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Ratty2A

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When did galvanised chassis become available?
« on: May 07, 2021, 03:03:57 AM »

just a quick one out of curiosity.

Does anyone know roughly when aftermarket galvanised Series chassis become available?

They've certainly been available throughout my involvement with Land Rovers - so from around 1995-onwards, but curious for any history before then.

My understanding is that SIII-type chassis were the only type available for years so don't know when SII/SIIA specific types became available.

I might trawl through my old copies of LROi in the loft to see if I can narrow it down.
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When did galvanised chassis become available?
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2021, 08:49:41 AM »

Anyone at any point may have had their chassis galvanized?
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When did galvanised chassis become available?
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2021, 09:12:10 AM »

When I bought my replacement chassis in 1994/1995 there was only Marsland.
I can remember it being about £500 from Paddocks. I couldn’t my afford the extra £300 to have the galvanised version....... so they were an option back then.
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When did galvanised chassis become available?
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2021, 09:34:25 AM »

Designa Chassis were doing galvanised chassis in 1998, although I don't recall what their vehicle coverage was.

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Re: When did galvanised chassis become available?
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2021, 12:46:11 PM »

I certainly remember stainless steel chassis being advertised and talked about in the club in the mid eighties and possibly galvanised too, although that could be a false memory, I check the early club mags later.

The pedantic answer is 1948 for the factory, not overly helpful for S2s though.
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Re: When did galvanised chassis become available?
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2021, 01:10:23 PM »

I was just about to mention the 1948 ones, unfortunately they didn't keep it up for long and anything after that got the dissolvable variety.

I remember Land Rover themselves offering new chassis with the genuine parts sticker on them. Only black painted though and all series III varieties.
The oldest magazine I have here is from 1993 and there is no advert from anyone selling galvanised chassis but there is an advert for Warwick 4x4 offering rebuilt series threes on coil sprung galvanised chassis. The Urban Rover they called it.

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Re: When did galvanised chassis become available?
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2021, 05:49:22 PM »

I was just about to mention the 1948 ones, unfortunately they didn't keep it up for long and anything after that got the dissolvable variety.

Production 1948 chassis were silver painted.

Only the pre-production chassis were galvanised.
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Re: When did galvanised chassis become available?
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2021, 12:38:56 AM »

Thanks very much everyone. So the early to mid 90s seem to be about when.

Was just curious really, trying to gauge how my new rebuild would sit on the timeline with its new chassis when compared with some of the recent conversations re: originality - with there being a precedent for galv chassis for around 30 years so fitting one really does align well with the history of the vehicles.
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Re: When did galvanised chassis become available?
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2021, 07:13:12 AM »


Steve Walker built galvanised chassis in the 90’s, Richards then took from Steve Walker.


I have owned fourteen Land Rovers with galvanised chassis, is that a record?!!
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