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Old June 9th, 2014, 12:42 PM
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Series 1 parts or restore?

I have located a '58 Series 1 which is "complete", not running. It is an 88" diesel. Frame is shot, bulkhead not so good either. Body panels and top are perfectly straight. Everything is there! I suspect it would run with new battery and fuel. Parts supply seems sparse for Series 1's. So, any interest in this vehicle as a parts source? It is located in Mississippi.
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Old June 9th, 2014, 01:01 PM
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If I were going to all the bother of having an S1, it would have to be an 80 inch.
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Old June 9th, 2014, 01:10 PM
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I have a project with a solid frame and firewall. Post up some pics. Original paint? 2.0L diesel is cool. Owning a series one is not a bother its a privilege
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Old June 9th, 2014, 01:48 PM
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If it has the original 2.0 diesel and runs it could be one of a handful left running. The last running 2.0 diesel I was aware in the US of was Tom B.'s but it cracked the block and was replaced with a new motor and the truck sold on. Ike will know better than I. Can you still buy new S1 frames? 86/88/107/109 S1 bulkheads are not as bad to repair as 80in bulkheads at least. Post up some pics.
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Old June 9th, 2014, 03:09 PM
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Agreed call Ike Goss at Pangolin 4x4 he will tell you pretty quickly if its worth the effort/price and may even have a better option for you sitting at his shop.
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Old June 9th, 2014, 03:35 PM
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Thanks. I will post pix later. I did a quick check of frames in the US and hit brick walls plus advice not to restore from the regular Rover suppliers. I would love to restore the little beggar, but I am trying to see if it is indeed possible. It was running when stored 9 years ago. I checked the dipstick and found clean oil and drained radiator.

Pretty cool little truck, but I dont want a $30K restoration project and 10 years to complete. I will post more about it later, but duty call at the moment. Keep helping!
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Old June 9th, 2014, 05:38 PM
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Get it running!
Or sell it on complete and running don't destroy an increasingly rare classic.
Post up some pics.
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Old June 9th, 2014, 05:58 PM
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Richards seems to have stopped making series I chassis so you might have problems finding one it it is too far gone.
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Old June 9th, 2014, 06:02 PM
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My vote is sell it on to someone who will restore it.
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My vote is sell it on to someone who will restore it.
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Old June 9th, 2014, 06:31 PM
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How much do they want?
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Old June 9th, 2014, 10:52 PM
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Call it a barn find ... That will add a couple of zeros to the price ...
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Old June 10th, 2014, 05:29 AM
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Bet Richards still has the jigs and can build a chassis if asked.
I would pull out the starting handle and see if engine can be rotated by hand.
As for bulkhead think you need to join the series one club.
Dunsfold in England might also become a good friend of yours.
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Old June 10th, 2014, 09:01 AM
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The Series One club (UK) have frames available.

x2 on them as a bulkhead source...presuming Ike doesn't have one.
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I am still investigating all options. Haven't gotten it home just yet, but I am going to add some pix I took during the "barn find".
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Old June 10th, 2014, 05:51 PM
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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 10th, 2014, 06:00 PM
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Yup that's a 3 to 5 year project working evenings and weekends. My conservative estimate is somewhere around 15 to 20 thousand to get it restored, but likely way more. You could probably get it back on the road driveable for roughly half that.
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It's beautiful
Save it or tell us where it is so we can go save it.
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Richards seems to have stopped making series I chassis so you might have problems finding one it it is too far gone.
S1 frames are available through the S1 owners club, you can also get frame & body parts here :http://www.radfordbulkheads.lrsoc.com/

Period accurate looms available here : http://www.autosparks.co.uk/index.php?cPath=59_62_99
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It's beautiful
Save it or tell us where it is so we can go save it.
Agreed. Get her out of there. Rescue mission is needed.
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