1983 Land Rover Defender 110
North America Overland is happy to offer for sale this 1983 Land Rover Defender 110. This Rover is being sold on consignment for one of our customers. It was imported last year from the UK and was previously used by a ballooning company. It has 68,000 original miles and has been well kept for most of its life. It has a 3.5 liter V8, 4 speed transmission and full time 4 wheel drive. This is a nice unmolested Land Rover which is hard to find as most of these early 110s have been rebuilt or modified. The Rover is registered and is currently at our shop in Monroe CT, it can be seen by appointment by calling Mike at 203-996-5008.
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The body has most of its original paint the only exception is that the front of the right front fender and the top of the right side of the bulkhead have been repainted. The paint color is Rowan brown with Limestone top and wheels, the paint is still presentable and has a nice shine to it. There are paint chips and small dents here and there and almost no corrosion on the aluminum body panels. The bulkhead is in great shape with no through rot and the original floors which is very unusual, bulkheads tend to rot out badly. There is some minor rot on the bottom of the doors but very easily repairable also the right side T post has a small hole and the steel beads on the front sills are rusty. I would say that this Rover is well above average rust wise and the rust it does have can be easily repaired.
The engine is a 3.5 liter all aluminum V8 making about 115 hp and 200 ft lbs of torque. The motor has been recently tuned up. When I changed the valve cover gaskets I did notice a lot of sludge and some attempt should be made to desludge the engine. The compression test revealed nice even compression and no signs of head gasket or valve problems. The motor runs smooth and quiet.
Transmission and Transfer Case
The transmission is the LT95 4 speed, one of the strongest transmissions Land Rover has ever made. It does not have an overdrive so about 65mph is the comfortable cruising speed on the highway. The transmission has recently had its oil changed. The clutch is good and has had the clutch master cylinder and slave cylinder recently replaced. The throw out bearing is a little bit noisy. There is a lot of drivetrain slop which seems to be common on these early Defender drivetrains.
The Rover has the 1 ton Salisbury dana 60 rear axle and the Rover front axle with 1 ton CV joints. The gear oil has been changed in both differentials, the front wheel bearing have been repacked with Mobil 1 synthetic grease and new hub seals installed front and rear. The tires are 235 85 16 General Grabber the same tires that come on new defenders they have lots of tread left.
The suspension is original except for the shocks, it has the factory load leveler in the back. The bushings are in good shape and not too badly deteriorated, The Rover rides really well, the coil springs are a huge improvement over the leaf springs of the prior year Rovers.
The frame is in great shape it is all original with no repairs or patches. The rear crossmember and outriggers are all in great shape.
The interior is all original tan Moorland cloth, there is only one rip in the back of one of the second row seats. The Rover is a 12 seater but only the front seats have seatbelts, we can easily add seatbelts to the rest of the seats. The dash is in great shape and all the heater controls and gages work properly.
The Rover has power steering and amazingly it does not leak. The steering is tight and responsive.
There are power assisted disc brakes on the front and drums on the back. The rear brakes were rebuilt with new shoes, wheel cylinders and the drums resurfaced.
Everything works well on the Rover with the exception of the radio. There does not appear to have been any splices in the wiring harness or signs of any short circuits or melted wires.
The fuel filter has been changed. The Rover has a 20 gallon tank and a extendable fuel filler neck for filling from jerry cans.
The North America Overland shop truck was identical to this Rover when we first got it, so included is a comparison photo in case the new owner would like to modify this Rover similarly. The main modifications to ours included a 300tdi engine, 5 speed transmission, rear disc brakes, left hand drive conversion, newer roll up window doors, roof rack, auxiliary lighting and dual batteries.
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