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Old June 10th, 2014, 11:43 PM
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Looks like a good find
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Old June 11th, 2014, 12:28 AM
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Would look real nice in a queens parking garage...
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Old June 11th, 2014, 01:34 AM
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Do it!... If the rust is reparable. If not learn to weld! It took me 3 years to turn my 86" from pink camo chop job to a galvanized tdi... but it was worth every minute
You got rid of the best parts. The winch and the front lights. None the less, an excellent looking vehicle.
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Old June 11th, 2014, 03:31 PM
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No worries. The truck is way too cute and too correct not to rescue it. Hope to get it home this weekend and have a better look see. I found a picture of the truck made when the original paint was still fresh looking. Wish the last owner had known about WD40 or Waxoyl back then. He apparently bought it from a SeaBee stationed in Gulfport, MS, years ago.

I will update as things progress. Thanks to all who have replied to the thread. Kind of cool to fianlly say I "found it in a barn"! Never had that kind of luck before. Always got there a day late and a dollar short.
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Old June 11th, 2014, 04:50 PM
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You got rid of the best parts. The winch and the front lights. None the less, an excellent looking vehicle.
Oh dont worry... the winch is back on. Sadly I broke one of the side markers.
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Old June 11th, 2014, 06:07 PM
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Your truck looks great Steve! Love the blue matching rims. I have a set of green steel wheels in the garage waiting for the rest of the vehicle to get the same color.

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Do it!... If the rust is reparable. If not learn to weld! It took me 3 years to turn my 86" from pink camo chop job to a galvanized tdi... but it was worth every minute
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Old June 11th, 2014, 06:14 PM
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Oh dont worry... the winch is back on. Sadly I broke one of the side markers.


Just pick up a pair of Lucas 488 lamps, with clear glass lenses. They are still being made.


Btw your truck is awesome. Would love to see some more pictures of it.
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Old June 11th, 2014, 06:47 PM
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No worries. The truck is way too cute and too correct not to rescue it. Hope to get it home this weekend and have a better look see. I found a picture of the truck made when the original paint was still fresh looking. Wish the last owner had known about WD40 or Waxoyl back then. He apparently bought it from a SeaBee stationed in Gulfport, MS, years ago.

I will update as things progress. Thanks to all who have replied to the thread. Kind of cool to fianlly say I "found it in a barn"! Never had that kind of luck before. Always got there a day late and a dollar short.
I have a confession... I drive the back roads looking over tall grass and peer into slanted barns hoping to see something rusty and amazing like her. You are so lucky. Congratulations!!
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Old June 12th, 2014, 04:32 PM
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Very Cool truck, congrats on the find.

Join the Series One Club for sure and put Ike in your address book.
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Old June 17th, 2014, 12:44 PM
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Rats! Couldn't bring the '58 home last weekend as I had hoped. Owner was out of town. Hopefully, this Saturday will be the ticket. I will post updates when there is anything worthy to post.
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Old June 25th, 2014, 05:57 PM
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Update: Got the little beggar home last weekend. We found windows, doors, side mirrors, hardtop, keys, etc. The brakes wee not locked up, and the clutch appears to work (I think it must be direct linkage instead of hydraulic clutch). The wiring harness appeared intact, and there was fresh oil in the crankcase. No coolant in the radiator, and the water pump is locked solid. Pumped out the old diesel from the tank, and did not encounter any jelling or water.

So, we decided to pour in a bit of fresh diesel, and put in a battery. Nothing sparked when we hooked up the battery. Ignition lights came on with the key, and headlights even worked. You see where this is headed. yep. Cranked on the fourth try. It was a stinkingly beautiful fragrance.

My son has decided that he has to have it and is intent on restoring. So I guess we're off. But for those who expressed interest in parts or purchase, don't give up just yet. Stay tuned to see what gives. Will add new pix soon.
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Old June 25th, 2014, 06:04 PM
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I only have had one series that could not be started (pistons were rusted shut). Otherwise they all seem to go just like yours did. Congrats!
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Old June 25th, 2014, 08:12 PM
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Wow... Awesome! Post more pics please...
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Old June 26th, 2014, 08:07 AM
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Wow... Awesome! Post more pics please...

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Awesome!
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Update: Got the little beggar home last weekend. We found windows, doors, side mirrors, hardtop, keys, etc. The brakes wee not locked up, and the clutch appears to work (I think it must be direct linkage instead of hydraulic clutch). The wiring harness appeared intact, and there was fresh oil in the crankcase. No coolant in the radiator, and the water pump is locked solid. Pumped out the old diesel from the tank, and did not encounter any jelling or water.

So, we decided to pour in a bit of fresh diesel, and put in a battery. Nothing sparked when we hooked up the battery. Ignition lights came on with the key, and headlights even worked. You see where this is headed. yep. Cranked on the fourth try. It was a stinkingly beautiful fragrance.

My son has decided that he has to have it and is intent on restoring. So I guess we're off. But for those who expressed interest in parts or purchase, don't give up just yet. Stay tuned to see what gives. Will add new pix soon.
That's awesome
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Old June 26th, 2014, 08:11 PM
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I'm glad your not breaking it for parts, it deserves a restoration, nice find.
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Old June 26th, 2014, 09:44 PM
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Diesel 2.0 will be tough, and times impossible, to find parts for, (petrol will be easier). Pretty much none in US, and rare in UK. My buddy in CR who specializes in SIs has given up on 2.0L engine. (both diesel and petrol) Original is nice, but just not enough parts out there to support. Its 2.25 from here on out for him.

Series II and newer are vintage and have their quirks, but Series Is are all antique artifacts. Ownership requires a special level of patience, passion, and OCD. Wrenching on a Series I is labor of love. I've spent the past two years restoring a '58 SI petrol, so this first hand. My '58 88 has been quite a time sink, but a good buddy of mine, who specializes in SIs provides a lot of support (pretty much compensation via premium IPA and dark amber maple syrup).

The exterior of my 58 is squared away but I decided to over haul the engine too. Just got the 2.0L block back from being sleeved and now about to replace all rotating wear parts in the long block, took me 6 months to get them all from UK. I paid $175 for new milled to order rear main engine seal for my 2.0L, but I got it.... Would I do it again, doubtful. But very glad I did.

If you put the time and money into your find, in 5 years or so you will will be a very proud owner of an heirloom truck.







Here are the beginings of the next two SIs to go thru my buddies rover shop, both '56 80s. And both will be short cab hard top versions when complete



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Wow..nice. What paint color is that on the S1?
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Old June 27th, 2014, 07:47 AM
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Wow..nice. What paint color is that on the S1?
No idea. I resprayed same as was on it. Seemed to be OEM but doesn't quite match LR color charts.

SIs in CR seem to be weird that way, there are a few blue colors that don't match LR charts either. If you ask around, most ticos just shrug and say pura vida.
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Here is a happy little update for the now-rescued Series 1. You may have to copy and paste into your browser.

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