Land Rover Defender 110 Rebuild

  1. fizzy Forum Supporter

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    Looks amazing!
    Is it the standard power engine or is it tweaked?
     
  2. KimB

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    It’s mostly standard, I removed the EGR completely. There’s no centre silencer and I’ve had it re mapped. I’m sure there was something else but I can’t remember.

    I forgot to say how good the suspension is in my earlier post. It’s so comfortable now. I think it’s more comfortable then my new van :D
     
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  3. sako243

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    Do you have a bulkhead behind the seats?

    If not and you want even more comfort then might I suggest a set of seats out of an L322 (the proper Range Rover)? I picked up a complete 5-seat set from a chap on a forum for £140 - dark blue leather, slightly worn (but works for me, lets just say it's not as shiny as yours ;)). I've subsequently sold the three front seats for £250, the rear bench seats for £200 and the middle seats for something around the £100 but I just needed them gone.

    The front seats fit with minimal modification - I chopped off a bit of the runners, which in hindsight is not needed, relocated the bolt holes in the seat box (annoyingly they're only 1" out in one dimension and 1/2" in the other) and have removed the front motor adjustment to drop the front of the seat further. I'm not particularly tall and can drive it perfectly fine. The rears won't fit in a double cab - I converted mine to a USW partially so that I could fabricate a bracket for the rear seats to clip into - those needed a custom frame welded up by yours truly to bolt them onto. They're all heated although I haven't got around to figuring out the wiring for those, the electric motors for all the seats work just by supplying 12V to the two big spade terminals in the connector.

    The dogs are a big fan of the new seats.
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    If you like next time I'm east bound I could swing by and you can see the seats in person / experience them first hand. I found one of the chaps who works for Bob sat on the phone in my Defender when I was at the yard, testing out the seats again he said. He's now sourced a pair that he's going to put into his work 90 :clapping:
     
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  4. KimB

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    Thanks very much. I do actual have full leather interior. I have seats which are the autobiography version just doesn’t say autobiography on them. I’m sure they’re specked as updated seats.
    I did use some rail extensions but they raised the seats as well. At some point when I get my workshop done I’ve got some ideas about modifying the seat bases.
     
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  6. stuvy

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    Just a word of caution

    The headliners in a double cab are £1500.

    I’d be getting a tracker, Clifford alarm and the door hinge bolts that can’t be undone easily

    Other than that it looks great
     
  7. KimB

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    The headliner was £500, it’s alcentara. :) genuine headliner though.
     
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  8. stuvy

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    You got a bargain there!
     
  9. sako243

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    Nah - they're not as comfortable :p

    Specially for you I've gone out to the 110 (bloody long walk now, 20 yards of that was to get to the front door :rolleyes: - hard life now) to take some photos.

    Even get proper armrests although access to the cubby box is somewhat limited but I'll be building a newer smaller one which allows access with the arm rests down, dogs included for proof it's comfortable. It's amazing the number of times I come out of a filling station to find people taking photos of the two of them sat in the front seats. And finally you can tell the difference between a 300Tdi and a Td5 - I have a set of spanners in the back and Kim has a diagnostics device :D. In my defense I have been moving house and workshops hence the reason for all the ratchet straps and stripped out rear.

    I've got the same idea about building a custom seat box base to drop the fronts down a little bit since they will go up another 6-8" from where they are on the motors, hence why I acquired an FJ Edwards Box and Pan folder off Matt. Although I do have a convenient friend down the road with a massive press brake (somewhere around the 20ft mark :o). Although I saw an idea on an expedition vehicle that had a fold down tray under the front seats accessible from outside - they stored oils and so on in there. Was a neat idea for stuff that doesn't need to be inside all the time.

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    Must get the heated seats, windscreen and TVs working though... :whistle:
     
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  10. KimB

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    https://www.oemdevelopments.co.uk/s...ack_Alston_For_Land_Rover_Defender®_110_.html
    I didn’t buy off him but there it is. :)
    That’s the issue isn’t it. If you’re tall like I am, sitting up higher puts my head in the roof :doh:
    I just keep an RAC card in my purse. I’ll get recovered if it ever breaks down :rolleyes: then I’ll fix it myself.
    I regularly check it. When I was at my mums I’d use my brothers jack and check each corners wheel bearing and suspension parts every month. I like to keep on top of most issues it has.
     
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  11. sako243

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    Um - strangely not on these seats. I think because they're full size and quite deep and luxurious you're not actually up in the roof. Unless you're all body and no legs ;).

    Put it this way I'd describe Bob as a friendly giant and he's absolutely fine in them. Even if he couldn't figure out the electric seats :rolleyes:
     
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  12. KimB

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    Forgot to say the other day. Lou made it all the way down to Goodwood and back without any issues, so happy with him now. The ride is unbelievable. I love driving it now. Before it was a chore because of how rough it was. B11DA60B-34C4-48BC-9BE6-2F8152A07AEE.jpeg
     
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  13. slim_boy_fat

    slim_boy_fat Forum Supporter

    A tribute to all your hard work. :thumbup:
     
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