Two New (to me) Rovers on the Way

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Two new Rovers are on their way. Both purchased from Ike Goss of Pangolin 4×4 in Oregon. This one is a survivor, 1959 Series 2 109 pickup, owned from new by one family. It has all of the proper Series 2 bits…..rotary vent openers, horn stalk, vacuum assist blinker switch, hinged seat box covers……also has one piece doors and a tropical skinned pickup cab. This one is a keeper, my plan is to just preserve it and drive it as-is………it’s one of the coolest Series trucks I’ve seen.

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Front view………note the Series 2 radiator apron.

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Number two……..1963 Series 2A 109 three door. A nice straight truck but needs some love. This one will get the full treatment……..one ton frame, 200 TDI, Salisbury, Ashcroft, tropical pickup cab, etc.

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Lots of work ahead!!

Street Tracker Update – 4

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Starting to look like a motorcycle again.

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Tank is mounted, fork stops made so no dents in the tank!

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Rear triangle seat support tower parts fabricated…….now you just have to tig weld them into place………straight!

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Electronics tray/inner fender fabricated in stainless steel.

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Lower inner fender in stainless and small blocks that will be made into tabs to mount the stainless trays/fenders.

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Testing the fit.

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Welding tabs onto round frame tubing and getting them in the right position is a challenge……I use this Starrett indicator holder and a few home made jigs to hold the tabs in place for tacking.

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The tab-rig in place.

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Tabs ready to be tacked into place…….accurately.

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In place………and it took way more than 20 minutes!!

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Another look………sadly it’s a part of the bike that will really never be seen, but it looks pretty cool!

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Moto gadget M Unit in place. I purchased all the Moto Gadget parts (M Unit, M Switches, M Button) from Revival Cycles. Good guys down there and some great eye candy on their site if you need inspiration.

Bring A Trailer Auction – 1963 Series IIA 109 1-Tonne Pickup

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Probably should have added this to the site a week ago. My 109 is now being auctioned on the website Bring A Trailer (http://bringatrailer.com/). It’s a great site with a daily selection of all kinds of vehicles from all over with some great commentary from regulars on the site, and they are now auctioning off select vehicles every week or so. The 109 auction ends tomorrow, check it out if you have the chance.

http://bringatrailer.com/listing/1963-land-rover-series-2a-109-pickup/

SOLD

Off to Indiana

Street Tracker Update

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Added some color to the engine……all the raw aluminum will be coated in BMW Frozen Gray

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Derby cover and primary chain access port in wrinkle finish

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Making frame plugs to reinforce joints where new rear triangle pieces join

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1 1/8″ diameter solid blanks are cut to three inch lengths, then rough turned down on the lathe to the inside diameter of the frame

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Rough turned blank

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The rough turning leaves ribs that bite just a bit when pushed into the frame tubing

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And in….when the rear frame tubes are completed, installed, and aligned, holes will be drilled through the new and existing tubing then plug welded, after that the joints will be tig welded

Mule Motorcycles Teaser Photos

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Richard Pollock/Mule sent some teaser pics today for the wheels he’s building for the XL1200……widened and all “rotor’d” up front…….beautiful work

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And the rear

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The rear “stopper”……..can’t wait to see these in person