This LRO reader emailed LRO.firstname.lastname@example.org seeking advice for his 86-inch Series I chassis.
I think the chassis of my 86-inch Series I may be bent, because there’s a crack on the passenger-side engine support bracket and it has a huge bulge around one of the front bump stops. How can I check if the chassis is straight - and how can I fix the crack and the bulge if the chassis does turn out to be okay?
K Holmlea, Ripon, North Yorkshire
To check chassis straightness you’ll need to strip the vehicle. Set two substantial steel beams the same distance apart as the chassis longitudinals, spirit level them, then mount the chassis upside-down on the beams - remove the battery carrier first. You can now check for twist.
However, if the bodywork fits okay, the chassis is sound and the vehicle steers straight, I wouldn’t worry. Do get a second opinion from a Land Rover specialist, though.
To repair the bracket, just weld another inverted-U shape inside the original. And for the bulging chassis, cut a section from the horizontal bottom strip of the chassis, straighten the sides and replace the chassis-bottom section.
This workshop advice appeared in the July 2015 issue of LRO. Back issues are available to download on digital devices here.