ANV-LR1: DEFENDER 110
ANV-LR1 DEFENDER 110 - 4BT CUMMINS TURBO DIESEL
STAN EVANS PHOTOGRAPHY - BEHIND THE SCENES ANV-LR1BTS
STAN EVANS PHOTOGRAHY - DIRECTORS CUT ANV-LR1
ANV-LR1 - LAND ROVER DEFENDER 110 BUILD - UTAH BOAT SHOW 1
The Blacksmith Garage (BG) Precision Build “ANV-LR1” Defender 110 is a feat of modern engineering.
Very little remains of the original donor – a 1987 LHD Military grade diesel Land Rover Defender 110. In fact, all that does remain is the skin, the bulkhead firewall, original military issue roll cage, removable hard top, transfer case and axle housings.
Staying true to the Donor’s Diesel blood … BG led by its chief engineer Brad Story started with the best diesel motor available that would fit in the engine compartment – The Cummins Diesel 3.9L 4BT. This motor is not available in crate form so the engineers at BG found a donor and had it completely rebuilt by Wild Diesel of Ogden, Utah close to BG’s home base of Eden, Utah.
The motor was fitted to a brand-new galvanized chassis provided by Land Rover via Rovers North, connected to a ZF five speed manual transmission, a completely rebuilt LT230 transfer case and one-ton Land Rover axles that could handle the power that Brad was about to imbue the motor with and make this truck a true all-wheel drive when needed.
Not only does the Cummins stay true to the diesel roots of the Defender but also transplants into the vehicle a massively high torque power plant which creates an incredibly fun driving experience. There is no need to “wind up” this engine. The power is there on demand at very low RPMs relative to any gas motor.