I read LRO regularly and really enjoy the features on Series rebuilds. In 2011, when I was aged just 16, I bought a Series III pick-up for £325. It was stored outside in a field, hadn't had an MoT for 10 years and hadn't been started or moved at all for four years.
Over the next year I brought it back to life. The chassis was rotten in several places and various people told me it was beyond repair - people whose advice I would normally take!
However, I couldn't afford a new chassis so put a new rear crossmember on and spent days cutting and welding instead.
I never wanted a concours trailer queen. I decided from the start that I wanted to keep the exterior as original as possible but I did want to rebuild the mechanicals to a good working condition. It's had about £2000 worth of stuff, from new springs and an exhaust, to a new exhaust manifold. When it came off, it was 'stuck' - corroded/rusted to the inlet manifold. They had to be cut apart becasue inlet manifolds don't seem to be available any more, so I had to save the old one.
It passed its MoT last July, but I can't afford to insure it due to the ridiculous prices they get away with charging because I'm only 19. So it's just sitting ready to go, which is the most frustrating thing in the world.
My 'before and after' rebuild photos don't really show the amount of work that has actually gone into bringing it back to life!
Originally featured in the June 2014 issue of Land Rover Owner International. Download a digital issue, or order a back issue by calling 01858 438884.
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