This is the most insane (and entertaining) way to restore a vehicle

George Karellas is a steely-eyed mad man. Not only did he decide to teach himself how to restore a Range Rover Vogue and a Lotus Espirit S2, but he recorded the entirety of the projects using Stop Motion.

If you are unfamiliar with stop motion, just remember the Christmas specials of your youth. Rudolph was stop motion animation and so was Gumby. So every time a bolt was removed on the subject vehicles, George didn’t just undo the bolt. He was taking a photograph every half turn to make it look like the bolt removes itself. It looks amazing as a final product but is a ridiculous amount of work. While George was already completing a ridiculous amount of work on Range Rover & Lotus

How he did it

The truck was purchased by his uncle in 1991 and lived by the sea, traveled on ferries, and made regular trips to the Alps. His uncle tried to look after it the best he could and turned over a bulging box of maintenance history to George when he took possession of the Range Rover. The whole restoration process has taken nearly four years but probably could have been cut in half if he hadn’t filmed the entire project.

George relied on the support of patrons. Because he did the fabrication work himself, he was able to keep the overall costs low. It is so much work that it makes me tired thinking about trying to do any of the bodywork. But George’s point is that anyone can do this. It just takes time and effort. And practice, lots of practice, and some money.

Feature Length

Hopefully, he will make a video for the entirety of the Espirit project as well. For now, enjoy one hour and twenty-eight minutes of stop motion restoration. It’s glorious.

18 Comments

  1. All this time I thought the original series Range Rovers were alumin(i)um like the original Land Rover.

      1. To elaborate, the Classic Range Rover and Discovery used aluminum outer panels over a steel base unit similar to the Rover P6 or Citroen DS. This means most of the body structure is steel, along with the roof on the Discovery. This also means that in addition to the steel body structure and chassis rusting you also get galvanic corrosion of the aluminum panels where they contact the steel under structure. Defenders also get this a lot at the bottoms of the doors where water leaks past the roll down window and rusts the steel door frame and also around the body capping which is painted steel rather than galvanized like a Series Landrover.

  2. This is insane, indeed. Mad respect for balancing two projects requiring bottomless patience and solid skill at the same time. Wow!

    1. Yep, it might not be immediately apparent from his name or accent but this guy is Irish where his videos have had a bit of a following for that very reason. The RR is Meath registered, which is a county just outside Dublin, pretty close to the side of Dublin I live in (doesn’t mean he lives in Meath as it only shows where it was sold when new, his accent seems more affluent South Dublin).

      In the yin and yang of the Irish car scene, he represents the classy respectable side while the more mischievous tearaway opposite number would be Juiceboxforyou, restoring an AE86 when they’re not setting things on fire, entertaining but probably much more inchorent for non Irish viewers. https://www.youtube.com/user/juiceboxforyoudotcom/featured

    2. Yep, it might not be immediately apparent from his name or accent but this guy is Irish where his videos have had a bit of a following for that very reason. The RR is Meath registered, which is a county just outside Dublin, pretty close to the side of Dublin I live in (doesn’t mean he lives in Meath as it only shows where it was sold when new, his accent seems more affluent South Dublin).

      In the yin and yang of the Irish car scene, he represents the classy respectable side while the more mischievous tearaway opposite number would be Juiceboxforyou, restoring an AE86 when they’re not setting things on fire, entertaining but probably much more inchorent for non Irish viewers. https://www.youtube.com/user/juiceboxforyoudotcom/featured

    3. Yep, it might not be immediately apparent from his name or accent but this guy is Irish where his videos have had a bit of a following for that very reason. The RR is Meath registered, which is a county just outside Dublin, pretty close to the side of Dublin I live in (doesn’t mean he lives in Meath as it only shows where it was sold when new, his accent seems more affluent South Dublin).

      In the yin and yang of the Irish car scene, he represents the classy respectable side while the more mischievous tearaway opposite number would be Juiceboxforyou, restoring an AE86 when they’re not setting things on fire, entertaining but probably much more inchorent for non Irish viewers. https://www.youtube.com/user/juiceboxforyoudotcom/featured

      1. We were *this* close to going to Ireland next Spring… but our next family trip is to Banff in Canada.
        I’m still dying to get to Ireland. A lot of my friends are Italian Boston, but I’m Irish Boston… my moms maiden name is Kirby.

        1. When you do make it over, let me know if you want me to try and put you in touch with some folks in the car scene here, e.g. where cars and coffee type meets are, autotests, etc.

        2. ha! Yeah we will be there late June. Plan is to do mostly Banff with a trip to Jasper as well. Any must sees?

          1. Random thoughts:

            Plan lots of time for the drive to Jasper. It’s not that far but the scenery at almost every turn is astonishing. Stop at the Columbia Ice Fields and get boggled at how far back the glacier has receded in the past hundred years.

            If budget allows, take the Banff Gondola up Sulphur mountain (really spendy). You can also walk up it, which is a pretty easy hike for active people. Even better, stay overnight at the lodge at Sunshine Village, to which you have to take a gondola anyway

            Stop at Peyto Lake on your way to Jasper. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peyto_Lake The parking lot will be nightmarish, but if you keep walking past all the tourist lookouts, you’ll find completely empty spots to view the lake

            If you and your wife can hike with your daughter, try to get out and do this easy but awesome hike: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/canada/alberta/cameron-lake-trail

            I have no idea what staying at Mount Engadine Lodge is like, but I often come here for a drink and dessert after a hike, and I’ve never not seen a moose in the alpine meadow out front: https://mountengadine.com/

            Johnston Canyon is pretty cool

            Early morning starts are your friend here because the best weather in summer usually happens in the morning, and you can beat a lot of the tourist rush to sightseeing spots like Lake Louise. Keep in mind that mid-afternoon thunderstorms usually roll in and mess everything up with hail and wind.

            There are lots of trail riding and cowboy experiences

            If you want to see Rocky Mountain Sheep, drive down Hwy 40 in Kananaskis, they’re usually licking the road at the north and south end of the highway, plus you cross Canada’s highest paved mountain road https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Highwood_Pass

            Alberta is producing some killer beer these days, so please support our local brewing heroes

          2. Fixed that for you. For some reason it went to Pending. I’m not sure why the comments occasionally get sent there.

        3. In case you weren’t already planning on it, 100% buy your pass ahead of time – I made the mistake of buying at the gate (admittedly going on the Victoria Day weekend, which is one of our big holidays, and usually sort of the kickoff for summer), and spent about a half hour waiting in line at the park entrance.

          https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/ab/banff/visit/pass

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