NAO Restored 1967 Land Rover Series IIA 109"


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This Land Rover 109 was built in October 1966 specifically for the British military. It rolled off the assembly line and was shipped to the Central Army Vehicle Depot in Gloucertershire. It is not known if it saw action but it appeared to be in well used condition when we received it. The odometer shows under 5000 miles which it typical of military vehicles, these must have been hard miles, the 109 was in dire need of a full restoration. When it came time to restore the vehicle we knew that it deserved our NAO Series IIA full restoration which incorporates a full package of modern improvements. However when it came to aesthetics, we decided on a slightly different approach. Instead of returning the 109’s body to like-new condition we decided to preserve all the bumps and bruises and its utilitarian nature. The resulting combination is a highly useful and enjoyable vehicle. Our NAO Series IIA restoration package provides the benefit of modern parts and technology. The less-than-perfect paint allows full use of the vehicles utilitarian design and lends an authentic character to this unique vehicle.



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Engine

The original 2.25 liter four cylinder gasoline engine was fully rebuilt. We used a different cam and slightly raised the compression ratio to make a mild horsepower increase. The head was also modified to run on unleaded gas.

Fuel System

The carburetor and mechanical fuel pump of the original fuel system are prone to vapor lock when using 10% ethanol gasoline. We installed electronic fuel injection to solve these problems.

Transmission and Transfer Case

The original IIA transmission requires double clutching between 1st and second gear. This is not something that many people know how to do so we opted to install a rebuilt Series III synchronized 4 speed transmission. The iconic IIA double bent shifter was retained.

Cooling

The cooling system was completely restored. We use a modern voltage stabilizer so the the coolant temperature gauge reads accurately unlike the originals.

Frame

A new military spec galvanized frame is the back bone of the vehicle. All original military bumperettes and air lift rings have been retained. A Warn M8000 winch has been added to aid in self recovery of the vehicle off road.

Axles

The front and rear axles are fully rebuilt. The original rear half shafts are prone to breaking so we installed high strength 24 spline units. We also installed high strength ring and pinion gears with a higher gear ratio to allow for a 60 mph cruising speed.

Steering

The steering system was completely rebuilt. The result is a vehicle that steers and tracks nicely. A banjo wheel replaced the original 3 spoke wheel. The vehicle was converted to LHD for ease of driving in the US.

Brakes

We upgraded the original drum brakes and single master cylinder brake system to power dual circuit four wheel disc brakes.

Suspension

Parabolic springs and Old Man Emu gas shocks were installed and offer a softer ride compared to the original military springs.

Body

A new galvanized steel bulkhead was installed so that rot would not be a problem in the future. The pick up top can be removed for an open air driving experience.

Interior

The Series IIA is very unique in that the same finishes of the exterior are carried through into the interior: painted aluminum, galvanized steel and exposed fasteners. Defender seat belts are installed for safety. A Mt. Mansfield high output heater/defroster was installed to make driving on very cold days much more comfortable.

Electrical

The original electrical system of the Series IIA was not a very good design even in the 1960s. We installed a new electrical system that makes use of completely modern electronics.

Tires and Wheels

The original wheels require old fashioned tube-type tires and are hard to balance. We used brand new tubeless welded wheels that have the exact same appearance as the originals but with a slightly wider off-set for improved turning radius and handling. We installed new Michelin XZL radials, these are the same tire currently used by the British military. They have a correct look and are very durable with steel belted sidewalls.

Optional Soft Top and Rear Seats

The pick up cab can be unbolted and canvas soft top installed in its place. It is very easy to roll up the sides and back of the soft top for fair weather driving. The soft top can also be completely removed for open top driving. The soft top is available at an extra charge. Additionally, seating and seatbelts for 8 passengers can be installed in the back for an extra charge.

Engine

  • 2.25 gasoline engine rebuilt
  • Block pressure tested
  • Block cleaned
  • Block resurfaced
  • Main bearing tunnel align honed
  • Connecting rods honed
  • Crankshaft cleaned and polished
  • Cylinders bored out and honed (typically .020 over)
  • New pistons
  • Rings filed
  • Oil pump rebuilt
  • New King main bearings
  • New King rod bearings
  • New thrust washers
  • New freeze plugs
  • New AP timing chain
  • New timing chain vibration pad
  • New rear main seal
  • New OEM Defender 2.5 cam
  • New OEM tappet rollers
  • Head rebuilt and modified for unleaded gas
  • Head pressure tested
  • Head shaved to 8:1 compression
  • Hardened exhaust valve seats
  • Hardened valves
  • New OEM valve guides
  • New OEM valve springs
  • New OEM valve seals
  • New OEM valve retainers and keys
  • New Pertronix electronic distributor
  • New OEM rocker shaft
  • New OEM pushrods
  • New Pro Flow water pump
  • New OEM motor mounts
  • New alternator mount
  • High output 75 amp alternator
  • New OEM fan belt
  • New OEM spark plug wires
  • New Bosch spark plugs
  • Spin on oil filter conversion
  • High torque starter
  • All engine parts refinished
  • Engine painted in high heat green paint
  • All aluminum parts sandblasted and finished in high heat clear
  • New OEM oil fill cap/ breather
  • New OEM valve cover breather
  • New OEM front crank seal
  • New front mud shield
  • New block-to-head oil feed line
  • New crank pulley

Fuel System

  • Holley Sniper electronic fuel injection
  • Holley 80 GPH electric fuel pump
  • High pressure 3/8” fuel line
  • New fuel tank
  • New throttle return spring
  • Throttle linkage rebuilt and refinished
  • New fuel tank to body foam seal
  • New fuel tank mounting hardware
  • NOS fuel filler hose
  • New OEM fuel tank bushings and mounting hardware
  • Fuel cap refinished
  • New fuel cap seal
  • New fuel filters
  • NOS air cleaner hose
  • Air cleaner wire mesh cleaned and housing repainted

Exhaust System

  • New exhaust manifold
  • New exhaust hangers
  • New exhaust system

Transmission and Transfer Case

  • Rebuilt Series III synchronized transmission
  • Rebuilt transfer case
  • Deep sump finned aluminum transfer case pan
  • Original double bent shifter restored
  • New AP clutch and pressure plate
  • New NSK throwout bearing
  • Flywheel machined
  • New clutch fork
  • New clutch push rod
  • New Delphi clutch slave cylinder
  • New TRW clutch hose
  • New Series III clutch steel lines
  • New OEM clutch master cylinder
  • New clutch pedal return spring
  • New OEM transmission mounts
  • New speedometer cable

Cooling and Heating

  • New 4 core radiator
  • NOS fan shroud
  • New OEM radiator hoses
  • New stainless steel hose clamps
  • New thermostat
  • New radiator cap
  • New coolant overflow reservoir

Frame

  • New Marsland galvanized frame
  • New OEM bump stops
  • New bumper bolts

Axles

  • Ashcroft rebuilt rear heavy duty 3.75:1 24 spline differential
  • Ashcroft high strength 24 spline rear half shafts
  • New 24 spline drive flanges
  • Ashcroft rebuilt front heavy duty reverse rotation 3.75:1 differential
  • AVM locking hubs
  • Axle housings sandblasted and painted chassis black
  • New front driveshaft
  • New rear driveshaft
  • New OEM front axle housing seals
  • New axle breathers
  • New swivel balls
  • New swivel pins and bushings
  • New Timken swivel bearings
  • New OEM swivel seals
  • Swivels shimmed to correct preload
  • Rebuilt front half shafts
  • New NTN wheel bearings
  • New OEM hub seals
  • New OEM hub seal races
  • New drive flange caps
  • New driveshaft hardware

Steering

  • Steering wheel restored
  • Steering box resealed
  • New Series III Lemforder tie rod ends
  • New Series III track rod
  • New Series III drag link
  • New tie rod end clamps
  • New steering relay

Brakes

  • Series III power brake conversion
  • New brake booster
  • New Delphi Defender master cylinder
  • Front disc brake conversion
  • Rear disc brake conversion
  • New calipers
  • New brake pads
  • New rotors
  • New brake hoses
  • New Series III brake lines and fittings
  • Rebuilt parking brake assembly
  • Rebuilt and refinished parking brake lever and linkage
  • New polished aluminum parking brake button
  • New parking brake pivot

Suspension

  • New GME parabolic leaf springs
  • New Old Man Emu gas shocks
  • Heavy duty axle U-bolts
  • New shackles
  • New shackle bolts and nuts
  • Galvanized spring mounting plates
  • Galvanized brake line retainer plates

Body

  • New galvanized bulkhead
  • New grille
  • Door sills galvanized
  • Under seat tool box galvanized
  • Grille holders galvanized
  • Door check straps galvanized
  • New OEM Defender vent flap seals
  • New OEM door weatherstripping
  • New OEM bulkhead to windshield frame seal
  • New floor hardware
  • Hood prop refinished
  • New windshield glass
  • Windshield retainer strips refinished
  • New OEM Series III door latches and strikers
  • Door hinges rebuilt with new brass pivots
  • Correct type aluminum hammer rivets and pop rivets
  • New zinc plated bolts, nuts, washers and screws used on inside of vehicle
  • New galvanized bolts used on exterior of vehicle
  • New stainless steel screws used on exterior of vehicle
  • New hood to grille cloth buffer strip
  • New fender mounted mirrors

Interior

  • Black vinyl seats
  • New leather seat retaining straps
  • Bulldog catches to retain seat bases
  • New Exmoor Trim front rubber floor mats
  • New Defender front shoulder harness seat belts
  • Front seat mounts galvanized
  • Bulkhead diaphragm galvanized
  • 4x4 plunger plate galvanized
  • Steering column seal retainer galvanized
  • New steering column seal
  • Vent flap levers refinished
  • Door pulls refinished
  • New rearview mirror
  • New OEM gas pedal rubber pad
  • New OEM high-low lever boot
  • New OEM parking brake boot
  • Dynamat and Dynaliner applied under seat box and transmission tunnel
  • Original engine hand crank refinished and mounted behind seats

Pickup Specific

  • New OEM tailgate weatherstripping
  • Tailgate chain mounts galvanized
  • Roof gutter seam sealed with self leveling seam sealer
  • Defender shoulder harness seat belt mounts
  • New seals between roof and rear panel
  • New seals between rear panel and body
  • New roof to windshield seal
  • Door locks keyed to ignition key
  • Bed reinforcing strips galvanized

Electrical and Wipers

  • New cloth covered body wiring harness
  • New cloth covered engine wiring harness
  • New cloth covered frame wiring harness
  • New fuse box
  • New wiring harness clips
  • New headlight pigtails
  • Hella headlights
  • New Wipac plastic headlight buckets
  • New 4 gauge battery cables
  • New horn
  • Odyssey AGM battery
  • New horn contact
  • New aftermarket wiper motors
  • New stainless steel wiper arms and blades
  • New OEM Late IIA temperature gauge and fuel gauge
  • New OEM Late IIA coolant temperature sending unit
  • New OEM Late IIA fuel level sending unit
  • Original speedometer rebuilt (original mileage retained)
  • Semiconducter voltage stabilizer
  • Turn signal switch rebuilt
  • New brake light switch
  • New coil
  • New floor mounted high-low beam switch
  • New dash warning lights
  • New red and black dash power sockets
  • New push button starter
  • Push button starter button refinished
  • New cigarette lighter type adapter for dash power sockets
  • Spare key

Tire and Wheels

  • Defender 16” x 5.5” (Series type) wheels for tubeless tires (5)
  • Michelin XZL 7.50 16 tires (5)
  • New valve stems
  • Lug wrench and hydraulic bottle jack mounted under driver’s seat

Military Features

  • Original military dash data plaque
  • New Marsland military heavy duty galvanized frame
  • NOS military keyed ignition/ headlamp switch
  • Original front bumper overriders with integral air lift rings
  • Original military rear airlift rings
  • Original military rear bumperettes
  • Aftermarket pintle/ ball hitch
  • Military tie down points in bed
  • Military door buffers on front fenders
  • Military screw on glass light lenses
  • Military hood hold downs
  • Heavy duty military hood mounted tire carrier
  • NATO rear license plate light
  • Military specific dash panel
  • Military heavy duty front axle housing
  • NATO trailer sockets
  • Original rifle holders on dash
  • Military type windshield hold downs
  • Heritage certificate stating military provenance

Options

  • High output Mt. Mansfield heater and defroster
  • Winch (Warn M8000) and heavy duty bumper

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