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Old June 26th, 2016, 08:51 AM
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Hi guys, I bought my son an old defender 1989 model, initially it was to be his project to restore but I seem to have inherited it! Kids eh! Lol
Googling for parts is a nightmare! I'm looking for 3 new doors and I'm being quoted from 107- 497 each! Any tips will be gladly received.
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Old June 26th, 2016, 09:05 AM
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If I could buy new doors in the States for 107GBP, I'd buy an extra set for spares.

Keep looking. Asking on Defender sites such as this one is the best way to find good deals.

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Old June 26th, 2016, 09:21 AM
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Hi Mike, I thought that sounded cheap! It was on eBay so I'm always wary there. I'll keep searching. Any tips on what not to do to it?
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Old June 26th, 2016, 09:35 AM
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Welcome to the Defender Source. There are a lot of friendly people here who want to help you keep Defenders on the road.

Much depends on your skills, experience and budget. Do you want to restore to factory new or a high price hot rod? Or just make it presentable and reliable?

Read through old postings here, especially detailed reports of major projects. These will give you inspiration about your goals and exactly what you are getting into. It is no fun getting in over your head, but successfully completing a difficult project is highly rewarding!

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Old June 26th, 2016, 09:44 AM
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I'm actually quite enjoying all the searching for parts etc and chatting to people who have actually restored them. I'm doing it for my son (18y) defenders are really cool for that age to drive in Scotland. I own a van hire company so have the mechanic who can do all the work and friend is a spray painter ( they have both been advising me)
I keep looking at Larra Croft type parts but my son wants it to look big and manly! Whatever that means lol
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Old June 26th, 2016, 11:11 AM
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I'm actually quite enjoying all the searching for parts etc and chatting to people who have actually restored them. I'm doing it for my son (18y) defenders are really cool for that age to drive in Scotland. I own a van hire company so have the mechanic who can do all the work and friend is a spray painter ( they have both been advising me) I keep looking at Larra Croft type parts but my son wants it to look big and manly! Whatever that means lol
Make it run reliably and then start with the upgrades. Otherwise you'll end up with something that's all show and no go.
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Old June 26th, 2016, 11:41 AM
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Hi Jason, thanks for the input. The engine runs great and had a complete overhaul, I've got new axels being fitted today and 4 new springs. The body is the worst part, needs just about everything ; (
Think this is definitely going to be a fun project but an expensive one!
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Old June 26th, 2016, 11:51 AM
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Depends on which type of door you are looking for.

If your truck has the two part doors, the lowers are 48 pounds.
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Old June 26th, 2016, 07:47 PM
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Marie,
If you are on Facebook, there are plenty of Land Rover Groups, some deal specifically with parts. Maybe there is even a Edinburgh group so you don't have to travel to far to get parts.


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Old June 26th, 2016, 07:53 PM
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Hi guys, I bought my son an old defender 1989 model, initially it was to be his project to restore but I seem to have inherited it! Kids eh! Lol
Googling for parts is a nightmare! I'm looking for 3 new doors and I'm being quoted from 107- 497 each! Any tips will be gladly received.
Thanks
Marie:
Welcome from Edinburgh ...
Send some pictures of your "sons" project.
Enjoy your inherited 110.
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Old June 28th, 2016, 03:53 AM
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Hi Eric, I'll look on Facebook now thanks. Robert I'll post the pics I have just now, you will see the amount of work I need to do to it but think it will be worth it.
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Old June 28th, 2016, 06:55 AM
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You might also want to throw out a net and check out local scrap yards for good quality used doors
Doors from any year defender will work, and be complete with glass, interior, maybe even electric windows depending on year.
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