Truck Of The Irish
Land Rover Owner|February 2018

It’s taken nine long years, but Aussie-based Irish expat Eamon Tierney has finished rebuilding his 107 pick-up. And it’s a belter

John Dean

There was a time when those who entertained ideas of owning a Series I would have had their hearts set solely on an 80in. Failing that, they may have settled for an 86 or, if completely desperate, an 88. But 107s and 109s were often overlooked entirely – dismissed as ugly and lacking the appeal of the shorter-wheelbase models.

Not that any of this applies to Eamon Tierney, the affable Irishman whose home is now the Southern Highlands of New South Wales in Australia. Nine years ago, he bought, sight unseen, a 1955 107-inch pick-up finished in Daktari-style zebra stripe livery. It had been a promotional vehicle for Sydney Land Rover repairer Graeme Cooper Automotive during the 1980s before, ironically, collapsing into complete mechanical disarray (the Land Rover, that is; not the company).

‘It’s been a long road,’ admits Eamon, who’s originally from Belfast. ‘When I first collected the car, it did actually run, but the brakes and steering were absolutely shocking. If I’d kept driving it as it was, the gearbox would have definitely gone, and so too would the engine. Poking around the motor, I discovered broken piston rings along with badly scored bores.’

There was no ducking the issue – a complete overhaul was in order. Once the engine, transmission and bodywork had been removed, attention turned to the chassis, which required only minor welding.

Rather than pull it out, Eamon chose to leave the chassis’ wiring harness inside its rail, because it had only been recently replaced. Exposed wires and connectors poking out each end were taped and protected with plastic before the chassis was sent away for sandblasting. The contractor tackling the job also stripped the bodywork back to bare Birmabright through soda blasting – much kinder on soft alloy than the aggressive garnet used on the sturdy, steel-box-sectioned undercarriage. ’It was a cold, miserable day,’ Eamon remembers. ‘I felt for the poor guy working outside – it was absolutely freezing.’

Back home in the shed, and from one temperature extreme to another, Eamon and his wife Lorna raced to paint the chassis in POR 15, a two-part rust preventative coating, before it hardened on brushes and rollers in sweltering 40º heat. And as for painting the body, ’I’m not that good on a spray gun,’ Eamon concedes. ‘So I handed that job over to someone who is. The final colour choice was RAF Blue, which now sits beautifully against light grey wheels, glistening new galvanising and sand-coloured three-quarter canvas tilt.

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