Our Restoration Process

North America Overland restores Series IIa and III Land Rovers.

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.

Choose your Land Rover color Select from an array of official colors or choose your own

While the body panels are being prepped and painted, we will also restore the drivetrain. 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 typically replace the frame with a new galvanized one for future rust resistance. The differentials are rebuilt and the axle housings are sandblasted and repainted. The front drum brakes are converted to modern disc brakes. The brake system is converted to dual master cylinder power brakes. The axles are installed with new parabolic springs and high quality 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 and a new fuel tank is installed. The wheels are sand blasted and painted and new all-terrain tires are mounted.

The engine is fully rebuilt to our 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. The transmission and transfer case are rebuilt as well. We use fully synchronized Series III transmissions so you will no longer need to double clutch when shifting. Once the drivetrain is assembled it is installed in the chassis on new rubber mounts and then the exhaust system and new driveshafts are connected.

Once the body panels have been painted they will be reassembled. The 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). Any exterior parts that came from the factory with a galvanized finish are also re-galvanized. The body cappings are fastened to the freshly painted body panels using the correct rivets. All fasteners are also replaced with ones very similar to the originals. Every single nut, bolt, washer or rivet is replaced during the restoration. Door tops are especially prone to rust so new units are used. New glass is installed in the re-galvanized windshield frame. These body sub-assemblies are then installed on the chassis. All new door weatherstripping is installed and the door alignment is fine tuned.

The interior is meticulously restored to like-new condition. All gauges, switches and vent flap levers are carefully refurbished. 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.

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 your Land Rover following our pre-test drive check list. Once the initial test drive is complete we will put 100 hundred break-in miles on the engine. Your newly restored Land Rover is ready for its new home, where it will provide decades of faithful service and help make wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.

Restored Land Rover Series III Restored Land Rover Series III

Installing engine in Land Rover chassis Installing engine in Land Rover chassis

Installing the differential Installing the differential

Galvanized parts for Series IIA Each part is sandblasted then galvanized

All steel underbody components are galvanized All steel underbody components are galvanized

Galvanized fasteners are used throughout the exterior Galvanized fasteners are used throughout the exterior

Restored Series IIA Gauge Clusters Restored Series IIA gauge clusters

Optional Warn 8274 winch Optional Warn 8274 winch

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.



  • Land Rover Series IIA or III


  • Rebuilt 2.25 engine for unleaded fuel
  • Pertronix electronic ignition
  • New weber carburetor
  • New water pump
  • New motor mounts
  • New alternator
  • New radiator
  • New fan belt
  • New radiator hoses
  • New hose clamps
  • New thermostat
  • New coil
  • New spark plug wires
  • New spark plugs
  • New exhaust system
  • Spin on oil filter adapter

Transmission and Transfer Case

  • Rebuilt series III fully synchronized transmission
  • Rebuilt transfer case
  • New clutch
  • Flywheel resurfaced
  • New clutch push rod
  • New clutch slave cylinder
  • New clutch hose
  • New clutch steel lines
  • New clutch master cylinder
  • New shift knobs
  • New shifter o-ring
  • New front and rear drive shafts
  • New transmission mounts
  • Gl4 oil


  • Galvanized frame


  • Rebuilt differentials
  • Axle housings sand blasted and painted chassis black
  • New swivel balls
  • New swivel pins and bushings
  • New swivel bearings
  • Swivels shimmed to correct preload
  • New swivel seals
  • New wheel bearings
  • New hub seals
  • New hub seal races


  • New parabolic springs
  • New shocks
  • Galvanized spring mounting plates
  • New shackles
  • New shackle bolts and nuts
  • New U bolts


  • Body panels stripped to bare aluminum and repainted both sides
  • Bulkhead sandblasted and all rust repaired
  • New door shells
  • New tailgate
  • All cappings galvanized
  • Hood frame galvanized
  • Windshield frame galvanized
  • Sills galvanized
  • Tire carrier galvanized
  • Under body supports galvanized
  • New vent flap seals
  • New door weather stripping
  • New bulkhead to windshield frame seal
  • New floor panel seals
  • New floor hardware
  • New windshield glass
  • New door tops
  • New hammer rivets and sealed pop rivets
  • New door latches
  • New headlight buckets
  • Wiper motor(s) rebuilt or replaced
  • New old stock shift boots
  • Galvanized bulkhead verticle supports
  • Galvanized under seat tool box
  • New bumper
  • All hardware replaced
  • New soft top
  • New soft top hoop set
  • Galvanized tailgate hardware


  • New seats
  • New floor mats
  • New rubber mat in load bay
  • New Defender shoulder harness seat belts
  • Seat belt bar (locates shoulder harness in soft top to correct location)
  • New rear inward facing bench seats


  • New tie rod ends
  • New steering relay
  • Steering wheel refinished


  • Power brake conversion
  • Front disc brake conversion
  • New calipers
  • New pads
  • New rotors
  • New rear shoes
  • Drums resurfaced
  • New rear brake springs
  • New rear wheel cylinders
  • New brake booster
  • New master cylinder
  • New brake lines
  • New brake hoses
  • New brake light switch
  • Rebuilt parking brake assembly


  • New body wiring harness
  • New engine wiring harness
  • New frame wiring harness
  • New headlight pigtails
  • New headlights
  • New original type parking lights, turn signals and brake lights
  • New reverse lights
  • New high torque starter
  • New original type battery cables
  • New horn
  • New fuse box
  • New battery

Fuel System

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

Tires and wheels

  • Five new All Terrain tires
  • Wheels refinished in Limestone Glasurit
  • New valve stems
Fully restored 1970 Land Rover Series IIA in Marine Blue Fully restored 1970 Land Rover 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

Restored Land Rover Series bulkhead Restored Land Rover Series bulkhead

Build Your Land Rover

Full Restoration Estimated Cost:

  • Series IIa 88" soft top $74,500
  • Series IIa 88" hard top $79,500

Choose Vehicle:

  • Choose an unrestored vehicle from our inventory +$7500 and up
  • Owner supplied vehicle (must pass our evaluation) +$0

Choose Color:

  • Pastel Green Glasurit +$0
  • Bronze Green Glasurit +$0
  • Marine Blue Glasurit +$0
  • Limestone Glasurit +$0
  • Poppy Red Glasurit +$0
  • Sand Glasurit +$0
  • NAO Expedition Matte Tan +$2500
  • Patina (Contact us for availability) +0

Choose Options:

  • Hard top to soft top conversion (88") +$1675
  • 16" wheels and tires +$800
  • 2" receiver hitch with trailer wiring harness +$400
  • Overdrive +$2500
  • 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
  • Locking steel center console +$500
  • 12 volt outlet +$100
  • Radio +$500
  • Hella headlights +$125
  • Cargo lashing rings +$200
  • Mt. Mansfield high output heater +$1500
  • NRP high flow stainless exhaust +$400
  • Odyssey heavy duty battery +$250

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 1983 Land Rover Defender 110 1983 Land Rover Defender 110 $16,000