What's the story?
Having previously restored a Series I, Jim Anson felt it was time to move on. So, like many others, he bought himself a 90. It was a tidy machine, but not Jim-type tidy. Not that its condition mattered hugely, because he had a plan – he was going to rip it apart and future-proof it. Make it endure forever!
Our favourite bit?
The attention to detail when it came to ensuring that this Defender 90 would last and last was extraordinary. Most of the working parts were individually stripped and rebuilt. You might expect all-new bearings, swivels, brakes and seals. However, the hard work went far further and deeper than that – even little things such as the wiper mechanism and heater boxes were rebuilt to ensure many years of reliable service could be achieved.
And the verdict from LRO writer Jerry Thurston
Jump in and you would be hard pressed to tell this from a brand-new Defender – it's as tight and as fresh as a new vehicle but it feels a lot quicker and much more fun to drive. But if you think Jim's happy to rest on his laurels, think again. He has bigger plans for the Td5… 'It is not finished and never will be, and it is definitely not for sale!'
• Engine: Td5 with an uprated map and intercooler
• Overdrive: Roverdrive
• Chassis: Richards galvanized
• Suspension: Terrafirma plus 50mm lift
• Body: TDCi bonnet, Masai panoramic glass
• Interior: Exmoor XS seats (heated), cubby box, Alcantara roof-lining
• Wheels and Tyres: Pro-comp Extreme wheels, Cooper Discoverer STT 286/75 R16 tyres