I had already gained a love for anything automotive from a very young age. At the age of 3, my parents remember me talking about the collection of cars I would have. When I was about 7, I discovered a family friends Series III 88" at the end of the garden with a tarp thrown over it. I remember just feeling ecstatic about this vehicle! I wanted to save it and restore it. My parents then had to endure about 10 years of PowerPoint presentations explaining why I should get one and how, "it will fit in the drive... I promise...". Fast forward a few years and in May 2020 I collected my Series III 109 FFR and have been lovingly restoring it since.
In the past, I've had a red Vauxhall Corsa 1 litre, Mini Cooper S and Ford Fiesta 1.25. Aloy, my topless Series III, is definitely my favourite out of all of them (even though I've spent 4 hours changing 2 screws that should've taken 5 minutes...). I've now added a Fiesta WR to the restoration collection. I've always been interested in interesting cars, if you catch my drift. I love anything rally and off road, hence the latest addition!
Currently with Aloy, I am mainly focusing on the interior but the weather doesn't lend itself to painting at the moment so we have had a little hold up (it was expected the winter would be cold just hoped to get more done in Autumn). However, with the help of Bearmach, I have been able to fix some parts. I have fixed my handbrake seal and low range seal to stop the cold frat coming through. Due to the weather, the plan has changed slightly, and for the next few months I am going to focus on changing the suspension, both shocks and leaf springs. As most people with Land Rovers know, when you leave a carpark in the winter you can leave a rainbow on the floor, so I'm going to investigate the dripping. I don't think it is anything major, just a few drips but I'm going to replace all the seals and gaskets as I imagine it hasn't been done in a while. Also taking the time to get it ready for the summer when fingers crossed will be able to go on a road trip!
Even my business is centred around outdoors, adventure and automotive! I created Dystopia Workshop, an online shop that has everything from automobillia and restorations to art and clothing. Dystopia Workshop is based around the community that Land Rovers and off-road vehicles create. We want to embody that and create a place for our community. You can see what I'm working on with Aloy and my new additions over on my Instagram.