How to restore a Range Rover

Range Rover Vogue: Fighting Rust


This news is neither the place nor the time to talk about SUVs. However, a reflection has assailed us. Why, Is it really such a new phenomenon? We think so, although with certain side notes. Ok, back in 2002 -just at the height of the financial bubble- it was when the roads were plagued with X5, Cayenne and Touareg, but ... Did they appear out of nowhere? Not really.

And is that if we go back to 1970 we will find the first Range Rovers. And before that, the Ford Bronco and Jeep Wagoneer. In short, we do not want to say much less that this is an SUV but what is clear is that it perfectly combined the versatility of an off-road with the comfort of a saloon. An a priori impossible formula that from 1981 it was fully confirmed thanks to the first four-door versions.

Thus, it turns out that wrapping a most civilized interior in the machinery of a vehicle suitable for gravel and asphalt is not exactly so recent. Yes indeed, In the case of the Range Rover, a point must be scored in favor of it: it is quite a beast in the field. Something that many of today's SUVs cannot say, whose off-road appearance is due more to the aspirational goals of the buyer than to its technological reality. Anyway, watch this video and judge for yourself.

Despite its toughness, even a Range Rover comes to accuse the passage of time. Even more so if we take it through rough and humid roads. Thus rust and corrosion are common, which requires a meticulous restoration by disassembling, cleaning, repainting and even completing some of the original parts. A process against time that, in the case of this Range Rover Vogue, we have very well documented.


When one enters the adventure of acquiring a classic, they usually go with good will and ample doses of self-confidence. In that sense, it is very common to hear things like "I can make these arrangements at home". Obviously the reality is very different, so you suddenly find yourself with piles of rust growing at the rate of your despair.

Fortunately today there is the Internet. A place where even the strangest model usually has its forum with fans willing to give you a hand. In fact, even some they have embarked on the adventure of recording tutorials Thanks to which you see yourself doing things that you would not have learned otherwise. Just the case of the Irish mechanic who hides behind the canal Soup Classic Motoring. Quite a handyman who rebuilds a Lotus Espirit as much as this Range Rover Vogue leaves the whim.

Of course, recording and explaining the entire process through the technique of "Stop motion". Yes, the same thing that has always been used for animated films with dolls but now put at the service of motor pedagogy. Total there is almost an hour and a half of recording with the Range Rover as the protagonist, highlighting the parts in which we see how to rebuild the profile of pieces eaten by rust.


The genealogy of Range Rover it has a multitude of variants. Something logical in a range that, through different evolutions, has kept its name and concept since 1970. However, the one that has remained as the most representative generation is undoubtedly the first. The "Golden times" of the Range Rover. Very far from its current situation in which versions like the Velar are more a variant of the Jaguar F-Pace than a model with its own entity.

Regarding engines there was everything. From the classic V8 Rover designed in principle by General Motors to the diesels of the Italian VM Motori, the Range Rover featured numerous devices. Of course, you could dress them with finishes as refined as Vogue.

Most of these models correspond to the beginning of the 90s, so now they begin to acquire an interesting status of "youngtimer”. Something that will surely encourage its position in the market, although seen what has been seen ... We would recommend a good look for signs of rust if you are seeing any. Beyond that, in the video we see practically no mechanical or engine work. So yes, the Range Rover still has its deserved fame: it is a very tough car.

What do you think?

Miguel Sánchez

Written by Miguel Sánchez

Through the news from La Escudería, we will travel the winding roads of Maranello listening to the roar of the Italian V12; We will travel Route66 in search of the power of the great American engines; we will get lost in the narrow English lanes tracking the elegance of their sports cars; We will speed up the braking in the curves of the Monte Carlo Rally and we will even get dusty in a garage while rescuing lost jewels.


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