1994 Land Rover Defender 90 300TDI

I bought the Defender in Wales in 2009 with 103,000 miles on the clock, and it's only done another 5500 miles in my hands in eight years, virtually all of that on-road. This is why I'm selling it - I just don't use it enough. It has a few scrapes and dents as you'd expect on a Defender that's worked for its living, but nothing that doesn't add to its character.

The 300TDI engine smokes a bit when started from cold but is fine when warmed up and passes MOT emissions tests without a problem. It is fitted with the later R380 five-speed manual gearbox which will crunch into second if you rush the change, as they often do, but otherwise it's fine. The transfer box and diff lock both work as they should.

I rebuilt it in 2014 at a cost of around £4000 on a new galvanised chassis, with the build featured in three issues of Land Rover Monthly magazine:

  • New galvanised chassis
  • New clutch and slave cylinder
  • New suspension dampers
  • New bump stops
  • New track rod ends
  • New steering damper
  • New water pump
  • New timing belt
  • New TD5-spec exhaust
  • New brake discs
  • Swivels rebuilt
  • Front hubs adjusted and regreased
  • A-frame ball joints and bushes replaced

Recent work:

  • New alternator and drive belt
  • New door lock barrels
  • New NRC2119 rear springs, softer than standard (original springs can be refitted if preferred)
  • New heavy-duty rear spring retainers
  • New pedal rubbers
  • New locking fuel filler cap
  • New propshaft UJ
  • Welded repair to bulkhead above pedal box
  • Custom cubby box with hidden Pioneer radio
  • Custom speaker pods under dash with MTX speakers
  • Custom camera mount with 12V socket on top of dash (ashtray can be refitted if preferred)
  • 10-way fuse box under cubby box
  • Hidden engine kill switch
  • Glassfibre flexible aerial
  • Ammo boxes fitted to rear wheel boxes - also featured in Land Rover Monthly (can be removed)
  • Motamec suede three-spoke 350mm steering wheel
  • RDX low-profile steering wheel boss
  • Sound deadening - Dodo Pro Barrier
  • Late Defender black cloth seats (driver's seat on raised runners, but can be returned to standard)
  • Variable intermittent wipe function

Other features:

  • White Wolf 6.5x16 heavy duty steel wheels
  • General Grabber AT2 tyres 235/85R16 - good condition, lots of tread
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Wolf spare wheel and Pirelli Scorpion tyre with cable lock
  • Heavy duty front bumper with towing pin
  • Dixon-Bate tow bar, adjustable height, with slider and towball
  • Rear crossmember steps/handles
  • Sump guard and steering guard
  • Chequerplate sills
  • Mechanical steering wheel lock

Comes complete with:

  • Two ignition keys, four door keys, two fuel filler keys
  • Big file of history
  • CD of pictures showing the rebuild
  • Owner's manual (copy)
  • Land Rover Defender service manual (copy)
  • Land Rover 300TDI engine manual (copy)

The Defender recently passed its MOT test with no advisories so has valid MOT to March 2019.

Sankey trailer

Sankey trailer SOLD

The trailer was bought from military surplus specialist John Richards about eight years ago. It is the 'wide track' version with a tailgate, mechanically-operated drum brakes, leaf springs and an anti-roll bar. I fitted 12V bulbs in the lights and wired up a heavy-duty aluminium trailer plug in place of the original NATO plug to make the trailer compatible with a normal towing electrical socket. The casing on the original hitch/damper cracked so I fitted a replacement which is a newer, stronger design.

Like most Sankey trailers the tub is rusty in the front corners. Many owners weld or rivet plates into these areas. Adding a jockey wheel would make coupling the trailer easier.

The trailer looks very solid underneath and the tyres have plenty of tread, though they are the same ones fitted when I bought it so if you were planning heavy use of the trailer it might be wise to replace them. The brakes work well but sometimes stick on – they would probably free up with a bit more use. The wooden duckboard, often missing from these trailers, is included, and there are twin adjustable legs at the rear.

The base green paint has been overcoated with black and green camouflage, a lot of which has flaked off. Some stencilling on the side appears to show dates from 1986, so I assume this is when the trailer entered military service.

Viewing of either the Defender or the trailer is possible by arrangement. Buyer to collect from SY7 9DT (the trailer will need a vehicle with a NATO hitch or a transporter). Payment to be made by bank transfer and the vehicle will only be released when payment has cleared.

Any questions? Please ask. Or just make me an offer for one or both!

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