The process of restoring a classic Land rover Defender

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Refurbishing a Classic Land Rover Defender

If you have been searching for refurbished  Land Rover Defenders for sale, you have certainly come to the right place. We are rebuilders of a classic – bringing the original shape Land Rover Defender back to life.

Leox is derived from the Latin words “Leo”, meaning “Lion” and “Ferox”, meaning “Fierce”. This embodies the essence of Leox Rovers – the lion’s ambition and strength of spirit, untamed and headstrong under the South African sun.
Black Land Rover Defender 90 for sale restored by leoxrovers.com classic car on scenic mountaintop
Black Land Rover Defender 90 for sale restored by leoxrovers.com classic car on rocky trail

From Hobby to Full-time Job

We drive Defenders.
We play on remote trails and lonesome sandy dunes … and build our dream trucks to conquer the continent.
As a rugged band of enthusiasts, we made the decision to share our passion with you.

Sourcing a Land Rover Defender

With the discontinuation of the iconic Land Rover Defender in 2017, Leox Rovers came into existence with the mission of restoring and refurbishing these unstoppable beasts so that the world may enjoy their rugged beauty for many years to come. We search everywhere for viable candidates to restore, from spider-infested garages to dusty barns on remote farms.
Black Land Rover Defender 90 for sale restored by leoxrovers.com classic car under a tree
defender 110 for sale - Green Land Rover Defender v8 restored classic by leoxrovers.com engine out

Restoration Process

The first task our team performs is a complete body-off restoration when we acquire a Landy. We replace and wrap wiring that burned, chafed through, or even seen action from hungry rats. We liberate the chassis from rust and paint it professionally. Our specialists test the engines extensively and rebuild if necessary. The checklist includes hoses, electrical components, gearboxes, transfer cases, diffs and endless lists of other items. We check meticulously and replace or overhaul when we spot problems.

Land Rover Defender Comforts

When the mission-critical components are deemed to be in good order, we turn our attention to aesthetics and creature comforts. The seats are beautifully upholstered and the body gets an awesome coat of paint (while preserving the classic look). Further comforts such as radio upgrades are specific to each project.
Black Land Rover Defender custom seats upholstery in leather by leoxrovers.com
Black Land Rover Defender 90 for sale restored by leoxrovers.com classic car partial rear view on path

Lighting the Path

We chuck the old lights and then fit LED’s and upgraded halogen headlights. We find that it is far more pleasurable to drive at night if you can actually see more than three meters ahead of you. It is even more pleasurable on the road if other drivers can see your indicators and brake lights.

Testing the Defender

Of course, when we have come this far we are not finished. We drive the Landy extensively in order to get as much enjoyment out of our investment as possible. A distant secondary motivation is that we want to make sure that your Defender is in great shape before we ship it over to you.
Naturally, we are kidding about this part. Although we find testing the most enjoyable phase of the project, we really do want to catch all possible problems before we ship the Land Rover.
Black Land Rover Defender 90 for sale restored by leoxrovers.com classic car on grassy trail
Black Land Rover Defender 90 for sale from leoxrovers.com rear view with overhead cloudy sky

Saying Goodbye

Then, while tears leave dusty streaks on our cheeks, we finally let go as our office manager gently pry our clutched fingers from the Defender with a crowbar. Adios, old friend … may your new owner love you as intimately as we did.

Have a look at what we have built for you in our showroom or have a sneak peek at what we are currently busy with. We have both the Defender 90 as well as the Defender 110 for sale and our focus is on gasoline engines.

*Please note that in South-Africa we drive on the left-hand side of the road, therefore all of our vehicles are right-hand drive.

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