BULKHEAD F.A.Q.

Please be aware that ECR is now a Defender repair and modification shop only.
We no longer work on Range Rovers, Discos or Series Rovers.
These pages are from work we did in the past and left up for your enjoyment.


We've had numerous requests from potential customers wondering what they can do to make their bulkhead projects go as quickly and as cheaply as possible. So to assist them (and you) we have set up this F.A.Q. (Frequently Asked Questions) page with instructions for those who are interested in our bulkhead repair services.

If you have decided that ECR is going to get your Series IIA's bulkhead back into shape there are a number of things that you can do to save time and money, and to make the repairs go smoothly. These items are listed below. If you don't want to do any of the items listed below, that is OK too, it just means that we'll need to do them for you. We'll do as much or as little as you want, but if you want the best, lowest cost bulkhead you can... follow these guidelines.

What do I send to ECR?

You should send us your bulkhead only. You should remove everything and everything that can be removed. Wiring, bolts, pedal boxes, heaters, trims, etc. should all be removed. All we need is the bulkhead itself. If you take off all the other parts that will save you time and money. Don't worry if some sections are really rusty and may fall off when you take apart the bulkhead. We can deal with that. If you plan to have us paint the bulkhead it is a good idea to send the 2 vent flaps as well. That way we can paint them so they match perfectly.

What should I do to the bulkhead before I send it?
The lowest cost bulkheads we repair are ones that the customers have had chemically dipped/ stripped so that all the rust, old paint, body filler and such is already removed, leaving a clean metal surface. Doing this before you send the bulkhead to ECR will mean that we can start right in on the custom metal work needed, and not spend time sand blasting and cleaning the bulkhead. If you can't find a chemical stripping company in your area, think about having the bulkhead fully sand blasted before you send it. In some cases this case save you money, but make sure the people who sand blast your bulkhead use a mild media agent, not a harsh industrial one as those aggressive blasting agents can cause warping and other damage to the thin sheet metal on the bulkhead.

How do I get my bulkhead to and from ECR?
Some customers deliver their bulkheads in person, most ship the bulkheads to us via truck transport.
If you do ship the bulkhead via truck, call around and get the best rates. The cost of trucking varies widely from company to company.

Once you have all the parts removed from the bulkhead, and have it stripped or blasted, then you need to make a box for it to be shipped in. The best boxes are made from wood and plywood and they look, like this:

As you can see the bulkhead in the image above will fit easily into the box shown behind it, and it can be shipped to us, and then back to you in the same box. This saves you money and makes sure the bulkhead gets back to you without any shipping damage. When you build the box make it so that one of the large face sections comes apart with a screws (sheet rock screws work great), that way we can get into the box without wrecking it, and when your bulkhead is done we can seal it back up for you. One customer even thought far enough ahead to paint the ECR shipping address on the box, and then he painted his return address on the other side of the piece of plywood, so that when we finished the bulkhead we put it in the box and flipped over the cover, screwed it down and we were instantly ready to ship the bulkhead, and we were assured it would go to the correct address as the customer wrote it himself.

If you drop off a bulkhead in person, you must also pick it up in person.

If you ship in a bulkhead, it must be shipped to us in a box that we can return it to you in.

What else can I do to save money?
Trucking companies will charge you an additional fee to come to your house. If you have a friend with a business, ship the bulkhead to and from there, it can save you a lot. The trucks don't like to go into residential areas, so they'll charge you more for that service.

What does ECR need to know before you can start work?
Before we can start on your bulkhead we need a few things. Obviously we need your day-time phone number or email address so we can contact you to talk about your bulkhead project. We need your billing address, for obvious reasons. We also need to know some the details of your project, such as:
What Series and year it is?
What brake system do you plan to use (single circuit or dual power circuit?)
What heater system do you plan to use (Kodiak, Mansfield, Smith's, stock?)
What type of door seal do you plan to use (Defender style or Series style?)
Any custom work needed? We can set bulkhead up for V8s, or whatever. Just let us know what you need.
Do you want the bulkhead "dunked" in our dunk tank system? (this is a rust prevention system and it is optional)

If you want the bulkhead primed and painted we need to know the color you want. We can paint bulkheads in any Land Rover color, or your choice of any custom color.

Is there anything I shouldn't do?
You should NOT remove or cut away any of the rust yourself. In most cases we find that this costs the customer more, because the cuts need to be very precise, and you may or may not get it right. It only takes us a few seconds for us to cut away the old pieces we don't want, and letting us do that can save you hours of costly fabrication time.

You shouldn't send any replacement or patch panels you have purchased with the bulkhead. ECR has searched the world over for the best replacement panels and the panels we use are specific to ECR, some are even custom made just for us. We will not install other shops repair panels, as we have found that none of them truly fit correctly.

We hope that helps you, and if you have any other questions feel free to contact us via email, phone or fax. We'll be happy to help, and to get your bulkhead back into A-1 shape for your project.

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