Confession: Off-roading is not a rational pastime. Building a rig is an investment in happiness, but don’t expect big financial returns. For some, the love for Toyotas was fostered by playing the Ivan Stewart video game Super Off Road, but Luke Howard became a Land Rover fan after taking the family LR3 out on the trail years ago. It transitioned from daily driver to trail rig, but the independent suspension and electronic controls limited just how far he could push the vehicle. Luke was in search of something more analog.
Enter this 1972 Land Rover 109 Series 3. It doesn’t get much more analog than that! Luke worked with Tim Scully at Scully Offroad to graft the classic aluminum body onto a modern Discovery chassis with a fuel-injected V-8 engine and coil suspension. The frame was stretched 10 inches, and Dana 44 axles were slung underneath. While this is anathema to Land Rover purists, it was a practical decision. “Rover axles were an option but cost prohibitive,” Luke explains. “We opted for Wagoneer axles for the offset rear, gear selection options, and less expensive locker options.”
Rover axles or no, this right-hand drive Frankenrover is as unique as they come.
1972 Land Rover 109
Engine: 4.0L V-8
Transmission: ZF 4HP22 4-speed automatic
Transfer Case: Range Rover LT230
Axles: Dana 44 with 4.88 Yukon gears and ARB Air Locker (front and rear)
Springs & Such: 3-link with 2-inch Terrafirma coils and Terrafirma shocks (front); triangulated 3-link with 3-inch Terrafirma coils and Pro Comp shocks (rear)
Tires & Wheels: 37×13.5R18 Nitto Mud Grapplers on 18×9 Spyderlock beadlocks
Steering: Discovery power steering, Scully Offroad heavy-duty tie rod and drag link
Lighting: Liteway 75W 7-inch-round black LED headlights with DRL high/low beams
Other Stuff: 97 Discovery chassis, right-hand drive, LR4 interior, custom Scully Offroad rock sliders, EAG front bumper, Boar Off Road winch