Range Rover project
At last – we have some shiny bits to admire
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