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OM606 Range Rover Classic Restoration and Build

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retropower    19
On 30/07/2017 at 3:04 PM, Shackleton said:

This is deadly! When you say R380 are you talking about long stick version? Also would love to know, how are you repairing the alloy rot? My rear qtrs are dodgy too [not now Soren :D]

Hi, no im using short stick r380 from a discovery 2 td5. Rebuilt and modified with larger rear bearings. With the panels I'm repairing them just the same as I would with steel ones. Cut out the rotten bits, make up new bits in ns4 aluminium and tig weld them in, body file flat, bit of filler to tidy up

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Shackleton    61
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Thanks a mill. You've dispelled two myths; I thought the short stick box wasn't as robust as the long stick, and that Birmabright wasn't weldable. Makes a huge difference. What filler wire should I use?

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retropower    19

Whether it's got the same properties after welding I don't know, but it definitely welds surprisingly nicely! I used 4043 rod (again, whether that's correct I don't know but it worked for me and the welds panel beat ok without splitting)

 

the r380 isn't any different between long and short stick internally. Big change between suffix j box and suffix k and L though 

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retropower    19
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Thanks!

Going a metallic jaguar grey for the panelwork, early type grille and headlamp surrounds in Matt black, fabricating ends for the later steel bumpers to get rid of the plastic corner bits and then they will go Matt black too. Losing the side rubbing strips. Will be fitting Matt black 8" x 18" boost type alloys

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retropower    19

Cheers!!! Just wish I had more time to spend on it! Ah well, trying to get 1/4 panels, rear corners, sunroof panel and lower tailgate prepped this coming Saturday. I'm kidding myself if I think all that will get done, but you've got to aim high lol!!

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30psi    1

Will it be ready for Peterborough? :ph34r::ph34r::ph34r:

I think the 6-speed from a BMW 330d would be the ultimate manual box. Time to get saving!

 

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retropower    19

Ruddy long day on it today. Brazed up holes in rear corners, tig welded patches into bad rear corner. Filled rear corners, straightened and filled quarters, blocked everything flat. Re-filled quarters twice more (being ba******) blocked each time, all in Upol D so no sinkage but bugger to sand.

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retropower    19

Nit picked and stoppered everything (though prep leaves a bit to be desired I have to say!!!) then etched and extra high build primed the lot

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retropower    19
20 hours ago, 30psi said:

Will it be ready for Peterborough? :ph34r::ph34r::ph34r:

I think the 6-speed from a BMW 330d would be the ultimate manual box. Time to get saving!

 

Funnily enough we have an E91 330d manual, but it's in the 330d lol and I think I better leave it there as it's my wife's daily car! What's at Peterborough and when (remember I'm not really a Land Rover person, im new to all this shenanigans!!)  

i think it will be getting there by early winter, but I doubt it will be fully up and running until spring next yr or so. Have to remember that although this is the only car I'm building for myself, im building around 15 customer projects all from the ground up (much more so than my Range Rover!!!) and in a lot more detail so my brain gets a bit frazzled

 

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SteveG    23

Assuming you work on your own vehicles at the weekend, I take you just work weekdays at retropower. If that's correct, would you ever consider renting out your paint booth at the weekends, when not in use? Just booth and air feed needed, I have gun, mask etc.

It would be handy having access to a booth, when I need to 2K the top coat and clear.

cheers

steve

 

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