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#1 Post by StuartL » Tue Feb 03, 2015 1:07 am

Ever since they started building Land Rovers the question of paint removal has been debated, now I have found the solution.


Hire a guy in a space suit with some soda.....
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#2 Post by franko » Tue Feb 03, 2015 7:55 am

Wow, that's one quick way to getter down.

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#3 Post by swamijake » Tue Feb 03, 2015 9:29 am

Looking good! Do you mind posting some specifics, ie who, where, how much?

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#4 Post by StuartL » Tue Feb 03, 2015 12:35 pm

The fellow in the space suit is Chris from:

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#5 Post by StuartL » Wed Mar 25, 2015 4:30 pm

I thought that the group may be interested in the restoration of the Grizzly Torque.

Here a link to a good article on it written by Alyn Edwards

http://driving.ca/land-rover/auto-news/ ... zly-torque

And a TV clip from CHEK TV in Victoria.

http://www.cheknews.ca/robert-batemans- ... and-rover/

So the GT sat at Alan's behind the "shed" since I bought it about 9 years ago. And it looked like this:
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Both the frame and the bulkhead needed "sympathetic but extensive" restoration.
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#6 Post by StuartL » Wed Mar 25, 2015 4:35 pm

More pictures....
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#7 Post by StuartL » Wed Mar 25, 2015 4:46 pm

The Capstan Winch has been rebuilt
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Gauges rebuilt (yes I know it's upside-down, just got excited :)
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Seats recovered with original fabric
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#8 Post by StuartL » Wed Mar 25, 2015 4:56 pm

Now everything is being painted and put back together
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Original parts have been sourced from all over the world, we have been very lucky, look at the package date on this
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#9 Post by franko » Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:39 pm

Awesome looks great! Which shop is she being restored at? I can see another series there :-)

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#10 Post by red90 » Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:20 pm

Great job Stuart.

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#11 Post by acg » Thu Mar 26, 2015 8:20 am

Great updates!
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#12 Post by StuartL » Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:16 pm

A rolling chassis only 90 days after dragging her in from the field. Even the tires are original Land Rover part number by Dunlop sourced in Washington. She is a pretty girl :)
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And the original engine and transmission rebuilt for the first time in almost 58 years with original NOS parts.
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#13 Post by mepham55 » Mon Mar 30, 2015 8:57 am

Wow that's fast and very tidy. It took me 4 years to get my truck back together! Maybe this will be ready for Bobbys B day?!

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#14 Post by rayhyland » Mon Mar 30, 2015 10:38 am

Looking fantastic!
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#15 Post by The_Anachronist » Tue Apr 07, 2015 2:27 pm

This is superb. I read that Mr. Bateman is going to re-create the characters and flags etc. that he had done on the original - Is that still happening? Love to see pics of that too.

Well done, sir.
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#16 Post by StuartL » Sat Apr 11, 2015 8:15 pm

Thank you for your positive comments,

Here are this weeks pictures,

BTW at the secret location with the primered body.
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Engine detailed coming well, proper period decals and fittings
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Body and frame to be reunited next week!!!!!
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#17 Post by Dave_F » Wed Apr 15, 2015 5:25 pm

Stuart, who did the copper heater pipes for you? It's hard to get the bend without kinking it a bit.
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#18 Post by chrismac » Wed Apr 15, 2015 6:51 pm

Very nice. What shop is doing the restoration?
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#19 Post by mepham55 » Wed Apr 15, 2015 7:26 pm

Dave_F wrote:Stuart, who did the copper heater pipes for you? It's hard to get the bend without kinking it a bit.
If you fill he copper pipe with water then freeze the pipe you can get a sharp bend without the kinks. I've also heard of sand filled pipes working as well.

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#20 Post by Dave_F » Wed Apr 15, 2015 8:09 pm

mepham55 wrote:
Dave_F wrote:Stuart, who did the copper heater pipes for you? It's hard to get the bend without kinking it a bit.
If you fill he copper pipe with water then freeze the pipe you can get a sharp bend without the kinks. I've also heard of sand filled pipes working as well.

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#21 Post by StuartL » Wed Apr 15, 2015 10:23 pm

With only one month to go until the Van Duesen ABFM the body and frame were reunited today in Merritt.

With the body waiting patiently on the hoist...
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the frame was rolled in and readied....
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the body was lowered to the frame and fit perfectly,
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I was absolutely in awe :shock: how well the procedure went, I have never seen a group of men work together in such unison I am very, very impressed with the group that Alan Simpson has put together for this project.

The film crew had four camera's rolling as the body was lowered, it should be an interesting segment.

It was an emotional event for me......perfection.... :D
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#22 Post by rayhyland » Sun Apr 19, 2015 7:03 am

It looks amazing. Wonderful job so far Stuart!
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#23 Post by StuartL » Sun Apr 19, 2015 7:54 am

Dave_F wrote:Stuart, who did the copper heater pipes for you? It's hard to get the bend without kinking it a bit.
They are original parts from the 50's, no stone has been left unturned in this restoration!!!
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#24 Post by StuartL » Sun Apr 19, 2015 7:56 am

Thank you Ray, I hope you are bringing your Series 1 to the unveiling at Van Dusen next month!!! Matt, are you bringing your beauty over?

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#25 Post by Dave_F » Sun Apr 19, 2015 10:45 am

Where did you find them, as I was under the impression they were NLA?

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Dave_F wrote:Stuart, who did the copper heater pipes for you? It's hard to get the bend without kinking it a bit.
They are original parts from the 50's, no stone has been left unturned in this restoration!!!
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#26 Post by mepham55 » Tue Apr 21, 2015 6:08 pm

StuartL wrote:Thank you Ray, I hope you are bringing your Series 1 to the unveiling at Van Dusen next month!!! Matt, are you bringing your beauty over?

Thanks guys...
Yes Stuart I will be coming to the van Dusen show. Wouldn't want to miss an up
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#27 Post by rayhyland » Tue Apr 21, 2015 9:16 pm

Hmm, I just looked it up. ABFM. May 16, 2015.

I've never been but sometimes thought of going.
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#28 Post by Dave_F » Fri Apr 24, 2015 12:28 pm

Stuart for accuracy the oil filler tube doesn't have the Air Cleaner decal on it...only the air cleaner on top of the valve cover.
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#29 Post by StuartL » Sat Apr 25, 2015 2:12 pm

Good eye Dave, you are first to win this months Torque award!

Yes, you are correct and luckily we had another sticker to place it correctly. The oil filter tube cap will have the sticker removed and be repainted before the show.

I hope you will have your '56 at Van Dusen so we have a strong showing of Vintage Land Rovers. It looks like Ray is coming so you have to come now!!!

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#30 Post by rayhyland » Sat Apr 25, 2015 3:44 pm

I don't know if you want mine parked anywhere near yours.

The social media hashtag for our upcoming adventure is #wedontneednostinkingpaint

So that tells you a little of what our truck will look like.

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#31 Post by StuartL » Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:00 pm

Ray, the patina you have on your Series 1 could never be recreated and is priceless. Yours is a working Rover like it should be. Grizzly Torque's heritage will prevent her from daily service and shall be a servant to the public with only the occasional outing back to former haunts such as UK, Kenya and India.

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#32 Post by StuartL » Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:11 pm

Three weeks to the ABFM.....

Just a few bits to hook up....
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and a little touch-up to the paint...
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#33 Post by Dave_F » Sun Apr 26, 2015 10:52 pm

Wow...Alan must be working 24/7 to get this done...I still see lots to do...! :shock:
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#34 Post by StuartL » Sun Apr 26, 2015 11:29 pm

Dave, let's be positive about this....

There is a incredibly dedicated team of individuals who are making this happen in a short period of time and the workmanship is outstanding, world class. Alan is the Maestro, who is conducting this project. You may not remember but his CV includes an Invitation to Pebble Beach.

The day they lowered the body onto the chassis I was in awe of these men, what they created and how well they worked in unison.

This project is a tribute to two men who have given so much to this Province during their lifetime and continue to do so in their 80's and it all started with a Land Rover in 1957.

Are you bringing your Series 1 to the ABFM, I hope so as it's all part of the tribute.
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#35 Post by Dave_F » Mon Apr 27, 2015 10:06 am

Hi Stuart,

The answer regarding my truck making it to the ABFM is maybe...

I still have a few items left on my list and unfortunately I am solo.

I was invited to Long Beach Tofino for years...but that may not count the same as Alans invite to Pebble Beach.

We'll see how far I make it.

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#36 Post by Whistler110 » Tue Apr 28, 2015 8:16 am

Amazing work! Thanks for sharing the progress and photos.

You say there were camera's capturing everything? Do you know when or where that can be viewed?

Looking forward to seeing GT's completion.
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#37 Post by StuartL » Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:27 am

Hi Bike Mike,

Thank you for your kind words. With respect to the movie, CBC is funding a "concept movie" which should be complete by the end of June. Once that is done they go for the major funding from groups like CBC, BBC, National Geographic etc. and then do the full documentary which will hopefully include a return visit to Africa with Foster and Bateman driving across the Serengeti as they did 70 years ago.

The concept should be very interesting and available for viewing in June. I will post a link to it once it's ready.
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#38 Post by StuartL » Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:37 am

Dave_F wrote:Hi Stuart,

The answer regarding my truck making it to the ABFM is maybe...

I still have a few items left on my list and unfortunately I am solo.

We'll see how far I make it.

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Hi Dave, I really hope you can make it, it sounds like you are very close. The GT won't be totally complete either and everyone enjoys seeing a work in progress.

You asked before about the copper heater pipes and I may not have given you a proper answer. They were new old stock but I can't remember who they came from. We have been lucky sourcing from Dunsfold and various other UK suppliers. The headlights came from Malaysia, the taillights from Australia and the tires from Spokane. As you know the folks on the LRSOC site have been very helpful.

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#39 Post by rayhyland » Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:31 pm

Dave let me know if you need help to get there, I will probably have my flatbed.
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#40 Post by StuartL » Sat May 02, 2015 8:57 am

Two weeks to go.... she now runs and stops!!!!
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#41 Post by StuartL » Sun May 03, 2015 6:57 pm

Finally the exhaust has been sorted out. This 107" frame had portals for the exhaust to travel through the frame rather than under it. We cannot determine whether that is unique to this vehicle or not. We have not found any information relating to this arrangement.

So a complete fabrication was necessary.

First the front, you can see the brake assembly to get your bearings...
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through the centre brace....
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#42 Post by rayhyland » Mon May 04, 2015 8:40 am

That's very interesting looking.

Does the Frame have the usual PTO holes?
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#43 Post by acg » Sat May 16, 2015 4:48 pm

It was great to see the Grizzly Torque in person at the ABFM! What a vehicle! Thanks for bringing it out to the show.
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#44 Post by acg » Sat May 16, 2015 4:54 pm

It was great to see the Grizzly Torque in person at the ABFM! What a vehicle! Thanks for bringing it out to the show.
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#45 Post by withabix » Sun May 17, 2015 8:53 am

Saw Grizzly Torque yesterday - looking very good.

Shame there weren't many more Landys there - I left it too late as the event was completely sold out vehicle-wise.

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#46 Post by StuartL » Sun May 17, 2015 12:33 pm

We made it!!!! 136 days from dragging it out of the field to driving in onto the lawns of Van Dusen Gardens. It was wonderful talking to so many different people about the GT adventure. Many people had difficulty understanding that this was the vehicle driven around the world and not a replica, I can't find the words to properly thank Alan Simpson and the "Merritt Boys" for the amazing job they did but I think the comments from the public said it for me.
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#47 Post by StuartL » Fri Mar 25, 2016 8:26 am

Painting a Land Rover with a paint brush is not an uncommon occurrence at all but one normally uses a larger brush than Robert Bateman used yesterday at the Vancouver Auto Show.

Here' are the original Rover Boys at yesterday's auto show:
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Re: Grizzly Torque Restoration

#48 Post by oldgravy » Mon Mar 28, 2016 10:32 am

My family really enjoyed seeing the truck -- we compared differences with ours. Hopefully it helped charge the imagination of our eight year old!

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Re: Grizzly Torque Restoration

#49 Post by The_Anachronist » Thu Mar 31, 2016 10:56 am

This is one of the single greatest Land Rover stories I have read - among so many fantastic stories of these trucks!

I am grateful, impressed, and a little envious - but more than anything, inspired and motivated to work on my own little piece of history.

Well done, and thanks.
1963 S2a 109 Station Wagon, restoration started Oct. 17, 2015.

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Re: Grizzly Torque Restoration

#50 Post by StuartL » Thu Mar 31, 2016 12:26 pm

I am glad you enjoyed seeing the Grizzly Torque! Our goal is to get young people off their electronics and back to exploring nature and what better way than in a Land Rover. We should all be bringing kids out with us on our outings!

Cheers,
Tata for now....

Stuart
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