1986 Land Rover 110 Tithonus


This 1986 Land Rover 110 was rebuilt by the Ministry of Defense as a life extension program for aging 110's. It is known as a Tithonus. A Land Rover Tithonus is characterized by its tall fiberglass top as used on the later Land Rover "Wolf" as well as its roll cage. They are usually fitted with rebuilt drivetrains and new body panels where needed. The rebuild quality of the Tithonus was poor. Even gaping rust holes were left in the bulkhead.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

The Land Rover just as it arrived.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

 

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

Removing the 2.5na diesel to make way for the 300tdi.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

The bulkhead is removed.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

The Land Rover is stripped to the bare frame and the body parts disassembled for paint.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

A rebuilt R380 and lt230 combination is installed.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

The bulkhead is bead blasted and the rust is revealed.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

New clutch hydraulic system components including a heavy duty clutch fork.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

The rebuilt 300tdi is installed.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

New toe boards are welded in to the bulkhead and other repairs are made.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

The bulkhead is seam sealed and painted in NAO Expedition Tan.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

Goodyear Duratrac tires are mounted to genuine Land Rover Wolf wheels.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

The bulkhead is installed on the frame.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

The rear tub is painted and installed on the frame.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

Rear disc brakes are added and the front brakes are converted to vented discs.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

A 2002 and up galvanized rear door is assembled.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

The roll cage is installed.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

Waxoyl is sprayed inside the bulkhead for rust prevention.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

A heavy duty bunper with Dixon Bates recovery points is installed.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

A Brownchurch brush guard and heated windshield is installed.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

 

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

The hood checker plate is powder coated and installed.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

 

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

This is a dual top Land Rover. Here it is in its soft top form.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

 

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

All body panels are painted inside and out and then riveted together.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

The Land Rover shown with its hardtop installed. We installed side and rear windows for added visibility.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

A raised air intake is installed.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

 

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

A heavy duty rear tire carrier is installed.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

A new wiring harness is installed.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

The wiring for the center console is run.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

Heavy rubber sound deadening floor mats are installed.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

New genuine Land Rover Puma heated seats and Tuffy locking center console are installed.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

Two 12 volt outlets are added to the center console.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

The Tuffy center console has a locking radio slot.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

The buttons for the heated seats are installed in the center console.

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

A later fuse box using blade fuses replaces the original glass fuses.

Rear Salisbury axle rebuilt.

The Salisbury rear axle is rebuilt with a True Trac limited slip differential, all new bearings and disc brakes.

Front is rebuilt with a True Trac and all new bearings

The front differential is rebuilt with a True Trac and all new bearings.

Heavy duty Ashcroft axles are ready for installation.

Heavy duty Ashcroft axles are ready for installation.

The rear windows are installed. This was much more tricky that it looks.

The rear windows are installed. This was much more tricky than it looks.

Fiberglass hardtops

The hardtops contain a single layer of fiberglass on the sides but a double layer on the back. This means that the factory rubber seals will not fit. Therefore it was necessary to remove just enough of the inner layer to clear the rubber. We needed to do this in a clean way as the inside of the top is the finished surface. There are no trim pieces to hide mistakes. The Tithonus fiberglass actually has steel fibers in it. Sparks could be seen as we relieved it. Here you can see the inner layer removed just enough to clear the rubber seal.

Rear windows

The rear windows are installed.

Completed interior.

The completed interior.

Rear sway bar.

A rear sway bar is added. This will add a slight handling improvement.

Finished product.

 

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

 

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

 

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

 

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

 

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

 

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

 

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

 

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

 

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

 

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

 

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

 

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

 

Land Rover Tithonus restoration

 

Land Rover Tithonus restoration