Range Rover Clas­sic

Re-in­stalling the axles and run­ning gear

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Last month, we showed the first stages of putting all the chas­sis fit­tings back where they be­long. Most of what was done then was prepara­tory work, but this month we show the re-in­stal­la­tion of some larger com­po­nents: axles, sus­pen­sion and trans­mis­sion, to name but three of them.

The en­gine is on its way back from its re­build. It’s a 4.2-litre V8 and has gone to lead­ing V8 spe­cial­ist John Eales to be re­built to as-new con­di­tion. With the chas­sis stripped to its ba­sics, as seen here, it doesn’t mat­ter whether you put the en­gine and trans­mis­sion in as a sin­gle unit or in two assem­blies; there’s plenty of room. So in this case the trans­mis­sion has gone in on its own, not least be­cause it’s a big lump of ready-restored Range Rover to keep ly­ing around in the work­shop!

With the axles go­ing on it’s start­ing to look more like a ve­hi­cle again rather than a col­lec­tion of parts, and you really start to feel like you’re get­ting there. The time spent pre­par­ing and paint­ing ev­ery­thing is also pay­ing off as ev­ery­thing looks new; it’s one thing quickly swap­ping items over on a quick re­build, an­other to re­turn the ve­hi­cle to an as-new con­di­tion.

You’ll see quite a lot of ref­er­ences to cop­per grease now – it’s well worth us­ing to make life eas­ier in the fu­ture.

As usual, we haven’t shown you ev­ery last nut, bolt and bracket that has to go on. There are two axles, for ex­am­ple, and we’ve fo­cused on the re-fit­ting of just one of them. We reckon that this should be enough to give you the right sort of guid­ance if you’re work­ing on a Range Rover Clas­sic re­build your­self.

Also worth re­mem­ber­ing is that Range Rover de­vel­op­ment was con­stant af­ter about 1980, and that there were all sorts of mi­nor dif­fer­ences be­tween one model-year and the next. So if some of the brack­ets (for ex­am­ple) on yours are dif­fer­ent from those you see here, there’s no need to be alarmed. That was the way de­vel­op­ment went in those days.

Phil Hol­land checks the mount­ing bolts. Next job is the front and rear axle in­stal­la­tion

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