63 CA Patrol - "Pumpkin"

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Postby nobueno » Sat Jan 18, 2020 11:35 pm

Afternoon Patrollers-

I swooped this lovely Patrol a few months back about an hour and a half from where I live. I had been eyeing this mystery vehicle Facebook Marketplace for about a month. The lady who posted it had it listed as a "Nissan Jeep." It looked orange in her listing photos and when I saw it in person I discovered just how orange it was. A little back story, when she bought her 40-acre property in the early 2000s the owner at the time threw it in to sweeten the deal. After letting it sit for another 3-4 years she brought it to the shop where they cleaned the carb, changed the oil and battery and fired her right up. She proceeded to redo the interior black vinyl and a blue grey rhino-lining, and the exterior in electric orange rhino-lining. It was originally the datsun blue color and somewhere down the line it was painted red. I'll scan the original photos at some point. She redid the floorboards and the door panels and some other stuff. She was rusty in places and leaky in others, and full of bondo... but I decided she was mine and we headed down the hill in the loudest car ride I've ever had in my life.

After a brief bout with buyers remorse, I scoured the internet for weeks upon weeks to figure out exactly what the hell I was going to do with this thing. Honestly I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I had been looking for the right Series II Land Rover for about a year, but decided this was much much cooler of a project. In this project I will be drawing a lot of inspiration from CoolNVintage in Portugal and emulating a classic safari look.

Plans for the project as of 1-18-2020:
2-Inch lift w/ BFG KM2 255/85r16
Disc brakes
Soft top
Fix rust
Stop Leaks
Paint - Perhaps Sandglow?

I'm not sure if I want to go full body off resto, so we'll check back on that after enjoying it with the top off this summer. I have new 2" springs and KYB 343219 en route, and the KM2s are sitting patiently in the garage. A question to anyone who cares: Should I replace my steering stabilizer as well? If so, what should I get?

Here are some pics in no particular order.
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Postby zed » Sun Jan 19, 2020 11:08 am

Wow and Welcome!!!
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Postby Esteban » Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:33 pm

Congratulations and Welcome to 60Patrol!!

Great story, and it looks like you have a good plan to enjoy your Patrol.
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Postby Kdiv_n_tx » Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:18 pm

Nobueno-

Nice find! I too love CoolNVintage and have many inspirational photos of their work saved locally. A quick search here will find you another Patrolee who is making a disk brake conversion kit for stock Patrols. My 1970 Patrol was already a small block 350, auto tranny resto-mod when I bought her so I was free to swap everything from the frame down to the ground (using front and rear axles from a 2001 Jeep Cherokee to gain disk brakes up front with no-switch locking hubs). Under the Parts page, there is a spreadsheet listing compatible parts, including the Trailboss SSD15 for the steering damper. It is an invaluable resource.

Raul Rodriguez out of Bogota will be your source for soft top and frame - he has made several for other users here and I am having one installed on mine right now. His work is fantastic and I was unable to find anyone local to me (Austin) to make a top (I had an one-off non-original frame already on mine) for even twice his price. Perhaps in CA you can find someone willing to take on the project - boat seat restorers, boat cover makers are ideas others have had.

Looks like the PO did a nice job with the seats - I would imagine the tinted rhino-liner is a love/hate kind of thing.

Welcome - everyone here is very friendly and knowledgeable - leverage this site well and learn from their scars.
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Postby RiverPatrol » Sun Jan 19, 2020 1:19 pm

Welcome to 60Patrol! :text-welcomeconfetti: Congratulations on your new project, looks like a good one. Funny, I've got one I call 'Punkin' that has almost the exact same color scheme. It was even originally the same color of blue.

Keep us posted with your progress, and don't hesitate to ask any questions.
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Postby nobueno » Tue Jan 21, 2020 3:16 pm

Dude, thank you so much for pointing out the spreadsheet. I'm gonna send back the KYBs and go with the Gabriel Classics. Also, I'm only seeing the MOOG SSD15, is that the same?

Whats the cost of the soft top with frame? I have an upholstery guy locally who is a family friend and does an amazing job, but If Raul is experienced at making these things and the color/price is right I'll probably just go with one of his. I really want to do brown canvas.

The tinted rhino liner is, in fact, a love/hate. They didn't do a very good job when it comes to marking things off, and I'm pretty sure theres only 1 layer of orange. Eventually I'll try to sand it or maybe even heat gun it off. I have my suspicions that it is the blue grey rhino lining all around, but I'm not gonna dive into caring about that quite yet.

Another question, has anyone purchased any panels from this company? Both of my fenders are rusted and my A/C vent on the driver side is stuck open so I will be looking to replace them. Just wondering if the price is right and the fitment was true.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/G60-Patrol-Fro ... 0677.m4598

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Postby caterpillarman » Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:34 pm

What a jewell.

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Postby RiverPatrol » Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:43 pm

Here's the post for the soft top frames: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=4383&start=30

Some folks have bought body panels from that vendor. The only thing you need to be aware of is they are not one size fits all. There were subtle changes in body panels over the years making a direct swap not feasible. The panels he sells are for Patrols in the 70's, so there will be differences. For instance, the fenders will not work for your Patrol; the kick panel vents are mounted differently. You can find used panels most likely, I know I've got one or two.

And it would be great if you could provide ID number for the vehicle and engine so I can add it to the Registry if it isn't already there. ;)
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Postby faux40 » Wed Jan 22, 2020 9:21 pm

That looks great! Welcome to the NorCal Patrol gang! ;-)

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Postby nobueno » Thu Jan 23, 2020 5:36 pm

faux40 wrote:That looks great! Welcome to the NorCal Patrol gang! ;-)

John


Happy to be here!

River- It's Car No. L60-3-07165 And Engine No. 26888
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Postby RiverPatrol » Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:42 am

Awesome! Thanks! :D Would it be possible to get a picture of the ID tag on the firewall? I only ask because that ID number is very high for a '63, I'd like to see it on the ID tag and or the stamp on the frame. I'm anal that way sometimes. :roll:
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Postby nobueno » Fri Jan 24, 2020 4:33 pm

Let me know if this pic is good enough
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Postby RiverPatrol » Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:12 pm

It's too small, I can't read the details.
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Postby nobueno » Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:01 pm

Here’s a better shot. Let me know if there’s anything interesting about it.
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Postby RiverPatrol » Sat Jan 25, 2020 12:12 pm

Thank you, that's perfect! And yes, this is a prime example of why I like to get pictures of the ID and engine numbers, because so many of us are dyslexic. :lol: Now the ID number fits into place better.
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