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Monday, 30 March 2015
Military Land Rover Series 3 FFR 109 24v 24volt 1983
First things first I am only selling "Mator" my series 3 landy because we are buying a house and need the money for a deposit quite frankly after all the blood sweat tears and the hospital visit he caused me I don't want to see him go but they have been well worth it. This old boy has kept me off of the cigarettes and proved to me what I could use that money for instead although at times he nearly drove me to drink.
This is a unique opportunity in the fact that you can see the whole rebuild from when it was dragged out of a farm yard to the last day I drove it every bit of work done has been documented laughed at and shared across a few of the main Land Rover forums so you can see what I did wrong then put right what has been replaced and rebuilt so you know exactly where you stand with him if you want to buy him.
SO where to start?? He has the military chassis a reconditioned military 2 1/4 petrol engine running 24 volts across the board each and every dent is as it was from when it was demobbed then parked up for the seventeen years before I got him. I did not want to change them or fix them they are part of it's history. I also have the MOD list of who he served with along with the dating letter I had to get for actually registering him for the road for the very first time and what fun that was dealing with the DVLA who it seems have no standardised format for anything it just depends on who you talk to and who opens your mail.
Here is a very short list the following has been done but this really is the abbreviated version as I would run out of space on this listing and you would get bored before getting to the end of it...alternator rebuild, brake system rebuild, master/slave clutch rebuild, new shocks, new gearbox mounts, new exhaust, full fuel system rebuild from tank to carb, undersealed, doors replaced painted and fitted, all fluids replaced and engine serviced. This is no where near everything that has been done please have a look at the blog rebuild at nickysmith.me (Ebay this is very important in selling this Land Rover it is not an advertisement for another website but a link to show the extensive rebuild work that has been done to this motor so please don't pull the ad for having this in thank you because I think you would be more miffed if I copy and paste the whole 200 plus entries into this listing to show what work has been done!) under the "Land Rover rebuild" section for the whole shebang or search for "the project has landed" on the landyzone forum. I have lost count of the man hours I have put in on him and I will reiterate selling him is not my idea but Wifey wants to buy a house our savings just won't make the cut without a bit of a boost and poor Mator here really is the only thing of value I own because apparently I am not allowed to sell one of each of my four children's kidneys to raise the cash because of some law or other.
I have done about 74 miles only since the rebuild but this will climb a little as I enjoy driving him before on Wifey's command he goes and I loose another little piece of my soul. It is an old landy and I don't doubt it will present a problem or two as time goes on after being stood around for so long and just because it is a Land Rover but as he is at this moment is in great condition fully drivable with his 2 1/4 petrol engine running smoothly and you are welcome to come and view him just send me a message with a contact number in. You are also welcome to a test drive as long as you bring me proof of insurance to be able to drive fully comp or I have the cash from you in my hands...you break him you have bought him!
The only things not to original military spec are the front seats wheels headlights and twin tanks so if you want to put him back to military standard as a collectors piece this would not be very difficult. He is also "Winterised" model so has the whopping great heater sitting between the two front seats which works just fine and you will actually have that unknown oddity of a warm Series Land Rover in the Winter!
So there in a nutshell he is but please come and have a look to see him for yourself and the great condition he is in. I will weep a little when the new owner drives him away but it seems having rent free bricks and mortar for ten years (if I am lucky) after retirement before we die is more important. Personally I would rather put on the kids in retirement we have enough of them and why they can't buy a bigger house to accommodate us rent free for a decade or two just like they have had here is beyond me!
I am open to offers of course but I won't be moving very much price wise. There will be no Part exchanges unless you want to give me a house to live in and there will be no paypal payments accepted on this amount of money it will be a strictly cash only sale. This is an old old Land Rover and they do like to breakdown on a regular basis at this point in time Mator is running soundly but I have no doubt he will require more tinkering as time goes by as any landy owner will tell you! So with that in mind this will be a "Sold as Seen" deal only BUT I am very happy for you to arrange for one of the breakdown services to come along and do a vehicle check on him I have nothing at all to hide! in fact I might even bribe them to say it needs some extra bits sorting so I can justify keeping him to Wifey ;)