East Coast Defender Project “Outdoorsman” Combines Land Rover Heritage and Modern Twists
East Coast Defender (ECD), North America’s premier source for award-winning Land Rover Defenders, recently delivered its latest creation: The Outdoorsman Defender 90.
The truck was built for an enthusiastic angler. As a result, two of ECD’s top priorities were integrating a custom fly-fishing rod holder into the cargo area and a fold-down filet table into the rear door.
From there, ECD worked with the Rover’s owner on the overall appearance. Instead of going with the traditional Rover two-tone paint, the decision was made to execute the modern monochromatic luxury look in a very traditional color: British Racing Green. Stance was kept stock: The Outdoorsman retains factory ride height and sits perched on 18-inch black Sawtooth Wheels. The performance tires chosen for this build are LT265/75R18 BFGoodrich Radial All-Terrain KO2s.
Tasteful and functional accessories were added to the exterior. Most noticeable is the G4 Expedition roof rack with ladder. A genuine Land Rover rear LED work light is mounted to it. Body protection is provided by traditional side sliders/step boards and black-checker rocker-panel plates. The Outdoorsman also has an aftermarket grilleguard. LED headlights in vented KBX surrounds complete the exterior upgrades.
On the interior, ECD specializes in retrofitting the factory Puma dashboard introduced in the 2007 model year to older Defenders. In The Outdoorsman’s case, ECD replaced the factory Puma leather with British Racing Green leather in their in-house upholstery shop. ECD’s upholsterers also recovered the factory seats in custom perforated black leather with a quilted stitching pattern. Green piping on the seats’ seams visually ties into the dashboard.
Comfort and convenience additions start with air conditioning, power windows and remote entry with an alarm system. To enhance driver feel, a Momo Competition steering wheel was added. Electronics were upgraded with a premium Alpine head unit, Bluetooth audio, GPS navigation, DVD player and in-vehicle WiFi. LED lighting was used throughout. Auto-dimming puddle lights are one example of ECD’s attention to detail.
The Outdoorsman’s powertrain was also modernized. Although ECD will refresh the 1960s-rooted Rover/Buick 3.9L V-8 on customers’ request, the company specializes in (and highly recommends) upgrading to a modern GM crate V-8. More powerful and efficient than the Rover powerplant, the GM engines are backed by a 2-year/50,000-mile warranty.
This D90 received a 6.2L LS3 V-8, rated at 430 horsepower. The LS3 is backed by a 4L80E automatic transmission, with push-button shift. In conjunction with the powertrain swap, ECD upgraded the fuel and brake lines to stainless steel. A custom Alisport radiator was installed to keep the high-output LS3 running at peak performance temperatures.
For the exhaust, ECD chose a stainless-steel Borla system to deliver a perfect tone when paired with the LS3. Other upgrades include EBC performance brakes for ultimate stopping power.
The Outdoorsman is the latest custom Defender to emerge from ECD’s 21,000 square-foot “Rover Dome” headquarters near Orlando, Florida. For more information, please contact East Cost Defender, (407) 483-4825.