warch Posted April 11, 2021 Share Posted April 11, 2021 My Land Rover is MoT exempt, so I am responsible for its roadworthiness. I was aware that the chassis was getting a bit crusty, but it seemed strong enough, it towed a two ton trailer earlier this year, retrieved a Hilux Crew Cab out of a ditch and towed my Dad's Land Rover to the menders (see Ask a Shiter). This last expedition, undertaken unwisely using a tow strop rather than the more mechanically sympathetic (and legal) towing bar spelt the final straw for the rear crossmember. See below, note the angle of the tow ball. The bottom of the crossmember and the last four or five inches of the main chassis on one side were also dubious. Luckily one of my bestest mates is an car bodywork repairman, with elite welding skillz so we decided to give the whole thing a closer examination, just to make sure a new chassis wasn't required. Things started sensibly with the removal of the roof, which thanks to laziness and previously snapped bolts was held on with only a handful of fasteners so took about ten minutes to remove. We then got a bit carried away. Surprisingly the chassis wasn't that bad. Bear in mind the last time the chassis had seen the light of day, the Beatles were busy breaking America and Cassius Clay hadn't changed his name yet. We did find some comedy welding though which I'll photograph for posterity. I've ordered the replacement chassis parts and a few odds and sods, but it should be a quick* and easy* repair job. I might tart it up a bit with some new parts too and respray it to annoy those annoying people who use the word patina a lot. Crackers, Minimad5, 500tops and 32 others 34 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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