The price of a Series
Land Rover generally reflects it's condition rather
than it's age. An older model can be more expensive
simply because a higher degree of restoration
has been undertaken.
Land Rovers often lead a hard life: condition
of paintwork and body are not necessarily
indicators of poor reliability. Appearance is
Whilst most of the body is aluminium, the engine
bulkhead, chassis, door pillars and door tops are steel and corrode.These areas
need to be inspected to determine if welding and/or
replacement is needed.
Chassis condition is critical to health.
The outriggers and the rear cross member are most often corroded. 88" models have
most corrosion in the rear of the chassis.
The Land Rover Series diesel and petrol 2.25litre
engines will run for well over 100,000 miles (160,000km).
Engine tuning for the petrol engine is not difficult
and only when oil consumption is significant is
an engine rebuild necessary. Listen to the engine
for low knocking sounds (worn crankshaft bearings).
If present, then an engine rebuild is recommended.
A worn diesel engine will produce increasing pressure
of emissions when the crankcase breather is removed
and the engine revs gradually increased. In severe
cases oil drops may be thrown out (rebuild needed).
If a diesel engine smokes from a standing start
then fuel injectors are faulty of badly
A 'grabbing' or 'slipping' clutch suggests
replacement and 'vibration' or 'juddering' suggests
worn propshaft, universal joints, engine mountings or differential.
Check the gearbox doesn't jump out of 2nd
or 3rd when the accelerator pressed and released
repeatedly whilst driving. A replacement Land
Rover gearbox is generally the better option if
available due to the time and effort of repair.
Series 2 gearboxes are stronger than Series 3.
Check the 4wd mechanism works correctly.
Check for a worn differential by trying
to turn the prop shaft by hand when the vehicle
has the wheels securely chocked and the handbrake
off. One quarter turn is the most allowed, otherwise
replace the diff.
Expect a little free play in the steering but the need for constant correction whilst driving
indicates worn components.
The chromium-plated swivel housings should
not be badly pitted. They are expensive and time
consuming to replace.
The brakes should work but are easily repaired
and adjusted. Check the flexible hoses for cracks
and the pipes for corrosion.
Springs should be of even thickness throughout
and the Land Rover should sit level on flat ground.
Rear shackles should be at 45 degrees and
the front ones nearly vertical.
For more details on the points to check, visit
the series123.com Series
2 Land Rover buyer's guide.
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