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    Default Another Series 3 rebuild - help & advice needed

    Hi Everybody

    I bought a 1983 Series III 109 with the ADE236 engine that I want to restore. I'll be posting some pics of when I got it first and then some more as I progress (and as I need advice PLEASE?).

    Here are the first few phodies...
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    Default Re: Another Series 3 rebuild - help & advice needed

    Remember if you need engine parts, it's also called a Perkins 4.236 as far as I know.
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    Looks like you got your work cut out for you! Good luck with it and keep us posted! Oh and put a V8 in that engine bay!
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    Default Re: Another Series 3 rebuild - help & advice needed

    Firewalls not too bad.....

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    Default Re: Another Series 3 rebuild - help & advice needed

    That looks like fun, dont people get tired of buying wrecks to rebuild or don't many of you have full time jobs?!

    That is apart from those that rebuild vehicles as a full time job!

    I've learnt to rather just look for a vehicle that just needs some tlc/spit n polish or work that can be budgeted for and farmed out.

    Seeing all the work needed in the OP's new car makes me cringe, been there done that and then seen the new owner once I finally sold them enjoying the fruits of my hard labour. The point is if you don't buy right and the budget is limited it's very easy to get stuck into the never ending and painful/soul destroying job of polishing a turd

    Nevertheless good luck to the op and I hope you have budgeted well in time and money for your new project.

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    Default Re: Another Series 3 rebuild - help & advice needed

    Budget for a proper ground up rebuild/restoration R100.000 have done many.

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    Default Re: Another Series 3 rebuild - help & advice needed

    Thanks All

    Yeah, I know I've got a long, hard (expensive) road ahead of me, BUT... it will be worth it. I've had one of these before, but was stupid enough to sell it. Since then, I've been looking for another one for close to 11 years. And finally my patience paid off.

    There were others for sale, but were overpriced to me for the conditions they were in. I picked this one up for less than ten (won't say exactly lest people start drooling).

    PLUS
    although there is much work to be done, the galvanized chassis is still 100%, no cracks in the diffs - although I'm going to change the bearings and seals all over as it was standing for a long time.
    The body's overall condition is about 90% and I will definitely respray completely.
    Suspension generally OK, but will redo springs and new shocks.

    THEN... the engine!!! That was the main reason for looking so long. These beasts aren't fast, but boy, have they got low down torque. I will redo the engine completely as well and it is going to cost me less than R15000.00 - the beauty of ADE.

    The only 2 limits are money and time, but it isn't too much of a hassle, because the limited time obviously affords me the time to save enough for each next project.

    Anyways, I'll post any new updates as the happen...

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    Default Re: Another Series 3 rebuild - help & advice needed

    Hi Hannes

    How is your project coming along? I'm interested because I would like to do the same thing someday.

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    Default Re: Another Series 3 rebuild - help & advice needed

    Quote Originally Posted by jroux View Post
    Hi Hannes

    How is your project coming along? I'm interested because I would like to do the same thing someday.

    I think Hannes might have given up as sanity prevailed and sold the project.........
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    and I've got ALL the spares he needs standing on 4 good wheels
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    Default Re: Another Series 3 rebuild - help & advice needed

    Quote Originally Posted by Capt Chaos View Post

    and I've got ALL the spares he needs standing on 4 good wheels
    ag man nobody wants that V6 piece of rubbish
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    Default Re: Another Series 3 rebuild - help & advice needed

    ;d;d;d;d;d;d

    sorry - 5 good wheels.
    Last edited by Capt Chaos; 2018/05/06 at 11:52 AM.
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    Hi GuysI am sorry for not posting anything for so long (I never even realised just HOW long)... https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...shocked.gifAnd no, I haven't given up or sold it. I've just been so busy at work that I hardly had time to do anything. PLUS, as I've stated in my OP... patience! I've been stripping it and will post photos of this process (watch out for the firewall - some previous dude "really knew what he was doing there).What I've discovered is true to what Mike Cullen said, so I'm preparing to rebuild from the ground up. It seems to me this vehicle drove into the sea, then mud, then a cow farm - all one right after the other. There is so much muck everywhere which is currently taking most of my time - the cleaning!I've got one question though; why on earth would anybody attempt to rubberize a galvanized chassis? https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...es/huh.gifWell, here goes with the photos...I will post more as I've got time, but for now, I'm looking for a good, rust-free fuel tank and holder plate if any of you might have some lying around?Until next time
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    Default Re: Another Series 3 rebuild - help & advice needed

    I donít see a problem.... the later Defenders didnít have flaps

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    Default Re: Another Series 3 rebuild - help & advice needed

    Good day to you all

    it has been a long time since I posted on this project as I had another to complete first.

    but now it is time to get back on track with this one.

    So, I completely stripped the rear suspension and took out the diff. The spring packs still looked fine, but the U-bolts were under tightened.
    this caused the hole on the diff where the center bolts go into, to be worn.
    A buddy of mine with engineering shop has helped me to repair this.
    Got the spring packs refurbished anyway - with new center bolts, U-bolts and bushes.

    .... and then the other shoe dropped...

    the shackles on this vehicle seems to have been home made.

    Has anyone got drawings of the rear spring shackles that I can give to my buddy to get new ones made?

    Any help will be appreciated.

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    Default Re: Another Series 3 rebuild - help & advice needed

    Contact Gary Frank, his number is in the name section of his posts, he will sort you out.
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    Default Re: Another Series 3 rebuild - help & advice needed

    Donít try DIY u-bolts...... the threads are rolled (not cut with a die) and deform when tightened..... thatís why we donít re-use them.

    Rather buy new ones....

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    Default Re: Another Series 3 rebuild - help & advice needed

    Thanks GaryFrank

    I've already bought new ones from a place in Port Elizabeth.

    now I just need the drawings for the shackles if anyone might something like that...

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    Default Re: Another Series 3 rebuild - help & advice needed

    Did you ask Savoy, shackles are cheep cheap Cheep
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    Default Re: Another Series 3 rebuild - help & advice needed

    Iíve just bought a full set of shackles (1951 Series 1 88).

    Iíll post some pics & dimensions tomorrow

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