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Old July 29th, 2016, 10:11 AM
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1993 Defender Restoration by Auto Design NYC

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Hello everyone. My name is Stefano, owner of Auto Design NYC based out of Manhattan. We recently completed a ground-up build on a 1993 Defender that I though you would enjoy.

This Defender came to us as pretty much just a shell over a year ago and was worked on in stages. Here is our finished product.

The vehicle was finished in a Line-X Premium coating, and got custom diamond plate trim around the exterior along with new wheels, tires, and many other accessories


Some of those accessories include light bars, new headlights, a winch, etc etc.


The interior was also completely restored. Almost everything had to be re-finished, changed, or fabricated. Here we have the new gauges that were put in the upholstered dashboard.


Here are the new shift knob and handle, etc.. If you look closely you can also see the floor is also finished with Line-X. When it first came to us we gutted what was brought to us, did a ton of interior and exterior body work, and made this thing about as future proof as it gets


------ Follow up post added July 29th, 2016 11:12 AM ------

Outside of the shop


This compass was molded into the upholstered dashboard as requested by the customer



Custom door panels made to house Alpine speakers with powder coated steel grills


Diamond plated floors, Line-X finished interior, custom upholstered interior panels, new switches and gauges, updated steering wheel, and many more fine details.


Kenwood radio in the dash that was custom molded and upholstered with leather and alcantara


------ Follow up post added July 29th, 2016 11:12 AM ------

Details in the upholstery of the dashboard


Alcantara head liner


Custom steel window guards


Alcantara headliner, trim panels, and grab bars finished the interior


In front of the shop, with an older Bronco and Typhoon in the back.


------ Follow up post added July 29th, 2016 11:12 AM ------

Leather seating to give some contrast against the alcantara panels



Leather seating, alcantara headliner and panels against the factory roll cage


Some of the upholstery work on the end of the dashboard


Custom work to house the Kenwood radio into the dash




------ Follow up post added July 29th, 2016 11:13 AM ------

Custom door panels to house Alpine speakers with powder coated steel grills



Custom intake along with the roof rack and light bar


Some custom work and upholstery on the interior of the rear tailgate.


Light Bars, a hitch, powder coated parts, and more


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Side marker lights on the Line-X finished body with the custom window guards


Custom diamond plate trim on the fenders and hood







Finished product. Thanks for looking!



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Old July 29th, 2016, 10:20 AM
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Old July 29th, 2016, 10:50 AM
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looks good. there will be a lot of guys that dislike the "flare" but its nice to see a non-rover companies idea on updating. good job.
i remember that truck well when it was here years ago.
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Old July 29th, 2016, 10:52 AM
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looks good. there will be a lot of guys that dislike the "flare" but its nice to see a non-rover companies idea on updating. good job.
Thanks. And about the flare, i dont doubt it. Everyone has and is entitled to their opinion. But for us, its about what the customer wants.
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Old July 29th, 2016, 11:51 AM
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Nice work. Your customer might some day regret having an NAS 110 completely covered with Line-X, but it's a free country, right?
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Old July 29th, 2016, 12:05 PM
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I like a lot of the design elements, who did the custom window guards?
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Old July 29th, 2016, 12:21 PM
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Nice work. Your customer might some day regret having an NAS 110 completely covered with Line-X, but it's a free country, right?
Possibly. What makes you say that though?


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I like a lot of the design elements, who did the custom window guards?
Thank you. We designed and fabricated them in house.
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Old July 29th, 2016, 01:00 PM
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"Your customer might some day regret having an NAS 110 completely covered with Line-X"

Why would your customer regret it?

From a purists view point it represents something Very custom, and might only appeal to small segment of those that can afford NAS110. These are basically collector vehicle now.

Still looks cool though.
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Old July 29th, 2016, 01:02 PM
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Hi Stefano,

Welcome!

It's great to see a Manhattan based car shop. I'm familiar with your shop and that Lamborghini LM002 you worked on a year or 2 ago was awesome.

Has the rig been delivered yet?
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Old July 29th, 2016, 01:18 PM
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My truck is days away from being sprayed inside and out in a linex type material.

It much more economical than repainting a rig that I never have washed... Lol

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Keeping it clean and repairs to name a couple.

-Jeff
I had a bronco with the same stuff on it. Just spray it clean with a hose even power wash is safe.

Repairs were easy, but mine was black.. A custom color may be harder to do
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Old July 29th, 2016, 01:24 PM
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My truck is days away from being sprayed inside and out in a linex type material.

It much more economical than repainting a rig that I never have washed... Lol
Sure, but you don't have a NAS110. It won't make a lick of difference in value for a ROW truck.
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Old July 29th, 2016, 01:43 PM
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Nice, with the exception of the diamond plate flooring.
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True, but how many of those NAS110s are running the original body panels anyway.

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To a buyer of a collector vehicle, replacement panels and repaint does not matter a lot. That is the norm. Painting a different color does. Especially when it is one that will be nearly impossible to remove.

It does not matter to me and really the owner's opinion is all that has any worth.
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I think the truck looks great. Good attention to detail. I would like to see pics of the bronco!!
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Old July 29th, 2016, 01:53 PM
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I see you negated the original light switch. Share what you did there ?
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I think the truck looks great. Good attention to detail. I would like to see pics of the bronco!!
Thank you. This truck was purpose build and we know that it may not be to some other collectors tastes. Ad far as the Bronco, im not sure what the rules are of the forum to post pictures of other cars, but ill put together an album on our facebook and link it.
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Sure, but you don't have a NAS110. It won't make a lick of difference in value for a ROW truck.
i guess, they are all defenders to me really.





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to the OP, do you guys ever go over to the CCC of Manhattan?
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Possibly. What makes you say that though?
The Line-X looks nice when freshly applied, I'll give you that. If the owner keeps it indoors, and doesn't use it hard, they'll get along well with it.

On the other hand, it's thick, heavy, and holds dirt well. If applied to steel, any water that makes its way around it will cause serious corrosion. It's far more difficult to touch up than ordinary paint.

I had the tub interior of my Jeep Line-X coated about 13 years ago, along with the front bumper. Water got behind the coating on the steel bumper, causing some very serious corrosion. The rest of it has held up, but it holds onto dirt a lot better than a smooth surface. While it has held up, it sure doesn't look as nice as it did when it was first put down. I suspect that resulted from a combination of grime (I might have spilled a beer in there once) and UV exposure.
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i guess, they are all defenders to me really.





EDIT:

to the OP, do you guys ever go over to the CCC of Manhattan?
Hey Naplm, this is Nick currently speaking. I personally have not been there, but im sure Stefano has. Our shop is walking distance from there as has been for the past 20+ years.

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Hi Stefano,

Welcome!

It's great to see a Manhattan based car shop. I'm familiar with your shop and that Lamborghini LM002 you worked on a year or 2 ago was awesome.

Has the rig been delivered yet?
The Defender in the original post has been completed and was picked up back in June. It is currently in Central America. The LM002 is long gone and is currently in the middle east.
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to the OP, do you guys ever go over to the CCC of Manhattan?
I still need to make it over to their new location over on the water that they just moved to a few months ago. I used to go to their old clubhouse outside of the Holland Tunnel all the time.
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