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.
The Land Rover just as it arrived.
Removing the 2.5na diesel to make way for the 300tdi.
The bulkhead is removed.
The Land Rover is stripped to the bare frame and the body parts disassembled for paint.
A rebuilt R380 and lt230 combination is installed.
The bulkhead is bead blasted and the rust is revealed.
New clutch hydraulic system components including a heavy duty clutch fork.
The rebuilt 300tdi is installed.
New toe boards are welded in to the bulkhead and other repairs are made.
The bulkhead is seam sealed and painted in NAO Expedition Tan.
Goodyear Duratrac tires are mounted to genuine Land Rover Wolf wheels.
The bulkhead is installed on the frame.
The rear tub is painted and installed on the frame.
Rear disc brakes are added and the front brakes are converted to vented discs.
A 2002 and up galvanized rear door is assembled.
The roll cage is installed.
Waxoyl is sprayed inside the bulkhead for rust prevention.
A heavy duty bunper with Dixon Bates recovery points is installed.
A Brownchurch brush guard and heated windshield is installed.
The hood checker plate is powder coated and installed.
This is a dual top Land Rover. Here it is in its soft top form.
All body panels are painted inside and out and then riveted together.
The Land Rover shown with its hardtop installed. We installed side and rear windows for added visibility.
A raised air intake is installed.
A heavy duty rear tire carrier is installed.
A new wiring harness is installed.
The wiring for the center console is run.
Heavy rubber sound deadening floor mats are installed.
New genuine Land Rover Puma heated seats and Tuffy locking center console are installed.
Two 12 volt outlets are added to the center console.
The Tuffy center console has a locking radio slot.
The buttons for the heated seats are installed in the center console.
A later fuse box using blade fuses replaces the original glass fuses.
The Salisbury rear axle is rebuilt with a True Trac limited slip differential, all new bearings and disc brakes.
The front differential is rebuilt with a True Trac and all new bearings.
Heavy duty Ashcroft axles are ready for installation.
The rear windows are installed. This was much more tricky than it looks.
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.
The rear windows are installed.
The completed interior.
A rear sway bar is added. This will add a slight handling improvement.