Restoring a Land Rover Defender: Choosing the Best Base

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To restore something is the act of bringing an object to its former glory as closely and accurately as possible. At East Coast Defender, we go a few steps beyond this by innovating and improving our custom Land Rover Defenders before they roll out of the garage. However, in order to restore or improve, one must start with a solid foundation: choosing a high-quality base is essential to the creation of a world-class customized luxury road truck. The acquisition of the base is a selective process, and we rely on a tight community of suppliers and family back in the U.K. to provide the best trucks.

What we look for in Defenders is, first, the original vehicle with no upgrades or modifications of any sort before it is even considered for acquisition (the modifications are our department). Additionally, they must conform to the 25-year law which is a specification of the Department of Transportation (this would not include NAS series Defenders) that basically covers some U.S. restrictions for vehicle types that can go on public roadways. Beyond that, it’s all in making sure the numbers match and having a high-quality chassis. The qualifications for a base are relatively simple, but in such a rare vehicle, these can often be difficult to uncover.

The sellers we buy from, as noted, are a trusted small crew we’ve worked with for decades. And they are the ones who will notify us of any issues with the vehicle they are trying to procure long before it even has a chance to get into our quality control infrastructure. This trust from across the pond is vital to our business and goes a long way to delivering a piece of mind in the chassis from which your custom luxury ride will grow.

That said, when it comes to individual models and series, any will generally do. Land Rover Defenders have changed over the decades, but the essential quality and base design remains the same. It is from that base where we work our magic. What was once a two-decade old vehicle used in U.K. farmlands and backcountry roads will be redefined into a luxury cruiser capable to both take the family out for a night on the town or take the driver for a day off the road. Our Land Rover Defenders are made from the base up in the U.S.A. by the signature innovators at East Coast Defender. Contact us today at 407-483-4825 or e-mail us at for more information.

Ensuring Quality: East Coast Defender’s Process

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Quality is not simply a hollow word at East Coast Defender: it’s an entire system of thought applied to amazing machines in the never-ending push towards the pinnacle of truck construction. Land Rover Defenders are vehicles that, above all, are known for their soundness of build and an excellence in production. This is a legacy, one we take very seriously throughout our entire process.

Creating the perfect build truly is a process. Although everyone in the ECD garage strives for top quality each day, the designated double-attack of Sergei (our quality control lead) and Glenn (production manager) are the very frontlines of quality. Anything that doesn’t meet Sergei’s standards during his garage walk receives the red tape and is removed or replaced immediately. Glenn runs a 200-point inspection based on Sergei’s quality control list: once when the truck enters the building and again when it is nearing completion. Inspector Sergei strives for nothing short of perfection, and each build is an opportunity to get just that much closer to it. Improve, improve, improve.

Our habit is quality, and quality is our habit. Each lead at every bay is inspecting our vehicles on a daily basis and our whole team is constantly keeping an eye towards advancement. Add to that this process implemented with quality assurance as its foundational concept: a bumper-to-bumper inspection, followed by a test drive of at least 500 miles, then a 200-point inspection followed by yet another 500-mile trial and then we come in with an additional 200-point inspection. Sergei and Glenn hover nearby during the entire process; concerned parents and hopeful perfectionists in equal measure.

Builds can vary in their timelines, but our quality control process is more absolute. Each vehicle will be placed in the program for three full weeks. Beyond that, we have warranties of between six and twelve months for any ECD produced car and engine warranties on Chevy crate engines of two years. We aim to make these assurances unnecessary entirely.

Each vehicle completed by East Coast Defender will be fitted with an inspection plaque signifying the completion of the vehicle post final inspection.


Quality, at East Coast Defenders, is a non-outsourced passion helmed by 28 of the best professional Land Rover Defender custom builders on the planet. Our builds are works of road art, meant to be the focal point of any garage and a vehicle for decades for every owner. We look after a legacy. Contact us today at 407-483-4825 or e-mail us at for more information.


Ultimate Innovations and Modernizations: Top Five Most Innovative Tools to Have in Your Defender

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The customizations and innovations that the gurus at East Coast Defender can place in your custom-built Land Rover Defender are extraordinary. Imagination mixed with modernization, placed upon the durable interior and exterior of one of the finest trucks ever created. The tools and gizmos are tailored for your heart and mind: a Defender that becomes part of your garage as both an exceptional driving vehicle and art piece. So vast are the possibilities, we thought we’d take a moment to highlight five of the tools we consider to be on the absolute cutting edge.

  1. Heated Corbeau Front Racing Seats: Known for the highest of quality, but tweaked by our professionals for something just a little more, Corbeau racing bucket seats are a perfect fit. Comfort is key, whether on the road or off of it. These can be customized in a variety of ways, but our advice? Try the hand stitched leather with heating, and don’t look back.
  2. Blind spot indicators: Defenders are large vehicles, so with this in mind parking sensors with blind spot indicators, as seen in the tech-marvel that is Project Alpine, are being implemented in most new designs. Useful for street driving at all levels.
  3. Paddle shifters: Starting next year, we’ll have the ability to install paddle shifters, taking Defender handling to a whole new level. Great for both off-road and common street driving, paddle shifters are for the Defender enthusiast that looks for a bit more control in handling.
  4. Tech: Vital to the interface and usability on all builds, the technology we put into Defenders is cutting edge. With built-in Wi-Fi that integrates with our touch screen navigation system’s Bluetooth, GPS and camera functions (not to mention world-class sound systems integrated throughout the vehicle), you’ll be basically driving in a nicely equipped living room.
  5. Alternate Engine Chevy LS3: Finally, we have to comment on what’s under the hood. ECD custom builds alternative engines, like the Chevy LS3. The LS3 is a modern marvel for the Defender and provides the speed that enthusiasts crave. With additional power comes further reliability. The LS3 has a 50,000/2-year warranty and can be serviced anywhere in the USA. We also can modify existing engines to incorporate innovative solutions to the needs of your Defender.

These are but a few of the myriad of tools, gear, and accessories we can put on to your stylized Land Rover Defender. Built in our U.S. garages and rolled onto your driveway, these are luxury vehicles of the finest order. Contact us today at 407-483-4825 or e-mail us at for more information on what we can build for you.

Land Rover Defender Heritage: US Launch (NAS Defender 110 –1993)

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For decades the Land Rover, in a variety of series and models, was known in Europe and the U.K. as an off-road vehicle and workhorse of unparallel ability. Humbly built in the shadows of World War II, it was designed with utility in mind, but over time became a leader in performance as well as versatility. A few were taken across the pond, but mostly the legend is only what made its way to the shores of America. That all changed in 1993 when Land Rover launched the Land Rover Defender in the U.S., known as the NAS 110.

The vehicle had been sold on North American soil since the mid-1980s, but the NAS Defender 110 marked the first time in decades that the utility version of the car was solid. NAS stands for North American Specification, and this acronym was apt because the truck had to jump through a variety of regulatory hoops to be allowed on United States roads. The D.O.T. required changes that ranged from lighting to basic safety features, all of which made the NAS Defender 110 that began selling in 1993 to be a highly customized and hybrid vehicle compared to its overseas siblings. This uniqueness, in a way, is now seen as part of the American Defender’s legacy.

The original fleet was only available in white, and 500 were shipped to the United States (with 25 going to Canada). They featured a 3.9-liter V8 petrol engine with a manual transmission, and all had external roll-cages. These original 1993 NAS Defenders were rare and limited, considered to this day to be a treasured and mysterious object to own and behold. Oprah Winfrey and Ralph Lauren (who painted his standout NAS 110’s black), were two notable celebrities with one of the original 500 in their garages.

NAS models were created in subsequent years throughout the 1990s with a range of modifications. In 1994 and 1995, Land Rover sold the Defender 90, which still featured a manual transmission, and often, a soft-top. Automatic transmissions, in fact, were only offered during the final year of production, which occurred for the utility vehicle in 1997. Sales of the NAS Defenders were always small, and due to a series of new late 90’s governmental regulations (basically having to do with side airbags that would have been very cumbersome to sculpt into the Defenders unique frame), Land Rover put an end to NAS Defender production, and focused on different makes and models for the United States.

But the Land Rover Defender in the U.S. lives on. Post-production modifications, along with the rugged reliability of the Defender, made it an instant luxury favorite. Customizations in the U.S. are done best by the experts at East Coast Defender. We can make art out of a luxury truck: contact us today at 407-483-4825 or e-mail us at for more information.