Sav­ing a Se­ries I: Part 11

Es­sen­tial parts and sys­tems are added with the aim of see­ing the Se­ries I move again un­der its own power

Land Rover Monthly - - Contents - ALIS­DAIR CU­SICK

Fi­nally, it’s time to add es­sen­tial parts and sys­tems with the aim of fir­ing up Alis­dair Cu­sick’s Se­ries I

This is the mo­ment we’ve been wait­ing for. We’ve welded, re­paired, re­built and re­assem­bled al­most ev­ery­thing we need. And now we’re al­most ready to start it up.

The last episode was a bit of an un­usual one, in that we had to do the same job twice in essence: test-fit­ting the body­work be­fore paint­ing the new bulk­head, then fit­ting it all again when it came back from the paintshop. The bulk­head is the piv­otal part on the whole body, as ev­ery­thing comes out from that da­tum point.

With that job done, James and I are al­most free from the ma­jor com­po­nent re­pairs. From now on, we’re lit­er­ally like an assem­bly line, bolt­ing on items, and build­ing a Land Rover.

I say al­most free from com­po­nent re­pairs be­cause, while we were on our fi­nal push on the en­gine, two sup­pos­edly sim­ple jobs did throw the prover­bial span­ner in the works. First, most of the bolts sheared whilst re­plac­ing the wa­ter pump. James sorted that last month with­out break­ing a sweat, nor dam­ag­ing the en­gine block. Se­condly, and more of a pain, was the ex­haust man­i­fold that cracked. That’s where we left off last month, af­ter a very try­ing day in the work­shop.

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