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We’re almost done with the HEV Rover Phase 1.

The goal of this first phase was to tear down the body into panel level-parts for painting, and to isolate the original Series III frame, engine, transmission, axles, and wheels, which we will sell to a Land Rover hobbyist for their own historically accurate restoration project.

Our goal is not to be historically accurate, but to create a viable, high-performance daily driver. So once we part ways with the original rolling chassis setup, we’ll begin building a new rig from the ground up that will eventually receive the original, but repainted, body panels.

One neat thing about early Land Rovers is their simplicity. What we’re left with here is essentially a stand-alone, rolling chassis that you could mount any kind of body and passenger cabin to. This is very unlike modern vehicles where the passenger cabin and frame are usually integrated into one assembly. This modularity certainly creates some structural redundancy which contributes to overall vehicle weight, but from a project perspective it makes for a very adaptable platform.

The new rig will essentially be the same architecture, but the new frame will be galvanized for corrosion resistance, and will have modern Land Rover axles with disk brakes and coil-spring suspension.

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