Some kids near where I live stood on the rear bumper of my 1982 Range Rover and managed to break it off the bolts, bless their little cotton socks. It was put back on, but in pulling it off they bent the driver’s-side rear quarter panel and rear driver’s side wing.
I have managed to buy new panels, but do I have to remove the driver’s-side rear window to fit them?
William Richards, Coventry
The good news is that you can remove both panels and leave the window in place. Here’s what you need to do:
l Remove filler tube screws
l Remove load space cover and spare wheel
l Remove bumper end cap
l Remove rear lamp
l Drill out pop rivets securing corner panel to tailgate frame
l Remove nuts and bolts fixing the wing to the D-post beneath the wheelarch
l Remove mud flap
l Remove screws securing wing to body side panel, from inside (one screw is behind the
seat locking mechanism, which you will need also to remove)
l The wing and quarter panel will then come off
It’s really not too challenging a job, and is well worth doing on a 1982 Range Rover, which is a fast-appreciating classic.
Hopefully, the culprits won’t repeat their ‘playful’ exploits…