Range Rover project

At last – we have some shiny bits to ad­mire

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At last, new metal can be welded into place

Last month, it all seemed to be about dis­man­tling, as we dealt with the axles and sus­pen­sion parts of the Range Rover. But just as things were be­gin­ning to feel a bit neg­a­tive, a num­ber of very pos­i­tive things hap­pened.

Large num­bers of parts had been away for shot­blast­ing, not least the chas­sis frame and the bodyshell. We started work on the frame last month, and this month we’ll be tack­ling the bodyshell, go­ing over it care­fully and work­ing out what needs to be re­placed or re­paired. There’s a lot more to do than you may think, be­cause the shot­blast­ing showed where the prob­lems lie – even though there are fewer than you might ex­pect in a Range Rover shell!

We also re­port on the re­turn of some items from pow­der­coat­ing, on the paint­ing of some smaller parts and – a big mo­ment, this – on the chas­sis get­ting its first coat of black paint. The en­gine’s still away with John Eales, the gear­box has gone to Ashcroft, and the seats are just down the road at Na­tion­wide Trim, where new cov­ers to orig­i­nal spec are be­ing made.

Our car is a ’95 4.2 Au­to­bi­og­ra­phy – a late ex­am­ple with air sus­pen­sion, airbags and all the toys that came with a top model of the pe­riod. This means its restora­tion is much more com­pli­cated than that of an ear­lier model. Fun­da­men­tally, though, it’s a four-door Clas­sic with the same prob­lems as all the oth­ers.

As al­ways, we’ll be show­ing you enough to make clear ex­actly what is in­volved in restor­ing one of these iconic ma­chines to as-new con­di­tion.

Just as well Chris Evans is a dab hand with the grinder – it’s get­ting a lot of use

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