What's the story?
The resurrection of a vehicle as far gone as the one on these pages is something we rarely come across. It started when Andy Outram had a yearning for a Series I. ‘I saw this one for sale on the Land Rover Series One Club forum, so I rang up and went to see it. It was in a garden, with a shed leaning against it and stuff stored around and on top – you could hardly see the Land Rover. Everything was covered with brambles.’
So, left out in the weather for 20 years and half-submerged in vegetation? Doesn’t sound pretty. ‘It was in a bit of a state.’ Andy admits. ‘But I do like projects. The majority of it was there, and I can do welding and fabrication.’
He trailered the derelict 88-inch Series I back to his house. Andy stripped the Land Rover and started on its chassis, a sizeable amount of which was simply ferrous oxide or fresh air. The bulkhead was past salvaging so he built himself a complete replica from scratch.
The engine had been lying outdoors for so long there was vegetation growing on it. Undeterred, Andy rebuilt it himself. After this, you won’t be surprised to hear he made his own wiring harness and sorted out virtually every other standard part himself.
And so, to the rear body. ‘There was the body of a Harvey Frost crane lying in the back, with brackets welded to the chassis. Under the top paint, it was yellow – it had obviously been a tow truck.’ Andy had nothing of the Harvey Frost but its central body, but after some online research he worked out how to fabricate the missing bits and provide a rear mounting, attached to the Land Rover’s rear body tabs.
Our favourite bit?
‘The finished result is a tribute to Andy’s patience and perseverance. He was working on it for 10 years, all outside his house and it doesn’t just look good – it’s ready for business. On the road it’s superb: that carefully honed engine really does run like a sewing machine, exactly as Rover engineers intended.’
And the verdict from LRO writer Peter Galilee?
‘Drivers of passing cars are grinning – this sunny-coloured Land Rover just seems to bring out a smile in everyone. It’s hard to believe it was once derelict, overgrown with brambles and so bad most people would have scrapped it. But not Andy. With not much money, a lot of skill and 10 years of patience, he’s brought this 88in Series I back to life. Put simply, this is one of the most astonishing rebuilds we’ve ever seen.’
Engine: 2.0-litre petrol inlet-over-exhaust l Transmission: Selectable two- or four-wheel drive, high/low transfer box l Suspension: leaf springs l Rear bodywork: Short crewcab style, converted from standard hard-top