A North America Overland restoration will return the Land Rover to how it looked and drove when originally manufactured but with modern upgrades for safety and reliability. To get started, we will first need a restoration candidate. You can choose a Land Rover from our unrestored inventory. These Land Rovers have already been deemed satisfactory for a full restoration, simply choose a color and options and we will begin your restoration as soon as the next time slot is available. Or, you may already own a Land Rover that you would like restored. If this is the case then we will need to do an evaluation on it to determine its condition and suitability for restoration. If the key components on the vehicle are not in good shape we may recommend sourcing a different vehicle or the restoration. Next we will create a spec sheet, a detailed list of what will go into building your Land Rover as well as the cost of the project. If you are happy with the spec sheet then a deposit will be requested and the project agreement signed. A restoration takes one year to complete, we will divide up the project cost into 12 monthly payments and invoice you at the end of every month. Invoices can be paid by credit card, direct deposit or a check. The project starts with a complete tear down of the vehicle. The body panels will be fully disassembled. Every rivet, nut, bolt and screw will be removed. Each panel will be stripped to bare aluminum. Steel parts like the firewall will be sandblasted, any rust cut out and new steel panels welded in. The original body panels and the new replacement body panels will now be repainted. As a rule we paint both sides of every panel to help with corrosion resistance.
After the body panels are prepped for paint, the drivetrain work will be begin. The boxed design of the Land Rover's frame is very strong but also susceptible to rust when road salt and mud gets trapped inside. Most original frames have some degree of hidden rust or stress cracks so we begin every project with a new galvanized frame. The differentials are rebuilt and the axle housings are sandblasted and repainted in chassis black. The swivel assemblies are rebuilt with new chrome plated swivel balls and the entire assembly is shimmed to the proper preload. The steering box and steering relay are rebuilt and all new tie road ends installed. The brake system is converted to dual master cylinder power brakes and the front drum brakes are replaced with disc brakes. The axles are installed on new parabolic springs and damped with nitrogen gas shocks. These springs ride much smoother than the stiff original springs that were designed for carrying heavy loads. A new original-type cloth covered wiring harness is run through the frame. Five new tubeless 16" wheels wheels are painted in Limestone and new 7.50 16 tires are mounted to complete the rolling chassis.
The engine is fully rebuilt to NAO specifications with a 2.5 liter cam and hardened valve seats to allow the use of unleaded gas. Components like the clutch, clutch hydraulics, alternator and water pump are replaced with new parts. After the restored motor is dropped into the frame rails, we will mate a rebuilt Series III transmissions to it. Unlike the Series IIa transmission, the Series III transmission is fully synchronized so you will no longer need to double clutch when shifting into first and second. Once the drivetrain is installed in the chassis, the stainless exhaust system and new driveshafts are connected.
After the body panels have been painted they will be reassembled. Many steel parts that make contact with the aluminum panels are galvanized to prevent galvanic corrosion (the steel is now isolated from the aluminum with a coating of zinc). And of course, the exterior parts that came from the factory with a galvanized finish are re-galvanized for an original appearance. The body cappings are fastened to the freshly painted body panels using the correct hammer rivets and pop rivets. Every nut, bolt, washer and rivet is replaced during the restoration. Door tops are especially prone to rust and corrosion so new extruded aluminum units are used that will last a lifetime. New glass is installed in the re-galvanized windshield frame. The bulkhead, windshield frame, soft top hoop set and tub are installed, the doors are then hung and the bulkhead and tub shimmed and adjusted for optimum door fit. All new door weatherstripping is installed followed by the gas tank, sills, seatbox and floors.
The interior is returned to like-new condition. All gauges, switches and vent flap levers are carefully restored. All body panels are painted to the same standards as the exterior because this is what you see inside the Land Rover as there is almost no interior trim. New Defender shoulder harness seat belts are installed using a seat belt bar to locate their anchor point in the proper location. New Defender lap belts are also installed for the rear seats as well.
It is now time to turn the key and fire up the engine. Hearing the rebuilt engine come to life is always exciting! Before taking it out for its first test drive, we will thoroughly inspect the Land Rover following our pre-test drive check list. Once the initial test drive is complete we will put 100 break-in miles on the engine. The newly restored Land Rover is now ready for delivery to its new home, where it will provide decades of faithful service and help make wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.
Please watch this brief video walk-around to see one of our restored Land Rovers.
Transmission and Transfer Case
Tires and wheels
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