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Rebirth of an ex-Mod 110 defended FFR

Discussion in 'General Land Rover Forum' started by mastarforth, Feb 6, 2017.

  1. mastarforth

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    Hi everyone

    I would like to start a thread on a rebuild of a 110 defender I am about to undertake

    Please move thread if I'm wrong location

    Basically this is my 1992 110 Land Rover purchased from Withams military auction and I aim to put it back to a regular daily used defender. The engine (unfortunately) is only the 2.5 NA engine, but it only has 44k kms on the clock from new, spending most of its life in the falklands. Have to say it is unbelievable how much sand was on and in every book and cranny on the chassis!

    For those who want to see a vehicle remaining in military guise this thread is not for you. My Intention is to convert this car to suit my family's needs and I cannot wait to start.

    The 2 bad parts of the car found when I got a good look at it at home was the drivers side outrigger was rotted through and needed replaced and the passenger footwell also needed replaced. Simple replacement parts bought online and garage have advised the rest is very solid so it is worth saving and protecting!

    I have just had these replaced and now the car is in paint. Hopefully I will get it back in 4-6 weeks as the painter is fitting it around there other work!

    I will post some other pics soon and update this post over the next few days.

    I am looking at the 300tdi engine upgrade for the car and would love to get some details on gains from those who have already done it. Will search the forum when I get to that stage!

    Sent the car to garage for welding and paint 6 weeks ago and still some time before I expect it back. I really am getting withdrawal symptoms and cannot wait to get it back!
     

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  2. domderbyshire

    domderbyshire Active Member

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    This sounds like a great project. I shall follow the thread with interest. I can't comment on the 300 Tdi engine, but I have a 200 Tdi, which I find excellent. Good luck!
     
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    I replaced the 2.5na in my ex mod 90 with a 300tdi and the difference is night and day!
    Much more relaxing to drive and safer too ~ especially joining dual carriageways, motorways etc. Fit pas too as low speed manoeuvring can be a real battle sometimes!!!
    Great looking truck!
    Looking forward to seeing it evolve!!
    Rich
     
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  4. mastarforth

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    Whilst bored waiting for the return of the Defender I thought I would add a few pictures of work done to date

    You can see here the state of the chassis when I got the car home but to be fair a wire brush and several different rust eating products and it begins to transform

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    It also was surprising the amount of surface rust that was removed

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  5. mastarforth

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    Also being a FFR defender (Fixed for radio), I have got some batteries in the back to be removed!

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    There is also some other areas where there is some grommets etc that need filled prior to spray. Amd also this switch

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    Also having ordered some Chassis in one form Buzzweld, I started painting the Rear chassis and diff back up

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    There is still lots of work to do on the chassis including the inner sections of chassis but it should be solid for some time to come
     
  7. mastarforth

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    At some point though the a pillar has taken a knock although the body shop have told me they think they can pull it back relatively easily

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    Just can't wait to get it back and finish it off!
     
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    The 300tdi is a great engine! Same positives as the 200tdi with more power.
     
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    Looks great so far. I like the fact it has stowage bins for water on one side and fuel on the other. Many fond memories of those machines from when I served.
     
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  10. mastarforth

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    Well I havnt updated for a while but progress has been made!

    Last week I got the car through its MOT and I am now trying to register the vehicle! Only one minor problem when I came to look for the engine number I cannot see any markings. On the from passenger side of the engin

    Any ideas or suggestions on how i can find the engine number for an exmod Land Rover....
     
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    Did you fit a 300 in the end? If so then it should be near the No 1 glowplug on the drivers side.
     
  12. mastarforth

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    Thanks for your reply I havnt yet fitted the 300tdi.

    But I managed to find it at the back of the engine 11j so it is the 19j bottom end.

    Anyway, looking for a bit of advice on refitting a petrol tank. Only 4 bolts but very awkward haha.

    The tank is the rear typ. And I am guessing it would be best to fit the two smaller ones at the rear first and then Secure the front but any advice appreciated
     
  13. mastarforth

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    Now that job is a pain in the behind!

    Some jobs you need 2 people and when you only have one then you have to use legs to lift the jack and arms head as I am sure most of you already know. haha

    All done though on to tightening it all up and fitting pipework.
     
  14. mastarforth

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    well after fitting the tank I decided to keep going to fitted the sound deadening

    Think the back is quite a transformation! I have panoramic windows to go in soon and forward facing rear seats!
     

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