1970 Land Rover Series IIa


This Rover has came in for a body off repaint and engine rebuild. Looks like a nice solid truck that just needs a repaint right? Well no. Scroll through the photos to see what lurks just under the skin.

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

Aluminum is more corrosion resistant to steel but it can still corrode. Unlike steel it is not easy to cut out and weld in new panel, this entire door will need to be replaced because of this corrosion.

land rover series iia restoration

This wooden door shim is an indication that something is wrong somewhere else on the body. A door should never need to be shimmed this much.

land rover series iia restoration

Patch panels screwed down over the original rusty floors, a great way to make a bulkhead rust even faster.

land rover series iia restoration

Heavy use of bondo on bulkhead.

land rover series iia restoration

Rusted out door top stabilized with an aluminum splint.

land rover series iia restoration

This lower pillar was replaced on the bulkhead, too bad they didn't take a few seconds to make sure it was flush before welding it in.

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

Shoddy welding on the passenger side.

land rover series iia restoration

The tear down begins.

land rover series iia restoration

Should we pry this bondo away to see what it is hiding?

land rover series iia restoration

This is the mount that attaches the bulkhead to the frame, when we removed the bolt it simply fell off. This is the reason that the door needed to be shimmed so much. I guess all that time making those patches and filling holes with bondo was for nothing. Rovers deserve to be repaired right!

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

The bulkhead back from the bead blaster.

land rover series iia restoration

More rust hidden by bondo!

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

This motor is badly worn and will be replaced with a Turner 2.25 HO motor.

land rover series iia restoration

Rebuilt power brakes

land rover series iia restoration

Even the headlight buckets were rusted out.

land rover series iia restoration

New doors, the pop rivets will get drilled out and replace with hammer rivets after paint for a completely original look.

land rover series iia restoration

Only series III doors are available so the the series IIa check strap brackets are cut off the old doors and welded on.

land rover series iia restoration

Brake drum completely soaked in oil, no wonder brakes were terrible. The brown liquid is an emulsion of brake fluid, gear oil, water and rust.

land rover series iia restoration

Rear hubs were leaking badly, spraying gear oil all over the brakes. You can see the hub seal race is rusted and wornthis will be replaced along with new hub seals.

land rover series iia restoration

Hubs cleaned, wheel bearings repacked with mobil 1 grease and new seals installed.

land rover series iia restoration

New brake shoes, springs and wheel cylinders installed, also stainless brake lines and hoses.

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

Turner Engineering 2.25 high output engine.

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

5 new 16'' wheels will get painted in their original limestone.

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

The aluminum rear floor was completely rotted out. So a new one will need to be fabricated.

land rover series iia restoration

A piece the exact same size and thickness is cut.

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

New supports welded in their factory position.

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

Freshly galvanized parts.

Although the tailgate was originally from a Defender it now looks like it belongs on a series with the galvanized trim

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

Stainless steel door hinge bolts.

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

Refinished seat frames go in.

land rover series iia restoration

All new stainless steel brake lines, this will be the last set of brake lines this Rover will ever need!

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration

 

land rover series iia restoration