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Thread: 2a GS Refurb ARN 178-334

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    2a GS Refurb ARN 178-334

    I collected a 1970 2a GS just before Christmas from a fellow forum member.

    This will be a long-term project, I'm already working on a Series III FFR plus ongoing work on a Series I, plus a Series III diesel (yet to be collected), maintenance on a Defender Tanami without the collection of old motorbikes ....What is it about Land Rovers and the need to collect as many variants as possible....

    I had already started the framework for a shed extension before buying this one and there is no room for it so it will have to stand outside. Luckily it has a hardtop fitted......

    Anyway I've attached a couple of pictures. It starts & runs OK, the exhaust is a little smoky, the radiator leaks, the canvas is beyond repair but it's complete and very original and came with a lot of spares.
    So far I've overhauled the starter motor, one of the brush springs had broken (rusted through). Pinched one from a spare starter and all now OK.
    Checked the brakes, rears OK, wheel cylinders free so could be re-sealed. Fronts the linings were loose on the shoes (the bond was breaking down) but again the cylinders were free so can possibly be re-sealed.
    I tried a couple of local brake places to get the front shoes re-lined but the cost was higher than expected and they do not carry exchange shoes any more. Seems the demand for brake shoes is dropping off and it's not worthwhile carrying changeovers.
    Tried another place close to where I work in Dandenong and got the original shoes re-lined for $50, 2 days turnaround.

    I need to source a replacement radiator or get mine repaired ( bugger, I just sold a '58 Series II with a good radiator for less that it will cost to get the radiator repaired).

    I'm gathering together new parts and will be doing odd jobs on it when I can (or when I get fed up with the ongoing problems with the FFR).


    Colin
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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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    Great to see another saved you didn't say if a 88' or 109" opps my bad pics tell all

    "What is it about Land Rovers and the need to collect as many variants as possible...."

    You tell me and we would both know


    Mrs hh
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    Colin
    Looks like a nice straight unit, even a good front bumper. congratulations on your new project. keep us posted.

    Mike

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    Must be the season for new finds.

    Congrats.
    Numpty

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    Quote Originally Posted by numpty View Post
    Must be the season for new finds.

    Congrats.
    Dolphint found it some time ago but decided to sell it. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time (for a change !).



    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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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    Dolphint found it some time ago but decided to sell it. I just happened to be in the right place at the right time (for a change !).



    Colin
    Actually, SWMBO decided for me. I'm really pleased it's gone to a good home and will get the attention it deserves well done Colin
    Cheers, Steve.

    1993 200 tdi 110 Ute - Woody
    1985 Isuzu County Turbo'd - Kaa45
    1998 Discovery 300 tdi (About to wreck)
    1979 S111 5 door Station Wagon - Rusty(Gone to new home)
    1970 Ex Army S2A LWB GS - Bombardier (sold)

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    As this is a long-term project I thought I'd change the oils at the weekend. The engine oil was done soon after I got it home and the filter changed at the same time, I also flushed the cooling system and topped it up with tank water and corrosion inhibitor. The top tank of the radiator leaks but still best to have something inside to hold back the corrosion.
    I drained the gearbox and the oil was a milky coffee colour where it had emulsified with water. the transfer box and front axle were the same. I decided it would be an idea to check the swivel housings, one was empty and the other let out about a teaspoon of water first followed by some very black oil. Interestingly the drain plugs on both swivel housings had been replaced by grease nipples.

    I buy EP80W90 direct from a blender rather than from an auto shop so it's not too expensive. Rather than trying to flush the boxes & axle I decided to leave them to drain as long as possible and then re-fill with fresh oil. It will get contaminated by what's left of the emulsified oil but will be changed again before the vehicle gets back on the road.

    I was tempted to start stripping down the front axle but decided to concentrate on the FFR and leave the 2a until I've got more time.

    Colin
    Attached Images Attached Images
    '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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    It's over a year since I last did anything on the 2a ! Doesn't time fly.....

    It gets moved occasionally and I charged the battery yesterday but with too many other projects around the property I need to prioritise and get one vehicle sorted.

    I collected the original axles for the 2a from Dolphint (one recently and one 6 months ago). The owner before Dolphint had replaced the axles but kept the originals.
    I'll overhaul & paint the axles then it's an easy swap over job.

    Problem is a new project may take short term priority, I need to get it running so that at least I can move it off the driveway.


    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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    Hi Colin

    Too many projects. How well I can relate to those sympathies!

    Yesterday I had planned to do some rock art paint removal from my gun buggy, but alas the vehicle is currently outside and it rained all day. Mum always told me there is no working with electric power tools in the rain, and one always has to obey mum!

    Diana

    You won't find me on: faceplant; Scipe; Infragam; LumpedIn; ShapCnat or Twitting. I'm just not that interesting.

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    Decided the 2a needed a clean today.

    I keep the battery charged and start and run it every now and then. Last time I tried it just didn't want to start, seemed to be a fuel supply problem.
    Found that a rubber hose in the fuel line had perished and the pump was pumping air rather than fuel.
    Replaced the fuel line, primed the fuel system and she started immediately this time. Carby needs an overhaul and the choke cable must be rusted somewhere because it doesn't want to operate.
    There is also something funny going on with the clutch. The pedal is very stiff to operate and sometimes it seems to jam before reaching the floor. All I've done since I got the 2a is bleed the clutch so it'll need some more investigating.

    Finally jetwashed it and left it in the sun to dry out.
    A quick run around the garden to throw some oil around inside the gearbox & axles and back under cover.

    DSCN2807 by Colin Radley, on Flickr

    DSCN2809 by Colin Radley, on Flickr


    I have all the hoops and also a new canopy from Red Rocket but first need to get my shorty finished over Christmas and then decide whether to start on the 2a or the FFR.


    Colin
    Last edited by gromit; 16th July 2017 at 05:17 PM.
    '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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