Old chassis stripped almost completely

The old chassis, still on the axles

The old chassis, still on the axles

“Marmalade” is now down to the `rolling chassis’ stage on the old chassis. Only the suspension, axles, and fuel tank remain to come off; then we can remove the old chassis and bring the new one into place to attach to the axles and suspension, and the actual rebuild will begin.

The front bodywork

The bulkhead, windscreen, wings and grille

It was a bit disconcerting to see the front bodywork on the ground, detached but still very recognizable as the same vehicle; a bit like a detached head!

Like many of the other removed parts, this is due for steam cleaning. Then we’ll repair any damaged patches (it’s in much better condition than I had expected, so there shouldn’t be too much of that), paint it with galvanizing paint, and add self-adhesive sound reduction material.

I’ll also replace all the wiring inside each wing, with a single 8-core cable on each side, with 8-way multiconnectors at each end.

Passenger footwell modifications

Old passenger footwell modifications

The nearside of the bulkhead has had various modifications over the years, and we’ll tidy those up and (of course) modify it slightly further (I think). One corner of the footwell has been turned inside out to allow for the different turbo position of the current engine (which came from a Discovery), and the original Land-Rover heater has been replaced by a third-party heater inside the footwell, feeding hot air into the dashboard plenum through a couple of large hoses. A new hot air feed, from an Eberspacher Airtronic, will be added somewhere into this area. The air pipe from the Eberspacher may have to come up inside the footwell, too, although I’ll try to find space for it in the engine compartment.

The pedal box area

The pedal box area

As far as I know, the offside footwell just needs a bit of a clean-up. I expect we’ll replace all the clutch and brake pipework.

The engine, removed

The engine, removed from the vehicle and separated from the gearboxes. It could do with being cleaned.

The engine is now out, and split from the gearboxes. It’ll probably get a new clutch, and maybe a cambelt, following inspection of those parts. I’ll also clean it, and paint it. I’ll probably install the snorkel from the green Land Rover, which may change the air filter installation a bit.

The gearboxes, removed

The gearboxes, removed

The gearbox and transfer box are also out, and as far as I know only want cleaning before re-installing. (I might paint them too, with engine paint.) The extra bit on the end of the transfer box is the PTO for the winch.

The underside of the rear tub

The underside of the rear tub

The rear tub floor is made of aluminium with pressed steel supports. (The bright orange thing is a torch; and the body side has been cut away to make a hatch, which will be subsumed into the double wheel arch.) The steel is quite badly corroded, and the aluminium floor has puffed up with electrolytic corrosion where it touches the steel. I’ll take the floor right out, and build a new floor from welded steel angles and aluminium treadplate. The treadplate will be in sections, bolted down with countersunk screws and welded nuts, for easy removal to get to things underneath it (such as the fuel tank, and batteries for the electric motor in due course). The wheel / seat boxes will stay, but will be detached from the rear bulkhead (which was originally the front of the rear tub) as that is moving forward so that its position relative to the front seats will not change.

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