Land Rover Defender | Custom | Automatic
Land Rover Defender | Custom | Automatic
Land Rover Defender 90 Soft Top
Custom built just 3,000 miles ago
300 TDI – Automatic
Paint Code : Mercedes Olive Green metallic
Air Suspension Upgrade (adjustable)
Overfinch Alloy Wheels
All Terrain Maxxis 771 Tyres
Front Winch Bumper with WinchMax
Custom Front Grill
External Roll Cage
Black Canvas Soft Top
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The Land Rover has been around since 1948, with what is now known as the Series I. It was designed with farm and light industrial use in mind, with a steel box-section chassis and an aluminum body.
After the production of the Series I was such a success, the Series II and Series IIA were both equally as popular and were then followed by the Series III. It was in 1983 that Land Rover introduced the Defender which was known as the Land Rover 110 due to it’s 110 inch length of the wheelbase. The land Rover 90 followed a year later in 1984 with a wheelbase of 92.9 inches. We think you’ll agree that 90 sounds better.
Pretty much standard equipment on most farms, the Defender has been without doubt a massive success and nothing has really rivaled it in the 4×4 world. Creature comforts were not really top of the list for Land Rover during the 90’s, and they were pretty much seen as a workhorse. However, this Defender we have here takes things to a whole new level!
Landroid have built the Defender to showcase the high quality workmanship and build quality that the company can carry out. The build took around 12 weeks to complete and has been given a full rebuild from the new wheels up.
Okay, so this Defender is a totally one off bespoke build using the highest quality products available. The brief that Landroid had was to achieve a unique and complete 90, that would offer the perfect 4×4 driving experience with a serious amount of luxury inside, together with high performance and a look that would turn heads wherever it goes.
The land rover arrived with around 144,000 miles on the odometer, which is still showing as the current mileage. However, in reality it’s irrelevant as the whole thing has been stripped back to the chassis. The engine, gearbox and transfer box have all been rebuilt with an ‘if you’re going to build it you build it right’ approach. Since the completion of the build, the defender has covered just 2,500 miles
As mentioned, the build was to demonstrate the company’s ability to build something as special as possible to showcase and draw in more business. We’re sure you’ll agree, they’ve certainly achieved their goal.
On the Outside
As soon as you see the 1998 Land Rover Defender 90 Convertible, you can’t help but notice its presence. Higher, wider and generally more aggressive was the order of the day when Landroid were planning the build. It has been finished inside and out in the lovely Mercedes Olive Green metallic, a stunning colour in itself, and then topped off with a full external satin black roll-cage.
Starting at the front we have a Startech grille and light surrounds. The grille has been finished in gloss black which is a nice contrast against the Olive Green. The light surrounds have been painted to match the body, and bright LED headlights, sidelights and indicators have been used to achieve better lighting. The front bumper has been powder coated in gloss black to match the grille.
The bonnet has had a Masai bonnet scoop fitted and vents fitted to the top of the wings. Moving a little further up, a heated windscreen along with uprated washers and wipers have been fitted and just above is the full width LED light bar finished in black. As you would expect, the bonnet aligns well with the wings and grille.
round to the sides of the 90 and the arch extensions provide the wider looks. There are gloss black wing vents fitted to allow in some extra air around the engine bay. You will notice the full length rock sliders, there to protect and assist getting in, have been powder coated to match the bumpers. The doors have sliding windows fitted and have a Optimill billet aluminium mirror kit fitted which is finished in gloss black. These are also heated and include puddle LED lights. The hinges on the doors and bonnet are also Optimill billet aluminium and coated in black. A new black canvas cover has been fitted with side windows that unfasten and roll up should you need some extra ventilation.
To the rear, the canvas door again like the sides unfastens and lifts up for easy access to the rear. The door holds the 18” Overfinch spare alloy wheel and to either side are the LED lights that complete the full LED light kit. The bumper again like the front is powder coated gloss black.
The wheels on the defender are 18” Overfinch gloss black alloys, fitted with Maxxis 771 Bravo All Terrain tyres which are like new, having only covered 2,500 miles. Helping the wheels fill those wide arches, some 50mm billet aluminium spacers have been used.
On the Inside
Inside the Defender is 100% not like any other Defender you will have ever sat in before. As you open the door the first thing you notice are the Alcantara/Leather Sports Seats. Nestled between the front seats is a leather covered arm rest and large storage area. The floor is covered in rubber matting, which is illuminated obviously with LED’s.
The Dashboard in the D90 has been fully trimmed in black leather, with white stitching to match the seats. The instruments are the original items and show 144,577 miles, but as mentioned this is pretty irrelevant considering the work carried out on the rebirth of the Land Rover. Moving further across and mounted to the top of the dash is a clock, altitude meter and compass unit should you need it. The door cards have received the same leather treatment with white stitching.
For your in car entertainment a lot of thought and planning has taken place to get this just right. As we know, a sound system in a convertible can be quite difficult to get right, but the team at Landroid have successfully achieved this. To start, the whole of the inside of the body has been covered in Dynamat to reduce any road noise and stop any resonance and vibration. Then a JVC double din DAB head unit which supports Apple Play and Android Car, and is obviously Bluetooth enabled for hands free use, was fitted. This was then connected to a Focal six speaker system, followed by a JL Audio amp and Subwoofer. There is also a reversing camera to assist you.
Into the rear of the Defender, the bulkhead has been removed and the tub has been coated with the highly durable Line-X bed liner. There are TWO inward facing leather seats complete with seatbelts, which do fold up to give more space should you need it and a lockable box.
As mentioned at the beginning, the Defender was completely stripped and this included the chassis, which has been sandblasted and then powder coated to give an excellent finish and protection. The inside of the chassis has been treated to add further protection. With the chassis ready the attention was drawn to the reconditioning of the differentials and hubs. The axles were also blasted and powder coated.
The suspension side of things have had uprated radius and trailing arms. The suspension has been given a custom adjustable Air Suspension system 2”. To help with the extra height, Landroid opted for some uprated anti-roll bars and a comfort performance full poly bush kit to keep things nice and tight. There has been a steering guard fitted for protection of the steering.
The powerhouse in the 90 is a 300 Tdi engine that has been rebuilt, along with the automatic gearbox and a Discovery transfer box. Since the rebuild the vehicle has covered just 500 miles. It had the turbo uprated with a Turbo Technics Hybrid turbo and to help feed in the cool air is an uprated intercooler and a full silicone hose kit to finish it off. Getting rid of those gasses is a full stainless steel exhaust system exiting just under the nearside quarter.
Extra power means extra stopping is needed and this has been carried out with a complete new braking system using uprated hoses, discs and pads making it come to a halt quickly.