ORIGINAL IS BEST
I’VE BEEN a big Land Rover fan ever since I could walk. I even learned to read with LRM articles.
I was born in 1987 and it’s always been my dream to own a Land Rover made in that year. My first two were both E-reg Land Rovers that the sellers said were 1987 but they both turned out to be 1986 models, so I sold them on.
Finally I found D315 ACW, a 1987 Ninety hard top. I was planning to adapt it to my own taste, starting with the mechanical work. But then I read Steve Miller’s story in May’s LRM about his original Ninety. As mine was also mostly original I changed my plans and did more research.
My Land Rover was originally a blue pick-up with a white roof, so I’ve spent the last month collecting the parts together. I’m 95 per cent there and by the end of July I will have a numbersmatching (engine and chassis) original, period-correct, factorylooking Ninety pick-up.
I’m buzzing like a child and just want to thank Steve. If I hadn’t read his wise words I’d have ruined my Land Rover with a 300Tdi upgrade and a flash paint job. I’m selling the DRL bumper, A-bar with spots, raised air intakes, clear lights with orange bulbs and the other new bits I will not be using now. I have also removed the snorkel and alloys.
I’ve also just had my engine fully rebuilt. It cost £3000 but it’s worth everything to me.
Keep up the good work. I love the magazine every month. Kirsty Mcgill Scotland
Steve is pleased you’ve followed his lead and says he will drive to Scotland in his Ninety to see you. Mind you, with his original naturally-aspired 12J engine it could take a very long time – Ed.