LHD LR S1 86 1955 - Time to get things right

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline HUT50

  • LRSOC Member
  • Location: NORMANDY - MANCHE
  • Posts: 10
Hello from Normandy, North Cotentin near Cherbourg,
Time to get things right, in fact time to give a new youth to my LHD LAND ROVER Serie 1 86 from 1955, serial number 57131060.
Date of first registration was the 1st january 1955 in Swizerland, Fribourg Canton.
I bought it in 2005 from a French LAND ROVER Dealer who intended to restore it to make money, but three months later he had to invest to improve his business, he had to sell the 86 as he bought it, I was lucky to be the first to get it .... so I think.
The 86 was used in a farm during 50 years by the same owner, there are some electrical arrangements which aren't genuine but nothing too hard to fix, a swiss homemade cabin which will be removed  to be replace with the hood or a hard top (may be if I can find one ... will see).
Since 2005, I was not able to take care of the 86, she spend all the time till now in a garage away from the pangs of mother nature.
Never the less, the engine refuse to start after a so long inaction period, it will be fixed with the help of a specialised vintage english cars garage not so far from my home ; I'm not a mechanic so knowing my limits I prefer prudence to preserve the 86.
Now, retirement for me  is in place, and now I have time to spend for the good of the 86. I've made a ton of photos to learn, compare with the LAND ROVER books (parts and workshop), I've made progress in electrics, and I learn a lot on the LRSOC forum.
I hope this introduction was not to painful to read, I'll be delighted to read all the things you have to say about your experiences and knowledges and what could be my  restoration path.
Have a good day.
Best Regards
Pascal

Offline HUT50

  • LRSOC Member
  • Location: NORMANDY - MANCHE
  • Posts: 10
Re: LHD LR S1 86 1955 - Time to get things right
Reply #1 - Sep 13, 2022 - 18:21
More photos
1 Thank you.

Offline Jules

  • LRSOC Member
  • Location: Warwickshire, UK
  • Posts: 754
Re: LHD LR S1 86 1955 - Time to get things right
Reply #2 - Sep 13, 2022 - 20:20
Hello, welcome to all things series 1.
Your Land Rovers looks to be a very straight vehicle and the mechanicals look very original. Good luck with getting it running. Iím really intrigued by the metal bar/bracket on the accelerator pedal?
Have fun.
Jules

Offline Calum Trade Advertiser

  • LRSOC Member
  • Location: Calderdale, W Yorks
  • Posts: 79
Re: LHD LR S1 86 1955 - Time to get things right
Reply #3 - Sep 13, 2022 - 21:06
Hello, welcome to all things series 1.
Your Land Rovers looks to be a very straight vehicle and the mechanicals look very original. Good luck with getting it running. Iím really intrigued by the metal bar/bracket on the accelerator pedal?
Have fun.
Jules
Looks like a battery clamp?

Welcome Pascal! Looks like a nice motor!

Offline tsmith

  • LRSOC Member
  • Location: Pound Ridge, New York, USA
  • Posts: 591
Re: LHD LR S1 86 1955 - Time to get things right
Reply #4 - Sep 13, 2022 - 21:41
That's a great find. Enjoy the restoration. I have the same electric defroster on my Morgan and it actually works when nothing else will.

Offline Eddy Camerlinck

  • LRSOC Member
  • Location: Lembeke Belgium
  • Posts: 918
Re: LHD LR S1 86 1955 - Time to get things right
Reply #5 - Sep 14, 2022 - 07:06
Welcome.... Lovely truck you have... Why change the cab setup ... It looks perfect to me and is probably part of the history for more then 50 years.
But anyhow ... It's your truck enjoy it as you like...
Regards Eddy

Offline HUT50

  • LRSOC Member
  • Location: NORMANDY - MANCHE
  • Posts: 10
Re: LHD LR S1 86 1955 - Time to get things right
Reply #6 - Sep 14, 2022 - 08:10
Thank's for your welcomes.
- Yes, i's the battery clamp, can't remember why I put it there while I was making the photo.
- You are right the swiss homemade cabin is history for sure, but in my mind it's not "LAND ROVER genuine" ; so i'll come back to the full hood or to a hard top if I can find one.
Have a good day everyone.
Regards

Offline jkhackney

  • Non-Member
  • October 55 86", late 2A Dormobile
  • Location: Interlaken, Switzerland
  • Posts: 852
Re: LHD LR S1 86 1955 - Time to get things right
Reply #7 - Sep 16, 2022 - 10:00
Hi Pascal-

I see the blue panels and suspect that it was originally blue. All the 86's I've seen so far in Switzerland were.

I think the steering box was swapped out for a later one in Switzerland as a matter of regular maintenance, following Land Rover advisories.

Mine is exactly 1 year newer than yours, first registered in Bern in January 1956.

Here is a list of exports from the 5713 series. Yours is missing from the list but it points to a manufacture in November 1954 (mine was late October 1955).

https://www.lrfaq.org/Series/FAQ.S.chassis_numbering.5713.html

-Jeremy

Offline HUT50

  • LRSOC Member
  • Location: NORMANDY - MANCHE
  • Posts: 10
Re: LHD LR S1 86 1955 - Time to get things right
Reply #8 - Sep 17, 2022 - 10:02
Hi Jeremy,
Thank's for your welcome and the informations on the supposed manufacturing period, nice to enter more in the history of my 86.
I confirm the blue colour to be the original colour of my 86.
When it will ran again and be restored, il intend to give it his original blue colour, but it's not for tomorrow, the path will take some time I think.
Send you a PM about "LHD Sistership"
Have a good day.
Best regards.
Pascal

Offline TomC

  • LRSOC & LR Register Member
  • Location: Moray
  • Posts: 9385
Re: LHD LR S1 86 1955 - Time to get things right
Reply #9 - Sep 17, 2022 - 11:08

Thank's for your welcome and the informations on the supposed manufacturing period, nice to enter more in the history of my 86.
I confirm the blue colour to be the original colour of my 86.
When it will ran again and be restored, il intend to give it his original blue colour, but it's not for tomorrow, the path will take some time I think.

Having followed Jeremy's posts on his Swiss 86 and enjoyed them, I would suggest you look up his threads and you will learn a lot about Swiss vehicles, particularly the alterations made to allow their registration as a tractor. I would add that be aware the chassis colour at the time yours was made might not have been black. Also the later steering column was a Rover suggested change, an improvement and so you should be content with it except that there is a strengthener available from the Radfords that gives a much more positive feel to the steering.

Offline HUT50

  • LRSOC Member
  • Location: NORMANDY - MANCHE
  • Posts: 10
Re: LHD LR S1 86 1955 - Time to get things right
Reply #10 - Sep 19, 2022 - 10:47
Hi Tom,
Thank's for leading me to the  Jeremy's posts on his Swiss 86, I think I am going to learn a lot there.
Thank you also for the confirmation about the later steering column was a LAND ROVER change, I am content with it because it's LAND ROVER genuine.
Time will tell if I am a good learner on this forum, one thing is sure I'll take my time to avoid errors in my restoration.
Have a good day.
Pascal.

 

SimplePortal 2.3.6 © 2008-2014, SimplePortal