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1997 NAS Defender 90 LE Station Wagon
Minor upgrades

This 1997 NAS Defender 90 LE Station Wagon has come to us from an owner in MA. It's a nice vehicle, but the owner desires some upgrades to make it better. To develop a base line for the vehicle, we have completed a full evaluation of the 90 and have discussed that list with the customer to find out what he/she does and does not want done. For this 90 we will be doing only a few desired changes and the 90 will head back to MA for summer fun.

As with most 90s the Rover has some minor rust issues. The door hinges on this 90 are getting quite rusty and the rear cross-member needs a fresh coat of paint to look good again. The rear cross-member has been painted once already, but the shop that did it did not remove the bumper when they did the work, so rust is starting to bleed out from the areas behind the bumper. To do a complete fix we have removed the bumper and all the surface rust off the rear crossmember.

The 90 also suffers from "stereo shop flu". The guys who installed the stereo were real hacks and they made a big mess of the install. The customer didn't want to re-install the entire system, so we are just going to cure the major ills of the system. The installer left the front speaker crossovers laying on the floor under the carpet. This is not only a stupid thing to do, but it is unsafe in case the crossover box gets wedged under the brake pedal. To cure it we fabricated a special one of our ROX kick panels that has an area where the crossover can be housed up and out of the way. The ROX kick panel eliminates the problem and also replaces that weak factory cardboard panel that the factory installed.

Here you can see the rear cross-member getting its 3 coats of epoxy primer and then 3 coats of PPG paint for a long lasting repair. Once the paint has cured in the bake booth we will re-install the rear step/tow bumper.

To replace the rusty looking hinges on the 90 LE we have installed a set of upgraded units. The upgraded hinges with stainless steel hardware are a nice addition to this 90, and we also installed a complete exterior stainless steel bolt kit for the Rover. These will keep the rust bleeds to a minimum.

This image shows the rear of the 90 all dressed up and looking much better.

An uncommon request, but one we can do if asked, is the installation of rear parking sensors. We have added a complete system that is just like the systems on modern cars that alerts you to objects behind the truck. It certainly isn't a system we suggest if you do any off roading, but this 90 is an urban cruiser, so we will accommodate the customers request.

Here you can see the 90 ready to head back to MA. We have installed and tested all the customer's desired changes and now the 90 is ready to head home to put the upgrades to use.

If you have needs for your Defender, from routine service to wild modifications, contact ECR. We'll be happy to help make your Defender everything you want it to be.


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