What’s the story?
Not many folks would choose an engineless 127 Defender as their first restoration project, but IT specialist Dave Cheetham did just that. Believing the sales patter: ‘All good, only needs an engine’. Unfortunately, the reality was very different. After a huge amount of work, the Defender can now accurately be described as ‘all good’, it’s a beauty.
Our favourite bit?
Fitting a 300Tdi engine was a great move, breathing new life into a sleeping giant. The paint job is cool, as well. Painting the truck in U-pol Raptor, designed for loadbed areas, has given the Defender an extra-tough appearance which definitely suits its new role, collecting logs for Dave’s wood-burning stove.
And the verdict from LRO writer Jerry Thurston?
This 300Tdi-powered 127 has completely changed my views of the biggest Defender Land Rover builds. It has enough power and isn’t as unwieldy as I thought it might be. In fact, I’m now a big fan.
Model: Defender 127
Transmission: 2001 R380 gearbox, LT230 transfer box
Tyres: Cooper Discoverer ST 235/85 R16