1965 Land Rover Series IIa


This 1965 Series IIa is well past its useful life. The frame is completely rotted out, the motor is worn out and the brakes don't work. The bulkhead was patched but all this did was cover more serious rust. It is time this Rover gets the rebuild it deserves.

land rover restoration

The IIa is ready for the tear down. It was painted a color like british racing green, not a series Rover appropriate color. Plus they painted over all the galvanized cappings.

land rover restoration

The seats were reupholstered at one point, they are supposed to be a grey material known as ''elephant hide''

land rover restoration

 

land rover restoration

When the fenders were removed structural rot was found that was obviously neglected during the last round of patch work.

land rover restoration

The bulkhead is placed on a stand to ease further tear down.

land rover restoration

 

land rover restoration

If the ridge at the top of the cylinder is thick enough to catch your finger nail on then the block will need to be bored out and oversized pistons fitted, this is the case here.

land rover restoration

Most of the frame consisted of a series of shoddily welded patches added one right over the other throughout the Rover's useful life.

land rover restoration

Some longer home made lift shackles and more rust, this vehicle like this should never be driven on the road.

land rover restoration

All that's left of the frame and suspension

land rover restoration

Rotted out axle truss.

land rover restoration

The rear differential had almost no fluid in it and here's the reason why, the previous mechanic used the wrong thread nuts. These are british bsf thread, they tried to strip on 3/8'' 24 nuts, they jammed well before sealing the diff to to the housing. This is why it pays to have a shop work on your Rover that understands british fasteners.

land rover restoration

Since they ruined the threads, every single stud had to be replaced. Unlike the later press in studs these are bolts that thread in and are wired together to keep from spinning, we used red loctite instead of the wire.

land rover restoration

New pinion drive flange. This is the key to a no leak diff. Since the surface on the old drive flange is grooved and worn, even with a new seal it will still leak oil.

land rover restoration

 

land rover restoration

The rear axle is primed and starts to go together. New hub seal races installed, again the key to sealing up leaks isn't just new seal but new seal races too.

land rover restoration

The old swivel balls were badly pitted, needless to say there was not much oil in there.

land rover restoration

Just about every part of the axle was badly worn.

land rover restoration

U joints went bad from lack of oil in the swivel housing.

land rover restoration

rear axle has had the rotted truss repaired with 1/8'' steel cut to shape with the plasma cutter and welded on. It is painted in Eastwood's chassis black.

land rover restoration

The new galvanized frame.

land rover restoration

Swivel assembly rebuilt with proper preload.

land rover restoration

 

land rover restoration

New brakes, parabolic springs and Old Man Emu shocks, the best shocks for series land rovers.

land rover restoration

 

land rover restoration

Rebuilt Turner 2.25 HO engine.

land rover restoration

The bulkhead after it is bead blasted.

land rover restoration

If there is any one way to do the most harm to your Rover's bulkhead, it's patching over rust.

land rover restoration

Parts ready for sand blasting and then off to galvanizing.

land rover restoration

 

land rover restoration

 

land rover restoration

The Rover will be getting a power brake unit just like a late series iia would have so the fender needs to modified to clear the master cylinder. We are modifying it exactly as a fender on a late series iia would be.

land rover restoration

 

land rover restoration

Bulkhead having its extensive rust removed and new sections welded in.

land rover restoration

 

land rover restoration

 

land rover restoration

The roof needs to be seperated from its steel gutter so that it can be regalvanized and the roof repainted. This means chiseling off 154 rivets!

land rover restoration

Self levelling seam sealer is applied to the inside of the roof. It seems like all Series roofs leak but the leak can neverbe traced down. This seam sealler will solve that problem.

land rover restoration

New door pillars welded in. This needs to be just right or the rest of the body alignment will get really wacky.

land rover restoration

All parts have been painted in single stage Bronze green paint.

land rover restoration

 

land rover restoration

 

land rover restoration

Door tops getting reassembled.

land rover restoration

All exterior fasteners are the originals with the correct markings.

land rover restoration

Rebuilt door hinges.

land rover restoration

Finished door top, since only Series III type door tops are available the hole for the window lock will be plugged with a genuine Land Rover blanking plug.

land rover restoration

New early series IIa wiring harness designed to work with the series III alternator without modification.

land rover restoration

Grill getting assembled with new headlights, buckets and wiring.

land rover restoration

The bulkhead is installed.

land rover restoration

Galvanized under seat box will last much longer than the painted steel one it replaced.

land rover restoration

Rear tub goes on.

 

After the side panels are painted the glass goes back in with new gaskets, lots of silicon is needed here.

 

Some 4g battery cables are made up to replace the corroded originals, even the battery terminal is the correct type. All terminals are crimped not soldered.

The starter button was missing and replaced with a a cheap aftermarket solenoid. Now the correct starter button is back in place.

Refurbished dash.

 

land rover restoration

 

land rover restoration

All the steel parts are back from the galvanizer.

land rover restoration

 

land rover restoration

Period correct rivets.

land rover restoration

 

land rover restoration

Refinished banjo wheel.

land rover restoration

 

land rover restoration

The door latches were faulty and one side had a lock, one side did not, now both sides will be lockable. Carefully, we drilled this hole for the door lock.

land rover restoration

All the keys match so the ignition key will unlock any of the doors.

land rover restoration

New windshield glass goes in with new sealing strips for a leak free windshield.

land rover restoration

 

land rover restoration

The roof gutter was galvanized and riveted back to the aluminum roof, a bead of seam sealer was laid down between the two to seal it, then 154 period correct hammer rivets were peaned over to join the two. This is the only was to obtain a roof that does not leak and has a gutter that does not leave rust streaks down the windshield frame.

land rover restoration

The station wagon had a vinyl headliner but the hardtop did not. The shiny new paint makes a nice clean interior.

land rover restoration

The roof is installed new, genuine weather stripping is used on the top and bottom of the side panels.

land rover restoration

A rust free hood frame was sourced, it was bead blasted and galvanized, this one will never rust and crack like the old one.

land rover restoration

Here is the completed power brake conversion with all stainless steel brake lines.

land rover restoration

Even the wiring clips have been replaced with new correct units.

land rover restoration

The bright hammer rivets and galvanizing really set off the bronze green paint. Beautiful color for a Rover!

land rover restoration

The engine bay is finished with the same level of detail as the interior and exterior of the Rover.

land rover restoration

New taillight lenses.

land rover restoration

New parking light and turn signal components getting assembled.

land rover restoration

4 good wheels and one replacement wheel painted in limestone.

land rover restoration

 

land rover restoration

 

land rover restoration

 

land rover restoration

A new old stock firestone 6.50 16 tire is mounted to a replacement 16x5 wheel. This is a tire of the same type that would have come on the rover new. They look great as a spare but radials are the way to go where the rubber meets the road.

land rover restoration

Some new elephant hide seats.

land rover restoration

 

land rover restoration

The locking center console is installed. We make our own brackets to install these so there is no drilling extra holes in the seat box. That way it can be put back to original with the middle seat at any time. Another good thing is that if the transmission or overdrive need to be serviced it can be removed in a matter of minutes by one person to get to the access panel. Thats not the case when some installers drill holes and bolt it in place with a nuts and bolts that take two people to undo!