Fulfilling a promise of love, Alec and Jan Forman document the progress of a special project. The full restoration of their legendary Land Rover Series III, back to factory. The same one that not only took them on an epic overland adventure in 1977 [/], but has remained a family legend ever since.
All wrapped up and a moment for refreshment, we waved a “see you later” to our legendary Land Rover Series 3. What a sight to see, as we think back over the years of its formidable history.
With winter festivities behind us and some early signs of spring, the flowers in our garden blooming, we eased back into our dismantle efforts. Focusing our attention on the rear living space in our legend.
Alec takes on the bulkhead before the winter season. Once removed the Land Rover surely looks very different.
Alec successfully removes all the old wiring, job done. An interesting comparison with today's modern Land Rover models.
Alec struggles to free the stubborn steering wheel column. Step by step progress gets us closer to our restoration plans.
Alec and Jesse cautiously hoisted the 500lb Perkins out of the engine compartment and rested it on supporting planks of wood, which lay on the exposed chassis.
Removing the headlights themselves was fairly easy to do, as the majority of the components crumbled in our hands after years of corrosion and likely a mixture of Sahara sand.
Working hard on that particular day of our adventure, the gearbox of our Series returned the favour as we shifted our focus on removing it from the bellhousing. Stubborn nuts and bolts refused to budge from all awkward angles.
Our process, whether right or wrong and very much reliant on our energy levels, basically was to pick a spot and start loosening bolts and fasteners. Alec likes to refer to Land Rovers, strictly the original Series models, as big Meccano sets — easily adaptable to bolt on modifications and accessories.