Now I was considering replacing the P38 as it had been giving some electronic/electrical problems, so thoughts turned to a replacement everyday drive. It was also becoming obvious that I wouldn't be refurbishing the 110 myself. The business was going well and taking up a lot of my time, anyway whilst I'll build anything from a shed to period house restoration, I struggle to change a light bulb in a car.
Hence the call to the trusted enthusiast. Speaking about it, I had a choice of buying a normal car which would depreciate quickly, or spending the money rebuilding the Defender into an everyday drive which probably wouldn't depreciate as fast. The negatives are that I'd be driving a slow, noisy, bone shaker that one friend describes as a "portable hen house" and another as a "barn on wheels". On the plus side, I'd be driving the car I wanted, re-built to my specification. The fact I drive about 6,000 miles per year means I can drive something that might not be practical for higher mileage. More importantly and perhaps uniquely in mankinds history, Mrs Deco agreed that we should spend the money on the Defender, rather than a sensible family saloon.
The perfectionist and I determined that the chassis, bulkhead, engine, gearbox and running gear generally are in pretty good nick. The 110 is a lot better than it appears, the bent panels are to due it's life as team building off-road vehicle. We also both personally know the mechanic who carried regular servicing and repairs who gave us further reassurance.
Despite, it's shoddy appearance the 110 is actually in pretty good nick underneath the battered panels. A price pending thorough inspection was agreed a couple of weeks and a few pots of tea later.
This is the initial eye-watering list of parts: