Land rover series 1 88 inch engine bay…

Land rover series 1 can be categorized as classic car. This Landy in particular is already 50 + years old, most of them will already give up the ghost… few survived and we give credit to old car that retain the original parts…

Here is the picture of landy and inside the engine bay… only few is not original, thanks to the previous owner who tried to use original part whenever possible

Land rover series 1 88 inch
I think the body  and axle are original, The painting is OK, but could be better, Lamps, grill are original…  now lets look at the engine bay…
This is the pict inside engine bay… pretty much original : The engine is petrol 2.0 liter spread bore, the carburetor is Solex 32 PBI, and radiator is original… not sure about the distributor, but fuel pump definitely non standard… The cables are tidy…
Distributor land rover series 1
A pict from left hand side… anyone can tell what the distributor type and whether it is original fitment.. please write down below..
Distributor land rover series 1
Close up Land rover series 1 distributor.. not sure if this is original… anyone know what type is the distributor..? seems to me is Lucas 45D but not sure
Solex 32 PBI Land rover series 1 88 inch
From the right hand side with air filter off, solex carburettor
Engine 2.0L petrol series 1
Seems the previous owner has done some rebuild.. I can see few relatively few fresh read sealer… in the head cover, and in oil sump cover… presumably changing the bearings and piston ring
Water heated manifold
Water heated manifold
Exhaust manifold land rover series 1
Exhaust manifold exit… just cut the wing and rivet it… thats original cut.. :D
grill land rover series 1
Somehow the front series 1 looks like a skull in pirate logo with bulging eyes… :). additional accessories for the lamp is nice and probably rare… :

Thats all for now, generally I am happy with the originality of the engine… will let you know if it start OK… :)  let me know if you have any questions… Cheers

Day Dreaming

Day Dreaming

Oh my…. two women sitting on top of vegetables on their way to wet market to sell their produce… they look weary, sleepy and bored… hope that they arrived safely

(Kodak Ektar 100, Zeiss 50mm f/1.5 C Sonnar ZM)



What I like, all the three men here are focusing in the chessboard… it shows the man (without shirt) is thinking hard …  one of the attempt to take close picture of the person, other picts are as follows

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Just before Ramadhan (fasting month for Muslim) Indonesian have culture to visit a cemetery, we pray for our relatives who died before us, and also to remind our self that all of us will eventually die… we call it “Ziarah”

A quite emotional moment because it is the same as visiting our love one, who without them we may never existed, we say thanks to them, we pray for them and we ask for their forgiveness for any wrong doing that we do to them, but now they are no longer with us…

I am trying to take few pictures during Ziarah ritual to catch the feeling of it…

I took few others but I think the above is the best in my opinion… here are the other picts:

same picture different angle, although the feel is more intense in this picture but the girl stand up at the background kind of ruin it


This actually I like best.. if it is not blurred… I took this picture around 5.30Pm ish and is quite dark…  using Kodak Ektar ASA 100, already open it full at f:1.5, I still have to lower down the speed up to 1/30 of a second. Not very sharp but I think that is the soul of Ziarah… Not only praying, but we also introduce our kid to his ancestor, telling them story how kind his grand mother/father are… it almost brought me tears…

Overheating… oversweating…

Dolly’s or general land rover series temperature gauge is not accurate, but the needle is showing broad indication whether the temperature is OK or not, so I do not really pay attention when the needle is showing slightly high or low than normal (by normal I mean is the needle not above letter “N” ). But few days ago, I find something is not right… the gauge is showing consistently on the high side of letter “N” and few times above “N”.

I remember a friend said to me long time ago… if the gauge showing normal.. it may be to good to be true.. so check it regularly (like once a week)… if the gauge showing not normal condition… Don’t be denial… it is absolutely “a must” to check the whole system…
But this time I do not follow his advise… I think it just normal for land rover gauge to behave abnormal like this… So I continue using it until one day…. the temperature gauge showing fast increase from cold to normal and then higher than “N”.

And worst, I just realize in the mid of heavy traffic, stopping here will certainly cause a massive traffic jam. So I continue driving until found an exit to the slow line and  find the first building and parked there… by this time the needle is close to touching red.

There are few tricks to open the radiator cap when its hot, but I do not advise anyone to open it while it hot, unless you know what you doing… it can cause major burn injury if you do that. the safest option is to turn off the engine, leave it there to cool down for may be an hour or more.

I do not have one hour, so I need to make it run the soonest, first I carefully open the water expansion cap (water is boiling in there), and then start open the radiator cap by turning it bit by bit… to reduce the pressure inside radiator.. (I can hear the water is boiling hot inside). I am using a thick news paper for protection and redirecting the hot water in case water bursting from the radiator or expansion tank (after make sure that no one near me of course).

Very thick water steam comes out from radiator cap (not yet fully open), I leave it at that until the steam disappear, mean while I bought two 1.5 liter mineral water from nearby stall. Finally I turn on the engine and open the radiator cap fully (very carefully) and start pouring it.. very slowly… very-very slowly…until the gauge now back to slightly below “N”. (Never pour the cold water at once, do it slowly otherwise there will be a good chance damaging the cylinder head and a lot safer too… )

And then with quick check what went wrong, I found that the radiator is leaking, fortunately not big, so armed with another 2 bottle of 1.5L mineral water I continue driving … if the traffic permit, I stop and topping up the radiator until I safely arrived somewhere I need to be… sweating bullet.. :D

Now I have two options curing this problem… I can change the radiator with brand new as the radiator is having the same age as the car… or I can mend / patch it… brand new radiator is US$ 180, while patching it will cost me US$15 which include cleaning inside the radiator… no brainer I choose the cheaper one… but I promise my self to save for new radiator int he future.. :)

So here is Dolly’s radiator under repair…

Radiator land rover
Radiator is out…
Patching where it has leak…
And back where it belongs… Done…!