1983 Land Rover 109 Restored LS V8 conversion 1-ton

Price: US $64,500.00 Item location: Sachse, Texas, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Land Rover
  • Model: Defender
  • Type: SUV
  • Year: 1900
  • Mileage: 36
  • VIN: VSELBCMJ8AZ100196
  • Color: Blue
  • Engine size: 5.3L Chevrolet LS
  • Number of cylinders: 8
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive type: 4WD
  • Interior color: Black
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1900 Land Rover Defender

1983 Land Rover 109

Predecessor to Defender 110

Land Rover 109 Santana 4x4 with Left Hand Drive. Clear Texas title. This vehicle has the look of the classic Land Rover and turns heads but has been upgraded with modern technology to be fast, fun, reliable, and comfortable. It has a modern 5.3L GM V8 engine and transmission and can travel at interstate speeds. It has Power Steering, Power Brakes, Air Conditioning, and a modern electronic gauge cluster made by Dakota Digital which can display a host of functions including trip odometer, 0-60 times and warnings. The system has an OBDII port for checking of any engine codes just as most modern vehicles do. This 109 has heavy duty one-ton axles and suspension which are a good match for the increased engine power. It retains the factory LT230 Land Rover transfer case considered to be the strongest and most reliable of the LR transfer cases.

This vehicle has undergone a complete frame-off restoration with no detail overlooked. The frame is straight with absolutely no rust or pitting and it has been cleaned and painted. The aluminum body has been painted both inside and out. Due to the soft aluminum body, there is some waviness and imperfection as is typical of these vehicles but the paint has good shine. The underside has been painted with corrosion resistant paint. The doors have been fully refurbished with no rust on the frames. The front wing sides have been replaced with new aluminum panels. Plastic fenders flares have been added but can be removed without leaving any marks on the wings. The wheels are Land Rover Defender Boost Alloy Wheels with 30mm wheel spacers to provide a wider track. All wiring has been replaced with new harnesses.

About the engine conversion ; the original 4 cylinder turbo diesel and manual transmission have been replaced by a 2013 Chevrolet Truck LS 5.3L V8 with 42000 original miles and a 2009 6L80 6-Speed Automatic transmission . The engine has variable valve timing (VVT) and Multi-Displacement (cylinder deactivation). The LT230 transfer case has been completely rebuilt with new bearings, seals, and upgraded input gear set with oil feed plate for longevity. The engine and trans run beautifully and there are no drips or leaks from this vehicle. The rear axle ratio is 4.70:1 which is great for towing. Below are some of the items upgraded during the restoration:

Engine ECU and transmission TCM programmed by Speartech.

Engine harness refurbished, updated and tested by Speartech. All connections labeled for ease of service.

New electric fuel pump

New high capacity LR fuel tank

New fuel lines with inline fuel filter

New Fuel pressure regulator

New fuel pick-up and fuel level sensor

New ceramic coated shorty headers (Hooker brand)

New custom exhaust system with SS band clamps and SS MagnaFlow muffler

Exhaust heat wrapped for interior comfort

New Transmission Pan Filter and seals

New Griffin Aluminum Radiator and Electric Fan

New Transmission oil cooler and hoses

New Power Steering Pum, hoses, PS Fluid Cooler, and filter

New PSC Steering ram cylinder

RK Engineering 6L80 to LT230 adapter – Allows use of factory bullet-proof LR transfer case and drivelines.

Recent Battery ( 2017)

New HVAC system ( Heat and Air) integrated into under-hood plenum for a factory look

New AC condenser with dual electric pusher fans and trinary switch

New Master Brake Cylinder

New Power Brake Booster

New upgraded LED Reverse light and license plate frame

New headlights

New Skylights

New brake hoses and hard lines

New shock absorbers (4)

New Tires (5) 265/75/R16 Bridgestone Dueler AT Revo 2

New Land Rover Alloy wheels (5) and Chrome lugs


Upgraded parking brake system including new late-style interior lever, boot, cable, brake drum, shoes, actuating internals

Lokar shifter with gear read-out on gauge cluster

Dakota Digital Dash VHX Analog cluster with BIM module which reads all sensors directly from the ECM

Custom upholstery in black / gray color scheme

New full carpet set and shifter boots

New sound / heat damping underlayment

New sun visors

New analog dash clock

New retracting front seatbelt assemblies

New weatherstripping

New rear SS sill plate

Dash pad refurbished

New interior lighting

Window Tint

All electronics verified functional

New JVC Stereo with Bluetooth and headliner mounted mic for making calls and streaming music, Pandora, IHeart, XM capable. 4 Kenwood speakers

Please ask any questions you might have.