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Hey y'all!

This is my first post here. Thanks in advance for any help!

I am a younger American living in Central America with my wife and young son. I have a 1970 series 2a and it is really our only mode of transportation. For as long as I have had the rover it has been good to me. It has ran strong and got me through some long trips and crazy roads.

It has had a few electrical problems here and there but they have all been able to been able to be fixed and resolved most times even on the side of the road and I am back up and running. The only thing I can think of os that it had an odd underlying "putt-putt" sound beneath the normal diesel rumble and if you didn't know Diesel engines you wouldn't notice it and because it never effected performance I didn't worry about it too much. That said I never determined the cause.

Ok so my wife and I were going to visit some family friends about 4 hours away from our home. I checked all the fluids and tire pressure before we left and let the diesel wArm up before the long trip. I have made several long journeys in my series 2, the longest was 8 hours of straight driving through mountains and valleys with no problems and that was only a couple of months back. I filled up the tank at the gas station and we set off. The car was running great and we were making good time going through the mountains and coasts. I cannot stress enough that the car was driving completely normal. No unusual/excess smoke or noises. It was looking like a nice smooth trip. Well we had been driving for about 3 hours and had only stopped a couple of times to take pictures. My wife was getting hungry and asked me to pull over for a rest and food. I waited for the next little town and pulled into a shop. I parked the truck and turned it off and we went inside for a quick bite to eat. We were in the shop no more than 20-25 minutes. When we were done eating we got in the car and I cranked it up. It started up up away but immediately was making this HORRIBLE loud banging sound and was running much more rough then usual shaking the car. I cut the car back off and tried cranking again. The same thing happened. I needed to move it to a place where I could work/look at it so I tried putting it in reverse to drive it about 10-15 feet off to the side. It was much less powerful and was puffin out small tufts of black smoke. I immediately turned it off and pushed it off to the side. It began having problems cranking, so i messed around with the electrical system and got it to crank again. It was still running really rough and just sounded very bad. I then took a look at the valve cover gasket and it was a little messed up so I scrapped it off and took some lock tite silicon gasket putty and did a temporary fix seeing as I was about 45 min to my friends house and didn't want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere. It made a good seal and I put everything back together. I then tried cranking it again. Same thing happened loud banging much rougher and noisier than usual. I looked under the car and it wasn't leaking oil ( though it has always leaked a few drops here and there ) and there was no oil in radiator. I then decided I needed to get it towed back to my home instead of friends house because of his remote location. Living in Central America is great for the most part but being an American there are people that try and take advantage of you here ( especially mechanics ) and I am by no means a "rich ******". So I had pay a tow fee and cancel my plans and ride home 3 hours in the back of a tow truck. I have a couple of local friends with old rovers who are also trying to help.

Im pretty sure its either the fuel pump or a compression issue. One local guy thinks it could be a cracked block. Anythoughts I really need help yall. If I cant get this fixed in the next week idk what ill do.


I just dont see how it drove so well and after parking for less than 30 min it starts having serious problems..

Could something as serious as a cracked head manifest itself all the sudden with no symptoms previous to the problem?


My family and I are kinda stuck and need a vehicle to get around and work. I hate being the guy who joins to ask for help but I don't know exactly what to do and I don't want just anyone working on it. I am between a rock and a hard place! Please if anyone has any ideas please let me know. I can get land over parts here it is a little far but possible. I'm excited to join the forums just wish it was for leisure not under necessity.



Any help is very appreciated! Thanks for reading!

Thank you again and God bless.
CSoM:drive:
 

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I can envy your travels and location too but not the truck problems. I always figured two trucks should be traveling together in remote areas to balance such problems.

Did you resolve the problem? I have a '59 109 SII with a froze up 2.25 gas motor and want to install a '78 2.25 diesel motor and transmission out of a military SIII. I need to know as much as I can about breakdown events like yours and how they are handled.

Von
 
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