Chassis # 31600162C
Year: 1966
Model: 88" Station Wagon (RHD).

Date of build: 10 February 1966.

Origin destination: Invercarron for Nepal, 17 February 1966.

December 2006: This is a historic LAND-ROVER is now completed and has made its maiden voyage around the streets of Livermore, CA.

As you can see from some of the photos, this vehicle was stripped 100%, right down to every nut and bolt. Each nut and bolt was then cleaned, touched up, then re-plated for use in the restoration. All hardware received the same treatment.  As we stripped the vehicle we found NO rust anywhere! We couldn't believe how good of condition this LAND-ROVER was in. The rear cross-member on the chassis was straightened, then sandblasted and powder coated gloss black... looking very impressive when completed. All other parts that were black when new received the same treatment, the quality is far superior than the baked enamel used in England. The firewall was near perfect, and it too was powder coated, along with the rest of the body work in the original shade of Green. This was done by MAAS Bros in Livermore. The body, which for the most part wasn't bad, it surely wasn't perfect. Left side damage required a new LH/Rear outer fender panel. Attaching it was the difficult part, as it was not only riveted, but spot welded when new. Mark Cassimus of Cassimus Co came to the rescue, as he had the ability to spot weld the panel like Solihull did when new. Both front wing outer panels (fenders) were full of bondo, so these too have been replaced.

Under the hood: We found a tired but running 2.25L Petrol engine, the original. When we took it apart we found the big-end bearing clapped out, and the mains not far behind. The crank was hence ground/machined and refitted. Cylinders needed boring +.040" to clean up, and new Hepolite pistons fitted. The cylinder head was decked, and overhauled with hard seats and late model exhaust valves. The Solex carb was, like most things, not that bad, and after a bit of machining was like new. Prior to the All British Car Meet In September 2006, we pushed the switch and the little 4-banger burst to life... it runs like a watch!

The gearbox and transfer needed a bit of work too, receiving numerous bearings, gears and such. The axles, hubs, and brake system was all overhauled and brought back to new genuine condition... including oil leaks! Stops them from rusting.

The wheels too were blasted and coated in green, and 6.50x16" Firestones knobbies fitted with tubes.

Inside: Under the dash lurks a new replacement wiring harness, and new lamps on all corners (the originals were beyond use or repair, but we saved them).  Now we're waiting to fit some new seat cushions up front, the originals showing their age, while the four rear seats were refitted with EXMOOR Trim seats & door panels... due to their condition. And YES, we will save the original seats and trim.

As to its future, the Dalai Lama Foundation is considering options as to its sale in the near future, which will benefit the organization.  I hope to see  His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama see and possibly drive it once again... time will tell.

Left: The badge!

Left: October and the bed has been fitted, waiting for Cassimus to spot weld it.
Left: October 2006.
Left: December 2006
Left: December 2006
SOLD November 12th, 2007 on for $82,100.00 US. 

76833 views on ebay and 11 bids.