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Classic Buyers guide for '73 Suffix B

Discussion in 'Range Rover' started by Flat 6, Oct 13, 2018.

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  1. Flat 6

    Flat 6 Member

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    Hey all,

    As the owner of a '75 Landy, I'm usually found lurking over on the Series zone but I'm going to look at a Suffix B Range Rover tomorrow.

    Anything in particular I should be paying attention to? I've been owning and working on all sorts of classics for 30 yrs so know the generalities but interested in specific rust areas, mechanical pointers and any really hard to find trim items. It definitely needs a headlining but these look to be available at c.£400.

    Anyone published a good overall buyers guide I can access?

    Thanks in advance!

    Al.
     
  2. Ratae

    Ratae Well-Known Member

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    Might be worth a read: http://www.range-rover-classic.com/...-Year---VIN-Suffix-B---Released:-January-1973

    As a generalisation of RRCs rust, rust & more rust & bad repairs to rust.
    All the underpanels on the RRC are steel as are the tailgates & the bonnet so have a good crawl around underneath with a good torch & a pointy thing. Lots of fresh underseal would sound big alarm bells.
    If the old headliner is present & the backer isn't trashed it can be re-trimmed & there are some very good 'how tos' on LZ. It isn't difficult. Did mine earlier this year with material & adhesive from Martrim & IIRC cost me round £70.
     
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    ukadamwest Well-Known Member

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    i have a suffix A in restoration process

    inner wings, light boxes battery tray, sills inner and outer, A and B pillars, rear cross member, rear wheel arches, rear loalso check the sliding windows. the rubbers are very hard to find. so if you need to take out the sliding windows rescus the rubber, bonnets can go as wellad floor sides all rust areas. as well as the footwell, which will probably have a few layers of weld over repairs. i would be suprised if they dont all need doing. the rear exposed hinge tailgate is getting hard to find in decent condition. the windscreen pillars can go as well. they are the usual points for the body shell. .

    chassis. the rear legs where it curves down can rot from the inside out. outriggers can be corroded. but all in all, its just welding !

    mechanically, iparts are obtainable and not that difficult to source. you have to decide what your objective is. do you want a full factory restoration or do you want to have a classic that is usable? or is it going to be a fun use only classic?
     
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