As the engine hadnt run for some time I went about ensuring that it was fit to run. I took the cylinder head off to check the pistons and bores and they seemed very clean with the bores still well within tolerance.
I also took the sump off and a main bearing cap to ensure that the crank and main bearings were in good health, which they were. The engine also had a full service and some new parts to ensure reliability. It had new fuel pump, carburettor, water pump, distributor, spark plugs, head gasket and of course new oil and filter.
The car has done less than 60,000 miles which looking at the drivetrain I believe is correct. The axles are in good condition as are the gearboxes. All gears including low range and four wheel drive work as expected with no unexpected noises.
During rebuild the clutch was replaced for a new unit including friction plate, pressure plate and the clutch release bearing. The hydraulics were also replaced, both the master and slave cylinder. The brakes have been fully replaced.
The master cylinder was replaced and all the wheel cylinders as well as the flexi pipes. It also has new brake shoes at each wheel.
The bulkhead was in remarkable condition and with only the footwells needing attention. The passenger footwell was replaced and the drivers was replaced where needed. The rest of the bodywork was very straight when the car was bought so needed little work. Each panel was removed from the vehicle and prepped for paint.
They were sanded down, etch primed and spray russet brown. The finish is respectable but not concourse standard.
My plan was to make the land rover mechanical reliable and the cosmetics came second as this was intended to be a reliable car I could use as a daily driver if needed. As this is the county model and a late series 3 it had high back cloth front seats with a middle seat, much like a defender. It has 3 matching second row seat and two bench seats in the back. All are in good condition considering its age.
All doors have full door cards and it also fitted with new mats in the front. All in all this is a very respectable low mileage classic land rover in good condition. With the land rover prices ever increasing and this being a top spec county station wagon with safari roof it will never loss value and hopefully just appreciate. The land rover would have also come with Fairey freewheeling hub and an overdrive from the factory.Unfortunately, these were taken off by the previous owner however I did source some good condition ones which I was planning to fit. So these will be available by further negotiation. I also have a good condition Brownchuch full galvanised roof rack which would fit nicely on the 109 available too. Im around most evenings and weekends so viewing shouldnt be an issue. The item "Land rover Series 3 109 county station wagon CSW LWB petrol 1980 safari restored" is in sale since Sunday, September 9, 2018. This item is in the category "Cars, Motorcycles & Vehicles\Classic Cars\Land Rover". The seller is "984tom" and is located in Findon.
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