While there’s nothing that can replicate the feeling of cruising around in a vintage vehicle, maintaining a restoration may feel cumbersome at times. And taking care of your vintage Land Rover is so different. We get it, which is why we offer these tips that make maintaining your vintage restoration a little bit easier.
Whether you’re thinking about getting a vintage Land Rover or you already have a restored build, you need to know how to best maintain it in order to increase its longevity. From changing the oil regularly to washing it properly, there are a number of things you can do to increase the lifespan of your vintage Land Rover.
One crucial task when it comes to maintaining your vintage Land Rover is to change the oil regularly. On all of our vintage restoration projects that feature the Chevrolet base drivetrains, we use synthetic oil, either 5w30 or 10w30, and advise that you continue using this type of oil in your vintage Land Rover once you drive it off the lot.
When it comes to our Land Rover restorations that sport the Cummins Diesel engine, we recommend using Shell Rotella 15W-40 diesel engine oil. In addition, regardless of your drivetrain, you should change the oil in your vintage Land Rover every 6,000 miles or six months, whichever comes first.
Another tip to ensure that your vintage Land Rover stays in pristine condition is to always maintain your brake fluid. At ECD, we utilize Dot 4 Brake Fluid, and you should continue using this type of brake fluid in your custom Land Rover. We also suggest that you swap your brake fluid every 18,000 miles or 18 months to ensure the SUV’s longevity.
A simple maintenance tip that often gets overlooked when it comes to keeping vintage vehicles in great condition is tire pressure. Continually driving on low tire pressure can have detrimental effects over the lifetime of your custom Land Rover. At ECD, we put a specification sticker on the driver-side door of every custom build. This sticker conveniently outlines tire pressure needs based on the size and type of Land Rover you have.
For our custom builds that are powered with the Tesla drivetrain, maintenance requirements will be significantly lower as far as fluids are concerned. The primary maintenance tip for these custom builds is to check the coolant around every 7,500 miles. In addition, you should swap out the coolant in both the battery cooling system and motor cooling system every 36,000 miles or every three years. We recommend using Dex-Cool in these types of systems.
A final tip to increasing the longevity of your vintage Land Rover is to routinely conduct interior and exterior maintenance. When it comes to washing and waxing vintage Land Rovers with custom paint jobs, you can safely apply Meguiar’s Super Fine Clay Bar and Meguiar’s Washing Wax Soap. For shining up your Land Rover tires, we advise using a high-gloss tire shine. For the interior maintenance, Lexol Leather Conditioner is ideal.
Before you worry about maintaining your vintage Land Rover, you need to decide which model best suits your wants and needs. At ECD, we offer our customers a variety of options that can be fully customized, including the Defender 90, Defender 110, and Defender 130.
The Defender 90 is a restored two-door Land Rover known for its agility, performance, and off-roading capabilities. The D90 is available in both soft-top and hard-top models and can seat up to six people. At ECD, the D90 is available in two trim levels, including Custom and Signature. The starting price of an ECD Custom Defender 90 is $219,995, and an ECD Signature Defender 90 starts at $279,995.
The Defender 110 is a four-door Land Rover built for the demands of both daily living and off-roading excursions. Like the D90, the D110 is available in both soft- and hard-top models. It is bigger than the D90 and can be equipped to seat up to nine people. It also comes in two trim levels. The starting price of an ECD Custom Defender 110 is $224,995, and an ECD Signature Defender 110 starts at $284,995.
The Defender 130 is a pickup-style Defender with an extended truck bed and four doors. From towing jobs to off-roading adventures, the D130 is a Defender built for power and performance. The restored D130 has a variety of seat layouts to choose from and can seat up to five people. The starting price of an ECD Custom Defender 130 is $239,995, while that of an ECD Signature Defender 130 is $299,995.
Want a vintage Land Rover you can trust out on the road or along the trails? If so, invest in a custom Land Rover build from ECD. Our skilled team will build out your custom vehicle to your exact specifications.
The best part about owning a restored vintage Land Rover from ECD means you won’t have to worry as much about maintaining it as you would with other vintage vehicles. This is because every build at ECD puts an emphasis on extending the longevity of this iconic SUV.
So, are you ready to get behind the gorgeous wheel of your very own customized Land Rover? If so, contact us today to learn more about the design and build process at ECD.
Feel free to contact ECD Automotive Design today, and you’ll embark on a journey filled with boundless possibilities for tailoring your automotive dreams. Our team of experts is eager to collaborate with you, ensuring that your vehicle reflects your unique style and preferences. With ECD, your automotive vision becomes a reality.
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