Hot Rods & Hogs – 1958 Land Rover


This past weekend, I heard about a local car show Hot Rods & Hogs, put on by one of the community churches in the area. I had been to this show a few years ago, when it was a much smaller affair. Several people said this was going to be the biggest yet, and they were definitely right. Before I jump into that, though, I want to take a quick look at one of the vehicles that stood out to me. See if it doesn’t get your attention.


At first glance, this appears to be a 1958 Land Rover Series II Station Wagon with the Safari Roof. It also appears to have entered quite a few rallies in South America over the years. I always wondered what it was like, bouncing down some rutty dirt road in a foreign country; must be quite a rush. There’s something more going on beneath the body, however.


The frame and everything below the body looks like it’s been restored or replaced. The front axle doesn’t even have a driveshaft connected to it yet, as you can see in the pictures above. I don’t know what’s under the narrow hood, but it’s not anything that came from the factory; moving those massive tires and heavy steel frame would require something more powerful. Clearly this is not a standard Land Rover, but then a Land Rover is anything but standard, isn’t it?

What do you think of this old/new machine? Is it restoration or a rat rod?


[Photos Copyright 2013 Hooniverse/Marcal Eilenstein]

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15 responses to “Hot Rods & Hogs – 1958 Land Rover”

  1. Toxic Avenger Avatar
    Toxic Avenger

    Tell us about the Roller Skate Vehicle in the background?

    1. dead_elvis Avatar

      I can't speak to the skate itself, but it's advertising a local (Seattle-area) fried chicken joint that's good, supposedly so good that Oprah has had it airlifted directly into her mouth. However, I prefer the newer, competing place that the original's namesake now runs – although he doesn't have any sort of art car/amusing promo vehicle, so points off there.
      Now I need fried chicken for dinner.

      1. MVEilenstein Avatar

        I concur. We support Heaven Sent over Ezell's, even though Ezell runs Heaven Sent, and his ex runs Ezell's!

    2. scoudude Avatar

      Looks like it was one of the ones that the Seattle area Skate Kings used to have. Never saw any of them on the road they just sat in the corner of the building. Presumably they were sold as they closed one location after another.

    3. MVEilenstein Avatar

      All I know about the roller skate car is that it is street legal, drove to the show on its own power. In fact, my wife was almost T-boned by it recently, when the driver failed to stop behind the line at a 4-way.

  2. racer139 Avatar

    Its perfect and by the looks of it it will be quite capable when complete. That rollerskate looks crazy.

  3. Rover1 Avatar

    It might not be a work of art, but it's certainly a work of craft.

  4. Scandinavian Flick ★ Avatar
    Scandinavian Flick ★

    That's not a work horse; that's a war horse. That thing looks like it made it through hell and back, laughing manically all the way.
    Narrow hood or not, you'd be surprised what they can cram where… Especially when that "where" is British. Somewhere under that hood is a massive eagle's nest of vacuum line, wiring, and coolant, fully concealing a deceptively small block of pistons, pain, torque, shattered dreams, and empty wallets.

  5. Slow_Joe_Crow Avatar

    For starters that is actually a Series I station wagon rather than a Series II which limits it to 1956 or 57 as the only years for the 107" Station Wagon. My impression is that the chassis is not original and is either a later 109 or something else entirely with the LR body on top. Thus I would consider this a rat rod rather than a restoration and based on the Pacific badges on the front fenders this is probably powered by a diesel truck engine. I do like the 1978 World cup design on the back door.

  6. Batshitbox Avatar

    I'm gonna say the original frame went the way of most Landie frames, especially if it was as hard used as the body seems to be. Even my '65 needed a new frame after decades in New England. There's a place in Vermont that's been doing a booming trade in replacement frames for a long time, and I'll be there's one under that truck now.
    Neither restoration nor Rat Rod, just an old truck that's been kept going. Maybe it sat for a decade or two, but it's back up now!

  7. Alcology Avatar

    That's just some redneck rehab! Love it! This is a hot rod/rat rod rover:
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    I keep forgetting to nominate this guy for some HCOTY stuff. Also runs a community hoon garage in england. Area 52!

    1. Alcology Avatar

      oh craps, wrong post. sorry! well enjoy it here as well

  8. Sam Avatar

    looks like everything but the exterior are spare parts, and they retained the appearance for that tough been-to-hell -and-back look
    pretty easy to find land rover spare parts and they still work like its new

  9. Rover Parts Avatar

    if they were real people, that one would be clint eastwood and the blue one justin bieber

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