19J, A Horror Story……….

So there we were, sitting in an old hay shed on a wet autumn day……….

My friend had just purchased a Land Rover 90 with an early 2.5 diesel turbo engine, She’d turn over wonderfully, there’d be diesel up to the injectors, you name it, all the signs of life were there. Just something was missing,  A BANG!

So it was decided that we should whip the head off to investigate, to our horror, we discovered not one, not two, not three, but four cracked pistons!

God knows what sort of life this truck cab must’ve had, but whoever let her overheat to cause this, did a proper job.

The vehicle overall is quite a tidy machine, chassis is solid, had all new suspension bushes and shocks and a brand new set of modulars and Dakar remoulds.

“Not bad for a bag of sand.” Said we.

Upon further research it was clear as day that all 19J engines are more trouble than they’re worth. As they’re just a 2.5NA engine with a turbo bolted on, hence they run hotter and there’s much more pressure in the combustion chambers. This would most probably by why they’re prone to gripped liners, cracked pistons, head gaskets blowing, warped heads and in extreme cases they’ve been known to develop cracked blocks whilst warming up.



Land Rover 101″ Forward Control

This Ex-MOD Gun Tractor is being repaired by a friend of Michael and myself. Far from being restored, this beast is almost being re-manufactured into an every day driver/overlander. The Land Rover 101 was developed in the late sixties, powered by a petrol Rover V8, it was able to tow artillery, its ammunition and carry it’s crew. 101’s very made into ambulances and radio trucks too, as well as famously tugging Rapier missiles during the 80’s. Since being sold off from the MOD dozens of these Unimog-like machines have been seen in many roles, from forrestry trucks due to there amazing ground clearance and heavy duty Salisbury axles front and back, and In recovery duties thanks to there heavy duty winch and perfect rear chassis for adding a crane or any other piece of heavy equipment.
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68 FL 34 entered the factory on 19/05/1976 and was delivered to the Army at Hilton on 01/07/1976. It’s being converted with a 200Tdi and LT77 5 speed gearbox from a discovery. Winch bumper from Able Engineering (midlands) Ltd, fitted with winchmax 19,000lb winch. The whole vehicle is to bepainted in bright orange (almost Fordson Orange), with TD5 era defender interior trimmings and discovery power steering.