This one is very special.
Finished in Epsom Green with Techno cloth seats.
16″ Boost Alloys with Goodyear Wrangler tyres, nearly new.
Roamerdrive mechanical overdrive. Lowers gearing by 28% – the best upgrade one can do to a TD5 Defender.
Stage 1 remap and stainless steel centre exhaust which produces a lovely noise and plenty of extra power meaning it can perform as well, if not better, than the more modern Defenders.
The entire interior has also been sound proofed which does lower noise levels dramatically – but it is still a TD5 and therefore a little loud!
The chassis on this example has received some of the most thorough treatment that I have ever seen on any Defender. In 2016 it received a coating of Waxoyl from Before n After costing £744. Then on the 4th October 2019 it was sent to Buzzweld for their platinum rust proofing package costing a whopping £2390! The list of works for this is listed below – it is extensive!
- Steam clean underbody
- Heat and clean cavities with 155C steam
- Needle gun and sand the chassis/ axles
- Apply up to 5L of Rust Encapsulator to chassis / axles
- Apply Cavity paint to Chassis cavities
- Apply up to 5L of CIO to chassis/ axles
- Treat cavities with WAR (including A pillars, front and rear door bottoms)
- Apply up to 6 liters of WAR for chassis/ axles
- Bare metal the crossmember face, treat the cavities as per chassis.
- RE + 2K Fxliner on crossmember.
- Apply up to 6 liters of Blackit underbody coating to the front and rear arches and exposed floor pan
- War Anti-seize on many fixtures, fittings and mating faces from parts removed.
What we do.
Our current process is to degrease the underbody with FXdegreaser. Following this we pressure steam clean @155C to remove all loose and friable paint/ rust, and contamination.
After this process is complete we also steam the internals of the chassis and any cavities to be treated. This process often takes a full day to this point with temperatures up to 155C.
Once the vehicle is fully cleaned, we then remove parts. Parts we remove for example on a defender are:-
- Fuel Tank
- Central Crossmember
- Mudflaps front and rear
- Rear Shock absorbers
- Rear shock absorber mounts
- Front bumper (small additional charge for winch bumpers)
- Front jack rubbers
- Front and rear bump stops
- Rear springs (unless HD)
- Tow pack including NAS step if fitted
- Steering/ sump guards
- Front grill
- Side step supports
- Fuel cooler
- Fuel filter cover/ back plate
More recently it has had vast amounts of work carried out at MID Engineering. In December 2018 a 72,000 miles service was undertaken including front diff and transfer box oils, this service high lighted a few issues so it was sent back in May 2019 to have the following items replaced:
- Replacement door latches
- New drive shaft assemblies including new seals
- New road springs
- New, 4-way, adjustable shockabsobers
- New steering damper
- New Roamerdrive overdrive installed
This invoice came to over £3700 and means the Defender now drives incredibly well.
Full service history below:
Date of Registration 14/03/2003
1st Service at Lancaster Reading 08/03/2004 7149 miles
2nd Service at Lancaster Reading 02/03/2005 13,206 miles
3rd Service at Lancaster Reading 13/03/2006 18,119 miles
4th Service at Lancaster Reading 07/03/2007 21,398 miles
New clutch master cylinder fitted 17/12/2007 at Lancaster reading 24,434 miles
5th Service at Lancaster Reading 19/03/2008 25,471 miles
6th Service at Lancaster Reading 17/04/2009 30,033 miles
7th Service at Lancaster Reading 10/05/2010 35,936 miles
New wiper motor and drive assembly fitted 04/01/2011 at 40,454 miles
8th Service at Lancaster Reading 01/06/2011 at 42,099 miles
9th Service at Lancaster Reading 22/05/2012 at 46,613 miles
10th Service at Keith Gott Land Rovers 26/06/2013 at 54,327 miles
11th Service at Keith Gott Land Rovers 27/06/2014 at 60,775 miles
New Injector seals At Hereford Land Rovers 04/04/2016
12th Service at Hereford Land Rovers 20/01/2016 at 66,998 miles
Before n/ After Waxoyl Treatment 19/11/2016
13th Service at Hereford Land Rovers 27/07/2017 at 74,101 miles
Defender Slickshift (short shift kit for gearbox) fitted 18/06/2018
Boomslang Headlight loom upgrade and wiper relay upgrade 18/08/2018
Stainless steel downpipe and centre section fitted 18/06/2018
14th Service at MID Engineering 24/12/2018 76,960 miles
£3760 worth of work carried out at MID including overdrive, suspension, door latches etc 03/05/2019 at 77,013 miles
Buzzweld chassis treatment 04/10/2019 £2390
15th Service at MID Engineering 23/06/2020 at 77,479 miles