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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Rich, second item down on the left hand side of page 13 of the current issue 67 of CLR, is the ideal Christmas present for Baby k (or even for Daddy k.)
Geoff, the same issue features the complete restoration of a Stage 1 in Belgium.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
My copy arrived this morning but not had time to read the article yet, though of course I noticed what was on the cover immediately. I did blu tack the free calendar up on my garage wall though - never done that before, but then there's never been a pic of a Stage 1 included on any of the calendars before. And on the covers of both CLR and the Club mag the same month! Is something afoot? Recognition at last?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
That is a seriously nice looking Stage 1. I'd be scared to drive something that nice on our crowded roads.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
How about this one then? I just took it 100 miles up the M1 to Leeds on Monday with no problem, which gave the V8 a good blow out. With pressure of time removed, returned home via the Peak District and Derbyshire Dales, which in turn gave the springs a good workout. (This was my lunch stop):

Untitled by Geoff172, on Flickr
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Very nice Geoff
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I saw just one Kevin the carrot ad tonight. He's still in the same predicament. Episode 2 must be coming soon.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 9:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks Paul. Read the article. Wasn't very interesting. Owner's a professional mechanic (works for Ford, drives a Land Rover Smile ) and any Stage One, in fact any Land Rover, saved from the scrap heap is a good thing, but personally none of the various tarting ups he'd done were to my taste and I don't think it could be described as a concours restoration (and John Carroll did use the word) Oh and I've driven these things for over 20 years and never felt the need for power steering - in fact, at 70mph, which a V8 can easily do, in a long wheel base Land Rover, I'm not sure I would want lighter steering. Basically, I really like Stage Ones just the way they were originally built, but a lot of owners always seem to be trying to 'improve' them - just buy a disco ffs! Here's what I think is a really nice Stage One complete restoration done by a chap in Gainsborough who's on the Stage One forum and which I think was also featured in CLR a while ago:

https://www.stage1v8.org.uk/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=987&start=150
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Alan, thanks for the present hints. Iíll take a look. Smile

On the subject of tarting up landies, I was perusing youtube this evening and there was a feature from an American company who had rebuilt a Series 3 109. It looked very nice and they had clearly put a lot of time and money into it. However, when they explained what theyíd done, it was a basically a 110 with a 109 body. It had a coil sprung chassis, disc brakes, a Tdi engine, power steering and a modern interior taken from a Defender. Aside from the series 3 look, it was a Defender. It even had Defender wheel arches!
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Got a link, Rich?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2018 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Will try to find it again... Smile
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
YouTube History?
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 8:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Found it in my watch history. The iPad wonít let me copy and paste a link for some reason (user issue I suspect... Embarassed ) but if you search Land Rover Series 3 Restomod, itís a dark green 109 with wolf wheels.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks Rich. Short watch but, for a relative (though not strict) purist, I must say I thought it looked pretty good. The only thing that offended me was that steering wheel - guess I'm not so conscious, or protective, of period details if it's not a Stage 1. The Wolf wheels I thought, for example, looked better on this than on that Stage 1 (although I've seen a Stage 1 restoration done in New Hampshire that looked great with Wolf wheels, but it wasn't a SW) and the small wheel arch eyebrows weren't too intrusive. Bet they'll be asking a fortune for it. The Yanks are crazy about Land Rovers Smile

http://findclassicars.com/geo/55366-1981-land-rover-series-3-109-v8-restored.html
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 08, 2018 5:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Personally I have nothing against 'upgrading' a historic vehicle, but at least be up front about it. To my mind a restoration should be as true to the original as possible - although sometimes safety, regulations and lack of genuine parts get in the way.
I love to see Landys either way if they have been done well.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I donít see the YouTube example as a restoration but a hybrid. Coil springs, Tdi engine, disc brakes, Defender interior, extended wheel arches, not really a Series 3 restoration as such.

No harm in upgrading but not in keeping with how it came from the factory. Although that is part of the appeal of landies... Smile
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