Tomcat Build – By Richard Johnstone


I’m sure most of you have said “I want one of those one day”, well I said that when looking at TomcatWildcat and Bowler vehicles.

My first Land Rover was a 1991 200 Discovery 200 Tdi, when I bought my second Land Rover I decided the discovery would become my off road toy. The idea started to creep in. I talked with Tomcat Motorsport and the project was started, chassis and axles were dropped off so the skeleton could be welded onto the chassis once shortened.

The floor was dry fitted. (Once the vehicle is built its stripped and sent for painting). The engine and gearbox were serviced and overhauled and refitted to the Tomcat but set further back for balance. The rear prop shaft now the front and vice versa. I then went to have a fitting for the driver’s seat and gear stick location.

As the radiator is being moved to the rear of the vehicle new pipework was needed so keeping in the colour theme metal and silicone pipes were made in keeping with the rest of the build with the radiator now in the rear a biggerAllisport intercooler could be fitted to the front of the vehicle.

New wheels and tires delivered for the projectand it was onto trimming the body for first fitting. Once everything has been cut to size it is all stripped back down and sent away for coating. First back is the chassis ready for final fitting. Axles were fully reconditionedJGS4x4 sending a huge list of parts direct to Tomcat for me including calipers, discs, pads and bearings to name a few parts. Differentials were sent to Ashcroft to be reconditioned while they were out of the vehicle.Fox racing long travel suspension set up was chosen for the project.

Body panels were fitted and pipework and wiring loom was put in while access was there. Custom made fuel tank, washer bottle and performance radiator could join the build list. Twin battery’s (Optima RedTop and YellowTop) wired in to the rear again to balance the vehicles weight.

I decided to go for led NAS style lights for the build. Quicker lighting, lower power consumption and brighter. Led light bars are taking off very well and if you’ve used or own one you know why. Small but powerful, I decided I’d like one but built in somewhere, the roof scoop was the most logical option for this.

Heated windscreen sorted out the need for a demister, with a few bolt caps to remove sharp edges and some trimming rubber round the edges of panels.

The big day. Iva test (Independent Vehicle Test) Best way to describe it’s a MOT for new builds. Now it’s passed, the Tomcat is now passed the IVA fully registered and new chassis plate fitted.

Look out for it on your travels.


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