ORIG­I­NAL IS BEST

Land Rover Monthly - - Upfront -

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.

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