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    Hi Colin, did ur relay have a grease nipple on the top? I have a relay out of a 2a ex military in my 2a and it had a grease nipple on top.
    Cheers, Rod


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    1967 Series 2a. 109 4 cyl petrol, Fairey o/drive, Athol Hedges roof.
    Currently undergoing rebuild.
    Will have-- soft top, 4 wheel disc brakes, salisbury rear diff, military colour, 12 pin nato socket, dual pintle hitch....

    1975 Series 3. 109 6cyl 186, 5 speed Nissan cabstar gearbox, mechanical winch, roo bar, kings awning, 50" light bar, roof rack, twin 6"light bars, kings awning tent.

    1969 NO. 5 trailer. ARN 176 464. soft top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 67hardtop View Post
    Hi Colin, did ur relay have a grease nipple on the top? I have a relay out of a 2a ex military in my 2a and it had a grease nipple on top.
    No grease nipple on this one Rod.

    You wonder why they switch from oil to grease because it's not hard to remove the lower plate, replace the seal & re-fit. I did that on my Series I a while back.

    Looks like thunderstorms today so maybe I'll get the shaft on the lathe & clean up where the seal bears. The diameter obviously reduces a bit but the seal still seals OK.

    Colin
    '56 Series 1 with homemade welder
    '65 Series IIa Dormobile
    '70 SIIa GS
    '76 SIII 88" (Isuzu C240)
    '81 SIII FFR
    '95 Defender Tanami
    '60 SII 109 ute (gone)
    Motorcycles :-
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    On to the next problem....

    The radiator has had a leak in the top tank since I got the IIa, as I currently have the front panel out I thought I'd investigate over the weekend.
    In the past I made a couple of plugs on short hoses, one has a Schrader valve the other a low pressure gauge. Clamped them on and got the bike pump out.....wouldn't hold pressure for long. Sprayed some soapy water around and found the solder had let go on the top tank for about 2-3 inches.

    Took it to Dandy Radiators today and after a chat with them they said they could just unsolder, clean & re-solder the top tank and it wouldn't be too expensive. Got a phone call earlier to say that the core has had it and a re-core will be about $700 if I want to go ahead. They are happy for me to pay for the labour/solder so far and collect it if I don't want to go ahead so........I'm on the lookout for a radiator (so much for a low cost rebuild !) while I deliberate over spending out on a re-core.

    DSCN4982 by Colin Radley, on Flickr

    Wanted advert posted in Markets
    Series IIa radiator wanted

    Colin
    '56 Series 1 with homemade welder
    '65 Series IIa Dormobile
    '70 SIIa GS
    '76 SIII 88" (Isuzu C240)
    '81 SIII FFR
    '95 Defender Tanami
    '60 SII 109 ute (gone)
    Motorcycles :-
    Vincent Rapide, Panther M100, Norton BIG4, Electra & Navigator, Matchless G80C

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    Not much work done on the IIa for a while now because I've been working on a shed to protect it from the elements.

    It's been parked (for some years) under a lean to, which is open on 3 sides so the birds roost on it, the dust blows in and during heavy rain parts of it get wet. I have a new canopy purchased some years back and I want to tidy up the paintwork so I need it better protected.

    Over Christmas I dug footings, poured concrete and laid a few courses of bricks. I'm in the process of making door frames, there are a couple of window frames (from someone's hard rubbish) to install then I need to buy some zincalume to clad it all.

    I need to get the steering relay back in and re-fit the front panel & replacement radiator (thanks to Goingbush) then I can move it out and level the floor of the shed. It'll either get a crushed rock floor or maybe concrete, time & spare cash dependant.

    Looks like it will miss another Corowa........it'll get there one year I'm sure.


    Colin
    '56 Series 1 with homemade welder
    '65 Series IIa Dormobile
    '70 SIIa GS
    '76 SIII 88" (Isuzu C240)
    '81 SIII FFR
    '95 Defender Tanami
    '60 SII 109 ute (gone)
    Motorcycles :-
    Vincent Rapide, Panther M100, Norton BIG4, Electra & Navigator, Matchless G80C

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    Front panel & radiator are back in but the wings are looking shabby.

    About 15 layers of camo green paint on top of the original green. Problem is the prep work by the Army wasn't too good so the camo green is lifting off in sheets.

    One wing is off and I've started the task of stripping back to bare metal. Found some bog a few layers of paint down, no real need for it and a bit of panel beating will get rid of the small dents. It takes a while to remove bog with paint stripper !

    I'm not sure how far I'll go with the paint stripping, the whole vehicle really needs doing......

    The blackout light is past it's use by date. Rusted quite badly but I could paint and re-fit it if I can't find a replacement.


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    '56 Series 1 with homemade welder
    '65 Series IIa Dormobile
    '70 SIIa GS
    '76 SIII 88" (Isuzu C240)
    '81 SIII FFR
    '95 Defender Tanami
    '60 SII 109 ute (gone)
    Motorcycles :-
    Vincent Rapide, Panther M100, Norton BIG4, Electra & Navigator, Matchless G80C

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    One more coat and lay it on thick. Will last another few years. 😉


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    Quote Originally Posted by Homestar View Post
    One more coat and lay it on thick. Will last another few years. 😉
    I did consider just re-painting.
    The toolholders sit in a recess of about 1mm due to the multi layers of paint. The paint is coming off in sheets, every stone chip has let the weather get under and the paint is lifting.
    Doors have already been stripped & re-painted so I'll do the exposed areas of the bulkhead and the wings at least.

    I need some sides on the shed then I can fit the new canopy. Birds are roosting on the hardtop at the moment !

    Colin
    '56 Series 1 with homemade welder
    '65 Series IIa Dormobile
    '70 SIIa GS
    '76 SIII 88" (Isuzu C240)
    '81 SIII FFR
    '95 Defender Tanami
    '60 SII 109 ute (gone)
    Motorcycles :-
    Vincent Rapide, Panther M100, Norton BIG4, Electra & Navigator, Matchless G80C

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    The drivers side wing is stripped back, just some minor panel beating to get it straight now the bog has been removed.

    The blackout light was past it's prime, full of rust and most of it beyond repair. I need a replacement if anyone has a spare Blackout light for IIa

    I ended up removing the outer panel of the wing, the gap between the outer & wing top was all over the place. In a few spots you could post a letter through the gap......time for some more panel beating.

    All the toolholders, TAC holder etc. are stripped & ready to paint. I may use a rattle can for some of the smaller parts, Eastern Auto Paints in Bayswater carry cans.


    Colin
    '56 Series 1 with homemade welder
    '65 Series IIa Dormobile
    '70 SIIa GS
    '76 SIII 88" (Isuzu C240)
    '81 SIII FFR
    '95 Defender Tanami
    '60 SII 109 ute (gone)
    Motorcycles :-
    Vincent Rapide, Panther M100, Norton BIG4, Electra & Navigator, Matchless G80C

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