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Hi guys,

I have been holding back from buying a land rover for a while now, I come from the MINI scene but from the smallest classic car I v always wanted a big toy,

I was hunting around for a defender / 90 but the prices in Malta vary a lot and their are benefits in place in restoring near 40 plus year vehicles rather then newer ones.

I was looking as some local ads 1 day and i found the perfect starting step :

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This is a weird 1 in that is most definitely a Series 2A but for some reason it is marked as 1976 YOM i suspect it was built from remaining parts.

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This was originally a 2.5 TD but it was converted sometime in the  2000s to a 200TDI from a defender , still had the original crash-box.

The good new is that this has no rust 0. After restoring my MINI see pics below I now have a fear of rust especially to the extent i had to deal with on that project

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This 2a has no chassis rust the bulkhead has no rust or signs of oxidation . It was originally green then it was painted blue  and finally this ugly grey colour was brushed on badly:

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THE PLAN :

I love the series aesthetic and charm but i want to drive it overland and use it as a vehicle, As it stands it is to agricultural , The steering is too heavy , the brakes leave much to be desired, The gearing is to low , In Malta i need an AC or its just an oven and it needs a full restoration to get it the standard I want. So this my journey of trying to convert this Series 2a into an almost daily driver while try to keep it true as possible and on a budget

Find below the list of projects that i will be doing apart from restoring it i will update try to log as much as I can thank you and enjoy

Special Projects :

Electric Power steering ( p38 with opel pump)

DIY AC system for under 400 euro (polo condenser ,drier , caravan evaporator and no name compressor)

Convert from single line to 4 line brake system or brake booster 

Swap in LT77 from defender

Sound deaden to the max 

Electric fan install

GSM security tracker install

hidden water tank and shower install

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2 hours ago, western said:

Welcome, the photo links are not working 

I can second the welcome and the failure to view, .... sounds interesting though. Quite easy to load the snaps direct onto LR4x4 if all else fails.

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Welcome and you will find quite a few on here that have gone from mini's to land rovers, and some myself included that never really left mini's.

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Though mine are kits based on the aforementioned cars.

Mike

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Welcome! Sounds like an interesting project - I'd suggest starting with a Defender if you can as the brakes, steering, and suspension are already better and are more easy to upgrade than having to chop a Series around.

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So I started off dismantling the 2A .

I m very happy with so far no rust spots found and wow this is easy to dismantle no haynes manual nothing find a bolt remove it and something comes off 

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I Started of mocking up and making the parts for the Power Steering install :

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This is VW polo electric PAS pump from a early 2k polo

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This is defender rack and it will connect to the P38 Box 

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I had to shorten the range rover mid shaft at the the BREAKAGE point i basically cut most of the rod out contoured it the same and reattached it. I will be welding it in place to make sure its super safe.IMG_20200201_132927.thumb.jpg.446e105b67f37639438bc80eb4412b43.jpg

This the chassis plate to attach the P38 

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I modified the side connector thing and added a metal bracket to securely attach the column to it using the factory mounting

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I cut the bulkhead connector so i can fit a pearch for the PAS Pump

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I found a timing gear the i can make perfectly round a bit of recycling

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I attached a male and female jubilee clips so i can take the pump out easily if needed and it should securely keep it in place. I will be adding a top strap later to make sure it doesnt move, I will be putting a soft rubber base to damped the noise

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Here it is all installed and welded up pretty happy with this banged it out in 2 days :).

The nice thing is with this setup I can technically dry stir without starting the vehicle 

and another advantages being isolated from the motor I can make all the lines hard making them leak proof for years.

I also leaved room for a bigger alternator and the AC condenser and They are dirt cheap. Electric car all have these type of PAS pumps so the spares can only get bigger.

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Nice work on the Mini.

Why the electric pump for the PAS?  Tdis have PAS pumps already, which can be reloaded on new brackets if needed.  Less strain on the electrical circuit that way. 

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3 hours ago, Snagger said:

Nice work on the Mini.

Why the electric pump for the PAS?  Tdis have PAS pumps already, which can be reloaded on new brackets if needed.  Less strain on the electrical circuit that way. 

Hi snagger I have to main reasons for it.

  1. I will be using a different AC unit than the land rover ones as they impossible to buy locally and better models have been developed since
  2. Another reason it that I have available to me and 180 amp alternator and I did some calculation the pas pump draws about 40 amps at full load so i will have plenty of power for the ancillaries while also theoretically losing less horse power in the process 
  3. The last advantage is the electric pump has a Yaw and Load sensor allowing me to adjust the amount of assist i want from it something i cannot do in a normal pulley pump. So i can change the feel depending on the road or requirement . I can go full series impossible to steer to fiat 500 

They might not be reason enough but I decide to give it a try if all fails i can still convert it back to a normal pump

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Cool project! Looking forward to following it as I know a couple of Maltese LR owners from the Sliema area I met through Scouting around 2007/2008. 

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The EPAS pumps are an interesting thing, undoubtedly have many advantages. If my pump dies I might even consider one as I'm all for reducing the number of moving parts.

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On ‎2‎/‎4‎/‎2020 at 11:14 AM, FridgeFreezer said:

The EPAS pumps are an interesting thing, undoubtedly have many advantages. If my pump dies I might even consider one as I'm all for reducing the number of moving parts.

Doesn't that add an electric motor in the equation?

 

On ‎2‎/‎3‎/‎2020 at 12:14 PM, alaincam said:

Hi snagger I have to main reasons for it.

  1. I will be using a different AC unit than the land rover ones as they impossible to buy locally and better models have been developed since
  2. Another reason it that I have available to me and 180 amp alternator and I did some calculation the pas pump draws about 40 amps at full load so i will have plenty of power for the ancillaries while also theoretically losing less horse power in the process. Assuming the PAS pump does not draw any power?
  3. The last advantage is the electric pump has a Yaw and Load sensor allowing me to adjust the amount of assist i want from it something i cannot do in a normal pulley pump. So i can change the feel depending on the road or requirement . How are you planning on controlling this? I can go full series impossible to steer to fiat 500 

They might not be reason enough but I decide to give it a try if all fails i can still convert it back to a normal pump

 

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23 minutes ago, Daan said:

Doesn't that add an electric motor in the equation?

Well yes, but the pump is quite compact (and a sealed unit) and can be anywhere, plus you're not using a belt-drive on the engine to constantly stir hydraulic fluid. If the pump fails, a fuse blows, rather than take your fan belt out. I think they've got more upsides than downsides, and certainly make plumbing easier for modified vehicles or retro-fit PAS.

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