1962 Land Rover Series IIa Marine Blue Patina


In May of 2014, Autoweek wrote an article featuring this 1962 Land Rover Series IIa, poking fun at it as a potential restoration candidate. Since we believe that any and all Land Rovers deserve to be restored we bought it and set to work bringing it back to life! We meticulously buffed out all the body panels to intentionally bring out the patina for an authentic look.

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This 1962 Series IIa was a equipped with a plow from the factory. The original owner was from Sherman CT, it was sold to Hayestown Foreign Car in Danbury CT in 1978 and used to plow their lot until 1990. It has 16,900 original miles.

This 1962 Series IIa was a equipped with a plow from the factory. The original owner was from Sherman CT, it was sold to Hayestown Foreign Car in Danbury CT in 1978 and used to plow their lot until 1990. It has 16,900 original miles.

Original condition, back of Land Rover

 

This motor has not run in decades.

This motor has not run in decades.

The original interior.

The original interior.

Severe corrosion on the rear floor.

Severe corrosion on the rear floor.

The bulkhead was badly rotted.

The bulkhead was badly rotted.

Only 16,901 original miles.

Only 16,901 original miles.

The body was spray painted silver but we experimented with lacquer thinner and steel wool and realized we could expose the original Marine Blue paint.

The body was spray painted silver but we experimented with lacquer thinner and steel wool and realized we could expose the original Marine Blue paint.

The tear down begins.

The tear down begins.

The frame was completely rotted out.

The frame was completely rotted out.

We removed the rotted rear floor from the tub.

We removed the rotted rear floor from the tub.

A new rear floor is installed.

A new rear floor is installed.

The original motor is ready for rebuild.

The original motor is ready for rebuild.

The axles are refurbished and the brakes are completely rebuilt using genuine Land Rover wheel cylinders.

The axles are refurbished and the brakes are completely rebuilt using genuine Land Rover wheel cylinders.

The bulkhead is bead blasted revealing lots of rot in the foot wells.

The bulkhead is bead blasted revealing lots of rot in the foot wells.

The bulkhead is repainted.

The bulkhead is repainted.

The swivels are rebuilt with new swivel balls.

The swivels are rebuilt with new swivel balls.

The refurbished front axle is installed in a new galvanized frame with new springs.

The refurbished front axle is installed in a new galvanized frame with new springs.

The new floor is painted and galvanized under body supports installed.

The new floor is painted and galvanized under body supports installed.

The rear tub is installed on the frame. The cappings were re-galvanized and reinstalled with the correct hammer rivets.

The rear tub is installed on the frame. The cappings were re-galvanized and reinstalled with the correct hammer rivets.

The bulkhead is installed on the frame.

The bulkhead is installed on the frame.

A low mileage Series III fully synchronized transmission is ready for install.

A low mileage Series III fully synchronized transmission is ready for install.

A flywheel for a 9.5 inch clutch is sourced and resurfaced.

A flywheel for a 9.5 inch clutch is sourced and resurfaced.

A galvanized under seat box is riveted to the seat box.

A galvanized under seat box is riveted to the seat box.

The windshield frame is re-galvanized and new glass installed.

The windshield frame is re-galvanized and new glass installed.

The finished product. Notice how well the patina appears with the galvanized cappings. The truck still has a nice original look but all the rust has been taken care of.

The finished product. Notice how well the patina appears with the galvanized cappings. The truck still has a nice original look but all the rust has been taken care of.

The original Made in England taillights were restored.

The original Made in England taillights were restored.

All of the nuts, bolts, and rivets on the entire truck have been replaced.

All of the nuts, bolts, and rivets on the entire truck have been replaced.

A new interior has been installed.

A new interior has been installed.

The bulkhead has been repainted but the gauge panel still has its original paint.

The bulkhead has been repainted but the gauge panel still has its original paint.

1962 Land Rover with authentic patina

 

The underside looks just like our full restorations.

The underside looks just like our full restorations.

1962 Land Rover Series IIa dashboard

 

Early series Series IIa speedometer

 

Early Defender 16 inch wheels with Michelin XZL tires.

Early Defender 16 inch wheels with Michelin XZL tires.

Side profile showing off authentic patina on 62 Land Rover

 

A seat belt bar is installed so that Defender shoulder harness seat belts can be used.

A seat belt bar is installed so that Defender shoulder harness seat belts can be used.

Series III door latches are installed.

Series III door latches are installed.

The original 2.25 engine was rebuilt.

The original 2.25 engine was rebuilt.

We did a power brake conversion using Series III parts. The fender was modified in a jig to clear the brake booster and master cylinder.

We did a power brake conversion using Series III parts. The fender was modified in a jig to clear the brake booster and master cylinder.

The finished product.

The finished product.