eBay Range Rover restoration completed in record time

By Chris Dawson August 1, 2016 - 11:08 am

ebay_silverstone_03_webeBay, the official official parts and accessories partner for the Silverstone Classic festival, made the deadline and restored a 1983 Range Rover in just three days.

Having challenged racing driver and car restorer Fergus Walkinshaw to revive the vehicle in front of a live audience at eBay’s RESTORATION LIVE, the team of mechanics completed the work in record time ready for its unveiling on stage at the Mike Brewer Car Clinic on Sunday.

The aim of the Restoration Live project was to demonstrated to the race goers and car enthusiasts at the Silverstone Classic that eBay is the premier destination for car parts and accessories in the UK. It should be the first destination you go to whether you’re restoring a classic motor or servicing your humble Ford Focus – with 100’s of 100’s of sellers, you can source just about every car part you could ever need.

Starting at 7.00am on Friday morning, Fergus and his team of skilled mechanics guided the crowd through every step of the project as they renovated the iconic first-generation Range Rover using only parts bought from online marketplace eBay.

ebay_silverstone_05a_webThe project included replacing the suspension and the exhaust system, as well as a host of other jobs. The Range Rover was returned to its original condition, even sourcing rare parts such as a section of carpet covering the spare wheel and the front bumper trim.

On Sunday afternoon, the off-roader was driven onto the eBay stage for Mike Brewer’s Car Clinic in front of a crowd of festival-goers.

Mike described the breakneck restoration as “a miracle”. “If you had seen this car three days ago, you would not have believed it could have looked like this,” he said on stage, before Fergus took the crowd through the process of sourcing hundreds of parts from eBay and overhauling the car in just under three days.

When Fergus handed back the keys to the proud owner live on the eBay stage, he presented him with the original sales brochure from 1983 too. Fergus was able to find every part he needed from eBay, using 80 business sellers from the online marketplace ensuring that he had everything his team needed.

The time lapse below shows the entire three day restoration:

  • peter lorimer
    1 year ago

    I run a prestige car business and have done a lot of restorations of older classics over the years.I couldn’t help but notice that after your so called restoration the n/s headlamp was so knackered it would probably have failed an mot.Also noticed the saggy headcloth was ignored and the engine/gearbox didn’t seem to get any attention at all.
    Restoration? hardly.

    • Any Random Nobody
      1 year ago

      FFS Peter
      Hater level = 100

      I presume you was there, but I also presume that you didn’t say any of this to their faces? Waste man

  • steve
    1 year ago

    Anyone who watches Wheeler Dealers and the ace mechanic Ed China will know its about making good whats wrong and only spending where necessary. Its a brilliant concept by ebay and focuses the truth worth of ebay – finding parts aint easy.

    Doesnt Devin Winegg have a landrover in his garage to be restored? probably the US next then…

  • Sam O'levski
    1 year ago

    I hope this will help all those who sell car parts on ebay, although I’d love to know what proportion of total listings and revenue this covers.
    How about similar projects in other categories, like completing a collection of something in collectables, and perhaps sourcing a few bits from the Italy based seller who has ‘delcampe’ plastered over most of their 1000’s of photos – that ought to make for interesting viewing !
    There’s a lot of fairly basic ‘good housekeeping’ jobs which ebay should be sorting out before trying to attract new buyers and sellers, or are they happy to advertise their problems and failings ?

  • John
    1 year ago

    Years ago, I was always climbing over cars in knackers yards, getting parts. I only had the local yards to choose from , and had to wait for better cars, for later jobs.
    These yards are now all gone. Now, I just sit with my iPad, buying parts, new and old, and wait for them to be delivered to my door. From doors, to engines, to switches, it’s so easy. Even to set up parcel collection, that the seller doesn’t know how to do.
    It’s the future, and I don’t get filthy, till I’m irking on my car.

    • 1 year ago

      I can remember those Scrapyards. I first went to a scrapyard aged about 7 or 8 with my father. He had a small Transport Company. The Sand and Gravel sort that existed back then in the 1950’s. He operated a fleet of almost all Bedfords and he was always on the lookout for bits. He seemed to know every scrapyard for miles around(he operated from Enfield in Middlesex it was only in 1964 that he sold up and moved to Cornwall).

      Today as John says many of the scrapyards have gone. The magic I felt all those years ago and many other wondrous things like Steam Locomotives and Velocette Motorcycles have long disappeared into history to be replaced by soul less computerised rubbish of today. Bring back the scrapyard of yesteryear where yes you might have got a bit of grease under the fingernails but you could find treasures around every turn and often at pocket money prices.

      If anybody thinks I am too hard on todays rubbish may I make a point. A couple of years ago I saw a letter in a newspaper about todays Motorcars being the best and most long lasting Cars in History. I replied and pointed out that on any day you were assured of seeing such as Morris Minors, MGB Sportscars and Austin A30 and A35’s on the road. If you project yourselves forward say 25 years you are still likely to see Morris Minors, MGB Sports Cars and Austin A30 and A35’s on the road but you will be very unlikely to see any. I repeat any Motorcars of today still on the road. It will not be the dreaded Iron Worm that will have killed them but all the computerised gubbins that they will stick on every car.

      It is not that long ago that BMW were advertising that their Cars had more computers on them than the NASA Rockets that went to the Moon….Why?

      All the computerised gubbins may be very well when it is working but what happens a few years down the line when todays gubbins is no longer being manufactured and all the spares have been used up. The next generation of guibbins will not work with the previous generation of gubbins and the cost of repairing the electronics is vastly more than the thing is worth.

      The answer is that a vehicle with years of life left in its bodywork, engine and transmission will go to the scrapyard because some gubbins that previously was a simple item that could be repaired at the side of the road now needs a technician with years of high grade training and all sorts of computerised systems but at the end of the day is defeated because the bit that he needs is long out of production and any surviving bits cost a fortune.

      In the days of the Morris Minor all you needed was a friendly neighbourhood Scrapyard and a Screwdriver to get the bit that you needed.

    • 1 year ago

      Further to Scrapyards. I saw my first Sherpa Van in a Scrapyard only a few days after the first deliveries had been made. It was a Sherpa with a Luton Body and it had been written off in an accident.

      The story I heard was that it had been in a traffic jam on a Motorway and a mobile crane(the sort with a jib sticking out in front had come down the slip road to join the motorway but instead of stopping short the driver had driven down and put the jib through the side of the Luton body and rolled the Sherpa and twisted the chassis and wrecked the van. It had been written off and sent straight to the scrapyard. So it is very wrong to think about scrapyard only being full of old and very rusty wrecks.

      As a matter of interest my Daughter bought one of the very first New Ford Focus RS 3’s on the road. She tells me that within days of the first deliveries(and hers was one of the first) 2 had been written off. 1 by a Mechanic carrying out the Pre Delivery Inspection and 1 by the owner apparently trying it out to see what it would do(without running it in and long before he was used to it). So somewhere in the ‘Recycling’ area there were 2 x Ford Focus RS 3’s being dismantled long before many Petrol Heads had even seen one. She tells me that since these 2 there have been several others written off(Not hers I may point out. She loves her Ford Focus RS 3 and intends to keep it for ever- When the RS 4 comes out She intends to buy one and the existing RS 3 will go to her Fiance(He’s already put his name on it) to join the earlier RS that he owns.

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