the sticky on alignment issues so am looking into that further. The conversion on ours has been done by someone and it looks like it has been mucked about a bit with regards to extra fuel tank and water supply in the back, possibly for camping or long range trips.

    Thanks very much for your comment.

    Cheers
    Garry



    Quote Originally Posted by Lionelgee View Post
    Hello Gary,

    That is a nice looking rig you have got for yourself there!

    You might want to ask a convenor to shift your thread as there is a dedicated Holden powered group located not far below the Series III page.



    Mine is 202 cubic inch Holden motor.

    There is a "Sticky Note" about alignment issues with the gearbox and Holden engine interface. It is well worth a read - available from the Holden page Both links accessed August 2, 2017 are: https://www.aulro.com/afvb/holden-po...es-land-rovers and the Sticky Note BEFORE FITTING A HOLDEN ENGINE CHECK ALIGMENT FIRST

    Kind Regards
    Lionel

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    Looks nice and tidy. Is it a runner?
    cheers,
    d

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    Thanks for picking that up Chris, will be taking a closer look.

    Quote Originally Posted by rangieman View Post
    Dont know if it is the picture playing tricks but that motor appears to be crooked towards the drivers side

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    Not at this stage. Been out of action since 2006. Pretty dodgy wiring and fuel lines I think. Everything else is looking good though so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark61 View Post
    Looks nice and tidy. Is it a runner?
    cheers,
    d

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    All good. I keep threatening to fire up my 179 - not far off now but there is always something getting in the way of it

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    STRIP DOWN HAS STARTED

    The only part removed from "Forrest" so far was the front grille.

    It was time to start stripping down for real. Here are some progress shots. The Tropical Roof still attached with what looks to be the original white nylon spacers.








    The windscreen has a unique method of attachment.







    Seats and front windscreen removed.

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    SHOULD THE HOLDEN MOTOR STAY IN THE 3 OR GO?

    Right now in our 88" we have a Holden 186 motor with what looks to be a poorly done conversion. The motor turns but don't know if it runs. As you will see by our previous photos we are in early strip down/assessment mode and working out what we really want to do with the III.

    We also have "Bev" a Series IIA 2.25 petrol, chassis D, negative ground, so we have the option of moving it's motor over to the Series III chassis A if this is possible. From what I've been able to find, info tells me that this is the same motor that was in the early Series III. The previous owner tells me the IIA motor was running prior to being parked up about 7 yrs ago.

    My intention is to get the Series III restored, running and over the pits. Veronica wants to keep "Bev's" exterior charm but isn't fussed about her being registered, maybe just be used on the farm.

    Apart from the obvious differences between the two motors would love some comments or advice on the advantages or disadvantages of swapping the motors between vehicles and any pitfalls that may be encountered other than some of those I've been reading about on this site. Lots of modification work has been done on the III chassis to accommodate the 186 and radiator so even if it stays there is still going to be restorative work to be done.

    cheers
    Garry






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