Past Meets Present

With the South African Defender 90 now in Trevor’s hands, Pat had added in­cen­tive to check out his work­shop

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EVEN BE­FORE I ac­quired my Land Rover Defender 90 2.8i Sta­tion Wagon, from South Africa, with its fac­tory-fit­ted six cylin­der BMW petrol en­gine, LRM editor Pa­trick Cruy­wa­gen had been threat­en­ing to visit my work­shop. But now that my 2.8i was home, there was that added in­cen­tive for Pa­trick to come and see what I was up to.

My work­shop is usu­ally not the most tidy of lo­ca­tions – there is al­ways one or more Land Rover in situ, usu­ally in some state of dis­man­tle. Presently there are two long-term projects in the work­shop (I usu­ally pre­fer to have only one), as well as a full rolling 130 chas­sis and as­so­ci­ated parts – so my place was par­tic­u­larly chaotic when Pa­trick ar­rived. Nonethe­less, be­ing a true Land Rover en­thu­si­ast, my vis­i­tor was more in­ter­ested in hear­ing about all three of the ve­hi­cles that were un­der my roof, rather than the or­gan­ised chaos – and I was more than happy to talk at length about them all.

But where was the 2.8i Sta­tion Wagon? We jumped into my 90 to drive the three-quar­ter mile trip to my stor­age barn, where the South African Land Rover was wait­ing un­der a pair of dust cov­ers, along­side my clas­sic trac­tors and var­i­ous Land Rover chas­sis wait­ing their turn to be fit­ted. We soon had the cov­ers off the Land Rover and Pa­trick gave the truck a full crit­i­cal in­spec­tion... and de­clared it to be a very good pur­chase! “Shall we take it out for a drive?” Silly ques­tion, of course we will! We soon had the straight-six petrol en­gine run­ning and the Land Rover was care­fully eased out of the barn, for a drive around the sur­round­ing pri­vate roads. The en­gine was run­ning beau­ti­fully, although over­all much qui­eter than Pa­trick’s 2.8i 110 Sta­tion Wagon. This was be­cause my 90 re­mains in stan­dard form for now – orig­i­nal ex­haust sys­tem, with no chip or remap.

We talked through the process of get­ting the 2.8i reg­is­tered for the United King­dom and one of the main hur­dles seems to be the emis­sions test el­e­ment of the MOT. The South African Land Rover is un­likely to pass emis­sions as it stands and I will ei­ther have to find a co­op­er­a­tive MOT tester, or rem­edy the emis­sions prob­lem. I had al­ways planned to have a stain­less steel ex­haust sys­tem fit­ted to this very spe­cial Land Rover, at De­mand En­gi­neer­ing Ltd – who are ex­tremely tal­ented in all as­pects of ex­haust de­sign and man­u­fac­ture. I called the boss, Dan Dew, to ask him if he had a so­lu­tion for my emis­sions is­sue. “No prob­lem Trev – we can fit a cat­alytic con­verter to your ex­haust sys­tem, which will keep the MOT guys happy”.

So I am plan­ning to take the Sta­tion Wagon back over to Eng­land soon, for De­mand En­gi­neer­ing to work their magic on my ex­haust sys­tem and make the Land Rover MOT com­pli­ant. I can then pro­ceed with get­ting it UK reg­is­tered. On the way to De­mand En­gi­neer­ing is the new Land Rover Le­gends show in Ox­ford and I have been asked to help out on the De­mand En­gi­neer­ing stand, so my 2.8i will prob­a­bly fea­ture – and I might just get a deal on my ex­haust sys­tem for help­ing out. Please pop by and say hello.

My 2.8i has a spare wheel car­rier that com­mem­o­rates the 2009 Defender Tro­phy event in South Africa – an event that Pa­trick ac­tu­ally at­tended. So it was re­mark­able to re­alise that a Land Rover that Pa­trick wit­nessed com­pet­ing back then, out in the South African bush, was now in front of him al­most 9000 road miles away in North­ern Ire­land, of all places eh!

Pat ex­cit­edly dis­cov­ers he went to the same event

TREVOR CUTH­BERT CONTRIBUTOR

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