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So, I was reading up on Linley edition as I wasn't all too familiar with the variant. Anyways, the article said of the 10 originally planned for production, only 6 were produced. Of the 6, one was a prototype and 4 were for UK market. Apparently, only 1 was shipped out to the US.

Is it possible that you've bought the one and only Linley edition in the entire US? If so, that would be very special indeed.
 

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So, I was reading up on Linley edition as I wasn't all too familiar with the variant. Anyways, the article said of the 10 originally planned for production, only 6 were produced. Of the 6, one was a prototype and 4 were for UK market. Apparently, only 1 was shipped out to the US.

Is it possible that you've bought the one and only Linley edition in the entire US? If so, that would be very special indeed.

and that it's in such a terrible state and a past owner didn't realise it was the most prestigious P38 ever made!? :shock:

Hmm.....
 

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If you don't mind, can you post more pictures of the interior? From the one picture you have of the interior, glove box compartment lid looks to be finished in stitched leather, and so is the sun visor from the looks of it.
 

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hmmmm shadow chrome... wishing you good luck on duplicating that :) I have tons of Hurricanes up in NE that are pitted, but it looks like you already have a set to work with .
 

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Wow, I'd just like to say that you're 100% the right owner for this car. I doubt half the guys on the forum would have the balls to a) buy it in that shape but then b) strip the entire interior and soon to be the mechanical bits as well.

Good luck and send us pics!
 

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Looks familiar to when I first bought mine and stripped the entire intertior out to re-trim the with new carpet! I'll be doing it again (twice) with a pair of P38 restoration projects (sadly nothing as nice as a Linley!) so kudos to you as Glube says for getting stuck in and starting fresh!!

Looking forward to seeing more pictures as you progress with the restoration!

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The right rear sunroof drain plug was blocked causing the runoff to leak on the rear carpeting. This had to be like this for number of years because the carpet foam was soaked through and minging with the scent of old wet socks. Entire car smelt awful. Thankfully the wool carpet was not affected because of a plastic sheeting the factory had between the carpet and undercover. The front pax floor was floating with anti freeze and this was chased back to the Heater Core seals. Previous owner had attempted to get at these but was not successful. Whoever went at it did a great job tearing the plastic trim under the leather covering apart as well as disconnecting the air conditioning vents but did not get to the seals. When i removed them they were hard as stone and so brittle that they ended up in 4 pieces. Found 2 seals for $2 but I can see how a dealership would charge you $$$$ labor. The Forum had a good writeup on changing these seals but for some reason the explanation as to how to get to the screw holding the pipes to the heater core is not ideal. I think that each person must have a different method.... I found that a 260mm long Philips head screwdriver worked well and I made sure not to back the screw out fully. Also I went to engine bay and gave a slight tug on the pipes to help separate them from the heater core. I sanded the connections and reinserted the seals. I also replaced the Heater Core Temperature Sensor while everything was apart. Thats a simple fix and worth the $25 part.
I am starting to redo all the wood trim in the piano black finish and this is a labor of love as it is very time consuming. Also the interior trim panels all needed to have various chips or dings filled in, primed and resprayed in a plastic matt type finish. Fortunately I was able to contact Landcover Special Vehicles in the UK and they have been a big help with matching of finishes etc.
The floor will have any corrosion sanded and primed and I then plan on putting a rust proofing spray on it. All the seat mounts and seat tracks will be sanded, primed and painted to refresh them and even though these parts will be out of sight, I would rather attend to them and make them as like new as possible as I don't plan on removing them again plus its been 16 years since they saw the light of day.
The drivers seat was badly torn and I had a new one made to match the original. I was able to repair the broken wire in the heated seat circuit and this tests as working now.
All electrical contacts on the interior have been removed and points cleaned and sprayed with electrical contact cleaner then refitted. All interior dash lights plus courtesy lights replaced. Once I have the flooring complete I will put a new soundproof carpet pad down and then the refreshed black carpet. I had the carpet redyed after removing and cleaning it and it looks and smells like new again. I have four sets of black lambswool rugs ordered from Scotland at a very reasonable price. These will match the original lambswool rugs that came with the vehicle.
Thats the month of February done on the LINLEY.....
 

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Having got that far with interior, you might as well take the dash out, and sort all the vent tubes out. Then replace the broken plastic where they bodged it trying to do the o-rings. Maybe even change the heater core for good measure.
 

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Having got that far with interior, you might as well take the dash out, and sort all the vent tubes out. Then replace the broken plastic where they bodged it trying to do the o-rings. Maybe even change the heater core for good measure.
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Scotty should have all the duct work you may need. A new OEM heater core if you want to stay OEM, and call it good.

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And when you're done, you can do my Westminster. Just kidding.

But since the interiors are very similar, maybe you can point me in the right direction on replacement trim and panels for the inside.


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Looks like you're off to a good start on the restoration.

I agree with others when they say to replace the heater core, not just the seals. I've replace the seals couple of times, but in the last interior leak, the culprit turned out to be the heater core itself. Also, if your budget permits, replace all the vent servo motors as well, as they are more than likely shot.

I believe you've mentioned in your previous post that you've redone the headliner. Did you replace it with black leather? I think I've read up somewhere that this edition had black leather headliner.
 

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I am planning on replacing the Heater Core plus 3 blend motors. Does anyone know if it would be worth while replacing the fan motors themselves or is that throwing good money at an item(s) that is fairly reliable. Once the dash is off and the vehicle is so bare I want to do as much preventative maintenance as possible.....
 

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@LuisC, The headliner was indeed leather and in excellent condition. The issue was that it was separating from the fibreglass shell headlining and needs to be reattached. I didn't want to mess with it on my own because of its rarity and have sent it to a leather auto specialist to have the work done. The door panels, panel under steering wheel and glove box are all leather and just needed to be cleaned and polished. The plastic trim was scratched and marked so I sanded them all down and used a flexible filler followed by a 320 grit sandpaper. I primed them and sanded again and finally I used 3 coats of black Plastidip spray which works perfectly and gives a similar finish compared to the original panels.
 

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Blower motors, although wear items after those years, are pretty easy to replace with the dash in. If they work, I'd leave them for now

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Update on restoration
I spoke with Landrover Special Vehicles about the restoration. I was about to be talked into removing the leather roof lining and having it replaced with a new leather lining by a leather tanner in CT but after speaking to LRSV in UK and being informed that the leather on roof was a one off special selection I had it cleaned, conditioned and let to sit in a humified room until it stretched back again and is now in like new condition.
Steering wheel with special silver inserts will be sent to Dallas for refurbishment As it had cracked and became unsightly. This item is the crown jewel of the vehicle in my opinion.
All the wood trim has been refinished back to piano black with all scratches and marks removed. The rear LINLEY badge was reconditioned and is perfect. All five wheels have been powder coated in Shadow Chrome.
I have removed and reinstalled a reconditioned complete EAS system that works like new. I removed all the corrosion from the chassis and frame. Four new shocks installed as well as the rotors and brakes. All electrical wires and looms were rechecked for wear and I retailed them all with electrical tape and cleaned all contacts plus replaced any corroded sockets or pins.
I completely overhauled the HVAC system and replaced all 5 Blend Motors plus both blower fans. System works flawlessly.
Heated leather seats have been repaired and all seat leather, along with the glove box, cubby box and rear cargo cover leather has been reconditioned and polished. After having the deep pile black wool carpeting removed, redhead and revealed earlier in the project I reinstalled it over replacement insulation foam. Hood and tailgate struts replaced as well as all interior lights from footwell to dash to HVAC to glovebox.
I removed all the exterior body trim plus front and rear bumpers.
I replaced the Drag link, stabilizer bar links, track rod and steering damper.
That's all work done from Feb to July. Majority I was able to do myself and have a good photo journal of the work.
Over next few months I will pressure test the engine and see what I have. Engine will be pulled from its resting place, engine bay cleaned and whatever work needed on engine will be completed.
 

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Above is the completed work on the interior of LINLEY along with a photo of the refurbished Shadow Chromed wheels.
Next to do is a refurbishment of engine which I plan on starting next week. After that it will be off to paint shop and that will be that....
Certainly a labor of love and if ever there was blood sweat and tears in a vehicle.......
 
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