West Coast British
Airway Blvd, Livermore, CA. 94551. USA
For Immediate Release
Coast British announces Project Defender”
March 1st, 2012
Livermore, California; Since 1981 West Coast
British has been giving old LAND-ROVER’s a new lease on life,
restoring everything from an award winning 1953 80”, through numerous 88”
and 109”, the famous 1966 88” Station Wagon of none other than the 14th Dalai
Lama, to our most recently completed projects; a 1966 NADA 109" Wagon
and a '65 88" Hardtop in 2011.
Not so long ago the 1953 80” was loaned to LRNA for
display purposes, during the weekend numerous LRNA staff told WCB, “You
build better Land Rovers than we do!”
Announced in Oct of 2009; West Coast British is pleased to announce
its Defender Project. “It has now been nearly 20-years
since Land Rover North America imported the first Defenders to the USA. As a
model highly sought after and one we’ll never see in North America again,
it’s quite amazing what a good Defender will fetch on eBay even today,
sometimes twice of its original sticker price! These are few and far between
however, and it is the other end of the scale, those that have been
neglected and abused that we’re concerned with. It's now time we start
restoring some of these vehicles.” said Michael Green, owner of West
“When LRNA imported the first Defender 110s and later the
90s they made a few mistakes; 1) They limited the numbers imported, 2)
They were all under powered! 3) Handling was suspect on the 110 Wagon, and
4) Fuel mileage miserable! Our aim during the restoration and
recreation project is to address these issues. We've spent some years of R&D
time on modifying these key faults on both 110 and 90 versions, and have
come up with a killer result, something LRUK nor LRNA would address".
The down side, to some degree, is being filled by those
importing, sometimes illegally, Defender's from Europe. We know US Customs
has been investigating this issue at times, and if you're considering one of
these vehicles beware.”
“Our aim is to begin restoring 1993-1997 Defender’s,
thus giving them a new lease on life. Unlike others, we at West Coast
British don’t just bolt on new bits and spray on a coat of paint. Our
Project Defender’s will undergo the same extensive overhaul that the Dalai
Lama 88” and others received. A complete stripping down to every last nut &
bolt, the chassis and drive train will be shot blasted and powered-coated
gloss black, all hardware will be re-cad plated, useable bodywork will be
stripped to bare bones and either painted or powder coated. A WCBR-Rover
4.6L V8 (or bigger) will replace the 3.9L. These will not be stock NAS
Defender’s, but specially built WCBR-Defender’s.”
Green continues… “We will be building
Defender’s so mouth watering that Land Rover Limited will be wishing they
had come up with the idea! My father, Richard Green, who passed away in
December 2008 at age-90, built the original V8 prototype in 1966 on an 88”
chassis here in California, its Golden Rod yellow paint being its codename.
We plan to offer a Golden Rod III version on a D90 Wagon, along with The
American Racer, and The Red Rocket, and The Euro, to mention a few.”
“For the price of a new LR3 in America you too can
have your Defender 90 totally restored and modified…making it unlike anyone
else’ on the planet. The best part is your Land Rover won’t be worth half
of what you paid for it 2 or 3 years down the road, but will increase in
value!” said Green.
“This isn’t something we have been just toying
with, we’ve been building and testing parts and modifications for some time
for this project. The 4.7L V8 we built for example, we have tested many
miles over all sorts of conditions and terrain, and I must say the power
increase, the delivery and tractability of this engine is absolutely
fantastic! It’s a shame the Defender didn’t come with one.”
Customers can bring in their Defender for a free
A detailed written report is $125.00
Customers can pick the theme they like best. WCB set
Certain options are available.
If you don’t have a Defender to restore, West Coast
British can most likely find a good restoration candidate for you at a
Average time frame is 6-8 months for a Defender-90.
Fitting Land Rover TDI into a NAS Defender is illegal
under Federal Law, hence we will not undertake such conversions.
Engine: WCBR-Rover 4.6L V8
Exhaust: Tuned headers w/twin high-flow cats.
Intake: Lucas EFI.
Gearbox: 5 speed R380 –in most cases; 1993-1995
Gearbox: ZF Auto in 1997.
Transfer: Gear drive Land Rover
Final Drive: 3.54:1 ratio –options available.
Road Springs: Old Man Emu
Shocks: Old Man Emu –Bilstein optional; 4 rear
shocks on D110.
Sway Bars: 2 –this includes D110
ARB Winch Bumper –color matching additional cost.
SouthDown Skids x3 – color matching additional cost.
Additional Fuel Tank on D90.
WCBR = West Coast British Racing.