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Old July 24th, 2013, 10:01 AM
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SI dive in or run away?

Al Richer is selling his pile of what once was an Series One 80 inch. I know they are a real challenge to put back together, especially one that has a bad chassis and bulkhead. It's really less of a vehicle than a pile of parts. Has anyone put one of these together recently and if so how bad was it?
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Old July 24th, 2013, 10:14 AM
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Id call and speak to Ike at Pangolin.. He talked me out of a similar venture.
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Old July 24th, 2013, 10:18 AM
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Hey man, there's also a 107 pickup that showed up on fleabay for $5K. It's in maryland.
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Old July 24th, 2013, 11:13 AM
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Dan I just looked at that one. It's right across the Choptank from me, about 20 minutes from my place. I might go look this weekend. It has been badly mauled by someone. It may even have a Series 2 chassis. They did a lot of other bad things to it like the S2 dash, Late 2A windshield wipers (3!), one piece windshield, 2.25 diesel, and who knows what else. It is probably a S2 or 2A with a 107 body.
At 5 grand they are in the clouds.
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Old July 24th, 2013, 11:15 AM
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It was a complete truck before he took it apart. I'll look for the links. It came out of Cheshire Motors in MA (or was it NH) after the old man stuck his spoon in the wall.


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Al Richer is selling his pile of what once was an Series One 80 inch. I know they are a real challenge to put back together, especially one that has a bad chassis and bulkhead. It's really less of a vehicle than a pile of parts. Has anyone put one of these together recently and if so how bad was it?
------ Follow up post added July 24th, 2013 11:21 AM ------
Quote AJR

"First off, it is a
standard 80 that was sold into the RAF. Military on it
shows up in several places, the list being:

Split rims
military data plate riveted to the chassis front rail
Overpainted number plates front and rear
an original paint colour being red,
In that paint, a very faded RAF emblem,
and last but not least the words "AIRCRAFT CRASH RESCUE
peeping out from under all of the coats of paint on the
vent flap under the windshield.

We're pretty sure it was military...8*)

Amazingly enough, the truck is in very good shape
considering it's spent (documented) at least 15 years under
the tree in the back of Cheshire Motors and likely a lot
more. I have a newspaper copy of an article from 1992 where
the then-owner of Cheshire Motors talked about the car and
its alleged Hamingway connection - and the article
describes the car as just sitting out back. I will be
scanning and OCRing it when i get time for the website I
want to do for the resto.

As far as the condition goes, the chassis is in remarkable
shape - needs some crossmember work but the main rails look
and feel great - no gaping holes. The bulkhead is a mess
with lots of corrosion but the shape is simple - I should
have little trouble either rebuilding this one or building
a replica.

Front and rear axles are there and the diff is out of the
back axle - methinks that was the cause of its retirement
as it seems to have been there that way for a very, very
long time.

The engine is there as is the tranny - seized but complete
(how do you unstick an engine like that?) Heck, it still
has its original battery, though sadly the air cleaner is
missing.

All of it needs overhauled, obviously, but it's not as bad
as it could be.

The body is good - front wings are a bit dinged up but
nothing that can't be straightened. The rear box looks
great , as all the cappings are there and straight. No idea
what the floor looks like as the interior is at-present
full of rotting junk and its tyres and rims.

It's definitely restorable."
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Old July 24th, 2013, 11:34 AM
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Just had similar e-mail exchange with Al...I'll tell you, if it were any closer I'd already have the trailer hitched up.

I know I'm a weenie, but I'd just get a new galvy ftrame out of the UK - see the LRSOC "club store" and press on.

Besides, there's an extra 2.25 / trans / transfer taking up space in my garage as it is

Oh, and Radfords do what sounds like a darned nice (new!) bulkhead these days too.
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Old July 24th, 2013, 12:55 PM
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Bill... Why are you doing this to yourself? It's madness.
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Old July 24th, 2013, 12:58 PM
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I have been collecting series I 80in parts for a decade after buying a rusty donor from Ike.

I finally found a set of doors for it (it was missing one so now I have a spare) .

I consider it a retirement project. The engine is junk which is the worst part about it as a rebuild is insane money and tough to do. My current plan for the distant future is a MB 4 cylinder like Ike's shop truck (which he refuses to sell me).

If you can buy a bulkhead and chassis new or they are good, you should be ok enough to make a runner out of it, but to restore it would be a challenge of epic proportions.
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Old July 24th, 2013, 01:08 PM
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I've got a 30" inseam and there's juuuust room enough.

Enjoy the project!

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Old July 24th, 2013, 01:24 PM
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I saw this one back in the island...
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Old July 24th, 2013, 02:56 PM
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That's great. Actually parked ON A LIFT where it belongs.

------ Follow up post added July 24th, 2013 03:01 PM ------

I wouldn't presume to do to the Series 1 in the same way I did the 2A. I would probably get the chassis and whatever else needs it galvanized, assemble it and drive it as a beach runner around the 'Shore. I like Quintin's in that way.
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Old July 24th, 2013, 08:04 PM
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Do it! I jumped in with both feet.

Decided not to restore, but a make a '80 ranch truck using all series 1 parts. Its been about a year Collecting parts. I plan on using the 2.0litre/trans and steering box out of the '57... Almost there.
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Old July 24th, 2013, 11:35 PM
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Classic...Bill its like walking into a bar and asking for help to stop drinking... Youve come to the wrong place my friend.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 06:33 AM
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There may be a paperwork problem.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 07:39 AM
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you dont need paperwork. worst case you bought it in Maine on a bill of sale.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 09:46 AM
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you dont need paperwork. worst case you bought it in Maine on a bill of sale.
x2 Send me a pm if you go this route. Happy to help.
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Old July 25th, 2013, 09:53 AM
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Dive in. An 80" is the sports car of Land Rovers.
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Old July 26th, 2013, 08:25 AM
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Go For it
You've already posted it in the build-up's & restores. You know it makes sense... in a weird land rover afflicted sort of way.
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Old July 26th, 2013, 08:50 AM
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So Mike does that mean I can use you as a mule for shiz I buy on eBay.uk?
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Old July 26th, 2013, 10:55 AM
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Yep, I'm sure we can come to some sort of arrangement for reimbursement of postage costs.
Don't really want to become involved in container loads though, as long as I can carry the parcel into the post office
There's an ongoing article or rebuilding a series 1 from junk in Classic Land Rover, they scratch built the bulkhead from 2" box section and sheet steel. Depends if you want a runabout or concourse restoration.
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