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WINTER 2011\12

Jago Owners’ Club

ransmissions Issue 135

23 Devonshire Road, Intake, Doncaster DN2 6LB


When it comes to offroading tigger leads the way

Chairman chooses three wheels over four

WELCOME to the long overdue but much anticipated follow up to the special 40th Anniversary issue of Transmissions and as you may have guessed from the front cover we are taking a trip off the beaten track and looking at various 4x4 conversions currently being used and abused like the famous or should it be infamous “Tigger” or being built within the Club and let’s not forget Andy Belfield’s Land Rover based Sandero which has undergone further changes since it was last displayed at Stoneleigh. A big thank you goes out to Total Off Road Magazine who have allowed us to reproduce in part the article they recently published on Gary Reed’s awesome Discovery based beast and I’m sure Gary would be the first to admit his determination to produce the ultimate off-road Jago has not only spawned a very capable Challenge truck which is the envy of many a Land Rover owner but through his boundless enthusiasm he has encouraged quite a few Club member’s to go down the route previously less travelled. Ironically the two most iconic Jago Geeps of the 21st century shared the same colour, sadly Adam’s V8 is now only a very vivid and noisy memory in many Club member’s minds but Tigger continues the tradition of being a crowd pleaser, always attracting attention when displayed on the Club stand. At the time of writing there are 3 main 4x4 projects creating a lot of interest on the Club forum, Mike Smith, who recently sold his Jago bodied Suzuki SJ is once again looking to the Far East for inspiration, with a Daihatsu donor, as is Chris Johnson, but this time courtesy of the Suzuki parts bin and let’s not forget Steve Ridley who by all accounts may end up combining ideas from both “orange ones” with a powerful Land Rover based beast, read on to find out how these projects are progressing. With fuel prices forever climbing Chris Johnson has also been looking into “homebrewed” bio-diesel ideal for the up and coming 4x4’s and those who have converted from cross flow to heavy oil power, this time around he looks at the science behind it all, his follow up article will cover how to safely build the equipment you need to save £££££’s. If all this talk of four wheel drive and smoky diesels isn’t your cup of tea, by way of a sharp contrast we have an update on John Wilding’s beautiful “Willys replica” another show stopping Jago you must catch up with this year, the attention to detail is impressive and with a long heritage in Hot Rodding, always useful around Jagos, John certainly doesn’t do things by halves. If all these projects have got you wondering what to do with that dusty relic in the garage why not check out the latest news from the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs including proposed changes to the MOT, registration issues and much more. So I don’t feel like I am monopolising these pages I’ll keep things to a minimum here. Page 1

In this issue 2011 AGM Minutes Belfield Engineering 4x4 Sandero – update Mike’s Daihatsu 4X4 conversion Tigger – the TOR article Coozer’s 4x4 “beast” Chris’s Suzi-Jago Make your own Bio-Diesel John’s pursuit of “Willys” perfection FBHVC update

The Brief View from the Chair There is a new Donington kit car show this year sponsored by our friends at Complete Kit Car, those of you who attended past events at this venue will know how good the show can be with the added attraction of the track, it’s a great central location with loads of camping space on the infield and well worth pencilling in your diary for the 1st/2nd September. The Club put on a small but varied display at the Doncaster Classic Car Show in July and the Andrew Greenwood Classic Car Show on August bank holiday Monday, I would like to thank those of you who are helping to boost the numbers at these popular local events and we did rather well as we won runner-up Best Club Stand at the Greenwood event, this is the second time in the last 5 years we have received this accolade, well done Folks. You will see some pictures of these two events on the cover of this issue, next time around we will have a more detailed look at the major Club displays of 2011, so if you have any experiences or photos to share with us please drop me a line and an update on matters raised at the AGM. To help get Transmissions back on a regular footing can I ask for all your contributions to be with me by the end of February. Thanks again for all your support during the year and lets hope 2012 is a good one, we have had many new members join us during the year so I would to take this opportunity to welcome them to the Club and don’t forget to send in a picture of you and your Jago Page 2

AWD Sandero Update Hi Jagoers, I’d just like to start by saying what a great job Mark and the editorial team others did on the 40th anniversary Mag. excellent work, certainly brought back a few memories! As I write this I am in the middle of converting the green “Disco” based Sandero to coil spring suspension, personally, I like leaf springs and think they look more authentic but after chatting to several club members I find that 9 out of 10 cats prefer coils! It also makes the kit a whole lot easier to build and without special tools and equipment as there is now no cutting and welding to do on the axles. We have also deleted the full 6 point roll cage and gone back to the original single hoop and stays type. These specification changes have allowed a reduction of a whopping £1000 in the price of the kit! Also included in the new kit is a specially fabricated lower `A` bracket to locate the rear axle. This bit of hardware replaces the original rear radius arms and eliminates rear axle steer tendencies AND improves axle articulation off road! There’s also a massive gearbox cross member/truss which bolts to the chassis at 6 points along its length increasing the torsional stiffness of the chassis no end, if you have ever driven your Geep at high speed over rough ground you`ll know what that means! Having read Coozer’s article and seen some of the pics in the Mag. and on the web it seems that there must be hundreds of old Geeps and Sanderos lying in peoples sheds and gardens up and down the country minus most of their hard to get hold of, super expensive Escort running gear and it would be so good to see them back on the street and I know for a fact that Geoff would be over the moon too so in an effort to help make this happen, we are offering a unique service, we can put your original chassis on our jig and re-engineer it to the latest specification to enable the fitting of easy to get hold of cheap as chips Land Rover Discovery running gear with the added bonus of 4 wheel drive! We can also carry out any repairs to the chassis at the same time, the cost of having this done starts at just £850 and makes good economic sense as most of these old Geeps are still very solid if a little tatty and its amazing what a difference a re-spray and new white eight spokes makes! Oh well, better crawl back under that Sandero now or it won’t get done! Don’t forget to check out our website at you have any queries just give us a call on 01597823992 or 07960717732.

Andy. Page 6

Mike Smith’s Daihatsu based 4x4 Geep project Well I have started construction. Hope to get the Jago soon, once the mechanicals are removed the Jago will need a new floor. I have the Daihatsu donor, in bits. It had been off- roading. I had a drive in it before being dismantled, so I know that all the mechanicals work. Originally I was going to have the engine/transmission back to front mid engine style. This keeps all the mechanicals in the dry end, and puts lots of weight on the rear wheels. but it looks like it will be in the front, with the radiator in the back, (out of harm’s way). I have choked the old one solid with mud before, and can assure that baked mud is not easy to remove. I’m trying to devise a coil sprung suspension. Originally I thought of the traditional 5 link suspension, but this needs 16 expensive large track rod ends, all RH. I am currently thinking of “A” frames back and front. Like the old 1947 Ford Popular, and Austins. These are simple robust, and give great articulation. Just requires two even stronger ball joints, or lorry type track rod ends. The other Mike Smith the new owner of my old Jago/Suzuki, is having a great time, and intends to approach the club for membership. I will provide a stage reports for Transmission, when I start making progress...... I trust that your injuries are improving Mark and hope to see you soon and not on a mobility scooter! I received the body & chassis a couple of weeks ago. Q88AVO it’s road fund tax ran out September 1997 so this is a going to be a proper resurrection. I managed to separate the body and chassis before having a few days holiday away last week. I purchased a Government surplus 240V Ingersol Rand impact wrench in June which proved an absolute boon. All body securing set screws but 4 came out. Had to cut the heads off those remaining with an angle grinder. This week I stripped off all ironwork that might get in the way, and welded up all but two of the unwanted drilled holes. There were no holes in the frame, just built up some corrosion hidden behind the front offside wing. The chassis has now been painted excluding remaining parts that might have to be removed or relocated. The front suspension pillars will almost certainly have to be moved forwards a few inches. Hope to lift the chassis over the axles and engine this weekend. I will keep in touch re the progress.


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Coozer’s 4x4 Project Just a little progress report of the ongoing build of my 4x4 Jago. This year has been difficult to get on with it to say the least. Chassis has lain up against the garage wall for best part of the year while I attended to my 12 hour permanent night shift job. Had a look round both Stoneleigh and Newark this year and was very impressed with the celebrations with Geoff present. Smaller turn out than usual I felt but non the less very good. Particularly liked the National Rods that turned out at Stoneleigh, had my tongue hanging out at a 1943 Willys pickup.. not a jeep mind you. With the work having dried up for the time being I have spent the last two weeks cracking on as they say! Reinstalled the back axle having rebuilt the top A frame. I had great plans to construct a 4 link with rose joints and what not but having looked at a few challenge trucks, Tigger included, with the standard ball joint in I decided to keep it standard. All well and good up that end the front got going. The front end should be easy, I thought, as much as in the back end wasn’t difficult. Wrong? Well maybe, not difficult but a lot more time consuming, what with steering to contend with. I originally made a massive piece of metal to hold the PAS box and associated brackets but found the thing unwieldy and would of looked right out of place being visible under the grill, once its on. So I reinforced the chassis box and made some new brackets and it all looks real tidy. Only offshoot was the panhard needed about 40 chopping out and I’m thinking of rose jointing one end to help with that and for better alignment. I had bought loads of replacement Landrover brackets for 2 reasons, it would save me fabbing them up and actually they are cheap as chips! Mounting the springs and radius arms turned out to be a bit of a head scratcher as the Jago chassis is a lot narrower than the Landrover and meant the spring seats where inboard on the axle a fair bit. Unable to mount the radius arms any further inboard due to the ramp of the diff case meant the springs ended up on top of the radius arm bracket with the fabrication I paid to avoid being necessary anyway. This has taken around 2 weeks at my present pace which isn’t exactly fast but the body is on now so I can work out the position of the back bumper and side steps, they are going to be needed as there’s no way to get your leg over the side now! This thing is turning out to be a lot bigger than I first thought! So that’s where I am at now mid November. I want to get the steering sorted out for now then the body is coming back off, engine out, axles off for some tidying up, finish off the welding and get some paint on it. There’s an awful amount of bare metal just at the moment. Now then, will it be ready for any shows next year? I’m hopeful, as long as there’s nothing major (the engine runs!) to stall me. I can’t think of anything major I haven’t got, apart from it all needs painting, plumbing and wiring, the front bodywork needs a 6” extension. As long as the 12 hour nightshifts don’t return! Still a long way to go, but it’s coming together! Steve aka coozer. Page 12

JAGOMANIA(C) I have always had a weird affection for Jago Jeeps. As a young man I taught English for some years in Zambia Central Africa and spent a lot of time whizzing around the bush in Land Rovers watching game. Driving the Jago reminds me of those fun days which got quite hairy at times when the ‘game’ got a little too large or too ferocious. I bought my first Jago 6 years ago. A winter project; when Easter arrived I would drive it down to the South of France with my son Harvey. Sounded Great! The reality was somewhat different, some serious work was needed and panic lasted till Good Friday when things were still being bolted on and screwed up. “Screwed up”, seems quite an apt phrase. Leaving Lichfield early in the morning the geat expedition was on the road! The first thing to go were the windscreen wipers, which whizzed off in opposite directions. Nose pressed to screen we persevered. On the long hill down into Dover there was a terrible scraping sound. The exhaust system was trailing along underneath the vehicle. “Shall we go back now Dad?” said Harvey not impressed. “Certainly not”, I said. Pass me that wire coat hanger and the aluminium tape. The Jago roared like a Ferrari as we drove on to the ferry and all the way down to Rheims. The car exhaust specialist in Rheims was aghast when he saw the Jeep. “What is this a dragster?”, he said. “I have nothing to fit this. What is it?” I calmed him down and told him to be creative. (stick anything on!) Then we were off to Epernay to visit the vineyards and stay B&B on a working farm. The wine theme continued the next day when we got as far as the Beaujolais area north of Lyons. Courtesy of the Tourist Bureau we ended up on a working vineyard in Haute Beaujolais, Julienas. The farmer said if we had dinner on the farm we could drink as much wine as we liked, free. Cost: Euro 17. Duck Breast and Sauté potatoes for main. What a feast. I was in no state to drive the next morning, however! After Lyons the countryside changed. The weather improved dramatically. The colours of the tiles on the houses became Provençal. We were almost there. Turning left before Marseilles we got a glimpse of the Mediterranean. The excitement was magical. We kept on, the Jago doing a steady 50mph with its brick-like aerodynamics. Off the super highway, along the Croisette at Cannes and into Juan-les-Pins where I have a modest studio apartment. It made it and I was so pleased. The French loved the Jago . I would often return to the parked vehicle and people would be sitting in it and they wanted to talk about it. An export opportunity lost there? Maybe …

Mike Page 30

Don’t forget we always need articles and pictures for the next Transmissions. Let us know your thoughts on shows. How are all these rebuilds going, take some pics now. Send anything and everything to Tonka email address on the inside front cover of this issue.

Tonka’s final Thought Hope you have enjoyed this somewhat belated issue, remember without your contributions it would just be a load of blank pages so please help me make the next issue another good one and much quicker in turn around! Next time we will have a round up of the 2011 shows in pictures along with progress reports on some more major rebuilds, hopefully including Gary Scott’s ex Derek Roberts Series 2a Land Rover based Geep just to keep the 4x4 theme going..... and Chris’s second “how-to” on Bio-diesel.

Tonka Disclaimer Although all information provided in Transmissions is published with safety as a priority and any modifications researched prior to publication, no claim can be made against the Club or its Committee members for personal injury or mechanical failure from any individual acting on articles, letters or advertisements in this magazine. Page 32

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An abridged version of Issue 135 of the newsletter of the Jago Owners Club.