WHERE IT ALL STARTED
Land Rovers and I go way back.
My love for them started from a young age. I would always tag along to club meetings, excursions and rallies with my Dad and Leon.
Fast forward a few years and I had the opportunity to get my hands on a 1957 series 1, almost a family heirloom
and I was proud to call it my own. It was old and batted having had a hard life on the farm in Gisborne, so patina started to show.
We were finally ready to bring it down to Wellington and moved quickly to strip right back to a bare chassis. Chassis was dip stripped and usual rusts spots repaired, galvanized and then painted.
I made my way onto the bulkhead which was also dip stripped but came back worse than anticipated. I ended up making my own tooling and jigging to complete.
Headlight panel, bulkhead and a few other pieces painted the original colour, RAF Blue.
Everything galvanized was galvanized again. Gearbox rebuilt and whole bunch of other stuff. I am yet to recondition the engine and a few more things here and there but I’ll hopefully have it ticking along again soon...
John Barraud - owner of JOHN BUILT