Originally Posted by Willh
I've had some experience with salvage Defenders and to me, it looks like the driver's side rear tire blew the tread off. It was likely dry rotted. Notice that the tire missing the tread is the original OEM BFG All-terrain (probably the original spare). It's easy to identify from the side wall tread. The other 3 on the ground are newer BFG's. You can also see where on the rear quarter the tread swung around as it was coming apart and left marks on the body. It likely caused the damaged rear corner and tailpipe as well. When the tire blew, I'm guessing it caused the driver to lose some control and hit someone from behind.
Just my $.02.....
You're a defender detective. Good info here
------ Follow up post added August 31st, 2012 08:06 AM ------
Originally Posted by rijosho
Stone - the auction is today - what's your plan?
Ah I know! I've been watching it. It's at $8k now & closing at midnight. With a probable frame swap, body work, tires and who knows what else 8k may already be out of my budget but still tempting. We'll see how high it goes & I'll be watching.