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Now the initial elation of getting Mator’s MOT has passed I looked into the final steps of the registration forms and total costs of the project.

I sat last night going over the DVLA forms making sure all the correct boxes were ticked that the paperwork they require was copied and in order then that the cheque had been written for the correct amount and made out to them along with the precious MOT certificate all was put into an envelope which was duly taped shut just to make sure it all stayed in there until it arrived in Swansea.

This precious cargo was then posted this morning at 8am so it would catch the Saturday post and arrive hopefully at the mercy of those registration gods that will grant me a magic number to allow me to start playing on and off road in my painstakingly rebuilt motor. Wifey has already asked what I am going to build next because “you will finish the last bits off quick then start moping around annoying me because you have nothing else to distract you”…ain’t love grand eh! She is right though I will have to source something else and I have a couple of ideas in the pipeline so watch this space.

Now onto the final figures of the build. I have scratched my head and looked at a couple of receipts so I am pretty sure everything I have spent is included. The final price is what it cost not only to rebuild the Land Rover but what it cost to get it onto the road legally including insurance for the year and six months tax which are a big chunk of change.

Landy Project Costs

Land Rover £375

Sanding Discs £11.70

Ignition Barrel £20

Heritage letter £21.75

2x Batteries and rear 1/4 light £35

Pair Battery Terminal Clamps £3.99

Floor pan nuts & bolts £6.50

Grinding disc £2.25

Under Seal £8.99

Complete set of lights £85

5 Litres Primer £24.99

4 Discovery Wheels £10.20

Rear Door £21.00

Front Door £20.00

Handbrake spring £1.50

2 Discovery wheels

Two seatbelts

Wing Mirror

2 Headlight surrounds

2 headlight frames £60

2 Front Doors £60

Nato Green Paint £36

Rear Window Seal and insert £9.99

Wiring connectors £3.00

2 tins of silver metal paint £7.00

Fuses & Sandpaper £4.50

5x tins black spray £5.00

5x more tins black spray £5.00

Clutch fluid

Exhaust putty

WD40 £8.49

Car Boot Bits £13

Front & rear shocks £59.45

Front & rear brake rebuild kits £81.62

Fuel tank & filler £40

Wheels complete with tyres £250

Fuel pump

Fuel hose

Indicator stalk

Bonnet strap

Brake switch

Fuel pump gasket

Fuel line clips £67.74

24v Wiper motor

24v flasher relay

24v heater

24v front loom

oil cooler

Door tops x2

Rear bench seat £67.50

Roof rack £100

Wheel nuts £8

Brake pipe kit £39

Wheels & Tyres £250

Exhaust System & Flexi hose pipes £66

Number plate light £5

Seat set £90

Fuel tank and service parts £136

Seat belts £61

Rear seat brackets £10

Spark plugs £30

Brake switch £17

MOT £30



Insurance £150

6 Months Tax £126.50

DVLA Registration fee £55


So the total “Rebuild” cost was £1708.16 and the “On the Road” price worked out as a whopping £2039.66! Now folks that is seriously not a bad price for a “rebuilt” Land Rover that is now worth a bit more than that if you wanted to buy it finished off of the shelf. OK I admit it doesn’t include all of the what probably would work out at a 100 hours plus that I have put into it but as a home grown rebuild project that has kept me off of the cigs and using the cash I would have spent on those cigs instead of smoking it it really is a good price!

The bill will now increase a little as it is personalised by me but that’s by the by because the aim at the start of the rebuild if you can remember that far back was to see if I could make something half decent on a tight budget and well even if I say so myself whilst blowing my own trumpet a bit I have done exactly that! I didn’t start with a pile of cash in the bank or bottom drawer I used my “Pocket money” that I used to spend on cigs each month and quite often ran short of money and had to wait to buy bits. The project itself gave back in the form of military bits removed and sold on to enthusiasts that want to keep certain models “original” and good luck to them but this project was mine and I have made it unique to me in small but important to me ways.

I have heard folk say that the Land Rover prices are rising especially on Defenders and Series models and I have to admit I have seen these jump in the nine months of this build. BUT there are still bargains to be had if you are lucky to stumble across one as I did so if you want one keep looking because they are snapped up pretty damned quick!

So in short folks I have succeeded in getting a knackered old Landy rebuilt and back on the road for about two grand. This is no mean feet as I didn’t have the cash when I started and I didn’t know what I was doing really as I had never had a Land Rover before! If a plank like me can do it and if you are sat reading this thinking I couldn’t do that just buy a book, join the forums so you can get valuable advice and jump right in.

There will be times you doubt yourself then times when you hurt yourself you will want to cry you will laugh out loudly but you will end up feeling good about yourself when you look upon that little job that you thought was beyond your remit but it sits there in front of you fixed anyway!

Upon reflection I have loved every high and low of this rebuild I have loved the comments on the forums of encouragement and the micky taking when I have assumed or written something wrong. Thanks folks for coming along on this journey with me you have kept me focused on the right road and kept me writing.

All the best

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