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Series 3 Chassis replacement

Discussion in 'Series Land Rovers' started by ChrisnCareyAnn, Feb 7, 2020.

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  1. ChrisnCareyAnn

    ChrisnCareyAnn Member

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    Well, I am a little confused. Searching for a galv chassis for the S3 has thrown up far fewer than I had thought. Marsden seemingly don't but will in the future, Shielder have gone 90/110, so I'm left with Richards and the thick end of 2228, delivered to Cornwall(£324 !!), bog standard without bolt on crossmember, etc. I've asked for a quote from Designachassis(?) but don't expect it to be any cheaper. Thank God the bulkhead's clean! Anyone come across any cheaper?
     
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    I would have thought anything under £3k was just supply, when i last checked fit was another 2-3k so a chassis swap was nearer £5k, could be wrong but looking at other jobs £3k doesn't go far. Chatting to a guy with a new Jaguar, 3 yr service - up-grade to sat nav and infotaiment software - £1600! There's a lot of wires and brake lines to re-run plus axles, engine and body fixings.
     
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    How much was you expecting to pay? That's sounds about right to me. Another 3k for a third party to fit it and that's providing nothing else needs doing such as new springs etc.

    Col
     
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    Why not repair the old one you can get just about all the sections (with a few notable exceptions).
    Get some iron and a welder and away you go, loads cheaper.........
     
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    Somewhere on the web there's a vidoe by a guy who bought a dog of Defender / 90 - three foot of chassis was dust, and realised he had to decide between loosing his money or learning to weld. He goes for the welding and does a really good job. He draws out the repair sections on a PC, gets them laser cut and welds them in. I can't find it now, if I do I'll post the link.
     
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    Yeah, wasn't expecting it to be much cheaper, tbh just seeing if I'd missed anything. The delivery charge, however, BURNS.
    As to repairing, then yes; for my other S2a project, I'll be doing the learning and fixing, but for the S3, I want daily driver levels of reliability and fit'n'forget galv chassis makes sense to me. I might well contact the Liskeard ebay listing and have a chat about supply only cost. Thanks for all the replies.
     
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    Lol I think that might be an oxymoron:D
     
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    They have a premises so might be worth stopping by at some point if you're passing.
     
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    Yeah, as I was typing this, I had a little laugh. I should say that ALL my cars are old... sorry, "classics", so my definition of "daily driver reliability" is not excessively demanding. But if I can replace unreliable parts and do some careful upgrades in order to reduce the number of occasion I have to scramble under the chassis or into the engine bay, then I'll call that a win. To give context; I once had a bearing fail on my old Freight Rover that mashed up the stub axle. As a stopgap measure I filed down the gouged up surface, bolted everything back together and drove about, on tenterhooks until a friend found a stub axle assembly for me. I put this in the van and thought, "I'll just wait until it starts to grumble, then I'll fit the replacement. 7 YEARS later, I gave the van to a friend with the words," Oh, there's a spare stub axle in the back in case you ever need it"! That's who I am...
     
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    I too have opeted for "several old cars = one new" in terms of reliability and its a lot less cost. Of course there is a degree of pre-emptive planing - putting a few spares by "just in case"
     
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    Yeah, I have enough classic Fiat Panda spares to build 2 new ones! Landy spares starting to build up too. At least the Series parts are pretty easy to source; Panda bits are getting a bit more like Gold dust...
     
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    Bit late but could not find the info till today Bristol company so closer too you.
     

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    Thanks, I'll check them out.
     
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