Military Restomod : 1986 Defender 110 "LS Swap"

Military Restomod : 1986 Defender 110 “LS Swap”

This 1986 Defender 110 3-door spent much of its life in a military storage depot in the middle east : accumulating very few miles and leaving it in good condition for us to build on.

The 2.5 NA Diesel and 5-speed manual transmission were removed in favor if a 5.3 liter aluminum “LS” V8 engine producing around 330 Horsepower and 350 Ft/Lb, backed by a 6L80E 6-speed Automatic transmission. We converted the factory LT230 transfer case to a 1.22 ratio to take advantage of the additional V8 power and provide efficient low-RPM cruising on the highway.

During the drivetrain swap we also added power steering and upgraded to a Ministry of Defender Heat & A/C system for greatly improved passenger comfort.

Care was taken to ensure this vehicle keeps the stock appearance while providing vastly improved driving experience.

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