Restoration of Iconic LandRover
The iconic Landrover Defender is becoming an increasingly sought after vehicle, particularly early and ex-military models, however restoration specialist Stewart ‘Twiggy’ Roberts says many owners are simply finding the ride too noisy. He turned to Acoustiblok for help with a particular project involving a privately-owned former military police vehicle.
Ex-Royal Marine Commando Stewart, who gained extensive experience of maintaining engines during his time in the forces, stripped the Defender 90 back to basics and lined the whole of the vehicle’s cockpit, to include the footwell and floors, underneath seating and even battery boxes with Acoustiblok Acoustimat Acoustic Underlay. Then a layer of Acoustiblok 3mm membrane was applied and all joins finished with a silicone and tape seal to create a sound tight finish. In addition pads of Acoustiblok were applied within the ceiling and doors.
“Basically the Defender was introduced as an agricultural workhorse and this particular 1993 model came with a 200tdi engine which is one of the noisier ones they made,” explained Stewart.
Pre-testing on the vehicle recorded 98.7dB reading and following the Acoustiblok treatment went down to an incredible 90.2dB representing a halving of the perceived auditory level.
Mike Ervine, Managing Director of Acoustiblok UK, who collaborated with Stewart on the acoustics of the project, said: “ At Acoustiblok we are particularly fond of this iconic British vehicle and we are incredibly pleased with the result of this amazing restoration by Stewart and demonstrates the versatility of Acoustiblok.”
“Applying Acoustiblok has made a big difference, dramatically improving the quality of the drive – it’s a lot quieter and the owners are very happy with the result.”
Royal Marine Commando Stewart ‘Twiggy’ Roberts