Our Restoration Process


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.

Original Land Rover colors Select from these original colors.

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.


Land Rover Series IIA in Poppy Red Land Rover Series IIA in Poppy Red

Land Rover assembly Land Rover assembly

Installing a differential Installing a differential

Bare aluminum body panels Bare aluminum body panels

Freshly painted body panels Freshly painted body panels

Restored Series IIA Gauge Clusters Restored Series IIA gauge clusters

Restored rear bodies in Marine blue paint Restored rear bodies in Marine blue paint

NAO rebuilt engines NAO rebuilt engines

An Example of Our Work


Please watch this brief video walk-around to see one of our restored Land Rovers.

Specifications


Vehicle

  • NAO Series IIA

Engine

  • Engine Rebuilt
    • New pistons typically .20 over
    • Cylinders honed
    • Block resurfaced
    • Main bearing tunnel align honed
    • Connecting rods honed
    • Rings filed
    • Crankshaft honed
    • New 2.5 cam
    • New main bearings
    • New rod bearings
    • New freeze plugs
    • Rebuilt oil pump
    • New timing chain
    • New timing chain vibration pad
    • New rear main seal
    • New crank pulley
  • Head rebuilt and modified for unleaded gas
    • Head pressure tested
    • Hardened exhaust valve seats
    • Hardened valves
    • New valve guides
    • Resurface head
    • New valve springs
    • New valve seals
  • Pertronix electronic ignition
  • Weber carburetor conversion
  • New water pump
  • New motor mounts
  • Alternator conversion
  • New radiator
  • New fan belt
  • New radiator hoses
  • New hose clamps
  • New thermostat
  • New coil
  • New exhaust manifold
  • New spark plug wires
  • New spark plugs
  • New stainless steel exhaust system
  • Spin on oil filter conversion
  • High torque starter
  • Air cleaner wire mesh cleaned and housing repainted
  • New air cleaner hose

Transmission and Transfer Case

  • Series III fully synchronized transmission rebuilt by R. Whitehouse and Son
  • Transfer case rebuilt by R. Whitehouse and Son
  • New clutch and pressure plate and throwout bearing
  • Flywheel resurfaced
  • New clutch push rod
  • New clutch slave cylinder
  • New clutch hose
  • New clutch steel line
  • New clutch master cylinder
  • New shift knobs
  • New shifter o-ring
  • New front and rear drive shafts
  • New transmission mounts
  • New speedometer cable
  • Clutch pedal box restored
  • New reverse light switch

Frame

  • New galvanized frame

Axles

  • Rebuilt differentials
  • New pinion seals
  • New pinion drive flanges
  • Axle housings sand blasted and painted chassis black
  • New swivel balls
  • New swivel pins and bushings
  • New swivel bearings
  • Rebuilt half shafts
  • Swivels shimmed to correct preload
  • New swivel seals
  • New wheel bearings
  • New hub seals
  • New hub seal races
  • Late series III rear half shafts
  • 24 spline rear drive flanges
  • New drive flange caps
  • AVM locking hubs

Suspension

  • New parabolic springs
  • New Old Man Emu shocks
  • New shackles
  • New shackle bolts and nuts
  • New U bolts

Body

  • Body panels stripped to bare aluminum and repainted both sides
  • All extra holes in body panels welded
  • Bulkhead sandblasted, rust repaired and seam sealed
  • All cappings galvanized
  • Hood frame galvanized
  • Windshield frame galvanized
  • Sills galvanized
  • Bulkhead vertical supports galvanized
  • Under seat tool box galvanized
  • Galvanized under seat tool box
  • Hood mounted spare tire hold down galvanized
  • Under body supports galvanized
  • New vent flap seals
  • New door weather stripping
  • New bulkhead to windshield frame seal
  • New floor hardware
  • New windshield glass
  • Windshield retainer strips repainted
  • New lower doors
  • New Rocky Mountain door tops
  • New correct type aluminum hammer rivets and pop rivets
  • New zinc plated bolts, nuts, washers and screws used on inside of vehicle
  • New galvanized bolts used on exterior of vehicle
  • New stainless steel screws used on exterior of vehicle
  • New door latches
  • Hinges rebuilt
  • New headlight buckets
  • Rebuilt wiper motors
  • New old stock shift boots
  • New bumper
  • New hood to grille buffer strip
  • New Exmoor Trim soft top
  • Grille restored
  • Hood latch restored
  • Dash panels repainted
  • New wiper arms and blades

Interior

  • New 'Elephant Hide' seats
  • New aftermarket floor mats
  • New rubber mat in load bay
  • New seat belt bar
  • New Defender shoulder harness seat belts
  • New 'Elephant Hide' rear inward facing bench seats
  • Rear seat frames galvanized
  • New original type oil pressure and coolant temperature gauge
  • Data plaques restored
  • Windshield hold downs restored
  • New keyed ignition/ headlamp switch
  • New self cancelling turn signal switch
  • Door pulls restored
  • Seat mounts restored
  • New 'Elephant Hide' tailgate chain covers

Steering

  • Rebuilt steering box
  • New tie rod ends
  • New tie rod end clamps
  • New tie rods
  • Steering relay rebuilt
  • Steering wheel restored

Brakes

  • Front disc brake conversion
  • New calipers and pads
  • New rear brake shoes
  • Rear drums resurfaced
  • New rear brake springs
  • New rear wheel cylinders
  • New brake booster
  • New Defender master cylinder
  • New brake lines
  • New brake hoses
  • New brake light switch
  • Brake pedal box restored
  • Rebuilt parking brake assembly

Electrical

  • New cloth covered body wiring harness
  • New cloth covered engine wiring harness
  • New cloth covered frame wiring harness
  • New headlight pigtails
  • Hella headlights
  • New parking lights, turn signals and brake lights
  • New license plate light
  • New battery cables
  • New horn
  • New fuse box
  • New battery
  • New wiring harness clips
  • Horn button restored

Fuel System

  • New fuel tank
  • New fuel tank bushings and mounting hardware
  • New fuel level sending unit
  • New Facet electric fuel pump
  • New fuel lines
  • New fuel filter
  • New choke cable
  • New gas tank to body foam seal

Tires and wheels

  • Five new BF Goodrich Mud Terrain KM3 7.50 16 tires
  • Five new welded 16" wheels
  • Wheels painted Limestone
  • New valve stems
  • New lug nuts
Fully restored NAO Series IIA in Marine Blue Fully restored NAO Series IIA in Marine Blue

Land Rover Series IIa speedometer calibrated for 7.50-16 tires Land Rover Series IIA speedometer calibrated for 7.50-16 tires

Turner rebuilt 2.25 with rebuilt Series III transmission installed in a galvanized frame Rebuilt 2.25 with rebuilt Series III transmission installed in a galvanized frame

Front disc brake conversion using Land Rover Defender parts Land Rover Series front disc brake conversion

Assembling a NAO Series IIA Assembling a NAO Series IIA

Build Your Land Rover


Full Restoration Estimated Cost:

  • Series IIa 88" soft top $74,500

Choose Vehicle:

  • Choose an unrestored vehicle from our inventory +$6500 and up
  • Owner supplied vehicle (must pass our evaluation) +$0

Choose Color:

  • Pastel Green +$0
  • Bronze Green +$0
  • Marine Blue +$0
  • Limestone +$0
  • Poppy Red +$0
  • Sand +$0

Choose Options:

  • Overdrive +$2500
  • Heater (Mt. Mansfield) +$1800
  • 2" receiver hitch with trailer wiring harness +$450
  • Warn 8274 winch and heavy duty bumper +$3200
  • Stainless steel gas tank +$700
  • Front differential guard +$175
  • Front recovery rings +$200
  • Galvanized rock sliders +$750
  • High lift jack with mount +$350
  • Axe and shovel with mount +$350
  • 12 volt outlet +$100
  • Radio +$500
  • Cargo lashing rings +$200
  • NRP high flow stainless exhaust +$400
  • Odyssey heavy duty battery +$250
  • NAO tool kit +$450

Choose an unrestored Land Rover


The vehicles listed below are available for immediate restoration.

Original 1970 Land Rover Series IIA ready for restoration 1970 Land Rover Series IIA $6800

Original 1971 Land Rover Series IIA 1971 Land Rover Series IIA $6500

1964 Land Rover Series IIA 1964 Land Rover Series IIA $6500

Do you have a Land Rover you would like to sell? Please contact us.

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