Overland Journal: 1995 Range Rover Classic

#1
The Range Rover is a pretty special machine, claiming a varied and storied history with everything from display in the Louvre to crossing the Darien Gap. I have been looking for our ideal RRC for half a decade, and we finally found our perfect MKI, a County LWB in Aspen Silver with only 85,000 miles on the clock.



The night before we left, a serious storm was brewing in Prescott. We hoped this was not a foretelling of the "Lucas" challenges to come.

Taken with the iPhone from my backyard.

Knowing that I was going to be driving a 20 year old Land Rover across a big chunk of the country, I needed the right outfit.


We obtained the car from a friend and fellow overland traveler, Andy Biggs. Andy is known for his stunning Africa imagery and for also being an owner of both Gura Gear and Tamrac.

An example of Andy's incredible images. andybiggs.com

Stephanie and I flew into Houston to pick up the car and had a nice tour of Andy's office, chock full of huge prints and even more ginormous Canon printers. A trip to Houston would not be complete without some Brisket, so we loaded up and bellies full, slid into the Range Rover for the long trip back to Prescott.

The first leg of our road trip was to Austin, and a big steak dinner with Doug and Stephanie Hackney. These two never cease to inspire us and have been wonderful friends for over a decade. http://www.hackneys.com/travel/index.htm

We continued to the Northwest and made a special trip to Brady, Texas. Seemed fitting



Who knew I was the heart of Texas? :)

After Brady, we crossed into New Mexico and hit our first dirt, a cool sand dune area just east of Roswell.

Even stock, the RRC was pretty fun in the dunes.


I have always wanted to travel to Roswell, just for the fun of it. A little anti-climactic, but the beer was good.


Four days later, we rolled into Prescott and parked our newest member of the team in front of the shop. Not a single mechanical issue and it cruised effortlessly at 80mph +

Digging into the truck resulted in a few more pleasant surprises, including a complete spare/jack/tools bin.


So, we are pleased to introduce Overland Journal's newest project vehicle. We are pretty excited.
 
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#2
Very nice!

What's the plans for this one?
Will it be as modded as the LR4 or will it follow a "less is more" approach like the white Disco1?
 
#3
Modification Plans:
Taller springs (not sure of the approach here, but early RRCs were 2" taller than the later models. I want this 1995 to have the same stance as the early trucks)
Maybe a TruTrac in the rear axle


That is it. The only thing a RRC really needs is attention to the details and a solid and thorough service regime. I plan to replace a bunch of parts with NOS and high quality aftermarket service items. We are going to go front to back and replace all the slightly worn bits. Overall, the truck is in incredible condition. We have some new fog lamps to replace the broken ones. I need to buy some new headlights. It also needs new tires.

Consider it a functional restoration. Really clean and well serviced, but not so perfect that I am afraid to throw a couple double guns in the boot and head into the bush for a few Pheasant. . . ;)
 

aek50

Adventurer
#5
very clean, very straight, very nice. Have to believe these well preserved trucks are only going to go up in value in the near future. So unique with fewer and fewer left. Starting a nice little herritage collection for yourself.
 

Dendy Jarrett

Expedition Portal Admin
Staff member
#9
As stated on your Facebook post of this truck. I have had the pleasure of owning just about everything Land Rover has made sans the Lightweight, Series I, or a 101. My two favorite trucks out of all that I have owned are the current 09 LR3 and the truck that started it all for me, the 1993 (non air suspension) Range Rover Classic in Ardennes Green with a Sorel interior. LOVED that truck! (Still kick myself that I sold it.)

I purchased the truck in 1999 and it was so well maintained. I never modded anything on it, and only suffered a crunched quarter panel in a river crossing once, but the dealer quickly sorted that niggle out for me.
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#15
In my opinion I think these are the best all round vehicle land rover ever produced..if I had to have just one vehicle it would be a 95 LWB classic..owned e few of them.. One of the main things I recommend to my customers is to have the radiator rodded out and resealed (just about any old time radiator shop can do this) they are prone to calcium deposits blocking the lower sections of the internal cores resulting in reduced flow and efficiency.. Stop these engines from overheating and they will last you a lifetime.. Replace the oil cooler lines too if they look crappy..if you were closer I'd be glad to do it for ya..:)) let me know if you need anything for this Scott..
 
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