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Britpart have recently introduced a new range of heavy duty galvanised chassis for Defender 110 Td5 and 300Tdi vehicles.


They are manufactured to original plans with 3, 4 and 8mm steel and thicker steel is used in high stress areas rather than lamination meaning the chassis is considerably stronger in those areas.

The frame is then hot galvanised which a quality durable finish, they are then fitted with additional inspection holes in the legs etc so the chassis can be cleaned out and or easily waxoyld to give long term protection.

If you are interested in giving your Defender a new lease of life then please give us a call on 01626 833848 or email us on and we will get back to you.





Brookwells will be attending the Adventure Overland Show in Stratford-upon-Avon next weekend 24th-25th September and we would love to meet you.

If you need any parts for your Land Rover or other Overland vehicle then this show is the one to visit. Not only will there be loads of trade stands there but also many Overland vehicles of all shapes and sizes to make your mouth water and inspire your next modification or build whether on 2 wheels, 4 or even 6!

So please do come and say hi to us on our stand if you are attending, it would be great to see you.

Justin and Crew!

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So after witnessing the awesome power of the Talon 9,500lb winch fitted to the Ice Warrior in my last blog I just had to buy a winch for my Defender as well.

After some thought I decided to fit the Tiger Shark 9,500lb winch which is part of their entry-level range which at just £250.88 + vat is a bit of a billy bargain.

They can be supplied in various from 9,500lb sizes right up to 17,500lb which would be large enough to just about pull a house down!

These have been designed for vehicle recovery use in the leisure market and would be more than adequate for my (hopefully) very occasional use.


I booked it into my good buddy’s workshop, first off we bolted the winch unit into place in the winch bumper followed by wiring it in which is actually far simpler than I first thought it would be, or perhaps he just made it look that way!


We also made a small bracket to mount the power cut off switch which is an essential fitment when fitting a winch to any vehicle and mounted it in the engine bay out of harm’s way.


So it’s first outing was on a weekend in Wales where it was called into duty recovering a Ford Ranger campervan which had a got a bit out of shape on a wet grassy slope, the Ranger had done really well getting around but All Terrain tyres on wet grass just don’t go…the winch did an awesome job of pulling the heavy Ranger up the hill and really didn’t feel it at all. I’m seriously impressed and reckon the 9,500lb capacity is more than adequate for normal vehicle recovery situations and would recommend it to anybody looking for a budget winch with the all-important parts back up you get from Superwinch.


All of the products mentioned in our blog are available to purchase from our online shop, just put the part numbers listed into our search engine facility and press go or if you have any enquiries drop us an email to or call us on 01626 833848.


As you can probably tell the Ice Warrior doesn’t get used in anger for serious off roading or winching duties very often so when we got an emergency call from the boss the other day requesting it’s presence to winch a wood chipper up a 45 degree slope I didn’t need asking twice! We grabbed some recovery gear i.e winch pulley block (WIN7750), tree strop (ZBS1817) and two bow shackles (ZBS2073) to aid in the recovery.

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Firstly we placed the tree strop around the tree so as not to damage it with the winch rope and placed the 4.75T tested bow shackle through the loops so we could attach the Superwinch pulley block.

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Then we ran the rope up the hill, through the pulley block and back down to the chipper. Although the chipper didn’t look very big it was definitely heavy enough that you wouldn’t want to push it up a 45 degree slope so the winch was a very welcome accessory!

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Needless to say the Superwinch Talon 9,500lb (WIN1695211) winch fitted with plasma rope pulled it up the hill with ease, in fact I’m not even sure it knew it was there!

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The winch impressed me so much that I had to buy one myself! I have bought the Superwinch Tiger Shark 9,500lb to fit into my Defender winch bumper so please see our next blog for a full fitting guide.

All of the products mentioned in our blog are available to purchase from our online shop, just put the part numbers listed into our search engine facility and press go or if you have any enquiries drop us an email to or call us on 01626 833848.

We fitted a pair of Britpart Lynx Eye (DA6282) LED headlights to our Defender the other day and the results are no less than spectacular as I think the images below prove:


They are simplicity themselves to fit as they are a direct replacement for the original 7” candle powered lights fitted to the Defender. They plug straight into the original wiring harness so no ballast resistors, connectors or wiring to worry about at all. DSC_0091I do not profess to be a mechanic or auto electrician and managed to fit them myself in under half an hour in the rain so they really can be fitted by anybody anywhere with no more than a Philips screwdriver!


I was initially worried that they might be so bright that people would be flashing at me all the time because I was blinding them, however, I have had them fitted for almost a week now mostly using narrow country lanes and “B” roads with nobody flashing their lights at me at all so the beam pattern is obviously set up correctly as per the original headlights and they are fully road legal, E marked and MOT tester friendly.

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They are built from extremely tough materials with polycarbonate lenses and die-cast aluminium housings, for all you techies out there they give out 2800 lumens on dipped beam and 4450 lumens on high beam and are built up from 8pcs CREE(XML-10W) LEDs.

If I could recommend one product for your Defender then these would be it, I admit that there is a large initial outlay but if you want to see where you are going this winter I really don’t think these can be beaten.

More details can be found here.

We have just received an exciting new product to our range called RAPTOR, it’s a really tough protective paint coating which can be used on pretty much any surface you can imagine, steel, aluminium, galvanised steel, plastic, concrete and even glass! It can also be tinted to any colour of your choice, with the ability to create smooth and textured finishes.

We tried it out on some tired old parts we had here, a plastic headlamp surround and a bumperette and were really impressed with the ease of use and the finish, I’d be happy to bolt them to my truck now!

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It is designed and made in the UK and was originally designed for the US pick-up market so you can guarantee it’s made tough…it has been described by the RAPTOR rep. as stone chip on steroids which after seeing it in action I can totally believe.

It can be used on your Land Rover, tractor, garden machinery, boat or on pretty much any other application or surface you can imagine giving it a long lasting tough, durable coating to protect it for years to come.  It can also be used as a sound deadening material, it can be sprayed on the inside of your doors, roof, bulkhead or under bonnet and will significantly reduce the vibration you get through aluminium and steel when driving making your Land Rover more comfortable and practical for a fraction of the cost of conventional sound proofing materials.

It is resistant to fuel, oil, salt water, heat and is even resistant to horse urine, if you have a horse you’ll be well aware of how caustic it is to the flooring of your box so quite an achievement!

Below are just a few ways RAPTOR could be used on your Landy:

Chequer plate and grills
Loading area
Underbody protection
Bumpers and bull bars
Sills, side rails and steps
Wheels and wheel arches
Part and full vehicle overspray

RAPTOR can be applied with a Schutz Gun, spray gun, roller or brush so a great finish is achievable whatever equipment you have, whether in a field or a professional spray booth. All you need is some scotchbrite to key the surface and some etch primer if applying to bare metal and you’re away.

It is touch dry within half an hour and a second coat can be applied within the hour making it very practical and user friendly.

There are also many other products available in the RAPTOR range, please click here to view the entire range.

~ Justin

After 65 years of what could be referred to as minor evolution from Series to Defender, Land Rover have taken the decision to drop the model from its range. This much loved, iconic, success story from the remnants of a once great British motor industry will be sadly missed… but wait!

We have noticed what can only be described as a landslide of orders from customers for galvanised chassis to rebuild their beloved Landy to make her invincible once more. They are not prepared to simply move to another model. If they can’t get a new Defender then they will rebuild their old one.

It is estimated that three quarters of all Series and Defender Land Rovers ever made are still running. That is a lot of Land Rovers. Unsurprisingly, we have seen a number of our garage customers gear up to do the rebuilds in an efficient manner. So if it’s too big a job for you to tackle yourself, then contact us and we’ll be happy to pass on details of the nearest specialist to you.

The benefits of using a galvanised chassis as a base are their great rustproofing qualities, the Landy’s Achilles heel. The rebuild can then go as deep as you would like. You could replace all the suspension bushes with polyurethane, you could lift the suspension or any other enhancement that you fancy.


Our friendly staff are here to advise and help you choose. Alternatively just replace all the worn standard parts with new. Which ever way you go the bottom line is the same. You end up with the vehicle of your choice fit and ready to serve you well for another lifetime.

Become a 4×4 Vehicle Volunteer and help your local community and emergency services!

The UK has seen a serious change in weather conditions over the last couple of years especially over the last 6 months. Because of this our local authorities, local communities and emergency services are often pushed to their limits and often fall back on 4×4 response groups to give a helping hand.

If you want to get involved in one of the groups then the 4×4 Response UK website is an ideal place to start. From here you can look for groups in your area that you can join or get advice on how to start your own if there isn’t one already. If you do plan to start your own response group they do warn that you should never underestimate the amount of responsibility and time this may take or involve.

A common misconception is that you are required to have a Land Rover to be a part of one of these groups. In reality a lot of the regions will accept owners of; Shoguns, Land Cruisers, Fronteras, Delicias, Mavericks, Terranos and even vehicles as varied as Kia Sorrentos, Nissans Quashqais, Audi All Road and Subaru Imprezas. Basically if you have a car that might be able to help out in severe weather conditions, offer assistance in rural areas or aid emergency services with critical staff transfers then you will be needed. 4×4 Volunteers will often be required to complete a course of training but that will also depend on the groups in your area. Even if you don’t have a 4×4 the groups are always looking for support volunteers as well.

Being a 4×4 response volunteer is very rewarding and provides a crucial support to our emergency services and local communities. If you work full time that’s not a problem either as a lot of members for each region work part time, shift work or are retired so cover is always on hand.

To find out more information and see if you want to become a 4×4 Response Vehicle member visit their website. Thanks to 4×4 response for the image. 

A great off-roading event returns again this year, with the 4×4 on Exmoor weekend back and better than ever.

Taking part on the last weekend in March, the guys are aiming to raise yet more money for charity while having a cracking weekend of off-road fun. But, it’s sneaking up on us so if you want to get involved you have to act quickly.

It’s that time of year again when you need to be getting your sponsors inline so you can raise enough money to be able to enter the 4×4 on Exmoor Event. The team this year have been extremely busy organising the 2013 event which will take place between the 22nd and 24th of March.

Joining them this year will be the Royal Marines from Chivenor. They’re going to help set up the event and marshaling the entire weekend, so you know you will be in safe hands.

More importantly, the event will be raising funds for the White Line Fever program that helps young people in the South West who need support and encouragement when they don’t have an academic future ahead of them. I’m sure you will agree this is a worthy cause. Last year the 4×4 on Exmoor Event raised over £6000 for the same charity. By coming to the event you will not only be helping the local Exmoor economy but also the local farmers and tourist industries in the area. Couple this with good food, company and glorious scenery and you have an enjoyable weekend for all the family.

The Event will have two tasks that you can take part in. The first is called The Jaunt which comprises of off-road sections of varying difficulty that’s suitable for families and all skill ranges. There’s nothing too challenging on The Jaunt but they’ve thrown in a couple of surprises to make it interestingly challenging. Most types of 4×4 like Defenders, Freelanders & Range Rovers are welcome but children who insist on joining in on the ride will have to be in a road legal seat with belts!

The Second is called The Challenge which is more demanding than The Jaunt. Here you will need reasonable skills, at least 1 winch per team and you should expect some light damage or scratches to your 4×4 vehicle. Children over the age of 12 are welcome!

To register your vehicle for the event will set you back £150 and you will you need to have raised at least £300 in sponsorship money per vehicle. It’s a non-competitive event so your normal insurance should cover you but to be on the safe side they recommend you let your insurers know before you take part. The event itself has public liability insurance and permission from the local landowners.

2013 is shaping up to be a great event and spaces are going fast so be sure to call 01392 832 747 or visit their website if you want more information.

It looks set to be another great weekend of fun that raises money for a superb cause.

This year a 4×4 and vintage spares day is being held in Skipton at the Skipton Auction Mart on the 31st of March. Its Europe’s biggest 4×4 and vintage auto jumble which has already called in at Malvern and has additional stops at Newbury on the 7th of April and the 6th of October. It then returns to Skipton on the 22nd October.

Previous events have contained over 600 traders and had visitors from all over Europe. At the event you will be able to buy and/or sell 4×4 spares, land rover parts, ex-military vehicle spares, new vehicle parts and obsolete stock. You will of course be able to get your hands on Vintage spares that include tractor parts, agrijumble tools, farm memorabilia, clear outs and lorry parts.

If you’re interested in being a trader at the event or want to book standard tickets you can download a booking form from HERE. If you’re a seller costs vary depending on the size of your vehicle & trailer but if you just want to attend and browse then an adults tickets is just £4 (£6.50 for the Newbury event)

Cars, 4×4’s & small vans £20 4×4 with trailers & large vans £25 Lorry’s £35

For directions you can look at the event HERE: