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Dinnu



Member Since: 24 Dec 2019
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Malta 2012 Defender 90 Puma 2.2 CSW Santorini Black
1988 Landrover 90 Restoration

Here I start a post with the restoration project of my 1988 Land Rover 90, ex E reg. The restoration is actually ongoing for more than 1.5years.. I targeted 2 years to completion, but my estimate seems to have been a bit off!!

So some history first, I acquired the 90 back in 1994, where it was driven from the UK to Malta. Still have the original UK plate, which shows that it lived its first few years close to Liskeard (Cornwall). It was bought with around 36kmiles on the clock, and the odometer now reads 128kmiles. Have not done much to it other than the yearly oil change and rust repairs to the doors, and top corners of the bulkhead when it was 'new' to me so it is very original (apart from the wheels).

All mechanical issues were always sorted at once, still with the original 19J engine, although it did come out once to replace a clutch fork. Other than a boost diaphragm, nothing has been to the engine. It always breathed heavily though.

Thanks to the dry weather it has lived in the past 26 years, rust has been at bay. No welding has ever been done to the chassis. But the bodywork paint has faded heavily and became chalky from the UV, leading to panel corrosion. So the need to repaint lead to the restoration.

The plan is to keep it as original as possible as it was in 1988, although I will not keep the 90 decals on the sides, and will fit wolf wheels, painted in Shire Blue to match the bodywork. A bit of a Heritage look.

Pictures of the 90 before the restoration:


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 1988 90 Hard Top, 19J Diesel Turbo, Shire Blue - Restoration ongoing
2012 90 CSW, 2.2TDCI, Santorini Black

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Dinnu



Member Since: 24 Dec 2019
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Malta 2012 Defender 90 Puma 2.2 CSW Santorini Black

Some pics after returning from the body shop. There was no one panel that did not need straightening back! Only minor body filler required.


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 1988 90 Hard Top, 19J Diesel Turbo, Shire Blue - Restoration ongoing
2012 90 CSW, 2.2TDCI, Santorini Black

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Dinnu



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Malta 2012 Defender 90 Puma 2.2 CSW Santorini Black

Due to lack of space, body can only come out of the chassis bit by bit, restore, and put back. Decided to start with the rear section first, so tub off, and restore rear part of chassis, axle and suspension components, and the tub itself.


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Lots of cleaning and sanding later, start with priming and finishing each part.



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I am laying the paint a bit thick. A few dust particles that will require sanding back and polishing back. No luxury of a spray booth.



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 1988 90 Hard Top, 19J Diesel Turbo, Shire Blue - Restoration ongoing
2012 90 CSW, 2.2TDCI, Santorini Black


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Post #830537 11th May 2020 8:27pm
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jst



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2011 Defender 110 Puma 2.4 USW Stornoway Grey

Good work there. That's Alot of man hours in those pics! Cheers

James
110 XS Utility
130 Puma Station wagon/camper (in the making)
90 Puma Hardtop

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Dinnu



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Malta 2012 Defender 90 Puma 2.2 CSW Santorini Black

Preparing rear suspension components. All items has been spray painted with 2K paint and new bushings.


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Cappings ready from the galvanizers. But these will get painted, after all it is not a Series.


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Preparing to take the seat base out:


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Transfer box out. Amazed with the LT77 mainshaft splines, not too worn. Lack of power from the 19J probably.


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Mid section primed, and painted. and tub back on to free garage space.


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 1988 90 Hard Top, 19J Diesel Turbo, Shire Blue - Restoration ongoing
2012 90 CSW, 2.2TDCI, Santorini Black

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Dinnu



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Malta 2012 Defender 90 Puma 2.2 CSW Santorini Black

Indeed @jst, lots of man hours.
I did not mention that all of the small items that can fit in my DIY zinc plating bath are being plated with zinc before they are etch primed, and 3 coats of 2K paint.

I am not in a hurry to finish the project, although I miss the character of an older 90. 1988 90 Hard Top, 19J Diesel Turbo, Shire Blue - Restoration ongoing
2012 90 CSW, 2.2TDCI, Santorini Black

Post #830545 11th May 2020 8:47pm
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Dinnu



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Malta 2012 Defender 90 Puma 2.2 CSW Santorini Black

I actually did the rear diff before fitting the rear tub. Checked backlash, preloads.. all good to re close. New oil seals of course.


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Finishing some more hardware:


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And it goes back together again.


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Here installing the painted cappings after I installed the tub.


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 1988 90 Hard Top, 19J Diesel Turbo, Shire Blue - Restoration ongoing
2012 90 CSW, 2.2TDCI, Santorini Black

Post #830549 11th May 2020 9:00pm
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ashfordsv



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Ireland 2006 Defender 90 Td5 SW Java Black

This looks great, glad you stuck with the original colour Thumbs Up Thumbs Up

Post #830554 11th May 2020 9:18pm
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Co1



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United Kingdom 2013 Defender 90 Puma 2.2 HT Loire Blue

Great work! Instagram @richmond_custom

Post #830587 12th May 2020 5:07am
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JOW240725



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United Kingdom 2012 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 XS CSW Orkney Grey

Great to see these early Defenders restored and kept original, well done! I might be biased but with a white roof I like white rims. Colour coded is cool too. Can't wait to see more! Thumbs Up James
MY2012 110 2.2TDCi XS SW Orkney Grey - http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic43410.html
MY1990 110 200TDi SW beautifully faded Portofino Red - https://www.defender2.net/forum/post743641.html#743641
MY1984 90 V8 Slate Grey - https://www.defender2.net/forum/post744557.html#744557
Instagram @suffolk_rovers

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Barneyboy



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England 1986 Defender 90 2.5 n/a Diesel ST Nato Green

Excellent work there, great pictures as well, looking forward to seeing this progress Thumbs Up Cool cheers Paul

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LandRoverAnorak



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United Kingdom 2013 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 USW Orkney Grey

That looks fantastic work and a great colour! Darren

2013 Defender 110 USW XS
2013 Discovery 4 XS

"You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought!" - Princess Leia

MY 110 USW BUILD THREAD - MY 200tdi 90 BUILD THREAD - Instagram: @landroveranorak

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Dinnu



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Malta 2012 Defender 90 Puma 2.2 CSW Santorini Black

Thank you all for your positive feedback.
Colour is Shire Blue, LRC392. As I searched about the color, it looks like it was only offered for about two years, in late 80s.

I tried to do a cheap photo editing with white wolf wheels, but I did not like it too much.

I am also not sure about the wheel arches, if I should colour match or keep mat black. I am so unsure, that I purchased an extra set of wheel arches, one will be blue and the other will remain black, and have the option to switch Cool




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 1988 90 Hard Top, 19J Diesel Turbo, Shire Blue - Restoration ongoing
2012 90 CSW, 2.2TDCI, Santorini Black

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JOW240725



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United Kingdom 2012 Defender 110 Puma 2.2 XS CSW Orkney Grey

It's difficult decision whether to keep 100% original or modernise a little with colour matched arches. Personally on my Ninety I colour matched arches, grille and light surrounds and white rims, and I'm really pleased with the result. But mine wasn't very orignial to start with after a CSW V8 conversion.

Either way it is going to look amazing! James
MY2012 110 2.2TDCi XS SW Orkney Grey - http://www.defender2.net/forum/topic43410.html
MY1990 110 200TDi SW beautifully faded Portofino Red - https://www.defender2.net/forum/post743641.html#743641
MY1984 90 V8 Slate Grey - https://www.defender2.net/forum/post744557.html#744557
Instagram @suffolk_rovers

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CarMan



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United Kingdom 

Bow down

Similar age and colour (actually Arles or Windjammer) with Wolf's and gives an idea for you Thumbs Up


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 Rob

1993 200tdi 90 hard-top
1998 300tdi 90 soft-top
2016 2.2 XS 90 hard-top

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