109 Custom build up.
A little history.
What I have is a 1974 Ex Norwegian Military Former FFR 109 3 door. It has a full hard top with the fume curtain.
The 109's engine was shot, the frame was shot, and the transmission and transfercase are iffy. What did I buy? What am I doing?
After sulking for a few hours in the corner. I took another look at my Rover and decided to start searching on the internet. I found lots of info and lots of advice. So I decided to do something with it. Originally I was going to semi restore the Rover back to original specs. This has changed a lot.
Upon some searching I found a good used solid (hard to believe) Military 3 door 109 frame and needed only 1 slightly bent outrigger replaced and a lot of cleaning.
So I ordered a new outrigger, got it welded on and sent the frame to the sandblasters and now it is sitting in my garage.
Now starts the disassembly. What fun that is. I am almost done on that. Got rid of the engine, the transmission and transfercase is leaving soon. The Axles are going. What am I left with? A shell and a frame.
What am I going to do? Originally it was going to be a nice easy swap to a new frame and a Mercedes Turbo Diesel would end up in the engine bay.
I even bought (and sold) almost everything I needed for this swap. Then I started to look into this more and decided this was not for me. Yes the fuel economy would be great, but the turbo, fuel pump; etc to rebuild would not be so great. The price of my budget doubled to what I originally wanted to do this for. So I dropped the diesel idea. Deciding that the Rover would not be my daily driver I decided on a gas motor. So here is exactly what will be going into the Rover and some of my plan for this 109.
1971 Chevy 350
1977 FJ40 Toyota Land Cruiser
Transmission to engine adapter:
Marks 4WD adapter from Australia (have this now)
Axle Front and rear:
1978 Toyota Land Cruiser with front disk brakes, rear drum. Stock 4.11 gears, locker will be installed.
RN Parabolics 2 leaf front 3 leaf rear with Military shackles. This may end up not working and I may end up with stock springs, but we will see.
Shocks are yet to be determined.
Wheels will be custom made by Stockton wheel in 16x6 on 6x5.5 with a 3.5" back spacing. Something similar to this painted to match the originals.
Tires will more than likely be 235x85R16 Dunlop Mud Rovers. It has 16" rims now.
Used in great shape Military 109 3 door frame. Once the fab work is done off to the galvanizers.
Still to be determined. I will run an electric fan, but the radiator will either be the stock series rad or a new aluminum unit with the front painted black to match.
New Defender LHD Bulkhead
Land Cruiser FJ60 power steering box.
Heater/ AC <--what?
Sven's nifty summit box mod or a Vintage Air AC unit (still deciding on that)
Custom I will use my old Bulkhead to fab this up and use new gauges, something similar to the Rover gauges, but new. The Dash will be all metal (Painted) but clean. I have a few thoughts but nothing written down.
Looking at a Painless kit or Ez-Wiring, but it will be new wiring either way, the old stuff is shot.
I am leaving it camouflage for now. I will repaint the bulkhead to match and will Line-X or something similar to the floors and rear tub (inside).
New seats, lighting, will install a winch, roof rack, on board air, snorkel etc.
New window tracks, door seals etc. and door frame rust fixed.
Outside the body will look like it did when I got it. That is the plan anyways. Underneath and inside will be newish or look new.
I have kind of started this and some pictures are in the link in my sig. I will post more pictures as I go along. I expect to be finished (well 90%) by next summer. the whole build is an undertaking and will require a lot of fab work (good thing I am up for that). So this is the start of the Buildup thread I am creating. Pictures start this weekend.
Last edited by DCH109; 05-15-2008 at 12:51 PM.
2005 LR3 with a ton of options like the rear locker, heated windscreen, and a electric cooler for drinks! But no butler. <-- being built for light expedition duty
1962 M416 Trailer being rebuilt for Expedition duty