WHAT TO LOOK FOR
CHECK IT ALL STILL WORKS
Ensure that the four-wheel drive system engages properly, and watch for recalcitrant gear changes or jumping out of gear. Oil leaks from the ‘box and axles are common but should be minor on a cared-for example. Early 1.6 petrol engine aside (rebuilding one costs £5-6k), parts are easy to find but check for exhaust smoke and a sludged cooling system. The wealth of Landie expertise out there means there’s little to fear, mechanically.
INSPECT THE JOINTS
There are numerous joints in the driveline, so spend time checking for excessive wear and play. Same goes for the suspension, and watch for cracked and corroded springs and rusty mounting points. Damaged or pitted front swivel hubs shouldn’t be ignored and you should budget a few hundred pounds to replace both sides. Sort excessively sloppy steering with a reconditioned box for around £400. And check for worn or seized brakes, although overhaul parts are cheap.
PROD THAT CHASSIS!
The biggest worry is terminal corrosion of the bulkhead and chassis, and sorting either involves substantial labour and cash outlay. Outriggers and body mounting points need thorough investigation, and watch for rusted steel door frames and galvanic corrosion where steel meets the Birmabright panels. Only the most original examples fetch top money; does the one you’re looking at contain SII/SIII bits? Check the provenance with the help of an expert.