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Old October 15th, 2016, 10:31 PM
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1995 defender 110 3.9L v8 full custom build thread (help needed)

Hi guys,

Total newbie here, 1st time defender owner, long time defender lover. Finally got my 1st defender a 1995 defender 110 originally a tdi, but previous owner converted to a rover 3.9 v8 engine, engine running super strong.

Now I am in lagos, Nigeria so aftermarket parts aren't readily available and import fees are outrageous, so I have decided to custom build as much as I can. List of mods I am embarking on are below

1. I wanted a new puma style bonnet but too expensive to import, so I will be customizing the original bonnet (Done, see before and after pics below)
2. I want racing bucket seats but same story as the bonnet, so I am having the original defender seat frame modified and reupholstered to look like a racing seat, (currently having frame welded, will post pics once completed)
3. I wanted a puma dashboard, but u know the story, lol. So I will have an lr2 dashboard customised and custom fitted into the defender ( to all the nay sayers a friend of mine has done this here ac vents controls etc all work with lr2 vents and controls)
4. Cat back exhaust system with custom built Kahn style cross hair system (currently having the being made, will post pics in a few days) I need help with what setup to weld the exhaust using used oem mufflers and or silencers from any car as that's what's readily available to me, I want a good grunt and hopefully some decent power increase , thanks for any input
5. Automatic transmission 5 speed auto from a discovery 2 (mechanics here do these conversions on a regular)
6. Terrafirma 50mm fenders and 50mm wheel spacers
7. 22 inch wheels with mud grapplers
8. Custom fully red leather and suede interior
9. Push button keyless entry and start, with remote start
10. Red halo led headlights
11. Clear Nas lights
12. Aftermarket racing style steering wheel
13.seating will be 2 racing seats in front and 3 seater in the rear made of 3 individual seats
14. I will be using wood for the flooring instead of rugs
15. Full frame off rust repair and rust proofing
16. Paint will be matte black or autobiography black still undecided
17. Power locks and windows
18. Spare wheel delete

So those are the mods I plan to do, I put pictures of when I bought her 2 weeks ago and pics of her current state, with new bonnet modification below, I am new to these cars, so I included an engine pic the mechanic said it's a 3.9l rover v8, but I just want to be sure so please drop input if he's wrong


Please no insults or mocking I am a first timer, never customized or built anything, but I have a lot of knowledge thanks to discovery channel and youtube, lol, I am not doing any of the work myself, but overseeing everything as the mechanics and welders here are very lazy when it comes to creativity so I have to tell them what to do as much as possible. Which is why I am requesting for input incase I am wrong, I'm this is one long post, can't believe I wrote this, I really love my defender I guess, lol.
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Old October 15th, 2016, 10:40 PM
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Custom Bonnet modification

Here are the before and after pics of the bonnet modification, still rough cause its not been filled and sanded, but I am loving it, even more than the puma bonnet if I must say, never seen this done before, might be a world 1st for a defender *smurk


Note: basically all that was done was i had body shop reverse the dip in the Bonnet, by hammering it out the opposite way.
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Old October 15th, 2016, 10:50 PM
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Project goal

Here is my inspiration for the exterior of my defender, I love this look as it fits my day to day city urban truck look, if there's such a thing lol

Included pics of the Kahn cross hair exhaust look I am going for with the cat back setup, I will not be using the rubber mudflaps
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Old October 15th, 2016, 11:07 PM
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Custom built reclining racing seat

Here are some pics of what I plan to do to the original defender seat frame as I cannot get racing seats because of my budget, so I found these pics and will use them to build mine, will post pics of mine once it's done, but in the mean time here are my reference pics, also included pics of Mazda miata and mr2 spider, I will be making a trip to the junk yard soon, so if I see any of these I would buy instead of building, since the upholsterer is even sketchy on his being able to foam the Frame if I have it custom built
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