The Range Rover project
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  In the beginning

The plan was to buy an old Range Rover that would require a few evenings love and attention after which I would be the proud owner a gleaming, reliable beast that would replace my somewhat underpowered Isuzu Trooper.

After much careful consideration and browsing the small ads I found one that looked good. Located near the docks in Glasgow my brother and I darted off to have a look. It was a heap, the engine sounded flat and raspy, it was tatty and it had a substantial amount of rust thrown in for good measure. Obviously not what I was after, probably worth about 600 or 700.

Why I felt it necessary to give the man 1500 and drive it home I may never know, but that's what I did.

I spent the next few months not doing much with it. It visited the V8 specialist a couple of times to have the engine looked at, I had the alloy wheels powder coated, I even managed to put it through an MOT with a small amount of work. Still I was not comfortable using it so it spent most of it's time sitting outside my house feeling sorry for itself.

When the warmer weather arrived in 2002 I started to dismantle bits and pieces on it with the intention of replacing the rusty panels. That's when it all began to go horribly wrong . . .

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The first Range Rover turned up in September 2001... ...an '87 with a V8 3.5efi engine... ...and a lot of rust!
The first Range Rover turned up in September 2001... ...an '87 with a V8 3.5efi engine... ...and a lot of rust!
Rust on the rear body crossmember Rust on the doors Rust on the sills
Rust on the rear body crossmember Rust on the doors Rust on the sills
Rust on the frame Even more rust on the frame Rust on the wheel arches
Rust on the frame Even more rust on the frame Rust on the wheel arches
Rust on the chassis A previous owner had patched the sills... ...but not enough
Rust on the chassis A previous owner had patched the sills... ...but not enough
The inner wings had seen better days... Not for some time though The farmers dog showed me what he thought
The inner wings had seen better days... Not for some time though The farmers dog showed me what he thought
This was not looking good Nor was this This was the final straw
This was not looking good Nor was this This was the final straw
  At least the powder coaters had made my wheels looks nice  
  At least JP Coatech made my wheels looks nice  
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