May 2002 - The stripping down of what is now the donor vehicle begins. The various outer panels, doors and interior trim are easy to remove. The trouble is, once the panels start to come off, you can see what's been going on underneath.
The only bits
that were awkward were the bodyside structures - they're supposed to be bolted
on, not welded! Shortly after this, I bought an angle-grinder.
It took about a month to get this far. By now, storage of bits was becoming a problem despite hanging them from the roof and careful stacking. Fortunately, the "vehicle" was still mobile so I could work outside - it's amazing how quickly you can fill a double garage!
transmission tunnel was the last step to reveal the chassis.
The Dakar 4x4 is about 2 feet shorter than a Range Rover so you get to chop off a lot of the rusty bits. Unfortunately there were a lot more nasties lurking.
Time flies when you're having fun, and it's now October 2002. I have acquired a triple garage and the chassis is in the final stages of stripdown.