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TURN A DEFENDER TRUCK CAB INTO A COUNTY STATION WAGON

TURN A DEFENDER TRUCK CAB INTO A COUNTY STATION WAGON

by Ed Evans, 11th May 2016

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Can a battered and abused truck be turned into a stylish County Station Wagon? Yes, of course it can. Ed Evans reports

A 61-plate 2.2-litre TDCi Defender should be in reasonable fettle, given that it’s only four years old and has covered lower than average miles. But life on the farm has been hard for this truck cab 90. It’s freshly retired from its job as a farm truck, and comes with a mud-loaded chassis, a well-worn interior, and beaten up front panels. Mechanically, it has survived the ordeal but, in it’s present state as a battered workhorse, it’s still on the road to decline. Only a transformation into a special vehicle is likely to change this Defender’s life expectancy, and that’s exactly what’s going to happen.

Britpart MD, Paul Myers, has bought the truck, and it’s now in the workshop where Paul, Steve Grant and myself will be working on the transformation.Naturally, before turning the truck into a station wagon the truck cab roof will have to come off, and that’s it for this first installment. Next month you’ll see why we first did this job.



The roof was to be swapped anyway, in favour of fitting a full hard top lid, but its removal is really part of the preparation for the next stage of making some serious space in the 90’s traditionally rather cramped interior. We’ll do that by cutting the rear bulkhead out and replacing the strength with a bulkhead deletion kit. It’s a standard fit on later station wagons, and it’s a worthwhile DIY retrofit, if you have a wadge of skills plus some brave pills to hand, as we’ll see in the next issue.

 

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STEP 1
STEP 1

FARM FRESH: Both front wings are buckled and the wheelarch eyebrow on this side has been wiped off.

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STEP 2
STEP 2

The rear crossmember hasn’t rusted away yet, but it’s ready to have a go. Drop-down tailgate is long gone.

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STEP 1

OFF WITH THE LID: First job is to remove the interior furniture from the roof, starting with the sun visors. The mirror is simply twisted free of its mount.

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STEP 2
STEP 2

The mirror mount is removed after releasing three screws. The lamp unit is unscrewed and the security sensor unclipped and wires disconnected.

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STEP 3
STEP 3

The door seals, which are damaged and in need of replacing anyway, are pulled off to gain access to the headlining’s fir-tree clips.

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