Sunday 25 May 2014

Land Rover Series 2a 1968 swb 88

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Welcome To The Auction Of My Excellent Example Of 
A 1968 SWB Series 2a Land Rover.

I lovingly restored this land rover last summer, I have mainly used it for green lanes and classic car shows, it has been a joy to own! 
I have now got a new project on the horizon so require the space.

I attended the Peterborough land rover show during which I had the vehicle looked over by the 4x4 specialist, Famous Four, this was after I had part restored it; they were very complimentary to my sympathetic restoration but were most curious to its history, due to the fact the chassis looked so original with only minor surface rust. It is, in their opinion, amazing that it has been so well preserved prior to me taking ownership.

For simplicity's sake I shall just list all the things that were changed/upgraded last summer:

  • Fully rewired including; marine grade fuse box, new fuses, relay box, relays, connectors. 
  • New head lights, plugs, indicators, fog light, stop tail lights, Rocky Mountain front grill.
  • Custom dashboard, all Lucas switches, new warning lights, smiths gauges. 
  • Steering wheel sprayed black and string wrapped, smiths heater powder coated new demist silicone hose in period style along with other new parts to complement the interior.
  • New britpart seats fitted to reconditioned sliding seat frames, [powder coated black], bench seats rear. 
  • New sound deadening kit installed including under bonnet, using correct high temp spray adhesive; new carpet set fitted front and rear.
  • New door seals on the bottom, replaced front vent flaps including seals.
  • New door cards, front and rear. 
  • New prop shafts, New brake shoes all round as well as slave cylinders, stainless braided flexible brake lines, all new copper brake lines.  
  • New Morris classic gear oil in; diffs, gearbox, transfer box, overdrive, New Morris classic engine oil plus filter, new air filter oil, new induction hose, new sump gasket, New wheel bearings all round, new drive members.
  • Rocky mountain; parabolic leaf springs, shackles, u bolts, new bump stops and check straps, Pro comp dampers, Polyurethane bushes all round.
  • Speedo stopped working this winter unfortunately, I would have thought the cable has snapped, dash needs securing at the bottom, 
  • few leaks in heavy rain.
  • Due to replacing, both vent flaps are now blue and require paint I was quoted a drive in, drive out £60.
  • round.
  • Fairey capstan winch not fitted, but included in the sale. 
  • All new steering rods, knuckles, including bilstein steering damper and front diff guard.
  • Paint is in good condition, it is sprayed and looks good after a polish, there are only a few bits where it is lifting of the alloy, wheels powder coated off white including spare.

It starts on the key and currently mechanically wants for nothing. It is a very capable series 2a with the Rocky Mountain springs and pro comp dampers making the ride comfort almost modern compared to the old cart springs, all the gears can be faultlessly selected and both the yellow and red levers are fully functional.

The engine, never renowned for its immense power output, pulls surprisingly well and has never faltered. Having overdrive makes a difference for doing any sort of distance, allowing you to drop the rpm but maintain a similar speed.

Rest assured whoever wins the auction will not be disappointed! It is tax exempt and MOT expires at the end of this year. I have it on good authority from the MOT station that it should pass again with no issues.

A joy to own, sad to see it leave, kind caring home only please!