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 Series 2 Production Timeline

 

1961 Chassis Engine Gearbox Axle    

September 1st

A

A

A

A

 

Start of Series IIA production

A new 2.25 litre diesel engine was introduced.

Suffix A

A new chassis plate (black anodised) on the bulkhead was introduced to incorporate

a new 8 digit numbering system using "Suffix" letters denote design changes was used.

The dating "digit" was dropped. The first 3 digits indicated the model type.

The sequence ranged from 241 to 354.

October

Series IIA Launch

New engines

New 109" rear brakes

New "Lucarised" harness

New wiper motors

Battery now located under passenger seat, petrols to allow for a wider radiator

Bulkhead ventilators spot welded on instead of screws as used on S2s

1962

February

Deleted 109" diesel damper on gearbox from gearbox no. 27600860

Engine info

Diesel fuel pump types used 1957-58 CAV DPA 3420081/3420091/3420094/3420095

Seating capacity of the 109" Station wagon increased from 10 to 12 seats for the home market.

They were classed as a "bus" and didn't qualify for purchase tax!

Santana Series IIA's now on sale.

February

A

A

A

A

Introduction of the larger swivel pin steering arm studs.

May

A

A

A

A

Steady strip on fan cowl (Petrol 4 cylinder).

Change to pendant (mounted on the bottom of the swivel housing) steering arms

June

The large chrome headlight rims were discontinued and seal beam units fitted.

The front side lights and indicators were changed to plastic lenses, still either Sparto or Lucas.

Lucas lenses have a pronounced dome shape.

Sparto lenses are flatter in shape.

The rear stop/tail lights became larger and gained a round reflector in the centre of the lens.

One lens had a clear bottom panel, which made the number plate light redundant!

July

A

A

A

A

Clamp bars without spot facing. Starting with diesel engine 27102760A

July

A

B

Distributor drive shaft 1 piece bush starting with petrol engine 25119953B

September

Series IIA Forward Control launched at the London, Commercial Vehicle Show.

Available only with the 2.25 litre petrol engine.

September

A

B

B

A

No top filler on gearbox. Larger intermediate shaft, hydrostatic clutch fitted.

November

A

C

B

A

Wax type thermostat fitted to diesel engines. Stronger clutch for all models.

1963

March

Introduction of the 6 cylinder 2.6 litre petrol engine for Forward Control models, officially for

"Export Only".

Forward Control models had a revised gearbox & steering ratios.

March

B

D

B

A

Suffix B

Wider spaced gearbox ratios to enable better low speed performance

Bigger propshaft UJs

Modified shackle plates to take 9/16" (bigger) shackle pins

Lower geared steering to reduce steering effort and larger fixing holes (3/8") on the box

Wipac side lights, no chrome bezel fitting.

Deletion of the adjustable bell-crank to carburettor operating rod (the nice one with brass screw ends).

 

The "short" oil filter was fitted, part no: 541403.

Cup plug inlet manifold and shaped exhaust manifold for diesel engines.

 

Wax type thermostats for petrol engines.

Diesel models had a rationalised controls, an electrical services switch and just one key

to work the heaters and starter

Redesigned headlights and new side, flasher and rear lamps without separate bezel

A combined stop/tail and number plate lights introduced replacing the separate units

The main beam warning lamp was changed to a jewelled red lens.

May

Engine suffix A-B now with hydrostatic control & new lever

Head boss oil feed pipe moved 1/2" longer pipe fitted

Engine suffix B-C stronger clutch, improved wax thermostat

Gearbox A-B increased diameter in layshaft & transfer shaft

June

Modified settings on carb, to improve low speed torque. Identified by brass tag under one of the float chamber screws

July

Heater available for Forward Control.

September

B

D

C

A

Gearbox ratios changed.

Revised ratio gearbox - suffix C box onwards

Rear member lifting handles temporarily discontinued

FC 6 cyl models: Strengthened gearbox selector lever bolts from RHD home - 30000002; RHD export - 30100036; LHD export - 30300117

October

Flatter headlight lenses introduced.

December

B

D

C

A

Lucas DM2 distributor replaced by 25D4 model from engine 25159746

1964

January

B

D

C

A

Cast iron rear bearing housing, all engines.

Light switch upgraded to key switch.

Ballast resistor 2BA for diesel engines.

Locker lid (centre) turnbuckle becomes semi-circular.

The front apron panel changed from the "flat" type to a simpler "curved" type.

FC 6 cyl models: Oil pump body change

Bonnet stay has flange on link to stop potential battery short out

February

Engine foot reinforced from 25152571D petrol and 27110202D diesel.

Strengthened tie rod bracket on bell housing starting with gearbox 25170529B.

FC 6 cyl models: New oil pump body (deleted core holes) from engine 3000083A

March

B

D

C

B

Strengthened axles.

Improved material in differential, now 35% stronger

FC 6 cyl models: New engine assembly, larger crank journals, bearings etc. Engine suffix B

April

The steering relay filler was dropped

The rear number plate light was re-instated.

FC 6 cyl models: Clutch slave now has packing piece to aid correct clutch adjustment, from 3000379A

June

Eliminated handed front springs - both now use "driver's" spring

September

251 series of gearbox numbers was used up, starting with 25200001C.

Eliminated handed rear springs - both now use "driver's" spring

1965

February

Forward Control models now fitted with ENV axles.

FC 6 cyl models: Scrapper ring change from Maxlite to Duaflex to improve oil consumption, from engine 3000674

251 series engine numbers used up, starting with 25200001F.

February

B

F

C

B

New bonnet with welded bonnet striker plate.

One piece oil level rod.

April

Foam filled seats replaced the earlier sprung seats, buffers now fitted to body capping

June

B

G

C

B

Blade type distributor drive shaft introduced.

New "PowrLok" rear diff available

Private door locks, code stamped on bonnet release mechanism

August

New transfer lever rubber seal introduced

September

Suffix C

Plastic steering wheel replaced the earlier chromed spoke type

Now fix on the column with tapered splines

Modified rubber seal on transfer box lever

1966

April

500,000th Land Rover produced.

April

C

G

C

B

Front cover no studs for water pump, diesel engines.

C

H

C

B

Front cover no studs for water pump, petrol engines.

June

FC 6 cyl models: SAE20 oil in the SU carb (new oils being used on other parts.

September

Series IIB 110" Forward Control introduced.

Home models used 2.6 litre petrol or 2.25 litre diesel. Export models used the 2.25 litre

petrol engine. Single wiper motor, negative earth system.

Headlights mounted lower than the 109" FC.

It came with rear mud flaps. Wheel track 4" wider than the 109" FC.

The 109" FC rear ENV axle mounted below the spring and an anti-roll bar fitted.

Transfer box used lower gearing.

October

Series IIA 88" - Half Ton GS (Lightweight) airportable prototype was exhibited.

All heaters fitted up to now were the Smiths "round" type with a rheostat control switch mounted on the

lower dash panel next to the choke (or diesel stop) cable.

December

Axle case + diffs locating dowel now deleted

 

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updated 17th January 2017

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