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1993 NAS Defender 110 Station Wagon #313/500 Rebuild
How would you like to step back in time to the Fall of 1992 and be able to buy a new 1993 NAS Defender 110 Wagon? That might not be possible, but we have something even better!
Over and over we heard our customers ask,"I would like a Defender 110 with no apologies" (meaning no flaws, no issues, no rust, no corrosion), but as all 1993 NAS Defender 110s are all getting on in years (all built in mid to late 1992) that is hardly possible today. They all have flaws, or corrosion, or rust, or poor paint work, so it isn't possible to get a "no apologies" NAS Defender 110... or is it?
ECR can build you a "No Apologies Defender 110" and make it better, not just a repeat of the original. Our specifications out do the stock NAS 110. Items like the air condition systems are better. The stock system was basically a joke, so we have updated it to the better, newer system. The rear drum brakes have also gone in favor of new 4 wheel power disc brakes, the new style hinges are used and so on and so on.
These two pictures show the starting point for this restoration. We have rolled in #313 and we have started to gut the entire truck.
The cage will be removed, blasted, zinc coated and then powder coated in stain black and all the moving parts will be replaced with new. Then we will do a complete nut and bolt rebuild of the entire 110.
Here are a few images of #313/500 after the body restoration process has been completed (see link above). The mechanical work has now been done and we are sorting out the details and getting ready to install the safari cage.
The new owners of the 110 wanted a better than stock front bumper, so we have set the Defender up with a new ECR ROX front bumper. We have also installed our turn signal conversion kit and the front skid plate mount. Next we'll be installing the Warn 9000 winch and the 3 Hella 4000 driving lights.
The ECR 110 restorations use all new body panels and here you can see the inside of the new design rear door. This design eliminates the old steel to alloy corrosion issue and also supports the spare tire on the rear door much better. Soon we will cover the new style door with a new style interior panels that is as tough and rugged as the rest of the truck, unlike the stock 1993 NAS door panel that was little more than vinyl covered cardboard.
Each system we rebuild gets not only brought back to new standards, but upgraded as well. Here you can see the front brakes on the restored 110. We have changed the front brakes from the standard sold disc units to a fully vented rotor. You can also see in this image that we have installed a set of Old Man Emu springs so that the 110 is all set up for the added front end weight of the winch and SG bumper. We also swapped out the old 10 spline front axles and differential for a new 24 spline unit for a larger diameter and stronger axle.
At the back we have also upgraded the rear brake system from the standard old drum brakes to rear discs. This gives the 110 much better stopping power and makes the brake system much easier to service as everything is disc, not antique drum brakes at the back.
Here you can see the new interior is going into place. New seats, new headliners and new door panels are just a few of the things that make the ECR restored NAS 110s like new. You can also see that the safari cage is starting to go back onto the Rover and looks much better in our stain black than the white cage ever did.
This image shows the 110 out for its first road test since its rebirth here at ECR. The new steel wheels we installed have been epoxy primed and painted and fitted with Good-Year MTR tires for excellent traction in all conditions. We have also installed the side running boards and all the new wheel flares. Once the 110 completes a road test we start to see the light at the end of the tunnel and we can feel good knowing that we have brought back to life, and made better, one of the coolest limited production vehicles in the USA.
Here you can see the 110 in the last phase of reconstruction. The roof basket and rear ladder are now installed and all the small details are being done and double checked. Once it passes a few more road tests it will then be slightly modified to be exactly what the customer wants it to be. In the case of this 110 that means some basic off road goodies and more.
These images show the completed restoration of NAS 10 #313/500. The Defender is now far better than when it left the factory in 1992 with every update in the book and better assembly. The completed and cleaned up 110 will now be delivered to the new owner in Montana.
You can search for one of the 13 year old models out there, and hope you find one without problems, or you can buy an as new, restored by ECR, 110. Our restored versions being far superior to a stock NAS Defender. Even if that stock Defender had only 5 miles on the clock, the ECR 110 has all the updates and is built better in all respects.
Hold on, there's more. The owner of the 110 doesn't want it just a "stock" 110. He wants upgrades! Check out the upgrades here.