What's the story?
Adam Hathaway was determined to create a unique Land Rover that would turn heads with its fantastic off-road ability and provide his family with practical everyday transport. He’s succeeded magnificently. Not that it’s been easy…
He found a 1991 200Tdi 90 that seemed to tick all the boxes: it was advertised as ‘in fair shape’ and came with desirable add-ons including a Gigglepin winch and a Safety Devices roll cage.
He struck a deal to buy the Defender 90 for £4000 and went home a happy man – it all seemed too good to be true. And it was. Adam is not a trained mechanic. The 47-year-old from Oxford used to work in the building trade, but he’s loved cars all his life. So with all the running gear in need of repair and a thorough overhaul, he decided to go ahead with his dream and transform the tired 90.
Our favourite bit?
Adam mixed high-end Terrafirma shocks, +2in HD springs and brackets, and prototype MIB radius arms – with great results. The production MIBs are wider (on Adam’s recommendation), and give the rear axle 13.5 inches’ travel. Phew!
And the verdict from LRO writer Jérôme André?
I was impressed with the reborn 23-year-old 90’s capabilities. Nothing could stop it. The Defender crawled everywhere at very low revs, thanks to its finely tuned suspension, the grippy Maxxis Mudzillas and the grunty 200Tdi engine. Truly unstoppable.
Engine: Rebuilt 200Tdi
Torque: 225lb ft
Transfer box: LT230
Axles: 2009 TDCi, with MIB heavy-duty diff casings
Diffs: Ashcroft locking front, ARB rear
Brakes: Vented discs all-round
Wheels: 10x16in Mach 5 steel
Tyres: 37in Maxxis M0880 Mudzillas
Suspension: +2in HD Terrafirma coils and Mega dampers – 16in travel, hydraulic bump stops