After a few emails flying back and forth, he told me the story behind his Defender restoration and I thought the story was worth sharing:-
It all began back in 2014 when there was a flood in Croatia. The Defender was owned by the Croatian Police and was sadly caught up in a flood and left to go to rack and ruin for more than a year!
The Defender was finally towed away to a police wreckage yard where piece by piece parts was taken from the dying Defender. During this time they took the turbocharger, starter motor, alternator, A/C compressor, radiator, door panels, dashboard, instrument cluster, ECU and lot’s more. Until basically there wasn’t much left of it!
The Defender was eventually sold by the Government in a used vehicle auction. The original guy who won it at auction discovered it was a task too much for him and he sold the wreck to the present owner. Luckily he is a real Land Rover enthusiast, and member of a Land Rover Club – Dalmacija 4×4 off road Club in Croatia.
This restoration could not have been easy
He told us “When the vehicle was robbed of all its parts they just cut wires with all the connectors and left a real mess to sort out! However, after hours of work, care and attention the Defender began to look like its former self”.
With the mechanical repairs done, the Defender passed its MOT inspection, and became road legal! Over time more faults have shown up and again have been fixed.
Now after many orders to JGS4X4 for parts it is 100% fixed. She had a new paint job and some additional off-road accessories so she is looking pretty good!
Luckily for this Defender owner, money was no object and it looks like it was worth every penny!
The owner said “Seems like owning a Defender is lifetime investment over here. They ARE so precious”.
I couldn’t agree with him more!
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