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    So introduction time for our Series 1 restoration Project.
    So after a lot oh help from the UK to ID.
    We have an 88" Station Wagon 1956 to 1958.
    You ID the vehicle by the Bonnet length front to back almost 950 mm meaning 88" body

    Second tell tale is measuring Hub to Hub around 2235mm meaning 88"
    The chassis number is an issue. Only by stripping and blasting will I finds it (I hope)
    88" RHD "Station Wagon" project with its great tropical roof.



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    Chassis, firewall, door frames........

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    Will follow with interest.

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    Another nice project to follow.
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    Will also follow with interest. Mine is an 86", but not Station Wagon.
    One must wait till evening to see how splendid the day has been

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    Quote Originally Posted by GaryFrank View Post
    Chassis, firewall, door frames........
    I see he's just down the road in Caledon.
    If you leave now with your old trailer you might be there for Monday breakfast......
    Stop in at Apoc for sundowners, too.....

    Did you get much further than the 6 bolts you loosened yesterday?
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    6 bolts,ha I stripped that whole puppy (another 6 bolts, 1 axle nut and 2 wheel bearing nuts - was exhausted afterwards)

    Don't underestimate the BMW....it made it to Paarl the other day.

    Sundowners with Alex.......dunno, he hangs at the local Spur

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    @Greg....looked at the pics, that firewall doesn't look bad at all.

    I would have her acid cleaned and then decide if there's anything that really needs surgery.

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    Ok great will let you see it opened up some time.

    So this is the Station Wagon Badge.
    I don't get it why make a short wheel based Station Wagon ?
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    What was the original colour ? After a bit of a scrape down to Ali ?
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    The Series 1 UK guys said to remove the left hand side handbrake lever cover to see as this side would be untouched.
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    So is this undercoat or the very first colour.
    Most RHD 88" Station wagons had been grey in CKD form (Complete Knock Down) then shipped to SA

    So far the only number found on the chassis, after sandblasting maybe we will find a full number.

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    http://www.defender-landrover.co.uk/...inch-very.html

    So this is what we should be seeing in the near future.....no pressure, just saying...
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    Put that picture on your fridge
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    Quote Originally Posted by imgreg View Post
    Ok great will let you see it opened up some time.

    So this is the Station Wagon Badge.
    I don't get it why make a short wheel based Station Wagon ?
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    What was the original colour ? After a bit of a scrape down to Ali ?
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    The Series 1 UK guys said to remove the left hand side handbrake lever cover to see as this side would be untouched.
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    So is this undercoat or the very first colour.
    Most RHD 88" Station wagons had been grey in CKD form (Complete Knock Down) then shipped to SA

    So far the only number found on the chassis, after sandblasting maybe we will find a full number.

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    Dont you know sombody that does NDT?
    If you put the white background on and the black ink it would bring out your number perfect
    It detects subsurface discontinuities
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    I thought they just used UV lights at the police clearance dept.

    I have heard about a dye that they use.......

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    Subscribed, all the best with the process.
    Doing this with my son is what hooked him completely into 4x4's
    And built awesome memories
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    I did something similar about 30 years ago. Sold it long ago, but still missing her.
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    So the Holidays are over.
    The Series 3 is running well and used over weekends, if the weather is nice
    The Kalahari Defender dropped me 200km into a 6000km trip to Mabua and Namibia. NO CLUTCH PEDAL 8)
    Limped to Upington and got the Slave cylinder fixed, no new ones in Upington.

    So we are stripping the doors and lights now on the S1 as per picture, no rush at all.
    This is a long term project. No costs will be kept and no time recorded due to Gary


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    What you mean no costs.....

    I suppose you wont be needing one of these.....
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    So now the S1 has become a dumping ground for my series 3 canopy bits and the Kalahari parts.
    Project on hold until the clutch and EMS2 is installed in the Kalahari.

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    if you EVER have to sell.........................
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    Still plodding along, no rush, no rush, no rush

    Chassis looks very nice.
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    Finding some dates on parts. Front diff is 1957 for sure.
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    This is the worst part of the chassis and its not bad at all.
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    The front bumper area is not correct, to be cut off to allow proper bumper fitment.

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    Back chassis is very, very nice and solid.

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    To do now is continue stripping Slowly.
    Then I want to give the chassis a light sandblast.
    Light due to me not wanting to blast off any numbers.
    I will post a chappie of my own when they blast it just to make sure its done carefully.
    Still need that proper original chassis number. I have a South African number but want to see the proper number.
    It may have been covered over when someone welded the channel as a front bumper
    I have a build number on the chassis but need that 1 11 7 04712 to become 1 11 7 03 something
    Me thinks my five year plan might become 10 years
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