I thought I'd change direction for a moment and show you one of the machines our company ( J E Robison Service )builds. We're known for customizing Land Rovers for folks who want to take them to serious rough country, and expeditions, and adventures.
We get work like this shipped to us from all over the eastern United States.
This is a Land Rover Defender 90 that we built last summer for a fellow in Virginia.
In this photo Jeff ( one of our Rover techs ) has just driven up a knee-high rock ledge and he's climbing the slope at a steep angle.
Here are Jeff and Dominick from our Land Rover shop crossing a small stream on the trail.
All the equipment on the front - the high lift jack, the winch, skid plates, and such were fabricated or fitted in our shop.
This truck started life as a 1995 Defender, and it's gotten a 300TDI motor, a new frame, custom skid plates and guards, custom bumpers front and rear, Safarigard stage III suspension, ARB lockers front and rear, crawler transfer box, bigger tires, a 2-inch lift, air conditioning, CB radio, onboard refrigerator, and much more.
In this photo you can see the incredible range of suspension motion in a modified Land Rover. Look at the front axle, which is twisted in a direction opposite the rear.
This truck's been prepared to run out west, in the rock and sand of the desert. Those two cans on the back will carry drinking water. We've moved the spare tire to the floor inside.
The custom bumper is clearly visible. It can take the weight of the truck should the vehicle drop onto a large rock.
The box below the bumper is the armor for the fuel tank.
Here's another front view. The snorkel for the diesel air intake is visible. This Defender has the 300TDI motor.
The cables from roof to front bar are to deflect limbs that might otherwise smack the windshield.