I was brought up around Land Rovers, particularly my dad's Defender 90 - and that's what got me hooked. I was finally able to buy my own in 2012, and I love it!
As I live on a farm, it gets used for everything from hauling a cattle trailer to market, to collecting firewood. It does a daily trip of 60 miles to an from work, but then at the weekends it's greenlaning in the Welsh hills. That's where it feels most at home.
I've always liked how simple Land Rovers are to work on, which means I can do all the maintenance work myself on a weekly basis. I give it a regular jetwash and paint the chassis with waste oil, which means that most of the mud falls off.
I've fitted a few basic mods so far - all for looks. It has the original 2.5-litre turbodiesel, which has done 87,000 miles. I have a 300Tdi ready to drop in, but I'm not going to change the original engine unless it lets me down - and it looks like that won't happen for a while.
I hope my Ninety has a long life with me, and there will be many mods to come. I'm aiming to create a Land Rover that's still practical for everyday use that won't look out of place in town or country, and that looks good dirty or clean!
Originally featured in the April 2014 issue of Land Rover Owner International. Download a digital issue, or order a back issue by calling 01858 438884.
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