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Old August 30th, 2016, 02:27 PM
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Non-Standard Defender builds?

So we love the "defenders that suck" thread - and most of those would fall into this category - but I was curious if there are members here who have done any non-standard defender restomod type of builds?

For instance, an 88 with a hot rod motor and RWD only.

Prompted by this photo - I'm eagerly waiting my decision on whether this is a horrible thing to do to a ninety, or one of the coolest things I've seen this week...
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Old August 30th, 2016, 02:45 PM
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Well, mine is not a defender, and it's definitely not a resto mod. However.... I did put a cummins 4bt in my 109.


I also have an 88 with a small block chevy, but to be honest its as much Chevy as it is Rover at this point.
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Old August 30th, 2016, 03:17 PM
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Well, mine is not a defender, and it's definitely not a resto mod. However.... I did put a cummins 4bt in my 109.


I also have an 88 with a small block chevy, but to be honest its as much Chevy as it is Rover at this point.
I'd love to see some more pics of those trucks.

I'm about to tear down my 90 and resto-mod the shit out of it.
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Old August 30th, 2016, 04:58 PM
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Nothing wrong with a cool resto mod but why turn a 4x4 into a sports car?
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Old August 30th, 2016, 05:15 PM
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Old August 31st, 2016, 08:23 AM
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I'm a big fan of the SBC landy's out there. I think we can all admit (willingly or not) that the weak point of most landy's is the heart.

There was a guy (Mike, don't recall his last name) on the central coast of CA that dropped an 88 onto some 2wd frame and used it as a PCH crusier... that was pretty neat. Hell, the truck was rotted to the ground and probably would have been crushed if it didn't come back on a new chassis.

Interested in seeing if there are any boxer motors in landy's... lower center of gravity on a taller suspension? could be cool.
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Old August 31st, 2016, 08:34 AM
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Go for it!
I think if you lowered a D90 with the roof strippe and just the windshield remaining can look pretty good!
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Old August 31st, 2016, 08:45 AM
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I'd love to see some more pics of those trucks.

I'm about to tear down my 90 and resto-mod the shit out of it.

Let me know what you'd like to see pics of. The 109 has been laid up for a few years. I'm getting ready to get it going again. I've been wheeling the 88 for the past 3 or 4 years. Here's a quick rundown on both.


88"
Small block chevy
SM420 trans
Atlas T-case
Dana 60 Front + ARB locker
14 bolt rear + Detroit locker
4.56 gears in the diffs, both axles are spring over and full width.
Scratch built chassis
39.5 Iroks on trailready beadlocks.


109"
Cummins 4bt
SM420 trans
LT230 t-case (divorce mounted)
Salisbury front + ARB locker
Salisbury rear + Detroit locker
4.7 gears in the diffs, converted to spring over with front frame horns extended to use rear springs for more articulation
Military 109 Chassis
36 SuperSwampers on home welded beadlocks.




I love both trucks and have a lot of fun with them but I'm looking forward to doing a more stock build. I've got a Ser III tow truck that is up next after I get the 109 going again.
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Let's see some more pics of the 109.
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Old August 31st, 2016, 09:18 AM
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This is possibly more rat rod, but this is kind aa cool build with a 1948 Series witth a V8 crammed in. It might serve as some inspiration. It's Not A Land Rover. It's That Land Rover - Speedhunters

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Old August 31st, 2016, 09:22 AM
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Funny how the aerodynamic equivalent of a brick is now a cool platform for a go fast car...
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Funny how the aerodynamic equivalent of a brick is now a cool platform for a go fast car...
Every single front facing edge on that car is perpendicular to the ground... you aren't kidding.

Fold the windscreen up, and then there's a bit of a slope... not enough to matter.
Just keep it down and wear goggles

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Old August 31st, 2016, 09:31 AM
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Let's see some more pics of the 109.


I can do that but it'll have to wait till the weekend. Anything in particular you'd like to see?
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Old August 31st, 2016, 10:00 AM
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Go for it!
I think if you lowered a D90 with the roof strippe and just the windshield remaining can look pretty good!
Like this?
Taken in my old home town of Brighton & Hove, Sussex.
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Old August 31st, 2016, 10:49 AM
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I can do that but it'll have to wait till the weekend. Anything in particular you'd like to see?
Nope just any you have. I love it.
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