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    113-372

    never get the hang of posting pix in here
    done it at last, albeit 6 hours later LOL now to be able to remember how 2 tomorrow LOL cheers Dennis
    ps this pic was taken by a Aussie MP whilst on tour in Sth Vietnam in or around 1967, the vehicle, which I now own is under a total restoration, like the rest of em, this picture was taken in downtown Saigon, efforts are under way to find out all the names of the MP's in the pic including the Sth Vietnamese regular, I have had this picture enlarged to 15" x 12", it is a great pic don't you agree, don't you love that Siren [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsUD9U2XzaQ"]YouTube- 113-372 MP Siren.avi[/nomedia] all it needs is to be painted RED,,.

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    Day one 113-372

    G'day All, Day one, 9/1/10 the start of another long journey breathing life back into 113-372, or as I had known it for more years than I care to remember BLR-626 it belonged to a local sawmilling company, it did many years of sterling service in the Wattagan's and through the Broken back ranges.
    From early 2002 it sat in a side street in Morpeth NSW, just waiting for me and the right time. Well all that changed late last year, a deal was agreed on a date was made for a tilt tray truck and that was that, here are a few pix of Day 1.




    [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rDXhT4_qDM"]YouTube- coming home.avi[/nomedia]
    and a short clip following the tilt tray, more to follow, maybe tomorrow cheers Dennis

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    Day 2

    Day 2 will be no different to day 1 or day 161, full on slog stripping down to the bare chassis.
    We have had more than our fair share of crappy weather here, I feel like I live in England or some other wet country, anyway most of the nuts n bolts undo without too much hassle, those that hesitate, well they have 2 holes drilled in them, then they lose their head.
    The rear differential must have had a very bad leak around the pinion, as there was dry oil n dirt attached to the chassis in copious amounts, when I dropped all the oils from engine/transmission etc I noted they were all below what should have been in each area, but as I would discover later, everything was A OK, thankfully.
    Note the civvie shackles, most likely because they couldn't get shock absorbers to suit, or it could have been because of the late owner and his ever present medical condition (which I will not go into) ,,.




    note that the Land Rover only had a lhs fuel tank, methinks the other was damaged so badly, it was left out altogether, Dullbird now owns the 2 rims n tyres on the front.
    The tub was checked over and it was decided at a board meeting (me, myself & my alter ego (all 3 of us)) that the rhs was a write off.
    The rhs tub was full of BOG, Land Rovers and BOG don't mix full stop, hark back to the pic of 113-372 in downtown Saigon looking very shmick n smart

    to looking like this when 'Stan M' took the photo on his way back to Oz after completing his tour of duty in Sth Vietnam

    I discovered that 113-372 MUST have had an accident in Saigon, the 'Provos' would have requisitioned another Land Rover, 113-372 went to ?RAEME for repairs for an unspecified period, during this period the rhs of the tub was removed and very expertly put back into place by an unknown RAEME fitter, and I must say, what a expert job he did at that, tub side refitted with Csk alloy (solid rivets) filed over etc etc, anyway to cut a long story short, 113-372 had been replaced by another Land Rover and was now relegated to airfield security as you can see by the pic, and 113-372 was just another truck,,.
    In it's life after the military, it was bought at auction by a chap (now deceased) called Allan Howarth (Newcastle Land Rover Owners club of which there are probably no L/R's in, and the area up in the Barrington Tops aka 'The Lease' is named after him), he bought it as stated, ?? did some titavating, then sold it to 'Craft Bros' sawmills.
    Somewhere during it's life with the sawmill, it had a heavy vehicle back into the rhs side of the tub, punching a rather large hole (approx 3" x 3") this was bashed over and bogged up, which over time, as previously stated Bog n L/rs dont mix, it cracked from vibration etc and it looked sh***ty, so I decided to remove the offending panel completly,,,.
    more to follow shortly cheers Dennis
    ps if you find this boring well dont follow it

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    Great work Dennis, gee you dont mess around once you start something. The Bridge Weight disc is very interesting in the first MP photo.

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    G'day All, Yes Mick, it is rather unusual, a 'White BWD with a Red Rat', methinks (my thoughts only) that it was painted 'White' to help easily identify it as a Provo vehicle by the Sth Vietnamese Provos aka White Mice, how many of these personell would have had a good grasp of English etc etc.
    There were a few Land Rovers in country that remained 'Deep Bronze Green' 113-243 was such an example (Nui Dat's CO) picture courtesy of Wayne Roddy circa 1968 within REMLR archives, but again there could have been another reason altogether LOL, anyway cheers Dennis

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    Hi Dennis

    I fined your post very interesting, please keep up the posts & pics.
    I enjoy reading the HH posts about Bessie as well.
    I am about to start on my resto very soon and your post encourage me.
    Keep up the great work.
    Mike

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    G'day All,
    I set about removing the rhs of the tub because of it's badly damaged side etc, the floor didn't fair much better either, it was bent n buckled from years of having heavy machine parts dropped in and onto it, and you guessed it the tailgate was US, a total basket of bent alloy with steel bolted onto it etc etc, it was scrap.
    It takes some time to drill through spot welds/rivets etc and just when you think you have them all theres always another LOL.






    I refitted Gal/corner sections, easier to do when you can turn it on it's head etc, and refitted the fuel filler as well.


    I then trial fitted with 3/16 pop rivets the rhs donor section and checked it for square etc, it wasn't too bad, but the alloy extrusion across the rear was badly out of shape and I couldn't get the tailgate opening correct, so with a bit more brute force etc (heavy angle iron and G clamps) + my FBH (flamin big hammer) we managed to get the gap equally spaced, off then down to Newcastle to buy a section of aluminium to refit the floor, it fitted like a finger in a well you know where, anyway cheers Dennis

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    G'day Dinty


    Aah! I can see another Class 1A restoration coming on just like all the others,that is why your resto's are so well regarded, and it provides good therapy



    cheers
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dinty View Post
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    is that an SAS style rifle box running on drivers side front panel? hard to tell in the light of the photo...
    I see that there are also the holes that I presume are from the aerial fitted in the airfield photo on the rear left corner..

    By the way that photo looks like it was taken yesterday (except for the vietnamese flags in background)

    as usual watching with intense interest!

    digger


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    Hi there Dinty

    Well done for another progress report of another exceptional rebuild report.

    Looking forwards to additional posts...........

    PS - looking forwards to summer to assist getting motivated in the shed (been a exceptional cold and wet winter in the Flinders Rangers (SA))

    All the best

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