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Santana developed a 6 cylinder version of Rover's 2,286cc engine with a capacity of 3,429cc


Last Updated 9/27/07

Michael Williams' 1971 Series IIA Land Rover Station Wagon

Series IIA
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Series IIA engine

The Series 2a engine compartment before and after the Land Rover's restoration.

Series IIa engine

Michael purchased his Series IIA Land Rover around June of 2003, started the restoration towards the end of September of 2003; with the Land Rover basically finished almost exactly one year later. He did the restoration with his friend Sam, a master mechanic and his cousin Chris, a then engineering student. Michael rented a warehouse; they turned this into an automotive shop and the group just got to work on the admirable task of transforming a tired Series II land Rover into a concourse example of the marque.
Michael has been a huge Land Rover fan for years. It was the Land Rover Series IIA's simplistic, pure Land Rover-ness that really appealed to him - no black boxes or computer chips anywhere in sight (although Michael did subsequently add electronic ignition). It went from initially being just a simple clean-up to a complete frame-up rebuild with awesome results.

Having removed the body from the chassis, the Land Rover was effectively reduced to a pile of parts. It was decided that a new chassis was needed, so, after one arrived from Atlantic British, it was coated in rust resistant paint and the rebuild began.

The Series 2286 engine is renowned for its longevity and reliability and comparatively little work needed doing on it, other than renewing gaskets and rebuilding the carburettor. Replacing the ring gear on the flywheel proved a bit problematic however.

Airplane Stripper was carefully used to remove the old paint from the bodywork then professionally painted in Pastel green 38504A and Limestone 46251 typical of a Series Land Rover. Equally professional, was Michael's approach to getting all the glossy black bits, instruments, wiring and galvanised trim refurbished.

Michael's website documents the entire restoration process in three photographic albums: before ,during and after completion. There are also specific technical articles related to particular aspects of the restoration and for US residents there are some useful links to suppliers of materials and tools needed for a similar undertaking.

Thanks Michael
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