East Coast Defender (ECD), North America’s premier source for award-winning Land Rover Defenders, recently delivered its latest creation: The Outdoorsman Defender 90. The truck was built for an enthusiastic angler. As a result, two of ECD’s top priorities were integrating a custom fly-fishing rod holder into the cargo area and a fold-down filet table into the rear door. From there, ECD worked with the Rover’s owner on the overall appearance. Instead of going with the traditional Rover two-tone paint, the decision was made to execute the modern monochromatic luxury look in a very traditional color, British Racing Green. Stance was kept stock: The Outdoorsman retains factory ride height and sits perched on 16-inch black Sawtooth Wheels. The performance tires chosen for this build are LT265/75R16 BFGoodrich Radial All-Terrain KO2s.
Tasteful and functional accessories were added to the exterior. Most noticeable is the G4 Expedition roof rack with ladder. A genuine Land Rover rear work light is mounted to it. Body protection is provided by traditional side sliders/step boards and black-checker rocker-panel plates. The Outdoorsman also has an aftermarket grilleguard. LED headlights — which have auto on/off functionality — complete the exterior upgrades. On the interior, ECD specializes in retrofitting the factory Puma dashboard introduced in the 2007 model year to older Defenders. In The Outdoorsman’s case, ECD customized the Puma dash with black leather and painted British Racing Green accents. The in-house upholsterers recovered the factory seats in custom perforated black leather with a quilted stitching pattern. Green piping on the seats’ seams visually ties into the dashboard.
Under the hood, the D90 was fitted with a Chevy 6.2L LS3 V-8 that produces 430 HP. The transmission for this build is a 4L80E automatic, with push-button shift. A stainless-steel Borla exhaust was used to deliver that perfect V-8 tone. Other upgrades include EBC performance brakes for ultimate stopping power. In all, The Outdoorsman is the perfect SUV for its fly-fisherman owner.