Defender 110 /130 Land Rovers hold their value very well. Even now, 25 year old models are still fetching strong money on auction sites and forecourts. A Richards Chassis will enhance and protect your investment further.
We produce all varieties Defender 110 and 130 chassis and each is as close to the original design as possible, including using the correct rear cross member for the year of the vehicle. However, we utilise a 2.5mm rail thickness throughout rather than the original 2mm due to the inherent strength and stability benefits this brings all-round.
As an improvement over the original design, we have eradicated all inherent water traps on the suspension points by using a single 6mm piece of steel rather than two 3mm pieces laminated together as Land Rover used originally.
Our chassis can be fitted with mounts for all Defender engine variants from the 2.25l petrol to the new 2.3l Puma / Transit engine. This also includes the SV 200, NAS V8, and 50th Anniversary models.
We are able to offer a range of modifications enabling you to customise the chassis to suit your needs. We are also able to supply Station Wagon Floor Mount Cross Members and Turret Tops and are in the process of developing the bolt-on body mounts in a heavy duty galvanised version. We can up-grade your fuel tanks to fit the modern plastic TD5 tanks and a second side tank on some long wheel base models. Make sure you select these on our prices page when ordering your chassis
Our 200 chassis fit all the early vehicles. The chassis were not altered until the introduction of the 300 TDi engine, which gives the owners of the older cars a chance to upgrade their engines without altering the chassis. This is also made a lot easier by the abundance of cheap Discovery’s. From a Discovery you can fit the engine with a few small alterations, the axles to give disc brakes all round, and also the higher ratio transfer box for easier motorway cruising - just don’t go too big on the tyres!
The V8 chassis has remained basically unchanged since its introduction We provide anti-roll bars as standard.
The 300 chassis will only fit 300TDi engine cars. They have anti roll bar mounts as standard. All the holes are re-drilled and tapped where necessary to ensure you will have no problems fitting it. This is by far the most popular 90 chassis as the 300 is probably the best Landy engine before they changed to electronic engine management with the TD5.
The TD5 chassis is now becoming quite a common replacement. The TD5 Land Rovers are very popular due to the modern engine which give loads of power and could almost be considered 'civilized' in Land Rover speak!
The 110 / 130 TD5 has a plastic rear fuel tank that can be fitted to all earlier 110 / 130 chassis.
The (North American Spec) NAS 110 / 130 chassis was developed specifically for the US to comply with the stringent US crash tests. It differs to other Land Rovers in that it is an automatic.
This was released in limited numbers in the UK as the special “50th Anniversary” edition. Again it has a rear fuel tank but it is different to the TD5 rear tank and uses totally different mounts and tank guards. The chassis also has the mounting points for the standard fit roll cages originally fitted to these cars.
The Puma is the latest offering from Land Rover. This is sometimes wrongly called the TD4 but it is not the same engine that appears in the Freelander TD4. The Puma chassis is a variation of the TD5 chassis with the plastic rear tank but all engine, gear box mounts and exhaust hangers are different. The other major difference is that the “crows feet” which hold the rear “A” frame have been removed and replaced with brackets welded directly to the “A” frame cross member.
All our chassis come in a range of options. these are explained below and available to choose under our prices section for a more accurate quote.
All Defender chassis are uni-frame by design, therefore this option is FREE!
The bolt in gear box cross members are available if yours is unfit for your rebuild
We are able to offer the option of fitting a TD5 style rear fuel tank on the earlier 200 and 300 type chassis depending on your requirements. We can do this using the TD5 rear cross member, or we can modify a standard rear cross member to retain the original look of the chassis.
TDI Cross Member
We can offer a galvanized floor mount cross member, it is worth while renewing this part when replacing your chassis as it is almost impossible to replace when the vehicle is built.