1985 Land Rover Defender 90 2.5L Diesel
Price: - Item location: Glenside, Pennsylvania, United States
- Condition: Used
- Make: Land Rover
- Model: Defender
- Year: 1985
- Mileage: 132014
- VIN: 11111111111111111
- Color: Masai Red
- Engine size: 2.5L NA
- Fuel: Diesel
- Transmission: Manual
- Drive type: 4WD
- Drive side: Right-hand drive
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1985 Land Rover DefenderPlease read entire description before bidding. Reserve is low.
This is a rare Land Rover 90. The Precursor to the Defender only made for a few years before the Defender was introduced (uses mostly Defender parts but has Range Rover Classic brakes and possibly axles from the factory). daily driven for a while, driven on weekends for about 5000 miles, with a decent amount of restoration and replacement parts (see below). Very reliable and runs great for being 35 years old.
Replaced within the last 2000 miles:Complete clutch kitClutch master cylinderClutch slave cylinderFlywheel resurfacedGlow plugsBrakesStarterBatteryWater pumpTiming belt & tensionerTrailing arm shacklesFuel pumpAll filtersNew rubber window trim on the doorsMuffler back exhaustNew ground wire from battery to frameDriverâ€™s door sealFront bilstein shocksUpper spring seat (drivers side)Radial arm mount (drivers side)Outrigger (drivers side)New radial arm bushingsNew trailing arm bushingsAll fluids replacedAlpine headunit installed hidden in center console with two speakers in boxes (unmounted) in the rearAll the seats were new when I bought it and are still in excellent shape.
Work done:$1500 worth of work. Frame stripped of any waxoil, rust removed, patched anywhere that was required, rust inhibitor applied, 4 coats of rustoleum paint. New shackles for rear trailing arms welded to axle housing. Frame was in decent shape for the age to start but had a few spots that needed work. The underbody is in great shape with only a small bad patch under the pedals, however plates were previously installed to cover that issue before I bought the vehicle.
There is the typical rust and two small holes under the window frame hinges where the grey sealing tape is in the photos. Included with this auction are two full replacement steel patch panels I didnâ€™t have time to have installed, as well as new weather stripping for the vents. The windshield also needs a new rubber external seal which should completely seal the bulkhead. I have kept the vehicle covered when not in use.
The bulkhead everywhere else appears to be in good condition as seen in the engine bay photos. The holes under the windshield have been covered since they appeared.
The only spots on the frame that could use attention as far as I know are the ends where the bumper is mounted. Replacement slide over pieces are available from rovers north and not expensive.
The battery light has dimly flickered since I got the vehicle 5 years ago. Iâ€™m not sure if the sensor is bad or if it needs a new alternator, but I never found it to have charge issues unless it sat for more than a few months.
It needs tires. Brakes are strong and it stops quickly but the calipers are old. The paint could use some attention, or keep the cool patina.
The drivers door sticks a little and could use a new hinge pin.
It smokes a little when it starts after sitting but other than that seems fine, could benefit from a tune up after all these years.
Could use a block heater for easier winter starts
Extras included:Shop manualRestoration manualRubber trim for the passenger and rear doorTrim for under windshield ventsSome extra bushings and sealsPatch panels for frame around ventsFuel and oil filtersNew injector nozzlesNew marker lamp housings, lenses, and bulbs
Remember: this is a 35 year old Land Rover. Itâ€™s being sold as is. Iâ€™m not a mechanic but I know the vehicle well and have had it worked on by certified mechanics.
Your best source for parts are Paddock Spares in England and Rovers North in the states. I bought from Paddocks and they know the vehicle well.
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