Solihull Time
 

 

 Series 2 Production Timeline

 

1969 Chassis Engine Gearbox Axle  

April

Suffix G

April

G

A

E

B

8:1 compression ratio head introduced on petrol engines' numbers 241 00001A onwards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Headlights moved from the radiator panel into the wings on all models

Lucas indicators with *FL flasher unit for most models/markets

Servo assisted brakes for 6 cylinder petrol models.

 

Now fitted with short 3" sills.

June

Wire mesh grille now "cross" shaped

Number plate moved from wing to a bracket on centre of bumper

Both 4 & 6 cylinder options, but all were 6 cylinder engines apart from a batch of 22  for

TACR-1 airfield crash tenders

Girling brake servo as standard

Special low ratio transfer box

Lower ratio steering box

June

G

Larger wheel nuts on 9/16" studs.

F

Heat shield set base for diesel and 6 cylinder models. Serial numbers starting from "F".

October

G

Heat shield for distributor, 6 cylinder petrol engines.

Spire nut door hinges.

1970

January

G

A

F

B

Plastic fan cowling for 4 cylinder petrol engines.

April

G

Thicker road wheel for 109" models.

June

G

7/16" handbrake relay.

November

G

Sealed clutch withdrawal.

1971

February

Suffix H

All synchromesh gearbox fitted on home market Station Wagons, boxes numbered from 910-00001A

Such models had a large "cut-out" on the gearbox cross member to clear the new bellhousing with internal slave

Salisbury rear axle for the 109" models.

Wheel studs changed to M16 metric size

Standard Rover diffs had a revised pinion housing to match those on the Range Rover

June

750,000th Land Rover produced.

August 31st

Official end of Series II production

But the 109" petrol, Forward Control and Lightweight models were produced well into 1972!

 
 

A quick run down of battery and air cleaner locations.

Series 2, 2A & 3 standard 2 litre and 2.25 petrol civvy spec and military GS (12V) spec.

Battery under the bonnet at the right hand front corner with the air cleaner behind.

Note that the air cleaner on the 2 litre is slightly shorter than on the 2.25 & the retaining clamp is shorter to fit.

This is the layout we're all most familiar with.

Series 2 2 litre diesel.

Twin 6V batteries mounted either side of the radiator,

the additional LH tray being bolted directly to the chassis instead of sitting on welded on legs like the RH tray.

Air cleaner sits behind the right hand battery just like the petrol.

The air cleaner is different to the 2.25 unit and not directly interchangeable.

Series 2A 2.25 diesel.

Twin 6V batteries.

One sits in the right front corner as per the petrol with the air cleaner sitting behind,

but the second now lives under the left (RHD passenger) seat as the new wider radiator does not leave enough

room for it to sit under the bonnet.

Series 3 2.25 diesel.

Back to a single battery mounted as per the 2.25 petrol.

Series 2A 6 cylinder.

Battery sits under the LH seat as per the second battery on the 2A diesel.

Air cleaner moved forward to the front of the engine bay and sits where the battery would on a 2.25.

Series 3 6 cylinder.

Air cleaner mounted as per 2A 6 cyl, but the battery is now mounted behind it.

Military 2.25 petrol & diesel 24V.

The large generator makes it impossible to mount the air cleaner in the usual location,

so it moves forward as per the 6 cyl.

The twin 12V batteries are then located either between the front seats where the middle seat would be,

or else at the front of the rear tub, depending on application.

Specials with engine driven kit.

On engines with large ancillaries, such as oversize generators, air con compressors and so on;

that mean mounting something in a similar location to the military 24V generator, the air cleaner is moved

forward as per the military vehicle, and the (single 12V) battery would probably be moved under the LH seat,

however as there is a lot of scope for variation with custom applications like this,

alternative locations for the battery and air cleaner may be used.

Wheel rims

Road wheel were 16" diameter aside from those for the NADA market where 15" diameter wheels were used due to tyre availability

Some special vehicles used 15" as well, sand tyres were only available in this size and so 15" rims were fitted to some military vehicles

Standard 5" rims were fitted to SWB models with 5.5" rims as an optional extra. 5.5" rims were standard on LWB models

Before mid 1968 LWB rims had a 1 3/4" offset;

These were replaced with rims with a 1 5/16" offset, this was the same as already fitted to military vehicles

As such they have the military part number stamped between 2 stud holes: FV607510

In April 1970 the LWB rim thickness was changed from 9 SWG to 8 SWG (they became thicker)

1-ton wheels had wider rims at 6.5", but had a greater offset than the 6.5" FC rims

All wheels have the date of manufacture stamped on their outer face.

Wheel nuts

Wheel nuts were changed at least 4 times during Series 2/2A production

 

Wheel nuts

Thanks to Roger Holmes for this data

 

Paint colours

Series 2 models (1958 to 1961)

 

Beige (Fawn)

 

Bronze Green

 

Dark Grey

 

Light Green (Pastel Green)

 

Light Grey

 

Marine Blue

 

Poppy Red

The roof, upper sides and upper rear panels on hard tops were painted in Off-white for all body colours.

Station Wagons the tropical roof was painted Off-white and the roof underneath was body colour.

 

Wheels were painted body colour for Bronze Green & Red bodies only, All other body colours had Off-white wheels.

(Bergers code SB2029)

Series 2A models (1961 to 1968)

 

Bronze Green

 

Dark Grey

 

Light Green (Pastel Green)

 

Marine Blue

 

Mid Grey

 

Poppy Red

 

Sand

The roof, upper sides and upper rear panels on hard tops were painted in Off-white for all body colours.

Station Wagons the tropical roof was painted Off-white and the roof underneath was body colour.

 

Wheels were painted body colour for Bronze Green & Red bodies only, All other body colours had Off-white wheels.

(Bergers code SB2029)

 

Vehicles supplied direct to 3rd party finishers were in Mist Grey

Series 2A models (1969 to 1971)

 

Bronze Green

 

Light Green (Pastel Green)

 

Limestone

 

Marine Blue

 

Mid Grey

 

Poppy Red

 

Sand

The roof, upper sides and upper rear panels on hard tops were painted in Limestone for all body colours.

Station Wagons the tropical roof and roof panel were painted in Limestone.

 

Wheels were painted body colour for Bronze Green & Red bodies only, All other body colours had Limestone wheels.

(ICI code 3307)

 

Vehicles supplied direct to 3rd party finishers were in Mist coat White and the wheels were finished in primer (grey?)

 

 

updated 5th October 2017

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