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Old May 25th, 2015, 09:27 AM
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1957 Series 1 88"

A tip of my hat to the board

I have become the fifth caretaker (as the debate is still on if I own the Series or it owns me) of a 1957 Land Rover Series 1 88". This particular Rover was in the British Civil Defence Corps and was stationed in Cornwall for reconnaissance. The plates are SXF 858. As I am American, the RHD will be a new adventure to me and others on the road.

The restoration will not be for concours but will include mechanicals and electrics (one fuse, really!). As this is my first project, I will post a build thread and welcome comments/critiques/criticisms.



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My photos are not as good as Zak's but hopefully in time will get better.

To roverman2010: the kettle is on and your cuppa will be ready drutly
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Old May 25th, 2015, 09:45 AM
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Nice Landy Kimberly, so who do you think is going work on it

Welcome to the forum, I guess
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Old May 25th, 2015, 05:22 PM
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Nice. Looks like fun... Look forward to seeing her at SCARR in 2016.
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Old May 25th, 2015, 05:57 PM
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What a great truck! RHD is very fun to drive around in.
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Old May 25th, 2015, 06:16 PM
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Thanks Jason! SCARR is where I was bit by the Series bug and Jeff's enthusiasm was contagious too. I may have to leave a fortnight early to make it to SCARR!

Thanks Daniel! Prepping for road worthy and inspection right now. I've read of some guys backing thru drive-thrus! Hahaha can't wait!
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Old May 25th, 2015, 06:41 PM
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I was stationed in Cornwall for my first assignment. With the salt laden air down there, I'm surprised that thing is still in one piece!

Beautiful machine though. I'm very envious!
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Old May 25th, 2015, 08:34 PM
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Gavin, I think it's beautiful too. Smile every time! Oh, so you know Cornwall! Well, I prefer to think of this traveling over Bodmin Moor than being on the coast probably not the case though. The PO gave me some notes where it was in use at the Torrey Canyon Incident in 1967. John wants to thoroughly check the chassis and metals. He was telling me how these can rust from the inside out.
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congratulations Kim! I'm looking forward to seeing it....AWESOME! I think we will be headed to the coast in a couple of weeks when school lets out.. I want to see her! Let me know if y'all are available ...
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Old May 30th, 2015, 09:42 AM
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Thanks Carmen! Give us a shout when you're down on the island!
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What a beauty! Yes RHD is a hoot Have fun.
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Old May 31st, 2015, 04:27 PM
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Welcome to the Series I club! Is yours 2.0 or 2.25L?
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Old May 31st, 2015, 07:04 PM
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Thanks Caveman! right now I'm great at RH turns!
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Cheers to the Series, Niall! This is a 2.0L petrol. I see you've a IIA. Is yours a bugeye?
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Kimberly: I was bidding against you for that truck. Nice truck. Great price. And had I won it, I wouldn't be doing a thing to it but driving it the 1.2 miles to work and back.

That is a piece of history right there ...

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Old May 31st, 2015, 10:09 PM
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Cheers to the Series, Niall! This is a 2.0L petrol. I see you've a IIA. Is yours a bugeye?

I have two series IIA, neither are bug eyed, both late. I'm in the midst of rebuilding a 2.0L IOE for my '58 Series I. It took about a year to source all rotating wear part and supporting components. Only God knows how long it will take to complete, install and sorted....
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'99 UZJ 100 - for glamping and grocery getting
'94 FZJ80 - our Costa Rican coffee mule
'96 FZJ80 - 3XL, racked, shaved and dipped in Raptor coat
'70 Petrol SIIA 88 - a Costa Rican expat now with US citizenship!
'70 Petrol SIIA 88 - for Central America surf & coffee exploration
'56 Petrol S1 86 - a whole new kind of land rover hell...
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Old May 31st, 2015, 11:24 PM
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D: I am glad to meet another history enthusiast! Please don't hold the caretakership against me. Even my husband could tell from the twinkle in me eye, I had fallen for this green beast. It definitely needs some TLC but the character won't be changed. I wish you all the best in finding a Rover to capture your heart.
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I had fallen for this green beast. It definitely needs some TLC but the character won't be changed. I wish you all the best in finding a Rover to capture your wallet.
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'94 FZJ80 - our Costa Rican coffee mule
'96 FZJ80 - 3XL, racked, shaved and dipped in Raptor coat
'70 Petrol SIIA 88 - a Costa Rican expat now with US citizenship!
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thx! that's true funny!
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