29th March 2018
The restoration of #614A is proceeding very rapidly now.
Suffix A fuel cap is one of the rarest items
front mudflaps were officially available as a dealer-fit option since October 1972, but always a legal requirement in some countries like Finland
Fitting the windscreen is a bit easier before roof panel installation
the body panel here is dusty, they were painted already in 2016 and will need more work for perfect shine.
The already well performing engine has got new bearings, piston rings, timing gear, camshafts, lifters, oil pump etc. Carburetters were rebuilt, new clutch assembly fitted, radiator re-cored and the list goes on.
The chassis was sandblasted and box sections waxoyled before respray. All suspension, brake and drive train components were restored preserving as much originality as possible and using correct type new parts where needed:
Engine, transmission as well as the front and rear axles are all numbered.
Knowing all of the previous owners it can be said for certain that they are the original components.
The factory didn’t keep records of the engine numbers fitted but engine no 3833 fits perfectly with the total of than 3000+ RHD cars built by end of 1971 and our LHD chassis number 614
Always well kept, still with original moulded floor mats and near perfect rear seat in Palomino PVC – the only available interior for the first years of production.
The front seats were covered in vinyl in the 90’s – not a bad attempt but now redone in correct shape and colour:
original chassis plate and restored instrument pinnacle
new spare keys, including the one for extreme emergency situations…
Classic Folio in leather, for the documents
original service book
Tekniikan Maailma magazine from 1972 with comparison road test against Ford Bronco, Toyota Land Cruiser, Jeep Wagoneer and GAZ 69M(!) The Masai Red Range Rover came on top with most criteria, no winner announced.
completion Spring 2018. yes, finally.
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