The Land Rover Defender, officially called by the name in 1990, has always been and always will be the ultimate off-road go anywhere do anything vehicle. Originally produced with steel chassis, the Land Rover Defender was built to withstand any hard beatings the chassis might take, whether it be bodies of water, tough terrain, or the ever so common rust.
That being said, those new to the Defender culture are often trying to figure out what the benefits are of having a galvanized chassis as the frame for your Land Rover Defender. Although the original chassis does lend to the essence of nostalgia and classic beauty, we decided to explain the benefits of having a galvy chassis.
We asked our 25 year Land Rover Defender veteran and Production manager, Glenn, what the benefits of building a Land Rover Defender with a galvanized chassis were:
“Well the chassis won’t rot, since it’s protected it’s not going to rust through and break off. Because they don’t deteriorate as quickly, it gives the life of the vehicle longevity, giving it a longer run. When you build with a galvanized chassis, you get the peace of mind knowing that it’s brand new.” – Glenn
But if you’re a Defender enthusiast who is dedicated to keeping the legend iconic, there are several ways to protect the original chassis from the not so normal wear and tear. Protective paints and even bed liner help to extend the life of the chassis that keep these vehicles doing anything and going anywhere.