This is a 1995 Defender 90 I bought in Glasgow after seeing an advert in LRO. It was a non-runner, as it had dropped a valve on the number two cylinder and wrecked a piston, cylinder head and turbo.
The intention was to build my Land Rover as an everyday car. The chassis was heavily rusted with poor repairs to the rear crossmember, but the bulkhead, front doors, body panels and interior were good. Stripdown was slow, as I was working on the drive in winter – my Series I was in the garage (August 2014 LRO).
One of the first jobs was to remove the tub bulkhead and fit a bulkhead removal bar. I prepped all the body panels for paint before doing any mechanical work, and my son found a low-mileage 300Tdi. I bought a replacement chassis and painted it gloss black. The axles were rebuilt with new seals, swivels and bearings, and I upgraded the brake discs. Heavy-duty springs, Supergaz shocks, tubular turrets and Polybushes followed. Soon I had a rolling chassis with the engine, gearbox, exhaust, fuel tank, radiator and intercooler fitted. Stainless steel bolts and gallons of Waxoyl came next.
The interior is fully soundproofed, has Exmoor Trim carpet and LaSalle roof-lining kit plus side panels – a very civilised vehicle. It has modular wheels with Cooper STT tyres, and a Mantec swing-away wheel carrier. There’s an additional dash, KBX vents and a Momo steering wheel. Very nice, but most of my time lately has been spent on my daughter Kim’s Freelander – I’ll let her tell you about that...
Originally featured in the October 2014 issue of Land Rover Owner International. Download a digital issue, or order a back issue by calling 01858 438884.
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