How To Protect A Chassis From Rust

How To Protect A Chassis From Rust Step By Step Guide

How To Protect A Chassis From Rust…

When you take your 4×4 off-road you are exposing the chassis to a whole range of elements which are ultimately going to shorten the lifespan of it, if left untreated, this guide explains how to protect a chassis from rust.

Three things together cause rust to develop: iron, water and oxygen. Iron oxide, commonly known as rust occurs when water starts reacting with the carbon dioxide in the air resulting in a weak carbonic acid to be formed.

The iron starts to dissolve, the water begins to breaks down into its basic components, oxygen and hydrogen. Oxygen and iron bond into iron oxide, releasing electrons in the process. To prevent the process of oxidation and rust from occurring, iron that is exposed to air and water needs to be protected.

There are many options for protecting your vehicles chassis , some more expensive than others, some easier to apply than others. You need to decide which is going to be best for you.

Rust occurs according to this equation: 4Fe + 3O2 = 2Fe2O3, Just add water!

Rust occurs according to this equation: 4Fe + 3O2 = 2Fe2O3, just add water!


You can galvanise your chassis which is not always the most cost effective option, dipping an old chassis isn’t going to give you the best results, so if you decide to go that route, buy a brand new replacement chassis from one of the reputable suppliers.

Reasons for not galvanising  an old chassis

1. Modern dipping methods are very different to the old methods, mass production means cut backs such as a lack of pre-heat and faster cooling which leads to warping.
2. Acids are not always removed.
3. Slag is often left on surface causing poor finish
4. Usually have to sign a disclaimer
5. Process weakens steel due to high temps. An old galvanised chassis usually suffers delamination internally and reduced wall thickness as a result. Combine the two and you have ripe conditions for warpage fatigue or cracking/ failure

A Galvanised chassis can still suffer from the dreaded rot over time, treating the chassis inside and out will prevent this from happening and prolong its life. Another upside to painting a brand new chassis is that it may not catch the eye of thieves, Land Rover theft is big business these days.

Galvanised Chassis Zn (aq) + FeZn (s) --> Fe (s) + Zn2 (aq)

Galvanised Chassis Zn (aq) + FeZn (s) –> Fe (s) + Zn2 (aq) = The galvanising process equation.

Prepping A Galvanised Chassis For Paint

You will find that your new chassis may well be shiny, but it certainly wont be smooth! The galvanising process leaves spikes that will need removing carefully before painting, this is important to give your paint the best surface to adhere to. The surface will also need cleaning and an alkaline solution should be used to remove the oxidisation which forms during the first 24 hours after hot dipping.

Step 1: File down any sharp spikes left after dipping.

Step 2: Use a quality degreaser to remove greasy marks. Spray on the degreaser or apply using a brush, rinse the detergent off after a 5-10 minute period and then make sure the chassis is fully dry inside and out before moving on to the next steps.

Step 3: Brush T-Wash on to the chassis and wait for the chemical reaction to occur, the surface of the chassis will turn black at which time you should wash the chassis for a final time and leave to dry fully. If the T-wash doesn’t go fully black after washing down thoroughly it must be redone. Streaky grey/ silver/ black will result in low adhesion.

Step 4: We don’t use an etch primer after t-wash. But most do. It’s just another layer, another point of failure. We do t-wash or etch, not both. This keeps cost down, makes the process simpler, faster and results in less points of failure later on.

Step 5: It has been a long process but you are finally ready to apply the topcoat of your choice, we would fully recommend using Buzzweld Chassis In One or even 2k Extreme, these products have a proven track record. There are of course other products and the choice is entirely yours!

If you do not want to go down the galvanised route for whatever reason and you decide to paint your vehicle’s chassis, you must still properly prepare before painting, poor preparation will lead to whatever product you choose failing a lot sooner.

Preparing a chassis for painting

Step 1: Clean the entire surface with a degreaser making sure you remove any grease, tar and any other contaminants that have built up on the surface, wash off then leave to dry thoroughly.

Step 2: Once dry, strip the old paint to expose the bare metal underneath and to remove any existing traces of rust. After exposing the bare metal, now repeat step 1.

Step 3. Once the chassis is fully stripped back and free from contaminants you can begin applying a primer. We recommend using Buzzweld Rust Control Primer (RCP), mainly because it has zero rust creep and modifies existing rust. Drying times are dependent on the environment, but you should leave 4 days before applying a top coat.

Step 4: Before applying a top coat make sure the surface is clean from contaminates. We would now recommend using two coats of Buzzweld Chassis in One. CIO contains self-leafing glass flake for extreme abrasion resistance compared to standard coatings giving longer protection. Top coats can be applied within as little as 30 minutes of each other.

Chasiss Fully Protected cold-applied liquid epoxies and corrosion inhibitors.

Chasiss Fully Protected with cold-applied liquid epoxies and corrosion inhibitors.


Most people shy away from using sandblasting mainly due to cost, however it probably isn’t as expensive as you think! Factor in the materials you will need and the time it will take for you to lay on your back and prep your chassis yourself and sandblasting really doesn’t cost all that much.
If for some reason you still cant consider getting your chassis sandblasted then its time for some good old elbow grease…

Chassis Sand Blasting Courtesy Of Preston Blasting Services

Chassis Sand Blasting Courtesy Of Preston Blasting Services

Manual chassis prep

Before you start you need to clean away all the oil, tar, road grime from the surfaces, it is going to make life a lot easier in the long run and save on materials, wire wheels and flap discs do not work very well when they get coated in old oil.
Choose your weapons!! There are many abrasive materials to choose from, wire wheels, flap discs, 80 grit sandpaper etc..

When painting any surface, preparation is not only a basic fundamental, it will also dictate how long your chassis stays protected from the elements.
Always spend a little extra time making sure that surfaces are free from contaminants, and leave as much time as possible between coats unless the manufacturers directions advise otherwise.

When prepping your chassis with wire wheels or flap discs, be sure to wear the appropriate safety gear, googles to protect your eyes and gloves to protect your hands.

Spray and Pray coatings

There are numerous amounts of coatings which you can apply with a reduced amount of preparation. Some of the more popular brands being Waxoil and Dinitrol. Some people swear by these treatments, however they do not always work as intended.
These treatments can harden and crack allowing moisture and salt to get trapped against the metal, when this happens the product actually masks the rotting that is occurring behind the surface.
From a personal point of view I would much rather treat a chassis with a product that has rust inhibitors and modifying properties than a spray and pray product.



















Happy Valley Voluntary Restraint

Welsh Byway Happy Valley Voluntary Restraint Continues Into April

The voluntary restraint on Happy Valley byway in Wales is to continue according to a tweet by GLASS yesterday. It stated that Stakeholder members requested the ongoing voluntary restraint on Happy Valley during a conference call which took place on March 20th.
The restraint includes both motorbikes and 4×4 vehicles, it will be reviewed again at the end of next month.

“After a conference call today (March 20th 2017) Stakeholder members agreed to politely request a continued voluntary restraint on Happy Valley.

This is for both 2 and 4 wheel vehicles until a site meeting at the end of April and work begins to repair damage.

It was stated if this agreement wasn’t adhered to, the Gwynedd Highways would push for an official TRO. Use it, and you will lose it. Please avoid until further notice. Signs will be going up shortly. Thank you.”

Source: GLASS

Skipton Magistrates

Slapped Wrist for man who stole Landrover Defender from Draughton

A thief that stole a Land Rover Defender from Draughton and smashed it into a wall, causing £15,000 damage to the vehicle, was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison – suspended for two years at court yesterday.

Adam Virr, 29, admitted to aggravated vehicle taking, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance at Skipton Magistrates court on Tuesday. The court heard how the offender from Cleckheaton hot-wired the Land Rover Defender worth £22,000 outside the owners house in Draughton during the early hours of June the 10th last year.

Virr also assaulted a police officer at Harrogate Police Station, punching him in the face after his arrest on June 10, he received an eight week suspended sentence, to run concurrently.

He received a five year driving ban with a condition of taking an extended driving test before he can drive again.

The vehicle had a tracker fitted which alerted the owner the Defender had been stolen via a text message from the tracking company, said prosecutor, Charles Macrae.

The Police were also alerted and the Landrover was spotted a short while later by a firearms officer who followed it to Hebden Bridge, Calderdale. Virr, drove recklessly through a 30mph zone and then proceeded to crash into a parked car before hitting a high wall in Lee Mill Road, Hebden Bridge.

The 29 year old ditched the Landrover, ran off, and was apprehended by police officers less than 150 metres away in a wooded area. He was found to be carrying a tool with a flat bladed screwdriver, which police suspected had been used to hot-wire the vehicle.

Virr was taken into custody, and it was while at Harrogate Police Station that he punched an officer in the face, causing bruising, and cracked teeth.

Virr, already on a 16 month sentence, suspended for two years imposed by Bradford Crown Court for unrelated matters, was told by magistrates he would be sent to prison if he committed another offence in the next two years.

He was also ordered to pay £300 compensation to the owner of the Landrover, to cover his insurance excess, and £119.70 to the police officer.

Our thoughts, its no wonder so many Defenders are being stolen with such lenient sentencing.

£44,000 Worth Of Trouble Say Pensioners

£44,000 Range Rover Evoque Worst Car Purchase I Ever Made Be warned

‘£44,000 Range Rover Evoque Worst Car Purchase I Ever Made Be warned’ Say a retired couple that have been plagued with so many issues that they
have put posters all over their vehicle warning other motorists that may be considering purchasing one.

Trevor and Ann Heley, from Fixby, West Yorkshire, purchased the luxury 4×4 vehicle from a dealership almost two years ago and claim that they have had nothing but issues with it from the start.

The couple bought their Evoque brand new from Huddersfield-based Rocar Moores Land Rover, which was taken over by Rybrook Land Rover just a few months after the couple made their purchase.

The problems started when the ECO system failed, the tailgate then developed a rattle, followed by the brake disks and pads needing replacements due to failure. Allegedly the rear camera is no use in the rain and the surround camera system is useless in the dark. Mr Heley a retired engineer also reported that the electric handbrake is impractical.

The pair complained and received little satisfaction from the companies and felt that their only alternative was to put warning signs on their faulty motor.

Mr Heley said that putting warning signs over his car wasn’t an easy thing to do. He said “it’s embarrassing admitting we own a vehicle that we are so dissatisfied with.”

Range Rover Evoque Worst Car I Ever Purchased

Range Rover Evoque Worst Car I Ever Purchased

The stickers on the car read: ‘Range Rover Evoque – this is the worst car purchase I have ever made. Be warned!’

He said: “There have been numerous previous problems with the vehicle and with the dealership not complying with Jaguar Land Rover protocols or following their own working instructions.”

“Unfortunately, we cannot come to an amicable agreement with Jaguar Land Rover or their dealer. We have lost all faith with the Evoque and Jaguar Land Rover.

‘Jaguar Land Rovers’ attitude is that they want us to just grin and bear owning a vehicle that, we feel, is not of satisfactory quality, is not fit for purpose nor is as described.”

The couple now plan to sell the car via eBay for a price representative of its condition.

A Jaguar Land Rover spokeswoman said: “At this stage the case with Mr and Mrs Heley is currently active. Our executive team have been working for some time to draw this to a satisfactory close. Until the case is closed we cannot comment any further, however we are working hard to resolve this.”

Land Rover A380

Land Rover Overturns On A380 Newton Abbot

A Land Rover overturned on the A380 on Wednesday morning according to Police attending the scene of the crash at the Ideford Dip, the vehicle was towing a van.

As well as Police, the fire brigade attended the scene of the accident which happened at roughly 10.30am, however the driver was not trapped in the car or injured.

A police spokesman said: “A Land Rover overturned on the A380 Ideford Dip leaving it partly on the grass and partly on the carriageway. The vehicle was towing a van at the time and recovery is ongoing.”

“Three appliances from Teignmouth and Middlemoor were mobilised to reports of an road traffic collision,” said a fire service spokesman.

 “On arrival crews discovered a one vehicle collision where the car had overturned. No one was trapped and crews made the vehicle safe.”

At the time of writing the clean up is still ongoing.

4x4 Seized

Off-Piste Drivers Threaten The Future Of Greenlaning Police Seize 4×4

Illegal off-road driving threatens the future of Greenlaning, destroys the countryside and gives everyone that legally enjoy the byways a bad reputation. Off-Piste driving happens all over the country, some do it deliberately whilst others are ignorant of the laws, either way it’s wrong and the police are clamping down on ‘Off-Piste’ drivers.

The Warickshire police force recently seized a Land Rover Discovery in Rush Lane, Dosthill, the vehicle was abandoned after suffering significant under-body damage and a destroyed wheel on Saturday, March 11.

Residents of Kingsbury, Dosthill and Wood End reported an increasing number of heavily modified 4×4 vehicles using off road land to illegally race and trial, Warickshire police launched a crackdown to identify and prosecute anti social drivers.

Officer PC Ramsell, said: “We are responding to local complaints about the anti-social use of 4x4s, off-road vehicles and scramblers. We’re making it our priority to identify and prosecute offenders. The police will seize and crush any vehicles causing anti-social issues in the North Warwickshire area.”

The recently seized vehicle was taken to a police compound under section 34 of the road traffic act 1988 pending further investigation.

The Land Rover was also subjected to a Section 59 warning – an order that targets any vehicle used in a manner which causes alarm, distress or annoyance – which if given again will be seized by the police.

Officers have the power to issue a Section 59 Warning to any vehicle and driver of any vehicle.

Just recently an initiative to crackdown on illegal off-roading on Salisbury Plain was hailed a big success. Over the course of the operation up to 50 illegal moto-cross bikes were reported, of which 26 were issued written warnings, two moto-cross bikes were seized for not being road legal (the owners will face £150 fine and 3 points on their licence), and seven 4×4 vehicles were issued written warnings – including an organisation who were receiving commercial gains on MoD land by charging for safari trips on Salisbury Plain Training Area – which is illegal.

Defender Stolen In Kent

Kent Police Looking For Land Rover Defender Stolen From Hildenborough train station Tonbridge

Land Rover Defender ceased production in January 2016 and since then there has been a surge in thefts of the iconic vehicles.

Some Land Rover owners are now fighting back by using social media to track down their vehicles, posting on groups such as Landywatch which is run mainly by police officers in their spare time. With over ten thousand members the group has had success in making vehicles too hot to handle and finding stolen Land Rovers.

Police in Kent are appealing for witnesses after a Land Rover Defender was stolen from near Hildenborough train station early Wednesday evening.

The green Defender which was left in Hildenborough Train station car park is believed to have been taken at some point on Wednesday.

A police spokesman said: “Officers investigating the theft of a Land Rover in Tonbridge are appealing for witnesses.

The Land Rover was left in a car park close to Hildenborough train station, in Tonbridge.

“It is reported the green Land Rover Defender was stolen between 7.50am and 9.15pm.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 01622 604100 quoting reference YY/6064/17.

Alternatively contact Kent Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

Land Rover Defender 2019

Jaguar Land Rover Plans A Rebirth Of The Defender In 2019

Jaguar Land Rover plans a rebirth of the Defender in 2019 however it may be built in Slovakia according to reports.

The Great British Land Rover Defender was discontinued in 2016 largely due to stringent EU regulations on vehicle emissions and crash safety requirements, the Land Rover Defender in it’s current form would not pass the EU regulations. Designed originally for farming and agricultural use, the Land Rover was built with simplicity in mind.

“In 1948, the vehicle was just driving over the farm field,” chief exec Ralf Speth said. “But this cannot be the case anymore. At the end of the day you cannot design a vehicle like the original one. We have to make sure we fulfill all the regulatory requirements.”

After almost 70 years in production the Land Rover can be found performing all sorts of tasks in all walks of life, its classless which is why the utility vehicle quickly became one of the most popular off-road vehicles in production, selling over 2 million since 1948, making it the world’s longest continuous production vehicle.

A new generation of the Defender is currently being tested in prototype form at various secret locations around the world. Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO confirmed that the company are testing Defender mules, which were very promising, the styling is almost complete and is said to look “fantastic”.

The new Defender will be based on the aluminium architecture of the Range Rover and Discovery, meaning it can share the all-aluminium body shop and final assembly procedures of these models, this means the end of the ladder chassis setup, instead the first completely new Defender since 1948 will feature two subframes mounted to a light, rigid unibody.

The Defender will no longer be a single vehicle aimed at a limited market, but instead will become a family of vehicles featuring five body styles:

X2 Door short-wheelbase hard top
X2 Door short wheelbase soft top
X4 Door long-wheelbase with a hard top
X2 Door short-wheelbase pickup
X4 Door long-wheelbase pickup

There should also be five engine choices from Jaguar Land Rover’s new Ingenium engine series: two 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinders (150 and 180 hp), two 2.0-liter gas four-cylinders (180 and 240 hp), and, at the top, a 300-hp, 3.0-liter V-6, which will replace the ancient V-8. All engines will be bolted to either a six-speed manual or a nine-speed automatic, and both transmissions can be coupled to an extra-cost, low-range transfer case and two differential locks.

The Defender will share the two wheelbases of the Range Rover — 2922mm and 3120mm in standard and long wheelbase models but with less body overhang, especially at the rear and its ground clearance and arrival, departure and break-over angles will give it greater off-road agility than any other Land Rover.

The overall length of the different models is likely to be around 200 to 300mm less than the Range Rover’s 4999mm and 5199mm lengths, which will make the Defenders smaller and more manoeuvrable than their siblings. There’s no word on a three-door model, but given the likely 4.7-4.8m length of even the shorter version, Land Rover may decide against it.

To keep production costs down it is likely the Defender will be built at Land Rover’s new Slovakian plant, announced at the end of last year, where manufacturing costs will be lower than in the UK. JLR has previously said production in the Slovakian facility, which will be able to make the firm’s aluminium models, will begin before the end of this year at an “initial capacity” of 150,000 vehicles a year.

It is predicted that a starting price of around £35,000 for the Defender should be expected, with most examples selling for £40,000-plus.



Land Rover Discovery Project Hero

‘Project Hero’ Land Rover New 4×4 Discovery Literally A life Saver

Jaguar Land Rover are launching a vehicle with an in-built drone that will change rescue operations forever.

At this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the British car manufacturer revealed their intelligent design, custom rescue vehicle which features a built-in drone. The Discovery 4×4 features tech that will revolutionise relief operations.

'Project Hero' Discovery 4x4

‘Project Hero’ Discovery 4×4

Land Rover designed ‘Project Hero’ specifically for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent, featuring a drone which can launch from the Discovery whilst the vehicle is in motion, giving rescue crews much more accessibility to disaster areas.

The drone is built into a sliding hatch on the roof and can be launched using a touch-screen tablet from inside the vehicle and can easily re-dock with the use of a magnetic homing device, there is no need for crews to land the drone, this is the first of its kind in the world.

Land Rover Discovery 4x4 Built In Drone

Land Rover Discovery 4×4 Built In Drone

Project Hero is a unique version on the Land Rover Discovery, the supremely capable vehicle is enhanced by the team of designers and engineers at special vehicle operations through the integration of enhanced drone technology.

The kind of scenarios where Project Hero is going to be deployed are in instances of floods, earthquakes, avalanches, any situation where the emergency response team can receive live footage transmitted from the drone.

Project Hero Enhanced Communication Technology

Project Hero Enhanced Communication Technology

A fully integrated landing system featuring self-centering and magnetic retention technology is a world-first that enables the drone to dock when the vehicle is in motion,” a spokesperson from Jaguar Land Rover said.

“With the drone airborne, live footage can be transmitted to the Red Cross’s emergency response teams, helping them respond more quickly and effectively to landslides, earthquakes, floods and avalanches.

“Dramatic landscape changes can make maps redundant, which adds to the danger and difficulty of finding and rescuing survivors, so the drone’s bird’s-eye view will allow rescuers to investigate an emergency scene from a safe distance.”

If victims are stranded or out of reach of immediate assistance, rescue teams are able to deploy life saving aid via the drone increasing chances of survival in hot spots and increasing the time teams have to rescue survivors. The drone also has the ability to direct search and sniffer-dog teams to the scene. The Land Rover is packed full of enhanced communications equipment which is fundamental during rescue operations.

Land Rover and the team of engineers and designers at Special Vehicle Operations are proud to support the incredible humanitarian work of the IFRC and its members,” John Edwards, Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations Managing Director said.

The new Discovery is the world’s most capable all-terrain SUV, and Project Hero is the optimum combination of enhanced capability and innovative technology.

We hope to help the Red Cross save more lives in emergency situations.”
Jaguar Land Rover has a 63-year partnership with the Red Cross, the specialist discovery models will begin service in June, at the Austrian Red Cross training centre in Vienna.

Now, who wants this setup for off-roading or laning!?




Salisbury Plain Illegal Offroading Crackdown

Salisbury Plain Illegal Off-Roading Crackdown Hailed A Big Success

Initiative To Crackdown On Illegal Off-Roading On salisbury Plain Hailed A Big Success.

Salisbury Plain Training Area staff have recently completed a joint operation to crack down and deter illegal moto-cross and 4×4 off-roading vehicles on the Training Area.

Operation Aston, a collaboration between Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), Range staff, Wiltshire Police and 158 Provost Company Royal Military Police consisted of five joint patrols across the Training Area, targeting ‘hotspots’ of illegal activity, providing remedial guidance and punishing those caught offending.

The February operation proved quickly effective with offenders being encountered from all over the South of England including members of the public from East London, Bristol, Winchester, Southampton and Devizes.

Major Ewan Smith, Training Safety Officer on Salisbury Plain said:

“At 94,000 acres Salisbury Plain Training Area offers extensive recreational and greenlaning opportunities and is a ‘hotspot’ for off-road activity.
“Statutory Byelaws should be used sensibly by both the military and the public to keep the training area safe. This operation clearly demonstrated to offenders that those abusing the area will be caught and punished accordingly.”

Over the course of the operation up to 50 illegal moto-cross bikes were reported, of which 26 were issued written warnings, two moto-cross bikes were seized for not being road legal (the owners will face £150 fine and 3 points on their licence), and seven 4×4 vehicles were issued written warnings – including an organisation who were receiving commercial gains on MoD land by charging for safari trips on Salisbury Plain Training Area – which is illegal.