Disco kid is spot on with his reply
If you have 13.7v at the battery terminals with the engine running, the alternator is ok.
From what you have said the battery seems ok.
My 110 defender 300 tdi county is painful daily driver ! Fortunately I only work 3 shifts a week and lift share.
I think you might have a point funrover. When the RRC was new, what 4wd could better it ?
When I was a kid if I saw one it was a wow moment.
First things first, if your compressor clutch is not coming in (which you have proved works) you either have a power supply problem (cables fuse...
I think your idea of having an older defender as a weekend toy is a good idea. I would look at spending around 8k if possible. Remember your not...
Do it once the engines in. Access is fine with r radiator out. As kev12 said tightening the new pull up correctly will be an issue
Can't help you, but love the truck!
why would I weld through waxoyl when it is easily removed with a good scraper
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