My plan for this one is a complete "restore" (if it still counts as a restore if the guy doing it doesn't really know what he's doing we will have to see).
The chassis is beyond salvage. So I'm about ready to order a galvanized chassis from RN.
The doors (pictures in another post) are rotten. so new door bottoms will be ordered from S-P 4x4
Keeping the seat fabric (washed up pretty nicely actually).
But the most important thing: I've decided to KEEP the 2.25 Litre Petrol. A little bit crazy, but I really want this one to stay as original as it can. I could put another Cummins in, or an LS... but those change the character of the truck. I was going to do an inline 6 (which I know will give me the power and acceleration needed to drive with modern traffic...
But, I simply love the originality of that little 4 cylinder with the Weber carb. I hand cranked it once... and I was smitten. It has to stay.
I searched an awful lot, and emailed Roland at ACR (Automotive Component Remanufacturing) in the UK... and I'm going to rebuild that little 2.25 into a 2.8. Rebore with larger pistons (95mm) and a new crank for a longer throw. Header is with him now having some magic done. New cam and it should be good enough to pull into visible traffic (as opposed to before, when you needed a spotter about a mile up the road to safely pull out). This may not be the best use of money, but the decision is as set in stone as any I've ever made. The engine certainly won't be stock... but I feel I am giving the little terracotta 4 cylinder every opportunity possible to keep on firing.