It’s been 5 years since we bought our series and during this time its been fairly trouble free and so much fun. The maintenance and gradual refurbishment has been going along as a running project up to now, but this year I took the decision to miss out the annual MOT take her off the road.
In The garage and ready for a well overdue refurbishment, I’m not doing a complete rebuild or restore here; I’m simply going to strip her down replace and repair anything that’s amiss and then put her back together hopefully back on the road for the spring and maybe a few shows: She was such an original Landy bare any normal fixtures such as door tops etc. Personally knowing her history was an added bonus. I would like her kept as original as possible for as long as possible I’m still out on a decision to paint when done here I’m quite a fan of patina on an honest landy.
I’m not a mechanic although I have had some training I only do stuff I know I can do anything beyond my limits; I never hesitate in giving someone with experience a shout, then I know its done right and I get to learn a bit more in the process. So what you get from this is up to you its by no means an instructional blog of any sort, if I ever come across any decent videos on tube relating to work I’m doing Ill happily share the links here, hopefully the blog will be of use to someone, as always if anyone has any suggestions or alternative ways of doing stuff give us a shout as its always interesting and educational.
Decided to start with the front end especially as the main goals are up front anyway: Footwells, Steering box and relay and Inspections of Chassis, bulkhead, engine mountings, engine and gearbox seals and a general engine bay clean up as the wings are off there are a few things Ill needless do regardless whilst I have the opportunity.
Battery disconnected and removed prior to anything; Ill leave fuel in place for now but will drain and remove later if I end up working around that area further down the road, I’ve got no leaks in the system so, for now, I’m happy to work around it. Bonnet off grill and bumper plate removed.
1/ There four bolts connecting the wing to the central grill panel.
2/ Two down on the chassis.
3/ One sometimes overlooked is a brace to the chassis.
4/ At he rear of the wing two bolts at the top to the bulkhead.
5/ Then four captive bolts connect the wing vertically to the bulkhead.6/ Two more at the bottom attached to the seal
Note: You only need to remove two of the four bolts the top and bottom
the centre two bolts just loosen off to release the wing. The wing has slots which slide over the bolts rather than a direct fit;
Lift wing up and away from the vehicle to slide it out from the fixings.
handy for a foothold when reattaching later.
Once I started to remove the mud and oil build up I have to say I was delighted at what I found. This side of the vehicle the chassis and bulkhead are in really good condition and solid with no repairs required, I will clean all this up properly and hopefully, nothing else will become apparent. The footwell now clearly visible and much easier to get to. Next, I disconnected the brake and clutch lines and removed them from the footwell ensure you seal or cover the hose ends and female connections on brake and clutch lines so as to avoid damp or dust entering.