Land Rover Defender 130 Expedition Camper


Marcus Douglass (Trade)
08 June 2022
Wimborne, Dorset, United Kingdom

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One of the best Defender Expedition Camper conversions I have seen. 300 Tdi, Galvanised Chassis, Full length pop-top, auxiliary fuel and water tanks, hot and cold water supply. Huge spec

130 POP-TOP – AS APPEARED ON THE FRONT COVER OF THE ‘LAND ROVER MONTHLY’ MAGAZINE August 2017 WITH A SIX PAGE FEATURE WITHIN – SINCE APPEARING IN DIFFERENT MAGAZINES AND OFTEN REFERRED TO AS THE ‘ULTIMATE DEFENDER 130’. LAND ROVER MONTHLY ALSO FEATURED THIS VEHICLE IN ITS SPECIAL DEFENDER WORKSHOP MAGAZINE SPONSORED BY FOLEY SPECIALIST VEHICLES GIVING IT THE TITLE OF ‘THE DEFENDER HUNTER’ R451 PBV 130 – Built for Purpose - approx 40,000 miles – VERIFIABLE THROUGH THE INITIAL FOLEY AND NENE OVERLAND INVOICES AND ALL SUBSEQUENT MOT CERTIFICATES The miles recorded show 5000 more as when purchasing the ROW (Rest of World)vehicle it came with a Km speedometer and which Nene Overland replaced with one they had on the shelf with 5,000 miles already recorded. THE STORY Prior to the owner embarking on this huge 130 project he had extensively modified his 1991 classic Range Rover, V8, for serious overland travel, and which, after much enjoyable use, over many years, was finally sold to an Indian family living in Uganda to use for their future African safaris. Prior to that the vehicle was given a 5 page write up in the Land Rover Owner International magazine’s Spring issue 2008. The decision to move on with this vehicle was born out of sheer love for the Defender, but with a 300TDi engine for reliability, and in the form of a 130 plus a pop-top roof for much greater internal space and general comfort when compared with a roof tent. And so in 2008 the owner purchased two vehicles from Stuart Foley of the renowned Land Rover business Foley’s SV. One was a 130 Land Rover Defender, R451 PBV, the other, as a donor vehicle, a brand new Rest of World (ROW) Land Rover 110 300 TDi with factory fitted air con, and which came with the later Td5 fittings. Foley’s then completely rebuild R451 PBV from the ground up, using the entire donor vehicle, plus whatever else was required, doors, panels, etc, but again only with new, all on to a new heavier-than-standard Richards 130 galvanised chassis. What is seen in the pictures doesn't begin to show what is inside, or under its skin. The list is enormous, but hopefully not with anything frivolous or unnecessary. All the expedition over-landing equipment then added, as noted, a very large proportion of which remains unused, has been purchased new unless stated. This vehicle has continued to evolve since the seriously detailed build by Foleys in 2008/9 to what it is now, for example a second new set of dual function Warn spots has only just been purchased from Flatdog, and are now fitted. New Stainless steel bolts were used throughout by Foleys, likewise subsequent work fitting overland equipment by Nene Overland, under the close supervision of the owner’s good friend Kevin Mackman, followed by specialists, now retired, Landy Camper de in Germany for the pop up roof - their engineering standards being second to none, including all the internal storage lockers, sink, gas hob and an additional sleeping area, still within the vehicle. Thereafter, work continued by the owner and extremely experienced mechanic friend/Camel owner - (HOX as he calls it), Morgan racing team engineer in Perth, and similar Land Rover enthusiast, Paul Bracey. The vehicle really came in to its own around 2010, although little used since, hence the extremely low mileage but nevertheless, after steam cleaning, despite all of its galvanising and stainless bolts used throughout, the owner has annually undertaken a full Wurth waxoyling using only their clear cavity waxoyl. This allows for maintaining a full visual inspection of everything. The vehicle has always been fully cleaned underneath then taken off road during the winter months to avoid any road salt contamination. SUMMARY TO THE STORY Regrettably after the last few years of being unable to travel the not-so-young owners find themselves at a time in their lives where they must accept the situation as it is. This leaves them very much hoping to find new owners for the vehicle who wish to travel and enjoy all it has to offer. R451 PBV is 100% genuine, as any inspection would testify, and ready to leave on any adventure. The following list will hopefully be helpful, but despite all best efforts may still not be totally complete. External: Climair wind Deflectors on the front door windows Stainless Steel door hinges and bolts Wolf Rims BF Goodrich M/T tyres, probably about 50% worn Land Rover Rear Step galvanised Galvanised cappings on the rear body Australian made Kaymar Swingaway spare wheel and Hi Lift Jack Mount Spare wheels on the bonnet and the rear cross member Rear window washer fitted as not standard Brownchurch front roof rack specially made for this vehicle 4 Warn dual beam spots fitted to roof-rack – two either side Internal: Melville & Moon Seat Covers Exmoor Trim waterproof seat covers still in packaging MUD seat rails to driver and passenger’s side Under bonnet insulation and sound shield Major spares or other storage area built by Foley across the vehicle under the second row floor area and fully accessed from inside Water: Shurflo RV Fresh Water pump for the water tanks serving the rear shower, the sink and the ‘Nature Pure’ filtration system Spare Shurflo Water Pump The front shower works through the heat exchanger via its own water pump, also with a spare pump, providing the hot water option Hot water is provided through the heat exchanger plumbed to the sink and available to use with the separate rear shower facility. It can also be drawn off directly from the heat exchanger Internal floor water tank, external sill water tank, combined total 132 litres Stainless locking filler cap to sill tank Diesel: Two additional rear corner diesel tanks Additional sill diesel tank Along with the main diesel tank the total capacity of all tanks is 245 litres Stainless locking filler cap to sill tank Rear floor access hatch for replacing the fuel pump in main Td5 tank, without having to drop the tank, designed and installed by Foley during their extensive new build Security & Safety: Skytag Tracker Thatcham Disklok Metal Steering Wheel cover Clutch Hydraulic Lock (Mecklock) Security electric isolation switch Fuel cut off switch Padlocking hasps for all 5 doors Padlockable Stainless screen to fit behind 2nd row seating to isolate the rear area to secure belongings as and when required if the vehicle is to be left unattended Locking wheel nuts Metal lockable Store Caddy Floor Safe – I would say impossible to find or open Stainless rear window guards Tamper proof bonnet hinges from MUD Internal roll up blinds professionally hand made for all windows in Hannibal material matching the pop up side fabric Fire Extinguishers Rear Door gas strut to keep open Bonnet gas struts for opening unaided due to overall weight of spare wheel Radiator wading blind, - same Hannibal fabric Rear LED brake light above back door Rear work lamp Up-rated front headlamp bulbs Window tint to all but front windscreen and front doors Red Booster clutch servo system- can now operate with one finger Recovery and vehicle protection Equipment 48” Hi Lift X-Treme Jack ARB Defender Winch Bull Bar, shot-blasted and galvanised and repainted Welding on mesh to bulbar in front of headlamps, then entire unit galvanised and re-painted Side bars along the front wings, galvanised and gloss black powder coated to match the ARB Bull Bar Unused but checked annually 12000 Superwinch c/w Unused Plasma Winch Rope Unused Additional 100’ roll of Plasma Winch Rope with metal eyes fitted Second hand HD Ground Anchor Stakes from Hydro Electric Unused Devon 4x4 bagged recovery kit including snatch block, tree strap and tow strap, winch rope blanket, Hi-Lift recovery chain etc Stainless Steel radiator protection grill Winch isolation switch Central Diff Lock - standard ARB Axle Lockers front and rear ARB compressor 4 x sand tracks from fitted to vehicle side using Cargo Rails Jackable sills galvanised from Safari Equipment Additional galvanised drop down side guards/step welded to jackable sills Heavy Duty Drag and Steering rods HD Southdown Rear fuel tank guard with tow ball unit fixings, all galvanised HD Southdown sump and steering rod guards, all galvanised HD Southdown Front & Rear Diff Guards, galvanised Southdown Removable Tow-ball/Jaw unit galvanised Black checker plate on the bonnet and rear wing corners Two British Bulldog Camel style shovels CB and Radio, with stainless steel aerials wired to the back of the front roof rack Garmin 276C GPS with Garmin unit and aerial on top of roof rack Two Mantec raised air intakes for engine and heater Separate Air Compressor (400PA) with air line and tyre inflation unit and for other air tools HD Rear Bumper Corner units from Terrafirma, subsequently galvanised and powder coated Sleeping, Living, storage and Camping Equipment Professional Full Pop-top Roof by reflecting the usual very high German workmanship, and using Hannibal material on the sides and rear and behind the two side and rear windows zipped material are mesh screens, the rear being able to rollup, as with the outside cover, overall giving panoramic views from the inside. Double bed floor in the roof section with new thick mattress which also raises up separately on its own gas struts to the same angle as the roof to allow for standing up inside with lots of head room. All bedding can remain in place when raising the bed area out of the way. Same Hannibal material used to cover the second row seat and the rear bench seat cushions White/Red optional LED lighting within the sleeping and front seating areas Additional sleeping area below quickly made up with made-to-fit thick mattress cushions Internal storage lockers all hand made by Landy Camper when the vehicle was in Germany having the Pop-top made and fitted Includes sink, twin hob gas cooker, pull out sliding table Spare gas bottles Eberspacher space heater system Din Sockets throughout and under the bonnet Unused Porta-Potty stored inside one of the lockers Little ripper shower connection at rear Glind Pty Engine heat exchanger (also one new spare unit) to provide hot water for the sink and second shower unit Unused Collapsible shower screen unit from Hannibal Unused Hannibal 2.4 m side awning – sides with window and door to fit under to enclose the area Unused Hannibal rear awning – sides with door to fit under to enclose the area Unused Hannibal set of 3 Wolf Boxes inside Hannibal waterproof cover fits front roof rack National Luna 50 Litre Weekender fridge/freezer Base Plate for Weekender Two Odyssey 68ah batteries Twin Battery Tray National Luna Battery Management System LED lamps along the side of the vehicle under side awning Interior LED lamps Special three-way German made second row seat, can be flat or face F or R, also covered in the same Hannibal material so that everything matches Cushioned Rear Floor Rubber matting MUD nets throughout Sun visor nets Fold up table, new, in bag, two fold up chairs from Oztents with lumbar support Nature Pure Water Purifier and spare filters Mechanics and Spares The timing belt was changed at 25,000 miles using genuine Land Rover parts Silicon hoses fitted with spares LR Workshop Manual Engine oil and filters changed every 5000 miles, last change March 2021 All other fluids, including brake and clutch, + filters, replaced regularly Red Booster Turbo Clutch Servo unit – clutch can now operate with just one finger Turbo Guard Oil Feed Oil pressure gauge (electric) Up-rated alternator spare Fuse-box (12 way) Upgraded Intercooler (drop in) Air Compressor (400PA) Braided brake hose kit OME Shocks/N44 twins on rear – replaced 2019 OME Shocks /N115 on front – replaced 2019 OME Springs/767X Front OME Springs/754X Rear OME Steering Damper SD32 Ball joints throughout changed to greaseable Brass Rad plugs Ally Expansion Tank The vehicle comes with a substantial selection of spares, belts, alternator, engine parts, gaskets, water heater, and more. This Vehicle is not kept on site, so please contact us to arrange a viewing.