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The Series III 109in Hi-Cap was introduced in 1982 and replaced in 1983 by the 110 Hi-Cap


Last Updated 5/12/09

Series Land Rover Floor Repair

The body of a Series Land Rover is made from an aluminium alloy, which is very resistant to corrosion once it has built up a thin oxidised protective layer. However, we often see extensive corrosion of the bodywork at points where the aluminium is in direct contact with the steel of the chassis. One such area where this occurs in both SWB and LWB Series Land Rovers is at the rear chassis cross member supports for the body. However, the focus of this homepage is on the two supports which hold up the central floor section of the Series Land Rover stationwagons. This section is easily observed just infront of the rear wheels.

The corrosion can also often be found around the holes in the horizontal flange that supports the floor panel; possibly due to interaction between the steel of the floor fixing screws and the aluminium of the flange.
Both of these floor problems can be sorted by using aluminium angle.
First, the existing floor support flange must be sawn away and the two horizontal bolts through the chassis support brackets removed. The aluminium angle can then be slid under the vertical floor section from the front and held in position with clamps (photo above).

Now the reinforcing floor end corners should be carefully bent outwards after drilling through the spot welds that hold them (photo right). The vertical section of the floor section can now be drilled through to the aluminium angle at about 7-8cm spacing and the two riveted together with pop rivets. Finally, the end corners previously bent outwards can be carefully re-positioned and pop riveted to the vertical floor section and the aluminium angle.

The above photo shows the completed repair with the aluminium angle iron fixed in place.


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