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Old October 15th, 2012, 01:09 PM
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Frame up restoration - '61 Series II

Ok, I thought I might as well start a thread. I sort of restored it about 1990 and then this truck was my daily driver for almost 10 years. The gearbox started going out about 10 years ago, so I decided to do frame off. Kids came along and other projets (my D110) got in the way. Now I'm back on it. Here's what I've done so far:

- I've been sourcing parts for this rebuild for 20 years....
- Frame was chewed up by a 289 V8 install during the early 70s. Found a Series II frame that had been galvanized and primed/painted it.
- Replaced all suspension bushings
- Replaced all brake lines

Last night I took another major step. The bulkhead was also cut up for the V8 so started with a clean replacement. I was finally able to match the rather rare paint (Sand) and the photo shows the finished product. More to come......
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Old October 15th, 2012, 01:36 PM
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Do you still have all the SII specific goodies like the vent knobs, horn button, turn signal, dip switch etc. It took me forever to round them all up for mine.
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Old October 15th, 2012, 02:00 PM
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I have pretty much everything. Lot's of ebay trolling for the last 20 years. The biggest challenge is the wiring. All factory wiring was removed when the 289 was installed. I have a new harness, but really starting from scratch. I have the diagram but that doesn't really help with routing...

Also have a Kodiak Mark IV heater that was in the truck when I bought it.
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Old October 16th, 2012, 10:24 AM
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A little more progress......
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Old October 16th, 2012, 11:08 AM
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Hmm. I can't remember. I have an extra pair if anyone needs them.
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Old October 16th, 2012, 11:43 AM
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I have pretty much everything. Lot's of ebay trolling for the last 20 years. The biggest challenge is the wiring. All factory wiring was removed when the 289 was installed. I have a new harness, but really starting from scratch. I have the diagram but that doesn't really help with routing...

Also have a Kodiak Mark IV heater that was in the truck when I bought it.
Wiring is easy. I did my 59 in an afternoon (no joke). Just make sure to get the SII specific harness. They are different from the SIIA. Mk IV is too new, but no big deal on that one. I have a MK1 (maybe II I will check Ike's website) edit: it is a MKI which I believe to be original to the truck.
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Old October 16th, 2012, 12:12 PM
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They probably added the Mark IV when the 289 was installed. I think early 70s. If anyone ever contemplates putting a 289 in a Series Rover, I counsel against it.
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Old October 16th, 2012, 12:54 PM
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Hers is a 109", mine's an 88". I found it to be too heavy, too hot, and the torque wrecked the gearbox.
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I have pretty much everything. Lot's of ebay trolling for the last 20 years. The biggest challenge is the wiring. All factory wiring was removed when the 289 was installed. I have a new harness, but really starting from scratch. I have the diagram but that doesn't really help with routing...

Also have a Kodiak Mark IV heater that was in the truck when I bought it.

Is the 289 itself long gone?
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Old October 16th, 2012, 07:27 PM
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I bought it in 1989. I replaced the 289 with a 2 1/4 in 1990 so yes, it's long gone. Gary Landis did the swap (22 years ago ). I drove it every day until 2002. I'm looking forward to getting my old friend back.
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Old October 16th, 2012, 08:50 PM
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Sweet project. I love driving my Series as much as possible however, sadly, it is probably put away for the year.
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Wiring is easy. I did my 59 in an afternoon (no joke). Just make sure to get the SII specific harness. They are different from the SIIA. Mk IV is too new, but no big deal on that one. I have a MK1 (maybe II I will check Ike's website) edit: it is a MKI which I believe to be original to the truck.
Ron, where did you source your replacement harness from?
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I bought it in 1989..... I'm looking forward to getting my old friend back.
Nice! I have a love-hate relationship with my '73 Series III Good-luck and please keep us posted. I love following these restorations.
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Ron, where did you source your replacement harness from?
I don't recall. Probably RN back in the late 90s.
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No personal experience, but ive heard good things about British Wiring.

http://www.britishwiring.com/category-s/236.htm

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Old October 22nd, 2012, 10:18 AM
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Attached pic of the Series II dimmer switch. Vent screens, voltage regulator, fuse holder, and windshield brackets installed this weekend. Also ran the chassis harness.

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More progress.....

- Voltage regulator, Fuse box, and coil installed
- Main harness run (but not wired in yet), chassis harness, and tail light harness
- Steering column bracket, vent screens, vent levers, windscreen brackets, starter button, and cold start panel & switch
- Instrument panel complete
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Not that it matters, but my 59 is galvanized.
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I have a 1960 that is this same color I didn't know it was a stock color? here is a pic of mine not to highjack your thread.

I think this is the same color the interior is more deep not faded, Im digging your build.

Cheers Ed
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