I really wanted a Defender but, not all the problems that come with an old one that probably needs some level of restoration. I thought about a Jeep Wrangler JKU but, , I just didn’t want one that looked like everyone else’s. I know you can lift your Jeep, slap on aftermarket bumpers and even replace the grill with those silly angry eyes but to me, it is still be like everyone else’s Wrangler. If fitting in is the goal, then that is fine. I wanted something different.
Long story short and for many reasons, I decided to convert a Jeep Wrangler to a Land Rover Defender. Short story shorter, I went out and purchased a Jeep Wrangler JKU that had the basics of what I was looking for. It was the right price, had the lift and tires I was looking for and it was the right color. I call it the Green Machine:
I remove the front end immediately and put a Land Rover Defender front end. This isn’t a post about Land Rover Defender Vs Jeep Wrangler as there are plenty of articles and videos on this topic. The Wrangler wins hands down BTW, just saying. This is a post about how I built what I wanted which is something unique. I wanted a Defender 110 but, I didn’t want an old clunky vehicle. I wanted the look of the Land Rover Defender with all the awesomeness that comes along with owning a modern Jeep Wrangler.
Even an authentic, fully restored and very expensive Land Rover Defender 110 won’t be as reliable as a JKU. Keep in mind that Land Rover dropped sales of the Defender in the USA back in 1997. In 2021 they brought it back as an entirely different vehicle but, we’ll see how it does in the market: hopefully well. Jeep needs some competition.
On my Wrangler/Defender, I can remove the top and doors in just a few minutes.
Removing the doors and top isn’t a practical process on any Land Rover model because by the time you take that stuff off on a Land Rover, the sun is starting to set. Oh, and now put it all back on because it looks like it is going to rain. Yeah, the Wrangler team engineered in all that stuff to be easily removed which is why Jeep is number 1 in the off road market. Jeep culture exudes ‘freedom’: I can modify the look of my Jeep, remove the top and doors from my jeep and even go off road. It’s a culture many love being a part of.
Land Rover Culture
Land Rover also has an awesome culture and it is equally enthusiastic and supportive of the brand as well as the off road life style. You’ll see this in on-line forums such as Facebook. I mean, an off road vehicle that was made in Europe is cool in and of itself. Defenders are bad ass before making modifications and people don’t put angry eyes on them. At least, I haven’t seen a Defender with angry eyes although I’ve seen some jokes posted about this with some pretty funny photoshopped pictures.
The Best of Both Worlds
For me, my Wrangler/Defender is the best of both worlds. If it breaks, it is nearly all stock which means I can take it nearly anywhere for repairs. After market power steering and electric window systems are not something a shop wants to deal with. A fully restored vehicle with after market parts and modifications will break immediately after purchase. YOU CAN BET ON IT. If you purchased from a reputable Land Rover restoration business, they will work with you to get it repaired but overall, once you take delivery which could be several states away, you are ON YOUR OWN.
Land Rover Defender 110 For Sale
Anyway, I’m selling my JKU. I love this ride but, building them is even more fun. If you want it, contact our team. I can also be hired to put a Defender front end on your awesome Jeep Wrangler.