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Old March 7th, 2011, 05:34 PM
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Camel Trophy 110

Hey everybody,

My name is Max.

First of all, I would like to say that I’m happy I found this forum, I spend a lot of time on this forum and I already learned a lot!

I always wanted to have a Defender when I was a little kid, however, moving to the US kind of ruined this dream. That’s why I ended up with a 1995 Range rover classic.
I love this car, but I still miss the Defender…
So…I finally found an original 1984 Camel Trophy 110 in Europe. My dream came true.

As this was a vehicle from the German team in the 1984 Brasil event, I contacted one of the German drivers (Volker Lapp). He was very helpful and send me pictures of his 1984 album. Thanks to his help, we were able to confirm that it car was indeed the German vehicle.

According to what I have seen, the truck is in relatively good shape (for a 1984). It is at my house in Europe right now. But the moment I have some money, it will be shipped to the US.

This summer however, I will be restoring this car. In Europe or America. That’s why I need some advice. As it is for the most part still a completely original Camel Trophy vehicle, I would like to keep it that way.
The first thing on my list is to completely clean the defender, however, I have no idea what to do after that.
So what would you guys advice here? I would love to completely strip it down and restore it, but then it wouldn’t be a Camel Trophy vehicle anymore…
How could I improve or restore this defender without ruining its unique background?


Thanks,

Max
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Old March 7th, 2011, 05:54 PM
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Give it a good wash and tune up, then if possible leave it alone.
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Old March 7th, 2011, 06:24 PM
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Fix any rust and leave all the dents, dings, and scratches.

No SD cage? Curious.
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Old March 7th, 2011, 06:30 PM
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84 did not have the full cage. I would just abate the rust and treat the inside of the frame with waxoyl and do basically nothing else. If you actually intend to drive it, I would consider pulling the engine and trans and swapping for a 200tdi and later lt77 and saving the originals.
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Old March 7th, 2011, 06:43 PM
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Send it to ECR
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Old March 7th, 2011, 06:48 PM
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She's a beaut. sure is nice, I would almost hate to add any of my own dings to it off road.

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Old March 7th, 2011, 08:40 PM
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Stop driving it on the beach!

Cool truck, definately keep it original.
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Old March 7th, 2011, 09:10 PM
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looks awesome. dont change a thing
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Old March 7th, 2011, 09:56 PM
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How could I improve or restore this defender without ruining its unique background?

By not being obsessed with it as a collector's item. Rather, by enjoying it and driving it, since you have always dreamed of having a Defender, and adding your own stories to its already colorful history. And if there are dings and scrapes that happen along the way, don't worry, it can take it. You can repair and rebuild things without destroying their character. But sometimes it takes more patience, creativity, and a more nuanced level of understanding. A Defender was never meant to be perfect and sit in a hermetically sealed box.

That said, a 200tdi would only further add to your enjoyment while the collectible, valuable original lump can sit in a nice padded crate somewhere out of the weather.
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Old March 8th, 2011, 12:11 AM
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that is a GREAT machine!
Enjoy it!
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Old March 8th, 2011, 04:59 AM
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2.25 or 2.5 diesel? Is this that one the Italian guy was selling?
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Old March 8th, 2011, 06:52 AM
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Congrats! Thats a pretty awesome find.

I saw this 110 in person at Classic Defenders when I went up to Holland on a Landy hunting trip. The old 2.5NA fired right up in the middle of winter. I do not have the time or the requisite skills to take on a restoration, and I wanted a 110 I could build up. I'm looking forward to seeing this restoration in progress.
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Old March 8th, 2011, 07:18 AM
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Come to HH next Thursday (March 17) and meet the local folklore...

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=23645
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Old March 8th, 2011, 09:28 AM
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Come to HH next Thursday (March 17) and meet the local folklore...

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=23645

He's in Christiansburg. That would be a 9hr round trip.
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Old March 8th, 2011, 10:22 AM
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I think I'd have to do something with those mirrors.
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Old March 8th, 2011, 10:24 AM
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You lucky bastard. One life...and you've started living it. What that 110 needs is another couple hundred thousand km's by you.
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Old March 8th, 2011, 03:20 PM
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I guess there are a few of these out there for sale..... This one has different mirrors....
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1993-...item415783a69e
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Old March 9th, 2011, 03:15 AM
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This is awesome! Congrats on the awesome truck.
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Old March 9th, 2011, 11:32 AM
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I guess there are a few of these out there for sale..... This one has different mirrors....
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1993-...item415783a69e
9 model years newer. That 93 isn't eligible for entry here.
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9 model years newer. That 93 isn't eligible for entry here.
Yes, but I'm sure it *could* show up.....
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