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Thread: ...so, I meant to start this build thread about 3 years ago. 1992 RRC SWB overlanding

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    Default ...so, I meant to start this build thread about 3 years ago. 1992 RRC SWB overlanding

    Long story short (as I can make it).

    I've always loved the look of the Range Rover Classic and planned long ago to restore one as my daily driver. About 4/5 years ago I purchased a 1992 RRC from an eBay seller. The vehicle was in really good shape so to make it my daily driver, I planned on a color change and interior refresh. I imagined the project would be completed in a year or less.

    At the time, I drove a Wrangler Rubicon and planned on passing it to my daughter when she graduated college (about two years later) and drive the Classic.

    Fast forward about 1 1/2 years and the RRC was nowhere close and my daughter's Exterra was falling apart.

    "Daddy, maaaybe I could get "RubiC" a little early..." I was ok with this but had no car myself.

    Plan B. Buy a late model RR Sport, pass RubiC to my daughter, complete the RRC resto, sell the RR Sport, drive the RRC daily; all good.

    She got the Rubicon, RRC wasnt done until a year later and I kinda liked the supercharged Sport.

    So, fast forward and now I had the RRC and it looked beautiful. What to do...Overlanding vehicle build!

    The earliest pictures I can find are: (after color change and at the upholstery shop. "OEM" at this point):

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    Years ago I restored a 1976 HJ45 (thread in the Landcruiser section) and will add as many pictures I can find to this thread to show the journey of this build.


    End result spoiler:

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    Totally following this thread.......stoked to see the transformation.
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    Wow, from what you posted that look very nice. Curious to learn more about what you did for re upholstering as I have not seen anyone go to that length on RRC at this point. Did they redo all the carpeting or just the door panels? Looks factory fresh! How was the body re. rust?

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    I did replace all the carpet and added new leather to seats and panels. I'd planned on this being by daily driver for many years so I figured I'd "do it right". I was inspired by the work on the Kinglseycars website (the white one).

    There was no rust on the car (other than minor surface rust underneath) except a small area on the passenger side floor-pan at a seam. This was cut out and new metal welded in.

    A few pictures of the finished interior: (3rd picture shows back AND after I took the back seats out and began adding expedition "stuff". In the grey box is a 120v inverter and amp for music)).

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    Challenge: this project took so long, my pictures are scattered on three computers...

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    ...a few shots of the (first ) engine.

    Original 3.9, fully rebuilt and refinished (powder coated; black and clear) on the outside (note lower right hint of ARB compressor):

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    Wow that is clean. Totally new front end?

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    It's the original front end but all restored.

    Here are a few pictures of the underneath.

    At this point, the suspension was "stock" with the addition of ARB air lockers, front and rear:

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    ...a few shots of the console area before modifications. I thought I wanted a build in navigation unit so that was the plan; (pictures to come soon).

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    And this is basically what the Classic looked like after the "it was going to be my daily driver" restoration:

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    Excited to get all the details on this.
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    The first additions were to add air lockers, remove the rear seats and add drawers, fridge and sound system/navigation.

    Aux battery and C-Tek D250S and Smartpass and solar were added. I can't say enough about this system. I've had several others and this one, genuinely keeps everything at peak. (It's a little tricky to see in the pictures. If interested, I can take better pictures)

    A cubby was built and added to the dash for the Pioneer Apple Carplay unit and the air locker/compressor switches were installed where the original radio head unit was located.

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    FrontRunner roof rack, AluCab roof top tent and Shadow-awn up next.

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