This head has just been finished and has been calculated at approximately 10-to1 compression ratio. It is similar to those we fit to our SAFARI FOUR® engines, which see 95-100 M.P.H. on the flat at sea level in an 88” Station Wagon. All valves, valve seat inserts and valve stem seals are new & fresh. The exhaust valves are auscenitic steel and are thus compatible with unleaded fuels available today. It also has been fitted with induction-hardened seats under the exhaust valves, so seat degradation will not be an issue. The exhaust valves also are fitted with Genuine Land-Rover valve rotators, as fitted to North-American Specification machines, which are now almost impossible to locate. Probably NO OTHER HEAD you purchase today will have these!!
This past week was the Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Associations Annual Trail Jamboree. This is a four day event in Washington State that caters to four 4 wheeling enthusiasts with a variety of trails for all skill levels. This year the vehicle that we took was a 1967 Series IIa diesel. We were the only vintage Land Rover at the event but more than kept up with any trail that challenged us.
1.All 4 corners were inspected, a hub seal has leaked 90wt onto the shoes and rear shoes are too thin for our comfort. a complete brake job needed with a thorough inspection of all the hardware.
2.All 4 corners stripped to the backing plate with all three flex lines inspected for integrity, all the hardware (springs, anchors) need to be replaced, all the wheel cylinders and a complete brake fluid flush will be done
3.Inspection finds that the hub assemblies will need to be replaced; the right front axle will need to be replaced due to rust at the splined hub end.
4.All the new components were prepped and painted.
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.