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Old August 31st, 2013, 02:53 PM
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The white beast

There is a thread started with a bunch of pictures about this build but here is where we sit after a year.

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Old August 31st, 2013, 02:55 PM
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Old August 31st, 2013, 03:17 PM
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Like I said in the other thread I created this has been a complete nut and bolt restoration and it has been like a marriage. Good times and bad sticking with it through thick and thin it has really been a lot more than I anticipated. The bad news is its not done the good news is the end is in sight.

What has been done so far too much to name but here is some of it and some of what I was trying to do from the beginning.

I wanted to create a defender that would maintain its outside meanness but feel comfortable and almost luxurious inside. For pictures of what the truck looked like before we started you can see a for sale post from Giffen Ott from last spring or summer. He is who I purchased the truck from. I had a mechanic look at it before I bought it and I wish I could punch him in the face because he couldnt have been more wrong about it. From the original truck I have the brake booster and some of the body.... thats about it at this point. As sad as it sounds I paid $12,000 for those two parts and a title.

So the teardown and build up began. The original order was from Berkshire Land Rover who I know doesnt have a good reputation at this point but I only dealt with Dean Hughes in the parts department so I at least got the items but they werent really as described. I got shocks, a steering damper, Diamond XS seats, a puma dash and puma bulkhead, a steering wheel and some other random parts and thought I was going to be all set and have everything I needed. HA. About 45 Rovers north orders later we are at this point. I also had a lot of help from David Dearborn getting this stuff in and shipped to me. Not that anything was tricky or illegal but its easier if someone who knows what they are doing orchestrates it.

It really is the little things that have caused the biggest hang ups. I had my heart set on lift handle doors with roll up windows and I couldnt for the life of me find the one latch MUC6979. No one was even listing them in decent shape on ebay.co.uk. I have about 800 hours into finding the part.

So at this point we have a new chassis, rebuilt 300tdi, rebuilt r380, Allisport turbo and uprated intercooler, new hoses, new everything.... More info coming later screaming babies here to tend to
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Old September 2nd, 2013, 09:59 PM
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I'd love to see those other pics. copy and paste the links here if you can, saves us from doing the search. Rule number 1. Don't buy parts from a Land Rover dealer, in fact, don't even drive down the street that they have their operation on for fear that you might be tempted to stop in and buy a key chain or something. Rule #2 everything you will do will cost twice as much and take twice as long as you think. I'm 80k deep in mine all in and if you can finish yours for less then you've done great, esp since you are recreating this vehicle to be like new. I'll search around a bit but send links!

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http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=38036

is it weird that I found this link by googling it rather than doing a search right here on this site?
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Old September 7th, 2013, 08:44 PM
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Final paint for the base of the vehicle you can't tell in pictures but it's a matte white pearl coat I'll follow up with another picture trying to capture this
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Old September 7th, 2013, 08:45 PM
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You can see the luminescence here
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Jeff, I see the lamp holders for an SVX lamp set. I can't wait to see what it looks like when it's all on!
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You can see the luminescence here
Is this paint or plastic?
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Old September 8th, 2013, 12:09 PM
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That's the actual paint there's no wrap or anything on it. My end goal was to make it look like a big toy. The matte white contrasts with an anodised pieces once they're on and it all looks pretty much how I wanted it to.
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Old September 8th, 2013, 12:15 PM
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Final paint for the base of the vehicle you can't tell in pictures but it's a matte white pearl coat I'll follow up with another picture trying to capture this
Looks like you painted it in a garage?
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Old September 8th, 2013, 01:11 PM
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You would be correct. Painted in a garage.
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Like I said in the other thread I created this has been a complete nut and bolt restoration and it has been like a marriage. Good times and bad sticking with it through thick and thin it has really been a lot more than I anticipated. The bad news is its not done the good news is the end is in sight.
If the end is in sight, does that mean a divorce is coming? Hope you'll post it here in the classifieds first.....


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There's a shot of the sheen on the hood too. The yellow hue is from the lighting it's actually a bright white.

No no not for sale this is mine. We can build you one next though =)
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Roof is on now


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That color is fantastic.
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Old September 10th, 2013, 02:50 PM
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Thanks. The wheel spats are going to be black and then I got these overfinch wheels.

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That should tie the silver roof to the anodized pieces and then the black spats to the undercarriage and bumpers
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Got some of the chequerplate and the bumper and spare carrier on there to show what I was saying with the complement of the colors

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