The CarAdvice team reveals what's hidden away in their sheds and backyards awaiting some TLC.
The Land Rover Defender is my second 4WD, which is also an all-time favourite for me. It’s the long-wheelbase model, sporting the 2.5-litre TD5 five-cylinder, with a bark much worse than it’s 90kW/300Nm bite. I love it for that 3225mm wheelbase (which is closer to 127 inches), old-school live axles, good payload, low gearing and great clearance.
Along with the typical modifications of suspension, wheels and barwork, I’ve set it up for remote touring with a winch, long-range tank, snorkel and internal beadlocks. The factory tub’s been replaced with a now rusty steel tray, on which lives an aluminium canopy from Tong Metal.
I’ve recently learned how bad I am at fitting roof lining, but am happy with the cheap 12V distribution box that went into the canopy recently. And what I mean by happy is, it hasn’t gone up in smoke. Yet.
The Defender has been through the Simpson Desert a couple of times, down to Tassie for our honeymoon and up the coast and into the bush countless times. It’s been a reliable and capable rig over the years, and we’re looking forward to more adventures now with a couple of ratbags in the back seat.
- Current Status: Sitting patiently in the driveway, waiting for the next adventure
- Odometer: 272,987km
- Kms since last update:
- Next on ‘to do’ list: replace rocker cover gasket, degrease engine bay and replace dodgy anderson plug. But the list on this one is never-ending