I am happy to post that our 94 Defender was delivered a few days before Christmas. Thanks to a few guys who frequent this forum, I was made aware of a solid 94 Defender. Thanks to NashvilleRover (Dendy)for pointing me to Snurp (Keith, who was selling his Arles ST) and Kelly Grahm from Nashville Land Rover who had the truck on consignment. The truck had some minor cosmetic issues like some small areas of corrosion and a dent in the front quarter panel. The frame was in great shape and rust free. Engine has 108,000 on her. With the help of Kelly amd many photos later, I bought the truck and had it shipped to British Rover in Florida for some work.
Side note: I promised to spend less time in the garage with this truck. Everything takes me forever because I'm still learning. That's a major reason we sent the truck to British Rover.
There were a few things that I wanted to do before bringing it up to the Midwest and exposing it to our salted winter roads. Fix the corrosion areas, fix both doors (previous rust repair), repaint if needed, replace oil cooler lines to ss, replace all hoses and belts.
Fix leaks – power steering, exhaust manifold, intake gasket ,
Replace all fluids and new spark plug
Replace brakes pads and rotors
My wife had a list of additions that she wanted;
New tuffy box
Front light guards (won’t fit without modifications presently in the garage)
Stainless steel bolt kit
Rovers North soft top
Removed the lights on top
Re-powdercoat the Southdown skids black (yellow to bling)
HD axle shafts from Rovertracks (uninstalled but in the garage)
(My wife and I watched a show called ‘Perilous Journeys” and the guy broke his rear axle shaft on his travels. So she wanted that beefed up too and so did I.)
And my list
Arb locker in rear
Piaa lights added on front bumper
New tires (coming soon and my wife wants bigger MTs)
Lift – not sure what to get yet. I plan on wheelin her a bit before I decide.
I have had a few people ask, ‘Why make it so pretty if your going to take it off road? Isn’t it going to get screwed up?” The two reasons are; Any areas of corrosion will most likely accelerate to problem areas and my wife wanted it to looks sweet.
We had a great experience purchasing with Kelly Grahm and Keith. Thanks for your honesty and fairness. Thanks for Dendy, glad you spoke up about the truck and its great condition.
Thanks to British Rover guys, Erich, Paul and Norman for doing such a nice job on the truck. We couldn’t be happier with it and can’t wait to wheel her and do some overlanding in the future. My experience with British Rover couldn't have been better!
A few pics.
Just purchased and on its way to British Rover
Completed and ready to ship to the Midwest
A few pics in the snow/ice in Illinois.
D-90 Source and members thanks for all the info help!