The History of my 110

I managed to get a little bit of information on this old beast when I got it, always useful so here is what I have.

Vehicle was originally purchased from:

Martin Bond Surplus
Lunds Field Garage
Lunds Field
Kellet Road
Carnforth
LA5 9AB

Date of registration: 20th February 1991

Below is the previous service history, this is somewhat useful, although by now a lot of the new items that have been fitted to the car are being attacked by that good old rust, I am hoping that with the aid of a lot of sand blasting and etch primer I will be able to revover a great deal of nthe running gear and hopefully find out why the previous own had a lot of problems with the electrics and the brakes.

29th March 2001

Orry Teare
Motor Engineer
Sulby Straight
Isle of Man
IM7 2HJ

  • Inspected for cause of starter not working.
  • Returned with battery and checked again (Suspected faulty Starter Motor).

Cost including labour:

carried forward

4th April 2001

Orry Teare
Motor Engineer
Sulby Straight
Isle of Man
IM7 2HJ

  • Collected Land Rover and fitted new Starter Motor.
  • Tightened loose alternator and Power Steering pump belts and delivered vehicle back to owner.

Cost including labour:

carried forward

26th April 2001

Orry Teare
Motor Engineer
Sulby Straight
Isle of Man
IM7 2HJ

  • Repaired passenger door check strap.

Cost including labour:

£60.00

15th May 2003

Michael Car Center
Main Road Garage
Kirk Michael
Isle of Man

Mileage: 138258

  • Service
  • Replace Timing Belt
  • Fit Radio into vehicle

Notes:

  • Suspected faulty alternator, does not seem to be charging.
  • OSR Bulb Holder seems to be faulty.
  • Needs OSR Axle Oil Seal.
  • Requires Rear Brake Shoes soon.
  • Two fot he tyres have badly perrished side walls.

Cost including labour:

£185.00

31st May 2004

Michael Car Center
Main Road Garage
Kirk Michael
Isle of Man

Mileage: 138261

  • Replace failed clutch.
  • Service as required.
  • Repair Exhaust.
  • Replace rear axel oil seals and contaminated brake shoes.

Cost including labour:

£636.53

27th August 2004

Michael Car Center
Main Road Garage
Kirk Michael
Isle of Man

Mileage: 138261

  • Replace front door seal.

Cost including labour:

£47.28

1st October 2004

Michael Car Center
Main Road Garage
Kirk Michael
Isle of Man

Mileage: 140278

  • Relace NSF door handle.
  • Replace OSF door seal.
  • Replace OSF mudflap.

Notes:

  • Needed to reshape the door to enable the handle to fit.
  • Asked to fix check strap on OSF door, check strap mounting on order.

Cost including labour:

£70.38

5th October 2004

Michael Car Center
Main Road Garage
Kirk Michael
Isle of Man

Mileage: 140278

  • Replace door check strap. 

Cost including labour:

£9.76

8th February 2005

Michael Car Center
Main Road Garage
Kirk Michael
Isle of Man

Mileage: 140384

  • Service as required
  • Check Steering Play
  • Adjust Handbrake

Notes:

  • Steering box drop arm ball joint kit required.
  • Track Rod Ends required (RH thread).
  • Slight oil leak from Power Steering Pump.
  • OSF brake caliper partially seized,

Cost including labour:

£95.41

28th May 2005

Michael Car Center
Main Road Garage
Kirk Michael
Isle of Man

Mileage: 141136

  • Replace steering box ball joint and track rods.

Cost including labour:

£189.77

4th June 2005

Michael Car Center
Main Road Garage
Kirk Michael
Isle of Man

Mileage: 141136

  • Check for report of steam from under bonnet.
  • Windscreen steaming up after vehicle has been running for 10 minutes.
  • Trace fault and replace heater matrix.

Cost including labour:

£204.47

28th October 2005

Michael Car Center
Main Road Garage
Kirk Michael
Isle of Man

Mileage: 141571

  • Replace OSF wiper arm.
  • Replace rear wiper blade.

Cost including labour:

£62.90

15th May 2008

Michael Car Center
Main Road Garage
Kirk Michael
Isle of Man

Mileage: 144616

  • Service as requested.
  • Investigate issue with horn not working.
  • Check for puncture NSF, None found.
  • Replace tube valve.
  • Reverse lamp not working (Part on order).
  • Number plate lamp  not working (Part on order).
  • NSR indicator lamp broken (Part on order).

Cost including labour:

£163.36

29th May 2008

Michael Car Center
Main Road Garage
Kirk Michael
Isle of Man

Mileage: 144623

  • Replace lamps as ordered on service.

Cost including labour:

£50.85

25th November 2011

Land Rover Services
Unit 7 Benbow Business Park
Harlescott Lane
Shrewsbury
Shropshire
SY1 3AT

  • Supply RH and LH brake caliper and pad set.

Cost including labour:

£232.49

14th December 2011

M. Turner

  • Carry out service.
  • Overhaul front and rear brakes.
  • Repair electrical fault to the rear number plate.

Cost including labour:

£431.65

My thoughts on the history.

 RFor an old ex-Army Landie, we have two things to take into account, the first being its Army life, for this we no very little, looking at the photos that I have when it was at the Surplus depot for Sale, it at least had no bullet holes, not that they normally do, but you have to assume that it has had a hard life, and certainly a lot of miles under MOD control, meaning that a certain amount of this time was off-road, and driven hard by grunts and ‘crap-hats’. 

Army life is hard, and normally means that they have also been looked after by mechanics, that said being ex-army myself, I also know that they are often run until that annoying knocking sound becomes deafening and to the point where you feel the engine is about to explode. 

It’s a shame that you cant get hold of the MOD’s workshop history on vehicles, it would be good reading.

After she was purchased by the previous owner to me, she was at least looked after and although she was not looking too good when I picked her up, she had quite a few jobs done to her along the way, and at least for the early years she was looked after when she went wrong, sadly though as I presume the problems became too many, she was a tad neglected to the point where I got hold of her, yes she has the way too normal troubles that are rust related, and even though she does run, and the running gear is OK, I have resigned myself replacing most of the bodywork above the chassis, and that as well.

Any normal sane person would have offered nothing for this vehicle really, there is just way too much rust and I don’t think that much will be saveable as far as the main items, the chassis looks as though there are way too many rust spots in it, it may be able to be salvaged but I went into this with the view to re-chassis the vehicle anyway with a galvanised one, especially as I want to change the engine as well from a 200TDi to a 300TDi, but I may also think about something a little newer if the funds are available.

The door posts are rotten and I will be surprised if any of the floor pans are solid, they normally need a great deal of work and again I would like to install a nice new galvanised bulkhead here anyway which would give the vehicle a lifetime way past me…

All the doors are just not even worth working on, I think re-skinning the doors is always a waste of time, they never fit right and take ages to adjust and sort out, then they just rot again within 5 years or so, and why bother when you can get galvanised versions of these as well.

I really want to upgrade as much as I can anyway, so its not going to be cheap, and even quick, ad I may at this rate never see it completed, but its like owning a classic motorcycle, they cost you more than they are worth, and it’s a challenge and something you do because you love the battle.

I have always loved Land Rovers and especially the Defender.

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