1955 Land Rover Series 1

Land Rover panels; preparing for paint

Having had a reasonably long period of being untouched the land Rover Series 1 project is now back underway with the current owners. Our 1955 Land Rover panels have now returned to our paint shop to be prepared for paint.

Land Rover Series 1 Body Panels nearing completion

We’ve now received delivery of our Land Rover Series 1 body panels from JP metalworks. The majority of the correctional work has been done but Dave is wanting to spend a little time himself with his new welding toys to fully complete the task before returning to the customer.

Land Rover Series 1 body panel repairs

A very challenging task and one that we can’t just jump in head first. One of the toughest materials to work with, we have taken on the task of repairing the Birmabright body panels from a Land Rover Series 1.

We have removed the dents from the panels.

Source: Wikipedia

Birmabright is best known as the material used in the body of the Land Rover from its launch in April 1948, and in a few other classic British vehicles.

The doors, boot lid and bonnet of most Rover P4 models were also Birmabright, however towards the end of production this was changed to steel to reduce costs.

An early use in the 1930s was for the bodywork of the land speed record car, Thunderbolt. Also used for the bodywork of Bluebird K7 used for the Coniston speed record attempt by the late Donald Campbell. The well known Laurent Giles designed 46ft sailboat Beyond was built of riveted sheets of Birmabright and circumnavigated in the early 1950s by Tom and Ann Worth. The hull proved corrosion resistant but required re-riveting later due to crystallisation of the rivet heads, and lasted well until being sunk in the Caribbean as an artificial diving reef in the 1980s.

Repair Work on Land Rover Series 1 Body Panels

We have had a visit today from Peter with a collection of Land Rover Series 1 body panels in need of repair. The panels are manufactured using Birmabright, one of the toughest materials to work with.

We accept the challenge…