Buying guide

The dreaded tinworm is the main problem.

Seemingly sound vehicles can be so full of rot that nothing short of a new chassis can rectifiy the problems.

Footwells,

Door pillars,

Outriggers,

Rear crossmember,

Spring hangers front and rear,

Main chassis rails,

Area under upper windscreen,

 

Also look out for bodged repairs.


See the pictures below for some examples of the above:

This was quite a reasonable looking Landrover when bought the odd bit of rot here and there but unfortunately the repairs had been bodged.


As you can see, this outrigger had been welded on top of about three other repair patches, the first of which was in no state to take the weight of the outrigger let alone the body.This sort of bodging is dangerous.


This is what was left underneath.There is no strength left in the area around the shock absorber.


As you can see the quality of this repair to the upper hinge on the door piller is not up to standard even though it did not look that bad when covered in filler and paint.


As you can see this is no way to weld an outrigger onto the chassis. Anybody that says that they can weld an outrigger properly without removing the floor is wrong.Not only is it weak and unsafe but the gap allows water in to keep the tin worm going.


As you can see the quality of this repair to the upper hinge on the door piller is not up to standard even though it did not look that bad when covered in filler and paint.


As you can see this is no way to weld an outrigger onto the chassis. Anybody that says that they can weld an outrigger properly without removing the floor is wrong.Not only is it weak and unsafe but the gap allows water in to keep the tin worm going.