Convert to soft top
Removing your Defender or Series hard top and replacing it with a canvas hood is easy – and you’ll have a convertible for summer
Canvas tops and Land Rovers go together like chips and gravy. If you’ve got a ‘square’ Land Rover, you may have wondered what it’d be like to run it as a full tilt, even just for the warmer months; and you’d be right to be curious. Rolling up the back and sides and cruising down some leafy greenlanes in the sunshine is an idyll to many of us, and the upsides to a canvas top don’t end when the weather turns miserable, either.
A soft hood can actually be more effective at keeping rain out than a hard top, because it’s all one piece. There will also be less condensation, and that headache-inducing booming and drumming from a bare metal roof and sides will be a thing of the past.
You’ll also save a chunk of weight and lower the centre of gravity considerably, and your Land Rover will look cooler – fact.
The obvious downside is the security aspect. While Land Rovers aren’t exactly impenetrable fortresses at the best of times, it doesn’t take a genius to overcome a few ropes and straps and gain access to the interior, so don’t leave valuables inside – build in a lockable vault if you need to – and make sure the rest of your defences are top-notch. Also, depending on your current body style, you may need to source a tailgate (about £160 new) and bracketry to replace the back door.
LRO hard man Martin’s becoming a big softy