Sparesbox Blog

Mod Monday — Hamish's Classic 1980 Range Rover

By Mitch Babbs

Mon Dec 16 2019

A couple of weeks ago we were lucky enough to get a look at Hamish’s Willie (and by that I mean his Ford Ranger, get your mind out of the gutter). As it turns out, he’s working on another vehicle: a classic 2-door 1980 Range Rover that he’s completely refurbing back from the brink of antiquity.

Before we go in for a second round of questioning, here’s the total list of work undertaken on the powder-blue beast so far:

  • Full strip down
  • Full underside rebuild
  • Body mount bushes
  • Tie rod and tie rod end
  • Panhard rods and bushes
  • New rotors, pads and calipers
  • New oil sump and gasket
  • New tyres
  • New KYB shocks with King Springs front and rear
  • New alternator and starter motor
  • New fuel pump and fuel tank
  • New fuel lines
  • New head gasket
  • Head machined
  • Driveshaft replaced and balanced
  • New driveshaft coupling
  • Complete new electrical wiring throughout
  • Rims sandblasted and powder coated
  • Body stripped to bare metal rust converted or removed
  • Proxy primer
  • Extensive body repairs
  • Repaint
  • Complete new interior upholstery
  • New master and slave clutch cylinders

Wow, looks like you’ve been flat out. First and most obvious question has to be what kind of issues have you run into? All of them?

“Rust, rust, rust. Particularly in the footwells but really it’s shown up just about everywhere.”

Between working on this and playing with your Willie, where do you find the time?

“I thought we were done with the Willie jokes, you promised me.”

I lied.

“Well, time hasn’t been the major issue, it’s been the budget with this one. As soon as I started removing rust the project budget just blew up. As you can see from those before photos and the mod list, there’s been a LOT of work that’s had to happen.”

Completely understandable, however, it’s looking in great shape at the moment. What made you want to take on such a big project?

“I’ve always loved these cars, have actually had 5 of them over the years. I want to completely restore it to its former glory and get it back to factory condition.”

You’ve set yourself a solid task there. So what exactly are your future plans with it?

“Honestly, drive it around a lot. It puts the biggest smile on my face when I’m riding around in it. You turn corners to the left and the car boat-rolls to the right.

“But in all seriousness, there’s still a lot of work to go on it. I’m thinking a 3.5L carb V8 so it turns some heads.” 

I don’t think you’ll have a problem there. Thanks for taking the time to do this again Hamish, really appreciate it.

Unlike his other ride, this vehicle doesn’t have a cheeky nickname, which Hamish is looking to change. Any and all suggestions are welcome.