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Complete Restoration has started (LS3 / restomod)

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So, let me start with, I bought my 94 defender because it had low mileage and maybe someday restore it.
When I first got it, the heater didn't work and the speedometer didn't work. So, I tore into it.....

The speedometer didn't work because the cable had come out of the back of the dash just enough. Simple Fix.
The Heater didn't work because it was completely seized. When I actually tore out the heater box, I saw a ton of rust. So I tore off the front right wing. A lot of Rust. So I tore off both wings.
Then, I decided, I might as well start the restoration process.

I've ordered a LS3 / 6L80E from turnkey Engine - ETA is end of April. (including all sorts of accessories required)
I've ordered a Puma dash / AC KIT / gauges from Ministry of Defender - I've received the AC Kit and some pieces, but the dash is going to Ruskin for leather.
I've ordered a galvanized bulkhead from Rovers North,I went with the 300 TDI bulk head because it was bigger - ETA is 3 months

I've ordered a new fuel tank from SD-Outfitters - ETA is guess at 60 days
I've ordered new 4 new Recaro bucket seats, new ceiling liner, new center console, new door covers, new bench seats, from Ruskin. I went with Gryphon color diamond stitching, kind of a baseball glove cover, on everything. This stuff is beautiful.
Gryphon - Ruskin Design - ETA end of July

I still need to deal with Axles, differentials, suspension, and transfer box.
I had a friend offer to help pull the motor, so what was supposed to be a 2 hour job, took 12. But we did it. Pulled the motor, transmission, and transfer case last night, and it was picked up today. Couldn't find anything by the time we finished at 11:00 PM....
More to come as I receive more parts, or pull the body off the frame, so I can fix the rusted spots and have the frame powder coated. Should also make the motor install easier.

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Nate, nice work!
If frame is saveable, then save it. Somebody will need it.
The air intake bits, rad shroud, air filter housing and brackets, and wingside intake are all getting hard to find. Post them up here for sale or on free, you pay shipping thread.

Not saying you will fund your build, but can get back a little cash and help somebody out.

You can order new T-posts from YRM. Sills, B and C pillars. Either in parts or already welded together.

When you reset roof, replace seals with Genuine LR vs. AllMakes/Britpart. The quality and fit is an issue.
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You may want a pneumatic rivet gun for reassembly. Or Popeye style forearms
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Loving your very impressive build.

Tub supports may foul this. Try routing it so not over the cross piece

Most shafts install with slip joint at the T-case side.

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