Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Grover's Interior and Exterior

Hello Everyone!

Here are some more pics of Grover's exterior.

If you look close you can see the funky tow hitch that's attached to the front bumper.

At some point it will be switched out with a new one.

You can see some slight dents, but nothing that detracts from Grover.

Lacey had to check Grover out. She seemed to like it.

You can also see the front tow hitch better in this picture.


Here are some interior pictures.

I think it looks nice and clean - especially for being 45 years old.

The doors are in good condition but need some work.

Seats are in good condition.

Jump seats need re-stuffing a bit.

They also need securing straps to hold them in place when they're folded up.

The back is nice and clean as well.

You can see how bad the seals are though.

The head-liner isn't bad either, but it is home to some wasps. They've got to go.

Well, till next time...

Larry ~

More Engine Pics

Here are some additional pics of the engine.

Oil bath air filter, distributor, voltage regulator and rat's nest.

Coil and rat's nest.

Zenith carb, coil, brake/clutch fluid reservoir and the original breather type caps.

In this last pic you can see the extra fuel filter that we added.

Anyway, the engine is a '63, 2.25 petrol. With the exception of the points/plugs/wires and carb it is 100% original.

Please keep in mind while reading this that I am NOT a mechanic, so the way I describe something might be a bit dodgy. My brother (a real mechanic) about fell over when he looked at the engine. The large bolts, located under the spark plugs (I believe they attach the head to the block), still have the factory installed wire connecting them together and it is fully intact! It appears that the engine has never been dismantled. It runs great; purrs like a kitten; does not burn oil; stays at a constant temp of +/- 160F; no grey or black smoke and gets between
15 & 20 MPG.

The zenith carb was installed in the late 60's. I am having problems with it, yet it has been cleaned and rebuilt three times in the last year. It just won't stay adjusted. It will run great anywhere from an hour to a week or two and then stop working. From discussing the various problems with several other people, my brother and I had a check list to work with. We checked for, and fixed, a problem known as "Zenith Warp", along with a redundant hole. Still the problem persists. We still have a few other items to check but are now looking at replacing the old Zenith with a rebuilt Zenith.

You might find it interesting to know that when I first started cleaning the engine, numerous sea shells were found in all the nooks-n-crannies; not to mention all the mud dobber nests!

We have also replaced the starter and the solenoid.

About two months ago we replaced the entire clutch system including the fly-wheel. If I can find those photos I will upload them.

Well, till next time...

Larry ~

Grover's Engine

Here are some pictures of the engine. I will try to get better ones tomorrow.

He has a 2.25 Petrol with a Zenith 36IV carb.

BTW - Grover is alive again! I finally got the carb put back in and it is running great. I will drive it around for the next few days and see what happens.

It's not the best picture, but you can see the Zenith carb, gas filter, and the air breather caps.

This is a better picture of the same items.

Another decent pic.

The gas filter we installed. You can also see the little breather slot on the oil cap.

Oil bath air filter.

At the top of the picture you can also see the fuse box (it came without a cover).

Well, till next time...

Larry ~

Initial Inspection

Here are some pics of my father-n-law and I giving Grover the "once-over" before I drive him up to the house.

The Amber Bock box contained extra parts Ike sent. A few bottles would have been nice though!

Just checking out the two hitch added to the bumper.

I think this is when we first really noticed that Grover lists to the right.

My father-n-law waxing poetic about the beauty of simple engines.

Well, till next time...

Larry ~

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Grover Arrives!!!

At last, on a warm Summer's day in June of '04, Grover arrives!

My wife and I, along with her parents, sat on the porch, drinking coffee, and waited. We watched for any sign of the transport. It would be arriving any time...any time now...

Then, suddenly, we saw it! A big ol' transport came down the road and pulled up in front of the house!


There he was, Grover the Rover!


I couldn't wait to get behind the wheel, but it wasn't to be, at least for a bit longer anyway.

The transport driver said he could not turn the Landy over to me until he had parked it in our driveway.

It was kind of scary watching him unload the Rover. The Landy was so narrow that it looked like it would run off the ramps at any time!

After he had driven the Landy into the drive and parked it we got to talking. Turns out that he was the one who transported Grover from his home in Florida to Ike's location in Indiana. He said that when he first transported Grover it didn't run. He had to winch the Landy onto the transport.



Finally, after wanting a Land Rover for as long as I can remember, I have one! For those of you who might be wondering, the short, chubby guy next to Grover is me. As you can tell, we both could use an extreme makeover.

Well, till next time...

Larry ~

Here are some pictures of Grover before he was shipped

Here are some pictures of Grover before he was shipped to me.

I purchased Grover from a great guy named Ike, who owns Pangolin 4x4, in May of '04.

Hopefully, within the next few days, I will post more pictures of the day he arrived and tell you more about our adventures.

The door looks a little warped in this picture but it isn't, the door isn't shut all the way.

I can't wait till he gets here!

Well, till next time...

Larry ~