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Old April 10th, 2016, 11:42 AM
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Got me a 6 cyl Cazorla

Hello Folks! I am new here and wanted to share my story and also ask your thoughts.
I was able to get my hands on a 81 Land Rover 109 Cazorla that I imported from Barcelona Spain. This beauty comes with a 6 cylinder engine. I am very excited and really looking forward to working on this beauty. My first question to you guys is: What do you think of the rectangular head lights? I am tempted to switch them to round head lamps, but at the same time I am thinking that the rectangular lights are what distinguish the Cazorla from the other Rovers. The Cazorla is a rare and quickly disappearing breed of Rovers. Will love to hear your thoughts.

Regards from North Carolina,

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Old April 10th, 2016, 12:28 PM
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Old April 10th, 2016, 01:59 PM
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Now that's a rare animal. There can't be more than a handful of them in the States.

I agree that the rectangular headlights are one of its most recognizable identifiers, and I would leave them as-is. At the end of the day though, you have to do what feels good.
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Old April 10th, 2016, 03:41 PM
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Hate to burst your bubble, but that's a Santana, Not at true Land Rover, But cool none the less if you can get over the way it looks.

Santana were built under licence in Spain, they do not hold their value like Land Rovers do. I have had the opportunity to buy quite a few over the years, but I have found the two we did have difficult to resell.

I hope you have fun with your project.
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Old April 10th, 2016, 03:53 PM
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Old April 10th, 2016, 03:54 PM
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Hate to burst your bubble, but that's a Santana, Not at true Land Rover, But cool none the less if you can get over the way it looks.

Santana were built under licence in Spain, they do not hold their value like Land Rovers do. I have had the opportunity to buy quite a few over the years, but I have found the two we did have difficult to resell.

I hope you have fun with your project.
I think you mean that it is not Defender. Weather one likes it or not, the Santanas are a part of Land Rover history. It is a Land Rover and I am aware that is is not a Defender. I chose Dusty for Rusty, the only difference in my eyes, oh, and yes, I paid less than I would have paid for a defender.

Cheers!
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Old April 10th, 2016, 04:01 PM
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I think you mean that it is not Defender. Weather one likes it or not, the Santanas are a part of Land Rover history. It is a Land Rover and I am aware that is is not a Defender. I chose Dusty for Rusty, the only difference in my eyes, oh, and yes, I paid less than I would have paid for a defender. Cheers!
Good for you. I wouldn't turn down a Santana or this ride.
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I'd change the front end to Defender style only because I have never liked the look of those.

The thing is, you could totally embrace this and restore it as a rarity, or you could do whatever you wanted with it and either way, it is only going to get better from here.
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I think you mean that it is not Defender. Weather one likes it or not, the Santanas are a part of Land Rover history. It is a Land Rover and I am aware that is is not a Defender. I chose Dusty for Rusty, the only difference in my eyes, oh, and yes, I paid less than I would have paid for a defender.

Cheers!

No actually a different company that brought licences parts in CKD form from Land Rover and built them up until 1968 when Santana began to develop its own versions of the Land Rover Series Models, developing new engines and new models and this close relationship with Land Rover led to the company to change its name from "Metalúrgica de Santa Ana, SA" to "Land Rover Santana, SA

So a land rover but only sort of, like the Minerva from Belgium and Tempo in Germany which both built series rovers under licence.

Santana Series IIIa 1979-1983 (a version of the Land Rover Series III with improvements carried out to common flaws of the model by the Santana Company themselves, including a 75 horsepower turbocharged 2.25 Diesel engine).

http://www.lr-mad.co.uk/index.php/en/santana
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Old April 10th, 2016, 08:08 PM
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Hello Folks! I am new here and wanted to share my story and also ask your thoughts.
I was able to get my hands on a 81 Land Rover Santana 6 cylinder...
Douglas:
Welcome to the forum.
Please post some detailed pictures of your engine.

While the Santanas are quite different from their Solihull UK counterparts, they are like first cousins in many ways, sharing the same ancestral heritage.
They can sometimes be a challenge to source parts for, but are fun and interesting vehicles.
The Santana gearboxes were sought after as replacements for Solihull Land Rovers because they were much improved.
I was told while in UK by someone who I trust that several Santanas were shipped to UK to be examined by the factory design team and the favorable features included in the Stage I and Early 110 design.
You should leave the front end and square headlamps stock unless they cause some safety issues.

Pitty you didn't post up earlier because their was a Land Rover Rally in the Uwharrie National Park about 1.5 hours from Holly Springs, NC.
It was a fun weekend.

Looking forward to seeing some engine pictures.
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Old April 10th, 2016, 10:42 PM
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I vote for leaving the rectangle headlights and keep the rest of the "character" features. Then stand back and enjoy baffling people who think they are experts!


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