THE JOURNEY OF OUR LAND ROVER DEFENDERS
Our builds are full ground up rebuilds. Every nut and bolt is replaced. There is no part of the vehicle that gets left as it was before. Quality is just simply who we are. We build vehicles that have survived decades and give them a new life, we’ve made this historic vehicle a daily driver. For it to encompass a level of heritage and modernization, the quality has to be superb, these aren’t just cars to some but dream vehicles.
CONFIGURE YOUR BUILD
Let’s start with the fun decisions by working directly with our Lead Designer to select your body style, drivetrain, wheels, tires, accessories, paint color, and interior style, colors and textures. This can be done with an in home consultation or by visiting the Design Studio at the Rover Dome at our expense. Once your decisions have been made you’ll be sent mockups for further review until your build is perfect.
OBTAINING YOUR BASE VEHICLE
The search for your base vehicle begins. We scour Europe to find the right one to match your specifications and then handle all aspects of the import process.
BUILDING THE FOUNDATION
We don’t take an old car and alter it. We break your base vehicle down all the way to the bare chassis. Every nut and bolt is replaced resulting in a completely fresh rebuild from the ground up.
EMPOWERING YOUR DRIVE
Go with the classic Rover V-8 engine or a powerhouse machine like the Chevrolet LS3 or LC9 with 6-speed transmission. Our brand new Chevrolet crate engines include a 2 year/50,000 mile warranty and are serviceable at all Chevrolet dealerships nationwide.
APPLYING YOUR SIGNATURE COLOR
Your Defender’s body is carefully sand-blasted and polished before being hand painted with premium paint. Our in-house paint facility, widely considered to be one of the best in the country, can precisely match any color you desire.
IMPLEMENTING ELECTRICAL FUNCTIONALITY
Each Defender that we build uses over 2,000 feet of wiring that will bring your vehicle to life. Every truck is wired by hand and made custom for your Defender that matches your exact build specification.
You select every aspect of your upholstery down to the color of the stitching. From a premium Puma leather dashboard to the quilted hand-stitching of the rear seat, our craftsmen will wrap your vehicle’s interior in the leather design and color of your choice.
FITTING YOUR COSMETICS
This is the exciting stage when your vehicle takes on the distinctive appearance of the Defender. We install your hand- selected features – doors, door cards, roof rack, headlights, wheels, windows and more – to make this Defender uniquely yours.
Through every step of the process, your vehicle goes through a robust 200-point quality control inspection, including taking your Defender for a 500 mile test drive followed by one last, all-inclusive, 400-point inspection to guarantee that it’s utterly flawless.
READY TO DELIVER
We give your vehicle its final polish and detailing. Now it’s ready for the end of its journey with ECD and the start of its adventure with you.
From being torn down to a bare chassis to then being completely rebuilt by hand right here in the USA, this is a glimpse into the journey every build makes through our facility.