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    Time for a Re-fit

    G'day all,

    I thought I might post a few pics along the way while I tinker with my 88 this year. Time for the 45-year service. I've been hankering to get stuck in for ages, and finally got going on the weekend. I've grown tired of numerous layers of paint of different colours (several of them being my doing), all looking shabbier by the year. So....it's back to metal and then back to the original Bronze Green. While I'm there, I'm going to pull the body off, tidy up the chassis, throw in a new spring or two and...and...etc etc.....

    I'll post a few pics here of the old girl on Saturday when I started slapping the paint stripper about. Looking at the old Bronze Green, I wondered why some past owner had ever taken to the idea of painting the vehicle a horrible yellow...........

    Watch this space...

    Cheers,

    John

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    Looking forward to this thread, something I will be looking to do a DBG respray in the future sometime.

    Do you have much bog in your panels?

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    Ah...Bronze green. That should look a lot better than that pukey series 3 colour.

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    Quote Originally Posted by series3 View Post
    Looking forward to this thread, something I will be looking to do a DBG respray in the future sometime.

    Do you have much bog in your panels?
    No, actually, they're pretty clean. A little in the front guards, as you can probably see in the second pic I posted....but they are not too bad. The rear tub is pretty close to perfect. I took the paint off it the day after doing the front panels and it is all nice bright clean alloy.

    There's a bit of rust and bog in the bulkhead, and the door frames...and I got rid of the rusty doortops ages ago (actually, I took them out last summer on the day one disintegrated all over a mate when he slammed the door).

    When I get those guards cleaned right down, I'll know a bit more. Some dents I am inclined to just leave, rather than fill, as I am not exactly planning a concours vehicle and just want her to look original (rather than pristine) again.

    Thanks for the reply and I'll post more down the track.

    John

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    Righto, it's all coming to pieces bit by bit. Took the old girl out for a little drive this morning, as pretty soon she'll be immobile. Actually, as each panel disappears, she's more fun to drive.....

    Pulled off the bullbar on Saturday and the dumbirons are a pretty grim sight. Soon we'll have the rest of the body off, have a really good look at the chassis....and go from there. The more I see of old traces of Bronze Green, the more I can't believe anybody would have painted over it all those years and owners ago. By the time I bought the Landy, she was bright yellow and white and looked like a boiled lolly. I repainted her Camino Gold. I'm not sure why, but I did.

    At night now, I have dreams where the whole world is Bronze Green. I can't wait.....

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    Whoops. Forgot the photos....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnno1969 View Post
    Whoops. Forgot the photos....
    I have done similar, and it feels so free. I drive with out door tops, or a roof most of the time and taking off the doors, bonnet or rear tub is the next best thing to extra freedom. Re:no rear tub, scary going down a hill in the rain towards a pedestrian crossing with some ignorant fool just walking without looking. Not a lot of rear weight. Is was getting a gas tank fitted and converting to flat tray)

    Love your seats. What are they from? They look too high in the back to be LR.

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    Yep, sometimes I think it's a shame that we need panels at all. I'd love to see how coolly the engine would run on a long trip in summer with no guards on the vehicle....

    Come to think of it, how much cooler would I be? That firewall gets a bit warm usually.

    The seats are out of a Valiant. Probably a VH or VJ or something. 70's vintage anyway. I put them in the Landy back in 1991. They're comfy, but starting to show their age. I'm actually looking to change them, as one drawback of the Valiant seats is that they are BIG and they kind of fill up the front of the cabin. I am looking to replace them with some County or Defender seats: a better fit and, well, they're from Land Rovers. I am not doing a restoration, and I'd prefer seats with headrests - so I think something out of a later model Landy would be the go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnno1969 View Post
    Righto, it's all coming to pieces bit by bit. Took the old girl out for a little drive this morning, as pretty soon she'll be immobile. Actually, as each panel disappears, she's more fun to drive.....

    Pulled off the bullbar on Saturday and the dumbirons are a pretty grim sight. Soon we'll have the rest of the body off, have a really good look at the chassis....and go from there. The more I see of old traces of Bronze Green, the more I can't believe anybody would have painted over it all those years and owners ago. By the time I bought the Landy, she was bright yellow and white and looked like a boiled lolly. I repainted her Camino Gold. I'm not sure why, but I did.

    At night now, I have dreams where the whole world is Bronze Green. I can't wait.....
    Yeah, trouble is...

    The bits are finishing up as garden ornaments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wally View Post
    Yeah, trouble is...

    The bits are finishing up as garden ornaments.

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    Luckily I have a mate keeping an eye on it. If something like that happened, he'd surely let me know....

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