The Land Rover Restoration Planning Phase is a critical part of the process. The goal is to ensure that we have a 100% understanding of what you want, and expect, when we deliver the final restored Land Rover Defender. With proper planning, you save valuable time and money because we have laid everything out from start to finish. Inevitably there will always be small changes during the project but, keeping back tracking to a minimum aids with efficiency.
Our customers come from all over the country. There are a lot of different reasons to send your defender to The 4x4 Center:
We are happy to take a look at your pictures in advance but, until the Defender is in our shop & has been evaluated, it’s impossible to provide an accurate estimate. For example, we are seeing more & more gray market Defenders that have been made to look pretty but under close inspection, have a lot of problems, and poor workmanship.
The environment, in which the Defender has lived the first part of its life, plays major role in which parts and areas wear out the fastest. Desert & very sunny environments tend to be harsh on plastics & paint. Locations near the ocean tend to see a lot of surface corrosion. Places where there’s winter, especially the Northeast U.S., that have heavy road salt see a lot of heavy underbody corrosion.
A lot of new Defender owners, believe that Defenders don’t rust because they are made of aluminum. This isn’t true from two standpoints:
The first step is to get the Defender to The 4×4 Center facility in South Burlington, Vermont.
In the event a full restoration is desired but the budget does not allow, we will create a plan that includes a series of smaller repairs to tackle over time to complete the restoration. We understand that not everyone has a bottomless bank account, and we work hard to find solutions that meet budgets as well as fulfill wishes.
The backbone of every Defender is the chassis and the firewall. These were originally painted mild steel and tend to rust heavily depending on the environment the defender lived in and the amount of washing and care it received. Typically every restoration starts with a galvanized chassis & galvanized firewall.
Once we’ve agreed upon a direction, The 4×4 Center will create a detailed outline of the project, including a computerized cost estimate and a line-by-line breakdown of the proposed build. At this point, we will have another in depth conversation with the customer, and make revisions to the estimate based on customer comments.
When the line-by-line plan is finalized and approved, we get busy.
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The 4x4 Center is a World Class Land Rover Restoration facility located in South Burlington Vermont, known for North East Land Rover Repair and East Coast Land Rover Restoration and, is in no way affiliated with Jaguar Land Rover of North America.