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Defender

DefenderTD5 110

You would have thought, after my initial experience with the Stage One, I would have learnt my lesson. But no. That just got the desire for a proper Defender doing in me, and, finally, after looking for one for a couple of years, in 2019, I started a new project. A 2001 TD5 110 Land Rover Defender.

The goal is to take my partner and two little girls on a slow road trip around New Zealand. Join me an adventure into classic design, leaky roofs and off-road shenanigans.

A trip to the top of the Coromandel

To me, the true Coromandel is only reached once you have passed through, well, Coromandel - actually - even higher - with Colville (northernmost town of any note on the peninsula) representing a homecoming of sorts.

The ARB 4×4 Track Pack

I liked the idea of externally storing the smelly stuff. In addition, the ARB design gives you a few extra pockets for storing stuff that you often need when working on or around the outside of the truck. In my case, the obligatory Morley's on one side, some rubbish bags and window wiper fluid on the other, and a couple of levelling blocks in the side.

Raglan via the back roads!

It was time to head away on another mini-adventure. While not necessarily looking for narly trails, I did want to at least get off tar-seal. So, after a bit of research online, I decided on a trip down to Raglan via Port Waikato.

A trip to Hot Water Beach in the Defender

Two of my oldest and very best friends have long worked at holiday camps. Previously the Parkiri Beach Holiday Camp, and more previously, the Hot Water Beach Top 10 Holiday Park. For many, many years I have tried to regularly escape Auckland out to see them, and in the last few, the girls have been coming along as well.

Adding Diff and Transmission Breathers

The Defender already had a snorkel installed - of course! That's the bit you add on to instantly get more 4WD credibility! But - long before my air filter was going to be submerged, there were a few other things I needed to sort out as well.

A day out in the 110…

Was a busy Sunday for myself and the girls. I had a list of jobs to get done, I say jobs, but none of them was too stressful, well, except for the fact I have a cold and had spent around six hours the previous day talking to licence applicants in a non-stop presentation.

And here it is. The Defender TD5 110

I have been looking online for one of these for quite a few years now, and, seeing the pricing on them seemed to be getting more and more ridiculous ((it's us Aucklanders buying them for...

The Stage 1 is for sale. Again.

So, I finally blew it up. The engine in the Stage 1 now has a fairly large hole in it.

Bumps and Blasphemy!

Another part that I had been meaning to fix (and really needed to) was the throttle linkage. After my last session tuning the carbs; I realised the throttle linkage had a split on the ball joint holding it on one end. Some gaffa tape had temporarily fixed it, but I knew I needed to do something a little more permanent.

Another day for the Stage 1…

So, it was time for another warrant on the Stage 1 Tank, and time for another list of jobs to get done.