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Offline Gasket

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I only wanted a tub...
« on: March 13, 2017, 09:24:55 pm »
Was after a SWB tub a while back.

Guy got in touch who had a '69 IIA that he was considering parting-out.

The tub was spot on, but seemed a shame to break the vehicle so ended up buying the whole thing.

Rough as anything, but a nice rebuild project.

The project vehicle the tub was intended for was sidelined.



« Last Edit: March 13, 2017, 09:28:19 pm by Gasket »

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Re: I only wanted a tub...
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2017, 10:26:42 pm »
Very nice, it's got that well used look about it, charming and characterful, well done that man..... lkebtn
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Re: I only wanted a tub...
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2017, 10:36:49 pm »
I like the rsj with the block and tackle for easy engine removal.
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Re: I only wanted a tub...
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2017, 11:04:14 pm »
Very nice, it's got that well used look about it, charming and characterful, well done that man..... lkebtn

Cheers Chris - thats why I bought it to be honest - just over a year ago. Most of the paintwork is original (couple of celly touch-ups that soon rubbed-off with thinners). I've done quite a few LR builds now. Early ones had perfect, body-shop paint and I was too nervous to use them in anger. Most recent one I did a really rough/quick paint job (thinking it'd be more usable) and hated it even more. This one is keeping the original skins - I have NOS door/door top frames ready galv'd - same with the rad panel and tub supports. Recon bulkhead and the chassis will be new - but all the blue bits are staying, along with the brown cappings.

If I paint a car, I feel I have to detail every single component - down to dismantling pedal boxes (OCD-much?) so it literally adds years to the build - last proper one took nearly 4 years working flat out. No good - the things are there to be used, so going to the other extreme this time - aiming to finish within 6-months from starting.

Usually aim for period-correct, S2-forum-esque builds, but not this time… not by a long way.

Been collecting parts for about 12-months now. In my family's barn, there happens to be a set of 24spl halfshafts, an LSD, a Stumpy R380, Ashcroft series transfer adaptor, 130 TDI clutch, V8-ring, stage-1 front axle innards, P38 steering box, defender column and a 4.6 RV8 sat waiting to go in. Still saving for the Heystee disc swivels/hubs though.

Body, suspension, axle casings, transfer box and old ripped seats will be original, plus a new Richards chassis - the rest is a bit Mad-Max.

She'll look like crap but'll go like stink - the rims I have (D130) are a bit rusty but not bothering painting them and not bothering with paras either. Old, low multi leaves all the way.




I like the rsj with the block and tackle for easy engine removal.
ha ha, I know - that's the prev. owner's garage, quite a nice set-up. I've only got a simple engine crane. The LR is completely stripped now and is flat-packed in a storage unit, has been for a while. Quite handy having it in bits and not being in a rush - means I can eye up the rotten bits and keep an eye out for better ones before I have to fire-up the MIG set.
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Re: I only wanted a tub...
« Reply #4 on: March 14, 2017, 08:42:38 am »
I like it!
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Re: I only wanted a tub...
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2017, 08:57:52 pm »
Looks a nice 'just run in' example!

I hope you keep her durdy clothes on her - she looks fab.

I actually think it's harder to keep the patina / rat look than it is to restore to shiny....I mean, where do you stop? You repair the bulkhead and repaint - same with the front panel. These bits are then wearing new paint! Then you refurb the axlle internals and realise that you need to protect the diff pan from rusting out....so you repaint. Then the door tops rust out....repair / replace and repaint.

You then look at it for too long and too hard after your hard work and think hmmm, if I just repainted the rest it and regalved the cappings it would all match and look pretty.  rbchn



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Re: I only wanted a tub...
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2017, 11:34:15 pm »
Cheers pal.

Not too bothered about new paint in places - cheap cellulose fades in months.

-door and door top frames will be replaced and painted. I have random NOS ones ready galved. Old alloy skins put back on.
-rad panel will be galved and painted. Already have a rust free one.
-underseat battery box replaced with ally.
-bulkhead galved and painted. Going to Tony Wood or Classic Bulkheads (done my own on a jig and also had Ashtree ones in the past)
-tub supports will be galved and painted.
-body stays are already galved and will be painted.
-bonnet frame is already galved and will be painted

thats a day's worth of painting (mordant, quick spray of etch and a couple of coats of cheap celly blue paint or black from a rattle-can as appropriate).

Birmabright will be roughly straightened and any electrolytic corrosion will be cut away and replaced with tig'd repairs (there's not much at all - just a tiny bit on the inner wings and front of tub). 'bout 8 days work on the alloy and swapping the frames plus the day of painting. Spent 18 months on the bodywork alone last time. Aiming to have it MOT'd within 6 months.

Done. Overhaul mechanicals. Reassemble. Drive.

Shackles/steering/axle casings/props/hubs/wheels/pedal boxes/cappings etc, etc are all being left. Detailing them leads to madness (for me anyway - thats the bit that leads me down the pursuit of perfection and adds huge time).

Its more for ease and speed than trying to go for a 'look'. Just happen to be quite fond of honest, battered old land rovers. But have a hatred of rust.
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Re: I only wanted a tub...
« Reply #7 on: March 15, 2017, 10:18:01 pm »
Keep us updated - will be nice to see it progress  :)

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Re: I only wanted a tub...
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2017, 10:06:07 am »
Looks like a happy accidental purchase
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