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Where to Start - putting together a Land rover Tool Kit

Last Changed 31/05/07

It's not divination - just logic!

Last Changed 31/05/07

A VERY Basic Bit of 'Technique' to hep avoid stripping cylinder head threads! (By Donna)
"THAT'S SO SIMPLE!" you say. "WHY do you need a Photo-How to for unscrewing a spark plug?!?!" That's what I thought;.... BUT, after answering the FAQ "Stripped Spark Plug Hole, What's a Helicoil' umpety hundred times...... he thought it MIGHT actually warrant a mention! Prevention is better than a cure, after all!

Last Changed 10/03/12

Trying to find out what might be wrong with an engine, first port of call should almost always be to have a look at the state of the spark plugs; colour & Condition can tell you a lot about what's going on inside. Short Photo comparison chart to help you decide what's going on in your engine

Last Changed 31/05/07

Making your own copper brake pipes isn't difficult with a little practice and a flaring kit. That's about 20, and Pipe and unions are actually pretty cheap. Complete hard hose kit for a Range Rover is about 80, so kit would easily pay for itself if you had a whole car to do. & and after a couple of practice goes, it's an easy job to master.

Last Changed 09/06/07

An Introduction to the Art. DIY Welding is the topic of many questions on the Forums, and one I answer by advising a LOT of caution, it is NOT an easy skill to acquire, and a welder in untrained hands is LETHAL! So, this gives my 'opinion' on the matter, and provides a magazine clipping article on it that may let you take the idea a bit further.

Last Changed 06/04/08

Plastic can often be welded even more easily than mental, and with a cheap soldering iron and a little ingenuity, its possible to salvage what might other wise be very expensive parts to replace, like motorcycle side panels or fairings. But it takes a lot of dexterity and practice to make good repairs on such items, its best to practice on stuff that's no so cosmetically critical first!

Last Changed 21/11/10

OK, well here is one of those awkward little problems often encountered working on an old vehicle. A sheared stud, screw or stripped thread.

Last Changed 31/05/07

Epoxy resin has a million uses, but add a powder to 'load' it and its even more versatile. Here I show how it can be loaded with aluminium filings to rebuild a cracked boss on a Honda Super-Dream starter motor. But I've also used it to repair many other artefacts, with success, including (unstressed!) engine cases.

Last Changed 23/11/12

Old lore that you can make gaskets out of cornflake packets, and its works! More usually I tend to use proper gasketing paper from the motor factors, but in this case we needed a gasket for a motorbike engine casing, and didn't have a big enough sheet, and the motor factors were out of stock, so we raided the larder! .Principle is the same, whether Gasket Paper or Cereal box, and though pre made paper gaskets are cheap and readily available these days, they aren't always available, and this technique is a really useful skill, for improvised repairs. So, I let Donna tell you how its done!

Last Changed 10/05/11

How to wire component LED's, for, well almost anything you want really! LED's are commonly used for warning lamps; and most commonly found flashing to signify an alarm is 'active'. You can use them almost anywhere in substitution for a conventional light bulb, but unfortunately they aren't a light bulb, and you need a little more know-how to wirte them.... not MUCH, and here it is!

Last Changed 22/01/12

Land Rover

Quick & Easy Way to replace leaking Swivel Seals; Not the best way to do it; but if you have a leaking swivel, and don't want to have to pull the entire axle to bits, then this REME 'Field Service Repair' may be a good way to stem the flow until it's time for a full over-haul.

Last Changed 13/03/08

Excessive play in the drag-link is a common MOT fail, and oft cause for a largish garage bill, as the manuals don't tell you how to do this, but reffer you to a specialist! But, two things, first it may NOT actually be play in the ball-joints, it might just be back-lash in the steering box, which CAN be simply adjusted out; but iof that's not good enough, you can get drop arm ball-joint repair kits for about a tenner, and it is NOT a difficult DIY job, as reletive novice mechanic Dirty-Girtie proved.

Last Changed 26/07/09

Illustrated with Bert's rear Hubs and Jaqui's Fronts, so disk brakes all-round & maybe ABS sensors in shot; but basic hub design of all live axle Landies uses taper roller bearings that benefit from occasional adjustment, and occasionally need new seals and stuff. 5 for a big box spanner and it's all very DIY'able

Last Changed 05/04/08

A Step By Step Guide to Replacing Pads, Disks & Overhauling Callipers. Often when the pads need changing, the callipers could do with attention too, as the pistons tend to stick, so with new disks needed as well as pads, I decided to look at all three jobs in one go.

Last Changed 05/04/08

An Adendum to 'Take A Brake', this little how to, following Dirty-Girtie's brake overhaul, looks at the common problem of a dysfunctional Hand-Brake, and the common cause, a failed transfer box oil seal. This 'how-to' shows replacement of the transfer box oil seal, and overhaul of the hand-brake on a 200TDi Defender 90, which has the LT230 transfer box, used on many models, while the hand-brake arrangement is almost identical to that on the Series models.

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Magazine Clipping Article; Chris Perfect fits a DIY LPG Kit to a V8 Range Rover


Last Changed  08/08/08

Magazine Clipping Article; How to Install a CB 'rig'


Last Changed 13/08/08

Fitting side facing bench seats & four point rally harnesses; Main reason for buying a 109 Land Rover was that I needed seats for eight + people. that meant a mini-bus of a LWB Landie. The factory offered the 109CSW five door, but they were expensive, so I opted for a 'commercial' 3-door, and 'countied' it like a SWB but with an extra pair of seats in the back, but we wanted seat belts to secure the children in. This is how I did it!

Last Changed 31/05/07

A Step by Step guide to remove & Replace Series Land Rover Leaf Springs. Useful if you want to strip the leaves, clean them up and oil them, replace them with new plain or parabolic leafs or just want to renew the bushes, etc.

Last Changed 18/04/08

Motive Power Sources - What Fits; What Works; What's 'Best' A Guide to Converting Series Land Rovers, what's involved, how expensive & how difficult, and a comparison of the most popular conversions as a benchmark to judge other alternatives .

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Alternative Engines For Landies; What I know about those I've found. Continual Work In Progress. If you can add to or amend entries, with data you have on engines, or conversions, please e-mail me so I can include it.

Last Changed 31/05/07

Like Skinning cats, there's more than one way to do it! The 'Period' conversion, hangs a V8 off the stock series gearbox, and keeps things simple. These days with so many cheap Rangies about; tempting to build a coil sprung 'Hybrid', dressing the rangie in old series work cloths. In the middle is a minefield of possibilities. This article looks at the two routes to V8 power and compared with what you could do hopping up a four pot.

Last Changed 05/06/07

The 'Period' conversion: V8-ing By Robert Ivings. Taken from a mid eighties magazine clipping I was sent. A useful example of what's involved in fitting a V8 into a Series with series transmission.

Last Changed 07/06/07

The 'Period' conversion, using carburetted V8 on Series 3 gearbox: this time V8-ing by John Craddock, and fitted to an ex-military air portable or 'Light Weight' Land Rover

Last Changed 10/06/07

Series I Engine Conversion - a Montego Turbo Diesel engine fitted into an 86" Series I Land Rover to show if it goes into that, it will go into any of them.

Last Changed 07/04/08

Hosted on this Site Photo-blog by Stuart Cane covering the installation of a 90's Turbo diesel in his Series II 

Last Changed 17/07/07

Installing a Ford V6 into a Series II/III - By Chris Perfect


Last Changed 07/04/08

No More Melted Column Switches! Seems that there's a weakness in the old stalk switches, and their current carrying capacity is a bit marginal. Then when they get a bit old and the wires have oxidised a bit and corrosion has increased connector resistance and stuff, they have a tendency to start failing. This is how I fixed the problem when Bert had it.

Last Changed 31/05/07


There are usually more moving parts in the final drive chain than there are in the rest of a motorcycle put together. The chain lives out in the elements, exposed to all the much and crud that can get chucked at it by the back wheel, but unlike the engine that had a pump to give it a constant supply of fresh oil, all the chain gets is that little bit of squinty oil when you can be bothered or remember! Important things, though drive chains, and they NEED proper care and attention!

Last Changed 28/15/07

Pre-Mix is the cocktail of petrol and oil two-stroke motorbikes drink. Sometimes called 'petr-oil'. Two-stroke engine's drag the charge through their crank-cases, which means that they cant have a sump of oil in there like a four-stroke, or that would be sucked into the combustion chamber and burned. So a little lubricating oil is chucked in with the charge to oil the crank-shaft and con-rod bearings. Most modern Two-Stroke motorbike engines do this with a separate pump, but on simpler engines, its mixed with the petrol. As its becoming increasingly uncommon, pre-mix know how is too. So here's a little help on the topic.

Last Changed 28/15/07

Seems the magic ingredient to getting an MOT! Amazing how many adds you see for bikes, 'Just needs fork seals for test', and comment they are only a few quid, or even included in sale, yet for some reason not fitted! Actually its not a difficult job, and with a few basic tools and a little care, you can cheaply and easily overhaul most motorcycle forks and transform its handling in the process. Fork Gaiters are good too!

Last Changed 23/11/12

Steering Bearings often don't get any attention until they fail an NOT of wobbles or clonking noises prompt action, and even then, amazing how many people think you can just 'nip'em up'! Another very basic job that needs few specialist tools and is well within the scope of the newbie mechanic.

Last Changed 23/11/12

Motorbike side panels have been being made out of plastic for decades now, and they are almost always held on by a knobled lug pushed through a rubber grommet. As years pass, though the rubber goes hard and the plastic brittle, and with vibration and tugging on and off, at some point one, or all the lugs eventually snap off. If your lucky the lug will stay in the grommet or fall on teh floor and you can simply glue it back on, but what if its fallen off on the road? This is how to make a completely new lug, using scrap plastic and plastic welding, and if you have some old broken plastic it can be cheaper even than glue!

Last Changed 21/11/10

Seized callipers are a pain. Have enough trouble with them on old Range Rovers, but on bikes, the callipers are normally alloy, and of the 'floating' design, and winter riding particularly can give them a really hard time. Overhauling bike brake callipers though is no great problem, it just takes clendliness, attension to detail and a little dexterity, and can save a lot of money over a new calliper.

Last Changed 21/11/10

Master Cylinders are often neglected. At best they might get topped up with new fluid from time to time, but soft spongy brakes that fail to improve with bleeding are often down to a worn master-cylinder. Conveniently over-haul kits are widely available and normally quite cheap, and it s not a very difficult job.

Last Changed 21/11/10

Drum brakes are not as common as they used to be, and its quite amazing how many new riders aren't at all familiar with them. However they are pretty simple to service, but there is a bit of a knack to them.

Last Changed 15/06/12

Replacing the barrels on the CB125's Benly engine, inspecting the cylinder head components, lapping the valves, and building it all back up. ALL in a days work!

Last Changed 04/05/11

FIRST RULE with Benly series motor's DONT neglect to clean this strainer! The engine will NOT like it! Often ignored because its hidden inside the engine, but in actual fact its a dead easy job, takes about twenty minutes, and a little patience, and OUGHT to be done every second oil change, roughly every 2000miles.

Last Changed 11/05/11

Second RULE with Benly series motor's, always adjust the tappets and cam chain, at LEAST as often as you do the oil strainer! Camchain tensioner mechanism on the Benly series engine's is actually a bit more robust than other Honda OHC engines of the era, that had a reputation for being a bit fragile, but unlike those with the reputation, mainly because the tensioner mechanism doesn't feature any automatic adjustment mechanism. You have to actually adjust it, on service, and hidden behind the carburettors, its often neglected.

Last Changed 09/03/12

Actually applicable to a number of 'small' Honda's that share the same clutch assembly, I believe including the CG125, XR125, City Fly, CB100N, and maybe a few more. However, its a wet multi-plate clutch, and its pretty much of a much for most bikes with the same arrangement, regardless. There is but ONE niggle to this job on the Honda arrangement and that is the castle nut holding the clutch basket on, which requires a special spanner or home made facsimile, which we made for the job, out of a Land Rover cracked 3/4 socket, with an angle grinder! Revealing is how much shorter the old clutch springs were compared to new. Common this, apparently, and could account for a lot of clutch adjustment problems. Nut problem aside, this is a REALLY cheap and easy DIY job, and the parts are less than 20.

Last Changed 10/02/12

The mystery of Carb-Balencing! Well, here's the principle at least, demonstrated on a twin-carb Honda CB125T, which is pretty simple, as it has just two carburettors and they aren't 'banked' with a complicated linkage to fret about! If/When I get round to it some-time, I may update showing it done on the 750. Anyhow, for now, done on the Super-Dream. Its not so mysterious, and with the right tools, only need take quarter of an hour or so.

Last Changed 09/01/13


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