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Old June 12th, 2011, 08:03 PM
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Project "Orvis": The Un-Argentinizing of a 107

By odd popular demand, I am starting a build thread on my recent 1958 Series I 107 purchase. The truck is a LHD export model originally sent to the Argentine military where it allegedly served as a parade vehicle. Judging by the frame and body it definitely did not have a hard military life. The truck was "restored" in Argentina in 2001 and found it's way to the US 2004. I am the second US owner.

I have plans for a full body off nut and bolt restoration in the coming year, but will keep it a rolling resto as I acquire the necessary parts. The truck is relatively complete, but is missing some of the correct small parts and has some weird Argentina added doodads.

My goal for the truck is a period correct expedition truck with matching accessories, tools, and camping gear.

Here are two pics of the truck prior to purchase.

That massive rear bumper and grab bar did not make it past the first day home.

So far I have checked all the fluids, and make sure it was roadworthy.

My first major project is replacing the crossmember and then getting some decent tires on it.
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Old June 12th, 2011, 08:16 PM
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First things first, the Argentina custom bumper had to go! Sadly whoever put it on cut the ears off the rear crossmember.
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Old June 12th, 2011, 08:24 PM
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The 107 crossmember is probably the simplest one made and easiest to replace. It's basically two sections of 11ga C channel spot welded together. It is not tapered like other Rover models.

Cutting the old one out was easy. I then cleaned up the ends of the frame and welded up the old bumper holes.
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Old June 12th, 2011, 10:18 PM
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Subcribed! Can't wait to see the progress. Orvis?
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Subcribed! Can't wait to see the progress. Orvis?
I'm a big fan of Orvis and one of the founders who wrote a book called Around the World in a Jeep, who did just that in the 70's. Plus the truck is the Orvis colors.
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Old June 13th, 2011, 05:34 AM
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A few more pics....
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Old June 13th, 2011, 08:39 AM
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Are you bringing it to HH tomorrow?
Not this time. I have the rear crossmember off and will be fixing it Wednesday. Orvis is still a little shy - he needs some new shoes before he meets the other Rovers.
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I'm a big fan of Orvis and one of the founders who wrote a book called Around the World in a Jeep, who did just that in the 70's. Plus the truck is the Orvis colors.
It's also a good way to add 2000% to the value of the 107 when it's finished- IF you place an Orvis sticker on it!!! Anyone follow the ending auction of Lanny Clark's latest Series restoration that was commissioned by Orvis? Well over 6 figures. CA-CHINGGGGGG!!!! I think he's done two for Orvis now- and he's working in #3.

http://www.orvis.com/intro.aspx?subject=7751

Look forward to following along on this one- I'm a fan of Series Rovers and have always wanted a 107. Keep the pics coming please!!!
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what size tires are on it now?
215/80/16 radials. Correct tire for the 107 is a 7.00x16. I'm going slightly bigger to 7.5x16 Michelin XZLs.
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Old June 13th, 2011, 10:33 PM
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If you're striking out on parts, and you're at the point where you'll do anything to get that last rare part, you could give Cheshire Foreign Auto a shot:

http://maps.google.com/maps/place?cl...89976653638385

They don't have a website- this is their "place page" in google maps. About 20 years ago, with Rovers North's recommendation, I took my first Series Rover to this guy. He's a complete hack. I think his name was Dick...but that may have been what I thought of him (can't quite remember). He took advantage of the fact that I was a complete newbie and I eventually had to undo everything he charged me for- which lead to my buying a book and dismantling the Series IIa myself. I learned a lot and it was rewarding in the end but he unfortunately took me for a few grand. I'd never refer anyone to this guy for work...but he sure had a lot of Rovers behind his shop for parts. He had some 107's and 86" Series I's at that time. If worse comes to worse you could try him. Make sure he sends you lots of pictures if he claims to have what you're looking for as he doesn't make my list of "genuine" folks. Proceed with caution with this weasel.

Another guy- one whom I've had great dealings with is Sean at Blue Ridge Rover works:

http://maps.google.com/maps/place?hl...77969153466190

A few years ago he bought a ton of early Series parts (many were NOS) from an old Land Rover dealer and repair shop (Harrells) in Western North Carolina. Sean is a Rover enthusiast and would be thrilled to know that you're restoring a 107. If he has a part to sell you I'd be very surprised if it didn't arrive as described at a decent price. Tell him I sent you if you happen to call him.

I'll keep thinking of places I've done business with over the years and chime in as they come to me.
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I grew up near this place, and while I never did any business with them, I remember meeting the owner and marveling at all of the old series trucks he had there. He must have had 50-60 series trucks in various states of disassembly. Some nicely restored, early examples too. Sadly it no longer exists. At some point in the last 5-10 years they cleared all of those trucks out and I have no idea where they went. It is still an auto dealership (same name, I think), but the lot is filled with Chevy and Ford sedans. I passed by there recently and noticed a lone SIII Lightweight in the back, which looked to be in excellent condition. I would be very interested to know what happened to all of those other trucks.
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Finished up fabricating the new rear crossmember today. The 107 has a straight crossmember which looks funky, but that's the way LR did it. It's just two sections of C channel spot welded together and has open ends. I also sleeved the holes like the original.

The last thing to do is fabricate a folding rear step to match the original.
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Was the rear cross member originally bolted or welded on?
The engine is suffering from a great deal of wrongness. Was it not positive earth 6 volt or 12V? The horn, the alternator, the rubber intake horn, the battery, and it looks like the radiator, all have to go of course. Have you been able to find that sort of stuff?
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Was the rear cross member originally bolted or welded on?
The engine is suffering from a great deal of wrongness. Was it not positive earth 6 volt or 12V? The horn, the alternator, the rubber intake horn, the battery, and it looks like the radiator, all have to go of course. Have you been able to find that sort of stuff?
Awfully damn cool truck.
Crossmembers were welded on. Should be positive earth 12v. Radiator is correct, or from my research I thought it was.

I'm having trouble finding Series 1 parts of course....
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