Today in the shop we were assessing Solex carburetors for rebuilding. These carburetors are made for Series I, II, and IIa Land Rovers, more specifically the 2.25 litre petrol engine. After completing a rebuild on one of these last week the boss insisted on verifying it was operational by quickly installing it into a 109 series IIa. The mechanic was able to accomplish this, get it out of the vehicle and pass it off to the apprentice to ship with only minutes to spare until the UPS driver arrived.
Our latest project in the shop is replacing the engine on a 2001 Discovery. So far we have taken the engine out of the vehicle as well as taken the replacement engine from another vehicle. The work has also commenced on fitting the engine to the new vehicle. Here’s some photos of the process so far. The Dare Britannia Crew is at it again!
In the shop we are restoring Lucas Wiper Motors. These wiper motors were made for late series I, series II, and IIa. We are in the process of dissembling, repairing, and rebuilding a number of these classic wiper motors. Currently we have 8 fully functional Lucas Wiper Motors in stock. Below is a video of three motors in the process of being restored, a 4th is in process as I type this.
During the process of repairing these motors we took some photos. Here’s Steve the mechanic using a lathe to clean the commutator and all shafts, followed by fresh lube.
Here is a picture of a successful completion of the job we posted about earlier in the week. The fuel lines look wonderful. Around here we are very productive…..even on Fridays
In the upgrade repair of the classic D90 tail light/wiring failures we replaced the all the rear tail light s with leds. After such repairs the turn signal tempo flashed at a beyond positive attitude….a bit faster of a flasher then OE. There is a very simple fix for this a bit timely but simple considering the alternatives. Here’s a little pop quiz for the weekend, How would you change the tempo of a turn signal when converting over to LED?
The job we are working on today required the removal and on a fuel tank on a Defender 90. This brought up some unique challenges. One option was to remove the trailer hitch to gain access to the fuel tank. The trailer hitch was too rusty to remove and this would have also created days of extra work. Fortunately the skilled hands of our techs were able to pry the tank is as well at place it back after the jobs completion. This job required specially fabricated fuel lines/ unavailable flex fuel lines for the Defender 90. These specialized fuel lines are however available at Dare Britannia.
One of the simpler parts of the job was over-crimping the steel fuel lines with an olive. An easy repair with an easy tool.
Just for comparison heres photos of the old nuts as well as the new nuts and olives.
We hope that everyone had a terrific holiday season and new year. It’s been a while since we posted but were back and ready to share what we’ve been up to lately. One of our customers had us detail the engine compartment on their rover. It looks pretty incredible. We also are continuing the restoration process on the 1963 Safari Wagon. These are just a couple of the vehicles we have currently in the works. Some of the new years resolutions we have around here are to blog more often and also expand into new kinds of content such as video. Heres to a great start to 2013.