Well, you guys have heard me talk about manual discos and P38s, and I finally found what I wanted.
Expeditions West started with a Discovery
(II), and has now come full circle. For a few years, I have wanted a clean, white, manual/cloth SD Discovery I to build for Land Rover events and trips in the Southwest. Over the last few months, things came together to support the build, including the need for a new project to feature in the Journal and a recent contract with the US special forces that required another truck.
It is a 1995 SD Discovery with the R380 5-speed, cloth interior and only 70k miles. It was owned by a minister in Salt Lake and only serviced at the dealer (I have all records). I bought it from the salesman who sold the unit new 10 years ago...
It drives great and made the 600 mile trip back home like a new car. The interior is within 10% of a new vehicle IMO, and the exterior is in fantastic shape given the vintage.
The entire build will be featured in Overland Journal
, and will be clean and moderate, complimenting the Rover and addressing basic expedition and trail requirements.
Essentially, the build will come over three parts:
1. Suspension, tires and wheels. Electronics and power
2. Camp systems and storage
3. Armor and recovery. Traction and trail considerations