1973 Land Rover Series III Marine Blue


This 1973 Land Rover Series III came in from New Jersey for a full restoration. This has been one of the most challenging projects yet because almost all of the body panels were damaged or had corrosion. Also, the drivetrain was completely worn out. Not only will we give this Land Rover the restoration that it deserves but we will also do many upgrades including disc brakes, a soft top conversion, a Turner engine, parabolic springs, and 16" wheels.

The 1973 Land Rover Series III Marine Blue as it arrived.

The Land Rover as it arrived.

At first glance, the Land Rover looked presentable but our evaluation soon revealed otherwise.

At first glance, the Land Rover looked presentable but our evaluation soon revealed otherwise.

Lots of corrosion was covered up with patches.

Lots of corrosion was covered up with patches.

Body filler was used to cover corrosion and is now cracking and bubbling.

Body filler was used to cover corrosion and is now cracking and bubbling.

The Land Rover Series III interior was in poor shape. The upper and lower dash was full of cracks.

The interior was in poor shape. The upper and lower dash was full of cracks.

The Land Rover engine compartment as it appeared originally.

 

The Land Rover tear down begins.

The tear down begins.

The body and drivetrain are removed from the frame.

The body and drivetrain are removed from the frame.

The frame was badly rotted.

The frame was badly rotted.

The parts for the disc brake conversation.

The parts for the disc brake conversation.

A rebuilt 2.25 engine from Turner engineering.

A rebuilt 2.25 engine from Turner engineering.

Major corrosion on the rear tub.

Major corrosion on the rear tub.

The bulkhead was also badly rotted.

The bulkhead was also badly rotted.

New geniune Land Rover body panels.

New geniune Land Rover body panels.

The rear tub was beyond repair. Another tub was sourced and new quarter panels installed.

The rear tub was beyond repair. Another tub was sourced and new quarter panels installed.

The replacement tub with new quarter panels installed.

The replacement tub with new quarter panels installed.

The Turner engine is assembled with a spin-on oil filter conversion, Pertronix distributor, 200tdi fuel pump, and Weber carbereuter.

The Turner engine is assembled with a spin-on oil filter conversion, Pertronix distributor, 200tdi fuel pump, and Weber carbereuter.

The rear tub was painted in Marine Blue Glasurit.

The rear tub was painted in Marine Blue Glasurit.

A rust-free bulkhead was sourced, bead blasted, and painted in Marine Blue.

A rust-free bulkhead was sourced, bead blasted, and painted in Marine Blue.

1973 Land Rover Series III Marine Blue

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

1973 Land Rover Series III Marine Blue

The bulkhead was fully seam sealed before it was painted.

1973 Land Rover Series III Marine Blue

The new galvanized frame is being assembled.

1973 Land Rover Series III Marine Blue

A new gas tank and sending unit are installed.

1973 Land Rover Series III Marine Blue

The rebuilt engine and transmission are installed in the frame.

1973 Land Rover Series III Marine Blue

The completed rolling chassis.

1973 Land Rover Series III Marine Blue

The bulkhead is installed on the frame.

1973 Land Rover Series III Marine Blue

The bottom of the rear tub was painted just like the top. Galvanized under body supports are installed with new rubber buffers.

1973 Land Rover Series III Marine Blue

The rear tub is installed on the frame.

1973 Land Rover Series III Marine Blue

A replacement lower dash and new wiring harness are installed on the bulkhead.

1973 Land Rover Series III Marine Blue

The completed disc brake conversion with new swivel balls, stainless steel brake hoses, parabolic springs, and Old Man Emu shocks.

1973 Land Rover Series III Marine Blue

A Mt. Mansfield high output heater is installed.

1973 Land Rover Series III Marine Blue

All under body brackets are galvanized including the seat belt mounts.

New jump seats and genuine Land Rover seat belts are installed.

New jump seats and genuine Land Rover seat belts are installed.

All the cappings and steel trim are galvanized and installed with correct rivets.

All the cappings and steel trim are galvanized and installed with correct rivets.

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

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

The fenders are installed.

The fenders are installed.

Land Rover headlight frames installed.

 

All steel parts that are susceptible to rust are galvanized.

All steel parts that are susceptible to rust are galvanized.

The hood with hammer rivets.

The hood with hammer rivets.

The Land Rover is now running and driving.

The Land Rover is now running and driving.

The restored 1973 Land Rover Series III

The finished product.

Nice clean door gaps.

Nice clean door gaps.

Galvanized splash pans.

Galvanized splash pans.

The inside of all parts are finished to a high standard.

The inside of all parts are finished to a high standard.

The beautiful sheen of the Glasurit paint.

The beautiful sheen of the Glasurit paint.

1973 vehicle

 

The under side of the truck looks like new.

The under side of the truck looks like new.

The hood frame is galvanized and the bottom of the hood is painted to a high standard.

The hood frame is galvanized and the bottom of the hood is painted to a high standard.

 

 

 

Land Rover Series III with new interior.

The new interior.

 

 

A shot of the rear load bay showing the galvanzied tailgate panel and jump seats.

A shot of the rear load bay showing the galvanzied tailgate panel and jump seats.

Interior shot

 

The canvas soft top.

The canvas soft top.

NOS steering wheel center

 

Every nut and bolt on this entire vehicle has been replaced.

Every nut and bolt on this entire vehicle has been replaced.

Fully restored Marine Blue Land Rover

 

Old Man Emu shocks

 

Left side of Land Rover Series III Marine Blue

 

New late Series III 16 inch wheels painted in Limestone Glasurit.

New late Series III 16" wheels painted in Limestone Glasurit.

Side profile.

 

New genuine Land Rover turn signals and parking lights.

New genuine Land Rover turn signals and parking lights.

Another shot of the grill.

 

The under body.