1984 Land Rover Defender


This 1984 Land Rover 90 came to us with a completely rotted out frame and a blown head gasket. We started from scratch with a new galvanized frame, replaced the axles and suspension, repaired the engine and gave it a full repaint in limestone.

The 1984 Land Rover Defender 90 as the customer dropped it off.

The 1984 Land Rover Defender 90 as the customer dropped it off.

Here you can see the poor quality of the paint. There is an uneven tape line along the center of the gutter.

Here you can see the poor quality of the paint. There is an uneven tape line along the center of the gutter.

Rust is bubbling through on the cappings.

Rust is bubbling through on the cappings.

Once the top is removed, more rot is discovered.

Once the top is removed, more rot is discovered.

The tear down continues.

The tear down continues.

The frame is badly rotted.

The frame is badly rotted.

This outrigger is so badly rotted, it is ready to snap.

This outrigger is so badly rotted, it is ready to snap.

The drivetrain is removed.

The drivetrain is removed.

The bulkhead is also badly rotted.

The bulkhead is also badly rotted.

The spring brackets have nearly rotted off the axle.

The spring brackets have nearly rotted off the axle.

The panhard rod bracket is so rotted it can be removed by hand.

The panhard rod bracket is so rotted it can be removed by hand.

The rotted frame, suspension and axle housings are disposed of.

The rotted frame, suspension and axle housings are disposed of.

The axles are in need of a complete rebuild.

The axles are in need of a complete rebuild.

The tear down is complete.

The tear down is complete.

The new galvanized frame.

The new galvanized frame.

New valve seals are added to the head.

New valve seals are added to the head.

The new genuine Land Rover rear door is repainted inside and out and ready for assembly.

The new genuine Land Rover rear door is repainted inside and out and ready for assembly.

The body is repainted piece by piece then reassembled onto the chassis.

The body is repainted piece by piece then reassembled onto the chassis.

Each piece is painted inside and out.

Each piece is painted inside and out.

New cappings are assembled on the rear tub.

New cappings are assembled on the rear tub.

New doors are hung and aligned.

New doors are hung and aligned.

The body panels are carefully aligned.

The body panels are carefully aligned.

The cappings are installed and the rivets left exposed.

 

A folding rear step and receiver hitch are installed.

A folding rear step and receiver hitch are installed.

The cappings are carefully riveted to the body.

The cappings are carefully riveted to the body.

New genuine Land Rover rust resistant door hinges are installed with galvanized hardware.

New genuine Land Rover rust resistant door hinges are installed with galvanized hardware.

The windows are reinstalled into the repainted side panels.

The windows are reinstalled into the repainted side panels.

Each panel is repainted inside and out.

Each panel is repainted inside and out.

Restored roof panel of 1984 Land Rover

 

The finished restoration.

The finished restoration.

1984 Land Rover Defender 90

 

1984 Land Rover Defender 90

 

1984 Land Rover Defender 90

 

1984 Land Rover Defender 90

 

1984 Land Rover Defender 90