Now where is the fun in that?
What else can beat the classic LR pub talk. Yeah... I've got a late 90's Defender. Cool as fudge and reliable. No rust either. Flies through it's MOT. Utterly reliable.
I've kept it in mint condition, never let me down and can go anywhere unlike those soft SUVs or pick ups.
All I've done is basic maintenance like:
Rebuilt the engine and changed all the bottom end bearing shells whilst we were in there.
New wiring loom.
Reconditioned gearbox (well it was out because we were doing the clutch so thought might as well).
New exhaust- stainless so won't rot now.
New radiator and cooling package.
Then I changed the axles and fitted polyurethane bushes to the suspension- won't have any issues in future now I've done that.
Also, decided to change the chassis for a galvanised one. Couple that with aluminium body panels and hey presto, no rust.
See? It's a genuine Defender product mate. I've spent 60,000 on my Defender and my wife left me but heck, that truck is worth 50K now any day of the week. Shame I have to drive with one arm out the window because the Defender doesn't fit normal sized human beings.
Apologies for a slight detour - but what is everyones favourite Galv Paint over method - as when mine is getting done (sooner than later) - I do not want the shiny Glav showing?
Do you go Mordent or Raptor method, or do you prefer alternatives?
Painting one today, T-washed, 2 coats of 2 pk zinc phosphate epoxy primer followed by 2 coats of 2 pk epoxy top coat
Still is but only at a certain age newer ones get crushedNot sure now, but there used to be a good market in America. They had to be untouched as from the factory though, else no import licence would be issued. My daughter had the turbo engine in her 90 changed for a 300 TDi, probably hit the value, but a least it goes uphill now!