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Definitive "Restoration" Guide?

So, apologies for all my newbie questions, many thanks for your answers so far. I've been looking through the rebuilds subforum and searching on the topic, but have not seen an answer...

Can anyone suggest a comprehensive/definitive "Restoration Guide" for a Defender 90? This is for someone who is interested in doing a full restoration (not that I would do such a crazy thing, but you know, I can fantasize...)

A cursory search on Amazon showed me the following books:

Land Rover Defender Restoration Manual (Haynes) - by Lindsay Porter
Land Rover 90-110 Defender WSM 1983 (Workshop Manual Land Rover) - Brooklands Books Ltd

I've looked at the online manuals and while they show how to attack important bits, they offer virtually zero information about the disassembly of the body/tub from the frame, nor does it show anything about disassembling the frame components themselves.

Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Old May 17th, 2011, 07:02 PM
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Does anyone have any suggestions?
Yeah, wait until you see yours. It will become clear quite quickly that most stuff is easy to access easily unbolted. You won't have any trouble figuring most of it out, and if you get stuck this site is as good as any.
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Restoration guide:

1. send it to ECR
2. write check
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Land Rover Defender Restoration Manual (Haynes) - by Lindsay Porter

Is worth it.

The workshop manual is available online if you search.
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Restoration guide:

1. send it to ECR
2. write check
This is my current plan !! Now I have to save or sell one of my other cars
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A couple of the books out there are worthwhile references, but nothing is definitive not matter what the title says. Most foes books seem to be a compilation of the content the publishers had on hand as opposed to an attempt create a complete product. i.e. it's pointless to have a chapter on Land Rover history in a manual, and chapters on paint and body work are available elsewhere unless they contain good rover-specific information. Basically everything out there is somehow disappointing.

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A couple of the books out there are worthwhile references, but nothing is definitive not matter what the title says. Most foes books seem to be a compilation of the content the publishers had on hand as opposed to an attempt create a complete product. i.e. it's pointless to have a chapter on Land Rover history in a manual, and chapters on paint and body work are available elsewhere unless they contain good rover-specific information. Basically everything out there is somehow disappointing.
All of which means the workshop manuals the only way to go.
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