In my quest to make the back of the Land Rover a bit more secure, and free from prying eyes, I recently fitted a dog guard to separate the cab from the rear of the Landy.
Now following on from that, I have changed the windowed side panels that you see in the photo above for some hard top sides that I got from eBay.
The side panels are bolted into place, so changing them just requires some spanners or socket set. This is how I did it.
For the job you will need:
- Socket set or spanners (8mm, 10mm & 13mm)
- Car jack
- A metal or wood bar to support the roof whilst the panels are off
- A helper - for assistance when removing the side panels
Undoing the nuts & bolts
Its best to take out one side at a time - leaving the other side in place to help support the roof. The instructions can be applied to both the 90 and 110 Land Rovers.
1: The first bolts to undo are the ones securing the roof to the side panels - there's a lot of them, but they are not fiddly and should come undone with minimum of effort.
2: Then turn your attention to the bolt arrangement behind the front doors as shown in the photo on the left below. Its all fairly straight forward and as you undo them it will become clear how everything fits together.
Remove the door seal too, and don't forget to undo the top seat belt anchorage point - again - simple nuts and bolts.
3: The photo in the middle below shows the rear corner bolts - these have to be removed too. Again - simple nuts and bolts mechanics!
4: Just inside the rear door is another set of bolts which have to be undone too - the third photo below shows the position. Remove the door seal to get better access.
5: The last bolts to undo are inside along the lower edge as shown in the forth photo below.
6: Don't forget - if you taking out the right hand panel, you will have to remove the top hinge bolts for the rear door!
Jacking the roof
I had a long metal pole which I placed in the cup of a trolley jack which I had placed on the floor of the Land Rover.
Slowly jack up the roof and you will see the roof come away from the side panel. You have to jack it up around 3 inches at the rear so the side panel can be lifted up and out.
Removing the side panel
Lift the side panel and pull it out from the bottom first. This will allow it to clear the front and rear mounting bolts which will still be in the body cappings at this stage.
Treating any rust
Once the panel is removed, you can deal with any rust in the body cappings. There was a little bit of rust in mine, so gave the areas a good wire brushing, and then a liberal splashing with rust cure.
Once this had been done, and the rust cure had dried, I painted the areas with hammerite paint.
Side panel rubber seals
I was able to reuse the rubber seals to fit to the new hardtop sides.
Before refitting I cleaned them up, and smeared some waterproof grease along the top and bottom seals. This will ensure there is a good watertight seal when you mount the sides back in again.
Refitting the side panel
Refitting is basically the reverse of taking it out! The time consuming bit is going through all bolts and remembering where everything went!
The final outcome
So now I am well on the way to securing the back end of the Land Rover.