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Series Land Rovers are well known for having bodywork constructed of an aluminium alloy that is very resistant to corrosion. This alloy, however, lacks strength and becomes brittle when repeatably flexed. So door frames and side panels have a steel reinforcing structure and this steel component is subject to corrosion just as any other steel structure is. But that is not the only problem as far as corrosion is concerned - when steel and aluminium alloy are in close contact with each other then a chemical reaction (termed electroyltic corrosion) can take place. This casues the alloy to corrode more rapidly than the steel and can often be seen where the rear body bolts onto the chassis. To prevent reduce this electrolytic corrosion to a minimum the
shims for the body mounting (part number 305232) are made from aluminium alloy rather than steel - so they corrode in preference to the actual bodywork. These shims are even sandwiched between the steel rear door stays and the bodywork.

The November 2007 UK homepage discusses the relative advantages and disadvantages of coil springs vs leaf springs.

The December/January 2007/8 UK homepage discusses the design of parabolic springs and compares their performance with respect to leaf springs.

The March 2008 UK homepage discusses the characteristics of parabolic springs with respect to load carrying, driving characteristics and corrugated road use.

The January 2010 UK homepage deals with the general properties and characteristics that need to be understood when working with the aluminium alloy Birmabright. This is what a Series Land Rover's body is constructed from.

The June 2010 UK homepage describes how to change the rubber seals on the sliding windows of Series Land Rover

The May 2012 UK homepage considers how to repair the steel door frame of a door upon which the birmabright skin is mounted. The rear door frame is taken as the example in the article.

The June 2016 UK homepage describes the process of fitting an additional bonnet prop for safety reasons. This is a particularly useful modification if the spare wheel is kept on the bonnet.

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The April 2008 USA homepage considers the different chassis designs that used on Series Land Rovers. Some comments are made about the chassis parts that are available for easy replacement of corroded sections.

The May 2009 USA homepage discusses the ocurrence of floor panel corrosion. It gives details of the a repair carried out to replace the support structure for the central floor panel of a stationwagon.

The May 2008 Australian homepage describes the basic functions of shock absorbers. Some advice is included on fitting and maintaining their effectiveness.

The October 2010 Australian homepage focusses upon the fitting, maintenance and repair of the canvas tilt for a Series Land Rover softtop.

The October 2011 Australian homepage looked at chassis corrosion. It focussed upon the areas of the chassis that particularly need to be examined if you are about to purchase a Series Land Rover.

The June 2016 Australian homepage describes the process of fitting an additional bonnet prop for safety reasons. This is a particularly useful modification if the spare wheel is kept on the bonnet.


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