What’s the story?
Before we had money, society used a system of barter to obtain the things it wanted. Swapping them for labour or for things they didn’t need. Jerry Thurston discovers a very resourceful bloke who’s employed this ancient means of payment, plus a minimal amount of hard currency, to create the perfect weekend warrior.
Our favourite bit?
This story beautifully illustrates just how environmentally-friendly building a Defender can be; recycling and re-using discarded bits and pieces from several sources, rather than using the earth’s precious resources to manufacture new parts.
And the verdict from LRO writer Jerry Thurston?
Iain Swan has used his ingenuity and skill to great effect. He freely admits that the 90 isn’t perfect, but for only £575 he’s created the ideal greenlaning and off-road machine. It doesn’t matter if it gets the occasional biff or scrape; that’s what it’s been built for.
Model: Defender 90
Suspension: Britpart 2in lift, castor-correcting arms
Tyres: 265/75 R16