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Hi all, just thought we'd share with you our over-the-winter restoration of a 1995 NAS Defender 90. It was originally registered in South Hampton, NY, but somehow found it's way up to Canada where the winters took their toll on the chassis and other steel bits. We got to it just in time as the bulkhead and the chassis was still solid and we were able to get it back to better than new condition, with not a small amount of elbow grease and time.

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Next up was the drivetrain. We rebuilt the gearbox and transfer case using the excellent rebuild kits from Ashcroft Transmissions (Haribo gummy bears were a nice touch!). After which, we re-installed them along with a new clutch and stainless steel magna flow exhaust system













 

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Just in time for the bulkhead to arrive back from the body shop.... which we re-assembled using A4-80 Marine grade hardware and rebuilt the dash including installing a Genuine LR leather wrapped steering wheel, and plumbed the brake, fuel and cooling lines, as well as a new copper radiator. We also took the opportunity to re-route the oil cooler lines using stainless steel hose to avoid the crispy NAS syndrome...








 

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Next up was the body, which we re-assembled piece by piece and installed, again using Marine grade A4-80 stainless steel hardware and new genuine seals and gaskets. We re-assembled the blasted and epoxy painted roll cage and original NAS rear bumper. New genuine grille and light surround and lettering was re-applied.








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Next up was the interior... All flooring was replaced with genuine Land Rover. New Exmoor Trim cargo area seats with NAS Denim Twill were installed, and the front seats foams were replaced and re-trimmed with matching Exmoor Trim Denim Twill covers. The cubby was also recovered with new black vinyl. We also installed a new under dash AC kit from Webasto.





 

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Now was time for the cherry on top.... the Badge.... We gently cleaned the old paint, masked the stamped area to avoid filling the stamp with paint and re-painted with high-durability enamel paint, then baked it dry. After we lightly sanded the raised relief using horizontal strokes... after we clear-coated it all to protect it.
 

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We had already restored several ROW Defenders, but this was our first NAS restoration, and was definitely an eye-opener. Of course, we wanted to do it justice, and hope this thread bears that out, but the roll-cage install and unobtainable or expensive NAS specific parts meant that we refurbished many of the original parts ourselves and really ratcheted up the difficulty level. But ultimately we are pretty happy with how it turned out, and now are looking for a garage for this beast to call home.
 
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