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Fitting a solar panel

Written by Alan on September 1st, 2013. Posted in Alan's pages, Vehicle modifications

Fitting an 80 watt solar panel to the 90. Just waiting for delivery of a leisure battery. Words to follow soon.

Handbrake lever conversion

Written by Alan on September 20th, 2012. Posted in Vehicle modifications


All Defender drivers know that the position of the handbrake lever is not exactly ideal. There is a continual reminder of its presence digging into your left calf muscle. In addition it seems a long way down to reach for. This is most problematic when doing a hill start because it seems that this is the most likely time for your seatbelt to lock up preventing you from leaning forward. To help with this problem I decided to carry out a popular modification found elswhere on the internet, fitting a lever from a classic Range Rover.

Home made awning

Written by Alan on September 19th, 2012. Posted in Vehicle modifications

To give us some shelter while cooking etc. My wife made an awning to go over the rear of the 90.

Indicator warning lights

Written by Alan on June 19th, 2012. Posted in Vehicle modifications

On a number of occasions my indicators have not self cancelled after turning the steering wheel back. Because of where the warning light is and the fact that inside a Defender is not exactly the quietest of places, I have not noticed they are still on causing potential problems. I have tried using a buzzer but this just drives me mad while waiting at junctions to turn. I decided to fit two 12 volt LEDs to the upper edge of the dash so that they are more visible.

Overlanding in a Defender 90- Part 2

Written by Alan on June 17th, 2012. Posted in Vehicle modifications

Our cooking setup is a “Mobile Storage Systems” rear door mounted gas cooker housing. I purchased this from Ebay for less than half the full price and it came complete with a twin burner cooker that had hardly been used. I removed the rear window wiper motor as this would no longer be needed (I intend to fix a board to the rear window to mount things on). This allowed the cooker housing to fit closer to the door and give more room when cooking. If you don’t want to remove your rear wiper you can get an adaptor plate from M.S.S. to fit over the motor.

Overlanding in a Defender 90 – Part 1

Written by Alan on June 17th, 2012. Posted in Vehicle modifications

“Overlanding:- Self-reliant overland travel to remote destinations where the journey is the principal goal. Typically, but not exclusively, accommodated by mechanized off-road capable transport where the principal form of lodging is camping; often lasting for extended lengths of time and spanning international boundaries”.

If you’re reading this you probably already understand the irrational urge that Land Rover owners have of lavishing time, love, tears and of course money on something that non-owners would describe as a “Lump of metal”. What other car owner, when confronted with rust so bad that the chassis may not make it to the welders, would not hesitate spending more than it’s worth on a new chassis? It gets to the stage where you have put more work into your Land Rover than ever took place at Solihull. You just can’t part with it now.

Fortunately I have not yet reached the rotten chassis stage. I have, however, persevered in my attempts to prepare my Defender 90 as an overland/camping vehicle when I should have upgraded to a 110 long ago. But where’s the fun in that?