Range Rover Classic
Re-installing the axles and running gear
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