The story so far...
When the vehicle landed, all was not good. The chassis was badly corroded and beyond any kind of MOT attempt. The upside was the age of the vehicle.It looked like a Series One to me, but not actually having much of a clue about these things I assumed it was a Series Two because it was registered in 1962. On that basis, I bought it thinking it would be ideal to use away from the public highway and could serve as a restoration project the following summer.
It was used twice, and it hasn't moved since. It sits bang outside the front door.
from Richards Chassis, so I phoned them and asked what was the best procedure.
Heart of the matter
The bloke with the skills is Paul Marsden. Frankel's S2 was one of his first jobs, since then he has completed more than 100 new chassis rebuilds - he told me to send some pics and he'd confirm what the car was and what might be done with it.
In his opinion it was a Series One. This was both good and bad news.
Good because it makes a more interesting vehicle with potentially a greater value. Bad because I couldn't just buy a chassis for it. I had to contact the Series One owners club which, incidentally, Paul had done to get the exact date and type of my car. To some people this would be a pain, but I was rather enjoying the sleuthing.
Add to that the labour for the body off work and no doubt a heap of mechanical fettling, and I doubt there's much profit on offer.
What I want is a mechanically robust, rust-free machine still covered in the original, rather shambolic body panels. This looks to be achievable, so hopefully in the coming weeks I'll drag it oop north and get things started.
Car: 1956 (probably) Land Rover Series One 107in Pick-Up
Run by: Chris Harris
Bought: Oct 2010
Purchase price: £1,000, or thereabouts
Last month at a glance: Finding out exactly what it is, learning the eccentricities of the Land Rover club scene ahead of taking the plunge on a new chassis
PH Fleet: BMW M5 (E28)