Well last night we finally got round to starting work on changing Tom’s chassis. This time round we are going to try and take the body off the car in one piece so that we haven’t got to worry about lining all the panels back up at the end of it.
To do this we have got 3 editions of Land Rover Monthly, which handily show the the process using a 2 post ramp to remove the body. while we are reliant on human power we think it can be done.
So last night we carried out the following steps:
Removed the 10 M8 x 20 bolts from the rear of the tub to cross member tabs
Removed the 4 screws holding the filler neck to the tub
Removed the Gear lever
Removed handbrake cable
Removed front bumper
The next steps will be undoing the other connections between body and chassis such as fixing bolts electricals and ancillaries then looking to remove the wings and bonnet to make the body work removal easier.
Well since the beginning of April the car ran out of tax so it was decided to undergo a restoration rebuild like the other cars we have been working on.
Over a couple of days the car was stripped down to a bare chassis, as the build had been planned for a couple of weeks some parts had been ordered so work could begin.
Strip down didnt take too long. The previos owner had a strange obsession with “denso tape” a horrible sticky material based tape. Every not and bolt and bracket was covered in it… initially this was thought to be a nightmare… but in practise, it made stripping down very easy as once removed, it had preserved the nuts and bolts very well… no rusty bolts!
Before strip down… the car was fully road worthy… driven into the garage on friday night.
First step was axle removal… very easy with a 9 inch grinder. All springs, bolts and shackle plates being replaced anyway.
Next step… bodywork.
Next stage was engine removal… with the assistance on the engine crane thus was an easy job. The owner of the series 2 however did find an interesting way to lower the engine down onto the pallet.
A good weekends work. By sunday night we had a bare chassis.