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Old October 22nd, 2007, 08:25 AM
Scott Brady Scott Brady is offline
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Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Prescott, AZ
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Expeditions West: Discovery I, 5-speed Project

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





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