Buying a Series Land Rover
Running and maintaining a Series Land Rover
is comparable to that of many other imported vehicles.
There are stockists of spares available and, if time permits,
cheaper spares can often be imported or sourced on the
internet. But do not buy into a restoration project unless
you are prepared for a significant financial committment.
While your time may be free, and the vehicles are legendary
in their ease of owner servicablity, cheap parts can be
troublesome to find.
The check list below is not exhaustive.
Just the major points to look out for when buying a Series
1. Check ownership
Obvious but you need to do it if not purchasing
through a dealer.
2. Service history
Who serviced and repaired it and what was
done recently? Receipts?
Check it carefully for rust at all support
points e.g. springs and outriggers. Check for underseal
covering over weak spots. A little welding OK but a new
chassis is a major undertaking. Vehicle should not lean
to one side on level ground - weak springs
Get under the vehicle and check amount of
turn in the prop shafts. If more than a quarter turn then
worn differential. Clonks and vibration when driving indicates
worn prop shaft joints.
Check all electrical items work - lights,horn
Corrosion usual where aluminium meets steel
e.g. body mountings to chassis. Check it's not serious
Should be road legal. Check tyre walls for
bulges and cuts if vehicle has been used offroad much
8. Road Test
Release clutch slowly with handbrake full
on. Engine should try to stall. If not, clutch is worn.
If vehicle moves, handbrake faulty.
Check 4wd works correctly.
Check colour of exhaust - blue is worn engine,
black worn or badly tuned carbuettor/injectors.
Listen carefully for unusual noises from transmission,
engine and gearbox.
9. Oil leaks
All Series Land Rovers drip engine oil on
standing. LIVE WITH IT and invest in an oil mat.
Regard the above points as focusses for