LAND ROVER DEFENDER 130
When I sailed to Australia, I had Land Rover dreams. Shortly
after arrival, I stepped on the dock, rented a car, and started
looking for a Defender. The outback beckoned, and I wanted
to experience it in a Land Rover. I had already traveled in
Arabia with three different Defenders, and I was itching to go
walkabout Australian style.
We made several trips to Brisbane looking for Rovers, but
Defenders were in short supply, and those that we found were
overpriced and worn out. Finding my dream machine was going
to take time. Eventually, I found a long wheel base Defender
130 in Caboolture that had the right price and passed mechanical
I was now in business. I was the proud owner of a white Crew
Cab Pickup with a covered pickup bed. It was rough around
the edges, but that's what you want in an expeditionary vehicle.
There were the usual bumps and scratches in the panels, but the
chassis rails were sound and free from rust.
A massive bull bar graced the front of the truck; it was so big we
could use it as a platform from which to shoot video while driving
through the bush. It also sported a long range fuel tank
under the truck. Inspection revealed that the manual
transmission was in good shape and the 300 tdi diesel ran fine.
With some new tires and a few upgrades, we would have an awesome
We installed Black Widow sliding drawers in the pickup bed giving
us a secure place to store valuables and protect them from
ubiquitous red bull dust. We added two spare tires and
installed a roof rack and roof top tent.
This picture shows the white Defender at Alice Springs in the Red
Center of Australia. We are half way through a month long
trip to the outback.
So far, I've owned five Land Rover Defenders. Five times
I've lived as if my Land Rover dreams are possible, and five times
I've worked to make them happen. I am living proof that Land
Rover Dreams can come true.
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