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Just bought a tatty old very early S2a....

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 12:17 am
by Bunker
Hi Fellas
Ive just bought this old girl, far from the prime of her life BUT working(ish). Im looking locally for somewhere dry to strip her down to see how bad it all is. The plan would be to strip down completely then get the chassis blasted and welded up where required. Ill probably overhaul the engine myself (cant be that complicated!)).
Long term plan is to get her thoroughly and properly sorted. Im not bothered about getting her minted but I wont be modifying atall, except back to OEM where necessary.

The awful RR wheels will be got rid of, the OEM ones are coming with it as is a diesel engine (which will get sold one once Ive looked at it).

Serial number suggests November 1961, bearing in mind they began production of the S2a in September '61 - this is really quite easrly.

Heres a link to the pics:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/ ... sp=sharing

Re: Just bought a tatty old very early S2a....

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 1:48 am
by ZIP TIE
Nice :)
Did you ever get your other one finished?

Re: Just bought a tatty old very early S2a....

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:15 am
by appyarry
Looks nice, and a lot to keep you busy :-)

Re: Just bought a tatty old very early S2a....

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:44 am
by twmtomos1
thats a lot of work, over the years iv had quite a few of them and dont think i could go back to the series land rover,wouldnt mind a Defender but the price has gone through the roof on them now,good luck with the rebuild

Re: Just bought a tatty old very early S2a....

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:33 am
by Fergie
Very nice.

I rebuilt a 1964 Series 2a a few years ago (galvanised chassis and bulkhead etc) but it took me nearly 12 years to complete, and once I'd finished I realised that it was definitely a bit agricultural to drive, and almost impossible to parallel park in town. I've still got it however, after 18 years, since I spent so much time and money on it.

I much prefer driving a Defender 200 Tdi since by 1993 they had power steering and decent suspension and brakes. That was also rebuilt, but only took 2 years (with help). A servo clutch also helps.

John

Re: Just bought a tatty old very early S2a....

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:10 am
by mt bandit
Brave, very brave,
well done Simon

Re: Just bought a tatty old very early S2a....

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 10:53 am
by hounddog
enough work there to keep you occupied for a few weekends ! - good luck :)

Re: Just bought a tatty old very early S2a....

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 4:27 pm
by TJRL
Simon,

Well you are off to a good start, original hand brake lever, round Smiths heater, flat apron panel, a period number plate and flat top radiator! :D

I cannot recommend the Series II Club strongly enough (http://www.Series2Club.Co.UK), they have helped out so much over the last six years just like this place!!

Good luck and let me know if there is anything I can help you with.

Re: Just bought a tatty old very early S2a....

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2016 8:07 pm
by TDIPower
Nice buy, I looked into the idea of a 109 pick 18months ago but was looking for an ex MOD with the extended spring hangers, going for silly money now due to being tax exempt.

Pete

Re: Just bought a tatty old very early S2a....

Posted: Wed Dec 28, 2016 11:11 am
by Bunker
Thanks for all your comments.
Zip, yes its been 'finished' for a few years now except the odd job here and there (like the interior..). She's in excellent shape but I may have to sell her to fund this one... :-)
Toby, I joined the forum there and had some good comments. Once Ive got it moved to over here, Ill give you a shout. Ill be selfishly organising a 'bring a spanner' party to strip her down!