We performed a complete, body-off restoration in order to rejuvenate this classy lady. All rust spots were dealt with professionally and the chassis was painted.
The drivetrain components needed attention and we dropped the gearbox and transfercase for maintenance.
The engine suffered the fate that many of the V8’s suffer in their original state – the cylinder linings move and then it springs internal coolant leaks. The only way to remedy this is to have the engine professionally rebuilt from the ground up. Most importantly, we install “top-hat” liners which is a permanent cure for the problem. Standard practice is to perform compression and leakdown tests after the rebuild to ensure that the operation was a success.
The result is that an engine with an inherent design-flaw now comes to it’s true right – a reliable machine that that makes music to the ears from idle … to the moment you step foot on the gas. It has plenty of low-down torque that will make mincemeat of any obstacle in its path.
Defender owners are a breed of their own when its comes to their Landies. This often results in extensive DIY projects with varying ranges of success. In the case of this old beauty, the previous owner ripped out all the wiring and attempted to install a complete electrical system of his own design. Sadly, this project was not successful. We had to remove all the wires and do a complete fresh installation with original harnesses. We then wrapped the cabling with corrugated sleeves in order to protect against future heat and abrasion. The instrument console was replaced and new bulbs installed. The Landy got an LED kit for brake, indicator and parking lights.
Then it was time to focus on functional cosmetics. This included:
- Alloy rims
- BF Goodridge All Terrain tires
- Professional respray
- Leather upholstery and trim
- Interior carpeting
There is just something elegant and classy about this Defender that is hard to put into words. You just have to get behind the wheel to experience it …