My friends at Indiana Overland, LLC, who sold me my vehicle did a great write up on these vehicles:
LAND ROVER DEFENDER 110 TITHONUS
“The Land Rover Defender 110 Tithonus. It is completely different from the usual worn-out ex Ministry of Defense (MOD) vehicles available in the US. These Defenders were put into service with the British Army from new.
During approximately 2009/10 the vehicles went through the MOD’s Project Tithonus (you can find much information on project Tithonus on Wikipedia). Work included a comprehensive overhaul of only the best Defenders already owned by the MOD. All the others that didn’t make the grade were sold off.
Project Tithonus was a cost-saving measure by the MOD. It had a requirement to only use vehicles that were up to current health and safety standards. Therefore instead of purchasing a new fleet of vehicles it chose to refurbish the best of the existing stock. This refurbishment made the vehicles fit for service and met then current health and safety standards for at least another 10 years.
The refurbishment included:
· complete bare metal respray of body and chassis
· fitting of new Wolf style composite hard top
· fitting full Wolf roll-cage
· new seatbelts front and rear
· new updated front Exmoor Trim seats
· new folding Exmoor Trim rear seats with seatbelts
· new rubber sound proofing matting front and rear
· new Wolf wheels
· New upgraded brakes…(Front disc brakes)
· new Michelin or Goodyear tires 7.50R16
· engine refurbishment 2.5 Ltr Diesel and 5 speed LT77 gearbox and transfer case
· checker-plate to hood, fender tops and sills
There are NO typical Land Rover dents and the chassis are in excellent condition.
There is no bulk-head rot or foot well rot as can be found in much newer Defenders. They drive with no unusual clunks and bangs, no whines on the gearbox or axles and gearbox is smooth, engines fire up straight away.
Some of the military specifications of this that are different from standard specification are as follows:
· radio boxes and antennae mounts on the bonnet
· antennae mounting posts on both sides
· side cubby boxes for Jerry cans
· radio battery box in the rear
· radio cable-tray mounted on the roll-cage
· military rear bumpers
· towing eye in the front bumper
· NATO style rear tow-hitch
· shovel/tools mounting to the rear door
· Wolf/WMIK tire carrier on bonnet
· The usual Land Rover specifications for this Defender are as follows:
· ALL are Left Hand Drive
· permanent 4 wheel drive
· high and low ratio gear box