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trickster5000



Member Since: 12 Dec 2015
Location: East Yorkshire
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United Kingdom 1989 Defender 90 300 Tdi CSW Arles Blue
1989 Ninety CSW - Update: 8 cylinders
After nearly 6 months of ownership I have finally come round making a thread. Some of you may recognise this from a post a few months back regarding boosts on a Ninety.

I had been looking for a Defender for my first car for a few years. This popped up and was exactly what I was looking for (and was within my budget more importantly!). The last owner took great care of it and forked out a fair sum on it over the 11 years they owned it. It also got a very high quality respray 2 years ago which makes it look as good as new. The chassis and bulkhead is solid but I still have ambitions of stripping it right down and doing a nut and bolt rebuild on a new galvanised chassis one summer.

These are the photos shown in the listing:


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Getting on for 27 years old, it looked a tad tired and faded. When I got it home, the bumper, front grill and light surrounds were whipped off and painted. The result was incredible, transformed the look of the front:


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I ordered a new set of sidelight and indicator lenses and a LR badge for the grill to finish the front off.
The next big issue to tackle was the wheels/tyres. A quick test drive with a sat nav to get an accurate speed reading confirmed the tyres were too small and so the speedo was over-reading (not to mention I hated the look of the alloys it had on). I thought I wanted a set of boosts, and was spoilt for choice with an array of take-offs for sale; however, many thanks to Charcoal for suggesting a set of Wolfs. After yet more hours of trauling eBay, a tidy set came up for a very good price. The tyres are General Grabbers ATs 235/85/16, almost new so plenty of tread.


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So pleased with the results. I think it looks much better (and more unique) than a set of boosts. As for the spare, I bought an ex-MOD steel wheel off our local military LR specialist (Market Weighton). It was of course in Nato green so I sanded it down and painted it white by hand.


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For the eagle-eyed ones among you, you will notice another LR badge and "Defender" lettering on the back. I know it's not technically a Defender, but that panel looked a bit bare without the lettering.

The final mod to date: A set of OEM rear mudflaps (ouch! They are expensive!! Big Cry ). Only slight issue is they look way too new! Although I should be able to fix that problem Very Happy . I think the back looks much more complete and


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Next on the list: Audio. There's currently no speakers or a head unit installed so that will be one for the summer (funds permitting!)

Obviously looking forward to being able to take my test and drive it on the road in just under a year's time! Thumbs Up Matt.

'89 90 CSW with a 3.5 V8 conversion (WIP) - http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic46809.html


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Post #535943 30th May 2016 7:09pm
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Riccarton



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Scotland 2012 Defender 90 Puma 2.2 HT Zambezi Silver
Very nice 90 you've got there - the mudflaps deffo finish it off nicely Thumbs Up

Unfortunately it looks like you've got the bug and will be penniless for years to come while your pride and joy gets lavished with mods Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Excellent Bow down
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pesto_trader



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Norway 2005 Defender 90 Td5 SW Tonga Green
Love it! 😊👍
Post #535958 30th May 2016 7:48pm
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jaygti



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United Kingdom 2002 Defender 90 Td5 HT Epsom Green
What a great 1st car!
Well done.

Don't forget to put aside some money, to keep the mechanicals top notch.
There's plenty of older defenders out there, with lots of kit on, that rarely get serviced or looked after. 2002 td5 90 county hardtop
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williamthedog



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2011 Defender 90 Puma 2.4 PU Tamar Blue
Very smart indeed Thumbs Up
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trickster5000



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United Kingdom 1989 Defender 90 300 Tdi CSW Arles Blue
Thanks everyone. I can assure you it'll be properly maintained. As I said, at some point I plan to completely rebuild it and then it'll definitely be a keeper! Thumbs Up Matt.

'89 90 CSW with a 3.5 V8 conversion (WIP) - http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic46809.html
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Dtfrith



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I look forward to what you have to come Thumbs Up
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Riccarton



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Scotland 2012 Defender 90 Puma 2.2 HT Zambezi Silver
Can I be rude? Embarassed

Please rotate your spare anti-clock by one hole - that would give me nightmares Whistle

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trickster5000



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United Kingdom 1989 Defender 90 300 Tdi CSW Arles Blue
Laughing I can only imagine you are referring to the valve and rotating it would make it nicely symmetrical. Certainly, I'll be on that tomorrow. Thumbs Up Very Happy Matt.

'89 90 CSW with a 3.5 V8 conversion (WIP) - http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic46809.html
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Riccarton



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Scotland 2012 Defender 90 Puma 2.2 HT Zambezi Silver
Thumbs Up Thumbs Up Rolling with laughter Bow down
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Retroanaconda



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Very nice. Looks great.

Glad to see you ditched those atrocious alloys!
Post #535991 30th May 2016 10:05pm
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charcoal



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Romania 1999 Defender 110 Td5 SW Alpine White
Looking great, nice and original! Glad you still like those wolf wheels, after all, can't fault steel wheels on a Landy Thumbs Up

Are you able to get a provisional license yet? Before I had a drivers license I drove my mums Defender on L plates. 1999 Land Rover Defender 110 td5 station wagon
1998 Land Rover Defender 110 County Station Wagon ~ Sold
1995 Land Rover Defender 110 V8 Station Wagon ~ Sold Sad
1985 Land Rover 110 ex mod project Tithonus ~ Sold Sad
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Ade90



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Looks great on the Wolf wheels Cool

1989 was one of the best years for 90's.......personally speaking of course Rolling with laughter Fixing Land Rovers for over 25 years..........and making excuses to the wife for almost as long Smile

1984 110 V8 - Gone, but not forgotten....
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trickster5000



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United Kingdom 1989 Defender 90 300 Tdi CSW Arles Blue
charcoal wrote:
Are you able to get a provisional license yet? Before I had a drivers license I drove my mums Defender on L plates.

Unfortunately not. The only licence I can get at 16 is a provisional tractor licence which obviously doesn't help me with my landy Sad . At least I can still ride in it as my dad uses it to drive into town and other local trips. Matt.

'89 90 CSW with a 3.5 V8 conversion (WIP) - http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic46809.html
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trickster5000



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United Kingdom 1989 Defender 90 300 Tdi CSW Arles Blue
Riccarton wrote:
Please rotate your spare anti-clock by one hole - that would give me nightmares Whistle



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Better? Thumbs Up Matt.

'89 90 CSW with a 3.5 V8 conversion (WIP) - http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic46809.html
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