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Thread: Resto/Mod of 2A 109 Isuzu Diesel Ute

  1. #11
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    So, after a failed attempt at bleeding the brakes I decided to drain the black ancient water from the radiator.
    Should have been a simple job, undo the threaded bung and let the liquid out.
    One little turn and the bung and the bung base just fell out.
    Turns out the PO thought that using thread tape to hold in the normally soldered bung base would be good enough, well good enough to get the ute sold at least.
    Glad I didn't find this out on the road.

    So a simple rad flush has turned into a radiator swap.
    The cooling fins are pretty sad and a swap was due down the line anyway.
    I picked up a diesel radiator some time ago and think this will be a good swap. More cores and better condition.
    I will have to make up a new shroud though as this rad is a different width.
    My engine fan is ages away from the radiator due to being a 4cyl in a 6cyl chassis, so a shroud is a must.

    First 3 pics are the old one, and the last 3 are the planed replacement. I will need to fix the drain cock (seems to need a spring to keep tension on the ball), but I like the simplicity of easy draining.
    Sideroad, servant to:
    1967 2A 109 tray back ute (broken)
    1978 S3 109 Station wagon (broken)
    2005 BF Ford ute (lifted & diff locker)
    1977 Suzuki GS750 with Velorex sidecar (broken)
    1984 XV750 (broken)
    2008 D3 (broken)

  2. #12
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    Mine is running a standard S3 radiator and it keeps the temperature under control OK. The original one in it was like yours, corrosion and the Isuzu vibration meant that the fins just crumbled away......

    DSCN2789 by Colin Radley, on Flickr

    Did you check the paint you used on the brake components first ? Most will bubble up with brake fluid but 'Caliper Paint' from SuperCheap is 'brake fluid proof' (there will be others but it's worth checking).

    Just posted oil & fuel filter numbers in my Isuzu thread (Z169A fuel and R2383P oil).


    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

  3. #13
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    Good old brake fluid. I did plenty of searching on paints. Most can't take brake fluid. I checked out the caliper paint and the material data sheet, but as far as I could tell it needs cooking to reach its full potential.
    I ended up using an epoxy metal spray sold at autobahn. It was the only one claiming chemical resistance.
    I hope it lives up to the claims. It has taken me over a month to get the peddle boxes back in after paint, so maybe the good cure tine will be helpful as well.
    Sideroad, servant to:
    1967 2A 109 tray back ute (broken)
    1978 S3 109 Station wagon (broken)
    2005 BF Ford ute (lifted & diff locker)
    1977 Suzuki GS750 with Velorex sidecar (broken)
    1984 XV750 (broken)
    2008 D3 (broken)

  4. #14
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    I physically checked the caliper paint on a test piece and it survived, the epoxy paint bubbled up.


    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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    I'm off to get a spare C240 engine this week. It's in a S3 without a gearbox, sitting in a paddock.
    I have been planing on making up a hitch mounted ute crane for a while now, for such times as these.
    I picked up a 1ton ute crane a month back and have been trying to come up with the best design. I kept getting stuck between too many design features, complexity of fabrication and cost.
    Funny how a deadline helps iron it all out.
    Apart from the actual crane, all the steel and fasteners are recycled from my 'stuff'.
    I know it is overkill, but I don't want the bits I made to be the first to go.
    I still need to make the extension legs for stability. In the pics I have a small jack as support to get the leg lengths.
    I have allowed for the crane to be used from either side of the ute and also from the rear. It does require breaking down to reconfigure though.
    The brackets and pivot plates required to make reconfiguration easy were too complex in my available time frame.
    The hitch block can be flipped to have the crane high above the hitch bar or low, below the hitch bar.
    I have a hitch on the front if my ute as well, so I can lift from the front.

    The crane unit can be fitted to any car with a square receiver hitch.

    It has turned out pretty heavy. The crane isn't light to start with.
    I can easily carry each of the crane parts, but the whole thing would need a crane to move.
    Sideroad, servant to:
    1967 2A 109 tray back ute (broken)
    1978 S3 109 Station wagon (broken)
    2005 BF Ford ute (lifted & diff locker)
    1977 Suzuki GS750 with Velorex sidecar (broken)
    1984 XV750 (broken)
    2008 D3 (broken)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideroad View Post
    Good old brake fluid. I did plenty of searching on paints. Most can't take brake fluid. I checked out the caliper paint and the material data sheet, but as far as I could tell it needs cooking to reach its full potential.
    I ended up using an epoxy metal spray sold at autobahn. It was the only one claiming chemical resistance.
    I hope it lives up to the claims. It has taken me over a month to get the peddle boxes back in after paint, so maybe the good cure tine will be helpful as well.
    DOT5 Silicon Brake Fluid won't destroy paintwork and doesn't have a predisposition to attracting moisture.
    I use it in all my vehicles, it's good stuff. I find the easiest place to get it is at Harley Davidson outlets.
    DOT5, not DOT5.1

    Cheers, Mick.
    1974 S3 88 Holden 186.
    1971 S2A 88
    1971 S2A 109 6 cyl. tray back.
    1964 S2A 88 "Starfire Four" engine!
    1972 S3 88 x 2
    1959 S2 88 ARN 111-014
    1959 S2 88 ARN 111-556
    1988 Perentie 110 FFR ARN 48-728 steering now KLR PAS!
    REMLR 88
    1969 BSA Bantam B175

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    Quote Originally Posted by gromit View Post
    I physically checked the caliper paint on a test piece and it survived, the epoxy paint bubbled up.


    Colin
    That sure trumps any data sheet. I'll have to test the paint I used, now that it is too late. (never too late, but they are painted and installed)
    Sideroad, servant to:
    1967 2A 109 tray back ute (broken)
    1978 S3 109 Station wagon (broken)
    2005 BF Ford ute (lifted & diff locker)
    1977 Suzuki GS750 with Velorex sidecar (broken)
    1984 XV750 (broken)
    2008 D3 (broken)

  8. #18
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    Love your crane job.
    Marcus & Leeanne
    2016.5 Loire Blue HSE D4
    1971 S2a Wide Light
    2017 New Age 21' Blue Diamond Caravan
    2011 Crew Cab, Gone.


    http://www.aulro.com/afvb/l319-disco...permagrin.html
    https://www.aulro.com/afvb/series-ii...ide-light.html

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    Love the crane, you must have more spare time than me........I just folded the engine crane and loaded it in my trailer. An old tyre thrown in for the engine to sit in.
    Picture below is unloading when I got home.

    DSCN2282 by Colin Radley, on Flickr

    The engine was covered in bird poo where they had been roosting under the bonnet ?!
    If I get problems it will be handy for an alternator, starter motor, injection pump etc., it may even run.
    4-branch manifold instead of the cast jobbie on the motor fitted.
    The thermostat housing sits on a fabricated housing, not sure if this is original so maybe the original corroded away.

    Spare engine 1 by Colin Radley, on Flickr

    Hopefully your spare engine will help at some point in the future.


    Seems there were quite a few Land Rovers converted, most seem to be LWB and I was told the motor in mine was from a LWB. Dellow don't have any spare parts his comment was "do you know how long ago I did these conversions.....?". Would be great to find an old advert or something detailing what it cost etc.


    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
    Love the crane, you must have more spare time than me........I just folded the engine crane and loaded it in my trailer. An old tyre thrown in for the engine to sit in.
    Picture below is unloading when I got home.

    DSCN2282 by Colin Radley, on Flickr

    The engine was covered in bird poo where they had been roosting under the bonnet ?!
    If I get problems it will be handy for an alternator, starter motor, injection pump etc., it may even run.
    4-branch manifold instead of the cast jobbie on the motor fitted.
    The thermostat housing sits on a fabricated housing, not sure if this is original so maybe the original corroded away.

    Spare engine 1 by Colin Radley, on Flickr

    Hopefully your spare engine will help at some point in the future.


    Seems there were quite a few Land Rovers converted, most seem to be LWB and I was told the motor in mine was from a LWB. Dellow don't have any spare parts his comment was "do you know how long ago I did these conversions.....?". Would be great to find an old advert or something detailing what it cost etc.


    Colin
    If I had an engine crane I would have done the same as you, but I had an unmounted ute crane and didn't want to bolt it through the floor to the ute.
    Currently on holidays. Was hoping to go hard on the 2A, but got side tracked on the crane rig.

    I'd like a fabricated exhaust, my cast one has been cut and welded to fit the firewall. Also has a broken stud at the back of the head, with some slight exhaust leaking past.
    Engine out job to fix, guess that's why its still broken.
    I pulled the thermostat housing of the other day. It has shocking corrosion inside. Almost through the wall. Need to find another or try brazing this one. I bought all you braze rods, would be a good first attempt.

    Wouldn't it be great if some drawings of the conversions popped up? Be great to see sales listings sprooking the wonders of the C240.
    Sideroad, servant to:
    1967 2A 109 tray back ute (broken)
    1978 S3 109 Station wagon (broken)
    2005 BF Ford ute (lifted & diff locker)
    1977 Suzuki GS750 with Velorex sidecar (broken)
    1984 XV750 (broken)
    2008 D3 (broken)

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