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Old September 24th, 2016, 11:54 AM
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83 D130 RHD resto by "THE-LANDROVERS"

Hey guys. Been lurking the forums here for a while, and decided I'd upload fotos of my resto being done by The-Landrovers

I started (having them do) the build back in July 2016 after flying down to Houston to see a Defender they had for sale. I saw it and fell in love, but decided I wanted to do one my way. Peter and Daniel have been great to work with so far, supplying updates as things progress.

Will update as I continue to find out how its taking shape

This is one of their D130 builds that turned me onto their shop in the Netherlands.

My build is going to be a full frame off D130 with a rebuilt V8, and everything touched from bumper to bumper, updated interior, and modern comfort creatures such as backup camera/ac/full custom sound system, oversized tires/etc. Safety features will be a external roll cage with interior supports and some lighting decisions are TBD. Color Combination is, as of now, Keswick Green with Gunmetal accents, and a brown interior.

Looking forward to joining the community
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Old September 24th, 2016, 11:57 AM
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This is what they started with!

Was REALLY Scary seeing this is what $$$ had gotten me
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Old September 24th, 2016, 12:00 PM
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Felt better when I saw things moving along
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Old September 24th, 2016, 12:01 PM
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The Foundation!
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Old September 24th, 2016, 12:03 PM
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More Progress!
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Old September 24th, 2016, 12:06 PM
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More Progress on the less than sexy items!
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Old September 24th, 2016, 12:08 PM
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Welcome to the Forum!

Nothing like jumping in with both feet! I know yours is not an inexpensive project. When do you expect it to be finished?

Are you keeping right hand steering? Two of my 3 Defenders have the steering wheel on the 'proper' side. Might as well get the whole British experience.

What is your engine? With Defender "aerodynamics', the weight of the 130 plus A/C, you need lots of horse power.

Keep posting pictures!

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Old September 24th, 2016, 12:21 PM
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Thanks for the warm welcome. This will be my 2nd classic 4x4 (sold my '69 Bronco a year ago)

100% keeping it RHD, I want the full Brit experience haha. It's the stock 3.5 with a 5 speed manual (Can't wait to learn to shift lefty).

I think I will 100% end up making some drivetrain changes once it's imported and I drive it for a year or so. I didn't' want to go TOO crazy b/c I want to make sure it actually arrives though customs. Would not be opposed to a LS setup or something a bit more... spirited :D

I expect this to get a LOT of ranch time here in TX
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Old September 24th, 2016, 12:33 PM
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Looking good. The work is being done where... Netherlands?
Is that the original frame getting a clean up?
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Old September 24th, 2016, 12:38 PM
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Yep, done by the company linked in the original post.

I believe so. I asked for bare metal photos whenever possible to try to get an idea of the rust sitting on a 33 year old vehicle. SOMEHOW, its less than the american muscle cars from the same era
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Looking good! Hopefully I'll see it on the road in DFW
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That's awesome. More pics!
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Very cool, this 130 is a super early 130. Do you have any pictures of it assembled from before the teardown? It's my understand that 83 127's had split doors and full size rear door bottom.
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Old September 26th, 2016, 02:02 PM
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Welcome to the board. New as well, but know enough your truck is gonna be awesome. Just had a few questions.

I don't understand how you're getting it done in the NL and getting it through customs...I thought galvanized frames were a no no even if it was the original.

Also, if you don't mind, how much does a restore like this cost shipped to you? I understand that the 130 is the most expensive and yours looks to have alot of upgrades. I appreciate you might want some discretion so maybe shoot me a PM...just going around weighing options.
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Old December 9th, 2016, 01:43 PM
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Yikes! Someone should update this thread! Sorry guys, life has gotten in the way,

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Very cool, this 130 is a super early 130. Do you have any pictures of it assembled from before the teardown? It's my understand that 83 127's had split doors and full size rear door bottom.
I posted one or two above, but I have this one also. Hopefully its helpful
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Old December 9th, 2016, 01:49 PM
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Welcome to the board. New as well, but know enough your truck is gonna be awesome. Just had a few questions.

I don't understand how you're getting it done in the NL and getting it through customs...I thought galvanized frames were a no no even if it was the original.

Also, if you don't mind, how much does a restore like this cost shipped to you? I understand that the 130 is the most expensive and yours looks to have alot of upgrades. I appreciate you might want some discretion so maybe shoot me a PM...just going around weighing options.
I don't expect to have any issues (fingers crossed) with customs, but I've largely left that up to Daniel and Peter (My Resto guys)...

Cost wise, I can tell you that its more than buying one already done, but I thought represented a good value between my estimated resale value and what US restorers charge. I've always said people are crazy doing full custom builds because you never get back what you put it, and while that will LIKELY be the case with mine, it was close enough for me personally to justify a special build (I normally buy other peoples finished projects).

Given my build is in flux, I couldn't accurately tell you the build cost, but the best way to get a number is by contacting Peter and Daniel direct (Home - The Landrovers)

Theyre remarkably easy to work with (yes its a plug, no I'm not getting any discount or anything from them, I just think they're cool dudes)

------ Follow up post added December 9th, 2016 12:55 PM ------

Big updates for you guys, as I missed a ton of time and they work fast. Last I left off, they were finalizing up the motor/drivetrain/axles/suspension. etc..

A lot of back and forth on design issues (what to paint where, etc) and here is an update of how it sits currently! I honestly couldn't be happier. I was so nervous picking colors, but am happy I held strong on what I thought would look good after hours of image searching.

------ Follow up post added December 9th, 2016 12:58 PM ------

Wow, will edit this post when work internet frees up- having some firewall issues as I am currently unable to upload the fotos I saved off my email correspondence.

I've got painted and damn near full done build pix, just need some time to get them uploaded, adn work currently wont let me. Will try again later

I will say, I can't wait to drive this thing, but as I'm watching more and more LS builds, I'm realizing that after about a year, I'm gonna get the itch, adn need to stick in a proper V8 at some point. The issue is that It seems everyone is doing 6L80 trannys and going Auto, but I'm a must have manual kinda guy, so may have to do some research on what it takes to swap in a V8 with 5 speed at some point

Havent even gotten the car yet and I'm already planning- what a disaster.
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Old December 15th, 2016, 07:44 PM
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So, the next photos I received were the finished frame and suspension components starting to go in. There was also some back and forth on whether or not we'd use the diamond plate fender protectors "wings?"..

Peter and Daniel do a pretty good job of keeping the customer informed... even if said customer fell through on the forum

They finished up all the primer and pre paint stuff at this point. All the pre-paint products, i believe, are selected with anti-corrosion in mind.
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Old December 15th, 2016, 07:47 PM
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I feel like I took a bit of a flyer with the paint colors... as Keswick is a color that has been done, but I feel like most people layer black on as an accent also. I wanted no black. So it was a bit of a leap of faith.. The guys were nice enough to express mail me a paint swatch of the color so I could examine in daylight. That is what sold me on the decision. I still have the paint swatch at my desk.

These are the first photos I got with the color.
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