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    Default Series 1 Coiler Hybrid build

    Hello All,

    I am again posting this as a thread on a rebuild that I have done. I am hoping that someone can learn from this. Since the first build I have done, I have learned a couple of things. I am more relaxed about things, and I don't swear so much anymore. This is probably the last one that I will do. I know that this might sound like famous last words, but if you have done what I have done now, you might understand. I am by no means an expert at this, so if you spot mistakes, bad welding or just generally things that could have been done differently or better, please realise that I am but a novice still and have a lot to learn.

    Please also note that some purists might be offended by what I have done here, but seeing what I started with, I am just happy that I was able to get another Land Rover Series 1 back on the road and running (semi decently). This is what some would graciously call a hybrid, but others would call a mongrel, or by some other forum member's description, a Heinz 57.

    So without any further ado, here we go.

    This build consist primarily out of two Land Rovers and one Range Rover. A couple of years ago I acquired a red SWB Series 3 Land Rover that was funny to say the least. It had Range Rover diffs, a coil sprung chassis and it was left hand drive. It also had german plates stating that it was manufactured in Great Britain. It was not in a very good state. It also had a rover sixpot in it that was not original. After initially thinking that it was some rare first edition series land rover with coil springs, I later realised that it was but a hybrid that someone had knocked together.

    I also had a 1987 Range Rover classic that I had purchased primarily for the LT77 gearbox as my LT95 was packing up, so I was sitting with a complete Rangie without papers.

    Then in March of 2015, EttieneDK alerted me to the possibility of a very very knackered Series 1 that was laying in a bush on a farm in Stanford. He gave me the guys number and without delay I went there and discovered, that yes, it was a Series 1 in a bush, and yes, it was very very knackered. I had no objections though and I settled on a price with the owner and went and collected it the next weekend. This in itself was an interesting exercise as it had no diffs on it, so no wheels.

    I have thanked Ettienne many many times for alerting me to this Series 1, but I would like to just publicly thank him for the headsup he gave me for acquiring this Landy. I hope I have done the mess that I picked up some justice. Thank you again Ettienne.

    This build is now complete and the landy got its roadworthy this last week.

    I am attaching some pictures of what I started out with. I will update this thread as and when I can. Even though I am done with this build I sometimes do not have enough time to spend on updating my forum thread, but I will try my best.

    For some or other reason, although the pictures that I have is upright, the 4x4community upload turned them sideways.

    Herewith what I started with.
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    1) Subscribed
    2) I have no issues with a hybrid, I'm no anorak purist
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    This is what I ended up with. As I said, this vehicle got it's roadworthy this past week. They did fail it on a faulty left tie rod end and a number plate light. I repaired both and it then passed road worthy. You might see me on the road every now and again. I will be driving this one. Give me a wave every now and again.

    I will post the journey in between shortly and as I can.

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    That is cute. Really really very nice.
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    I think you have done well.
    It's got character and it's yours

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    This was the pickup of the body and very stuffed chassis. Firewall was also completely gone. This was fun and games.
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    This was the drop off, this did not look good at all.
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    Ok if I had looked at the body my eyes would have glazed over and moved on. Well done

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    The Series 1 chassis was completely shot. There was no rear cross member, all the outriggers was rusted clean off, and the middle outriggers tore out as I was lifting the body off. The firewall collapsed in a heap as soon as I started taking the doors and the window off. Hence the chassis and the firewall was completely scrap. I then opted to use the series 3 coiler chassis, which was also in a very poor shape, but at least better than the Series 1 chassis. Here are some pics of the start of the chassis repairs. By far the most of the work went into chassis repairs and firewall build. I did get a semi decent firewall, but it was also full of holes and rust. It was perfect for my application though, as you will hopefully see a bit later.
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    Default Re: Series 1 Coiler Hybrid build

    Thank you for the comments so far.

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    For some or other reason, the poor Series 1 was also used for target practice. Nice groupings though. I could not get the "skrams houe" out of the tub, and they are still there today. You can see it on the right back of the completed pictures. Adds character to it.
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    I was lucky enough to get a semi decent firewall from Graham in Wynberg. The firewall was a combination of two firewalls and there were some bits missing, but I took what I could get. I had to lower the main bolt holes on the Series 3 chassis to allow for the Series 1 firewall. After I had done this and the basic repairs, I could do a preliminary mockup of the vehicle to see that everything would fit.
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    Very nice!

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    I did have an original aluminium radiator carrier for a Series 1 that I could have used, but I could not get it over my heart to modify it, so I let it go to someone who could use it. Instead, I took two knackered early Series 2 radiator carriers, and made one out of it. This made me feel better, to rebuild and re-use something that might have gone to the dump otherwise. This is it for tonight, will continue tomorrow.
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    Default Re: Series 1 Coiler Hybrid build

    Thanks locklaw, and thanks for that window wiper motor you sent me a couple of years back. It came in very useful now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by skydoor View Post
    Thanks locklaw, and thanks for that window wiper motor you sent me a couple of years back. It came in very useful now.
    You are most welcome Skydoor! Glad it still works/you could get it to work!

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    Subscribed! (Just so that I can rev you, Boet!!!)
    ENJOY!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by EttiennedK View Post
    Subscribed! (Just so that I can rev you, Boet!!!)
    You are more than welcome to give me some uphill mate. Thanks again man, and happy birthday.

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    Nice job, well done.

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    Thanks Ross.

    I did a bunch of work while the landy was mocked, including firewall repairs and pedal assembly manufacturing and fitting. After all was done that I could do at this stage I disassembled everything and started the chassis repairs in earnest. This was more work than I anticipated. Here are some photoes of that process.
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