News Category: Land Rover

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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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.

Ice Warrior Winching 5

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.

Ice Warrior Winching 4

Ice Warrior Winching 3

Ice Warrior Winching

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!

Ice Warrior Winching 2

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.

Our featured Land Rover Defender rebuild Andy the Landy is set to star in next month’s Land Rover Owner Magazine after the makeover has been completed after plenty of blood, sweat and probably even a few tears along the way!

Andy the Landy - Defender to feature in Land Rover Owner Magazine

Andy the Landy – Defender to feature in Land Rover Owner Magazine

We first started cataloguing the progression of Andy, a black (on the outside) and green (in some of the harder-to-reach places on the inside!) truck-cab Defender with a TD5 engine that looked pretty handsome on the outside but … you may have guessed, with a few gremlins on the inside.

Andy the Landy - Defender to feature in Land Rover Owner Magazine

Andy the Landy – Defender to feature in Land Rover Owner Magazine

Our intrepid Landy Lover James set about completely rebuilding the 90′ with the remit of “No more rust” which meant one hell of an overhaul. A brand spanking new built to order galvanised chassis from our supplier and dozens of parts later, Andy started to take shape into the fine specimen of a vehicle pictured here.

Andy the Landy - Defender to feature in Land Rover Owner Magazine

Andy the Landy – Defender to feature in Land Rover Owner Magazine

As you can imagine with a rebuild deadlines came and went September 2013 was the original target but we’re sure you agree all the hard work has been well worth it.

Brookwells man Dan (who probably spent more time in contact with James during the rebuild than James’ other half!) was on the scene of the official shoot to capture some sneaky peak pictures for us to use.

Andy the Landy - Defender to feature in Land Rover Owner Magazine

Andy the Landy – Defender to feature in Land Rover Owner Magazine

The all-singing-all-dancing snaps will be in next month’s edition of Land Rover Owner Magazine, out October 8

We’ve seen them and Andy looks majestic out on the open road so make sure you head out to your local shop – or wait patiently by the letter box – to find out more about James’ experience and see if you can work up the courage to create your very own dream Landy.

If you want to see some of the early stages of Andy’s rebuild simply type in “Defender rebuild” into the search bar on the top right of your browser and select the article you want from the bar on the right hand side.

We supported the Discovery Owners Club with their 24th Birthday bash in Plymouth by donating a pair of lights to their raffle which helped to raise money for The Jubilee Sailing Trust and The National Coast Watch Institution.

The Discovery Owners Club met in Plymouth again

The Discovery Owners Club met in Plymouth again

The event was a huge success, raising £1425.00 by selling raffle tickets, stickers and plaques and people bidding on Auction lots over the weekend of the 12th-13th of October.

Before the meet owners could opt to either a drive over Bodmin Moor or attend a local greenlaning trip with around 30 Landies taking part in the activities on the Friday. The next day everyone met on the Hoe in Plymouth before a convoy of over 50 Land Rovers of all types set off to Mount Edgcumbe via the Torpoint ferry.

And it wouldn’t be a typical Discovery celebration without at least one of them breaking down. On their website, the organisers said, “We had 2 Discovery owners whose vehicles broke down on the way to Plymouth, but instead of giving up on the weekend, they went home and got their other cars, both of which were french hatchbacks!”

After the traditional stop-off in South East Cornwall’s biggest lay-by the convoy arrived at Mount Edgcumbe, where there was a chance to look around and try some deer spotting – which unfortunately proved unsuccessful this year.

A carvery roast went down really well and the raffle and auction helped to raise almost £1,500 for the designated charities. The social events were well underway and Joanne Armstrong won the much sought-after brightest outfit accolade.

On Sunday the crew reconvened at Lee Mill in Ivybridge and the convoy rolled on to Buckfastleigh for a trip to either the steam railway or the adjacent butterfly sanctuary before a rain free trip to the Two Bridges Hotel where everyone went their separate ways.

The organisers will no-doubt be back with a bang to help celebrate the Discovery’s landmark 25th birthday so if you want to get involved, head over to their website.

Land Rovers are funny old things, that’s part of the reason we love them. The heritage and simplicity of the Series models means that sometimes they need a little encouragement to get going again. And that’s where the starting handle/crank comes into its own. 

Land Rover Starting Handle / crank

Land Rover Starting Handle / crank (218508)

What may appear to be a simple exercise can go wrong, broken thumbs aren’t uncommon if the engine kicks back and you’re unfortunate enough to be holding the hand crank in the wrong way. But fear not, have come up with the dos and don’ts of crank starting your Series complete with handy videos.

In their opinion the most common reasons for the Landy not starting are:

  • The ignition key may be faulty
  • The battery may be flat, not enough juice to turn the engine
  • The solenoid may have died
  • The starter dynamo is not working properly
But if you’re stranded somewhere none of that will matter to you, all you’ll want to do is get the bloody thing started. Here’s how.
  1. Disengage the gear
  2. Turn off the ignition key
  3. Choke the carburetor
  4. Turn the engine using hand crank few times to prime carburetor
  5. Turn the ignition key on
  6. Place the hand crank at 10 – 12 o’clock position if you are left handed or 5-6 o’clock position if you are right handed (slightly before 12 or 6 is perfect)
  7. Hold the crank handle by “cupping” it with your finger (place your thumb above the handle with the rest of your finger)
  8. Pull the handle as fast as you can to 2 o’clock position if you left handed or to 7 o’clock position if you are right handed
  9. hope that you are lucky if not start from number 2 again

If your engine is warm just start from number 6 (do not forget to disengage the gear first… one thing that you need to remember: ONLY PULL the hand crank NEVER PUSH..!

All the latest products from Exmoor Trim are always available here at Brookwells and we’ve got another one fresh off the production line – Premium High Back Rear Seats for 109″ Land Rover Series II & III, and Defender models with 110″ wheel bases.

They can be bought as a set, as shown below, with the left side, right side and central seat provided together, or they can be bought individually to suit your needs. We are proud to be official distributors for Exmoor Trim and our dedicated Exmoor section on our website can be found here.

The trim shown on the seats above is “XS Black Rack”


Key features of these versatile and tough seats:

  • Tested to meet all regulation standards
  • Child seat SAFE
  • Extra leg room
  • Rear storage pockets
  • Individual  Seat back adjustment
  • Adjustable twin stalk removable headrest
  • Fold down seat backs
  • Configuration options
  • Easy to install

Exmoor Trim, the world renound Land Rover trim specialists say, “These new style high back seats come with all the hardware you need to install and could not be easier to fit with all the under body mounting plates once you have removed your old seats. The seats utilise the existing second row seat belt configuration so there is no need to adapt your belts, unless you are upgrading a puma defender then new stalks and centre belt will be required.


The seats are Impact Tested at Millbrook Testing Ground under a 20G impact over a 0.9 of a second crash simulation (which is quite severe). The seats passed forward and rear impact testing without fault or distortion. The seats are supplied with full certification and test certificates.


The new design is approved for child seating from booster seats to 0 to 6 months and 6 months onwards. The design shape of the seat has been specifically developed to hold a child restrain in place and the seats backs are all individually adjustable with a recliner action. The seats are not isofix compatible.

The headrests are easily removable and all 3 seats are supplied with headrests.


One of the key features of these seats is the adaptations in use, for instance you can safely install just 2 outer seats only and allow access through the centre to the rear seats or simply just install one. All these seats are available as either left hand outer, centre & right hand outer. The seats are also very supportive and extremely comfortable for long journeys.

These options make the seats very versatile and offer increased leg room and good head height with the ability to fold the seat backs down flat against the base if you require extra space for loading larger items (you may need to remove the headrests depending on your front seat position).

With only 2 seats installed fitting of a centre storage box is a great idea or simply leaving a gap for rear access is great with 2 of our rear Lock & Fold seats that compliment these offering a huge improvement in rear passenger safety especially where children are seated and easy access.”

These amazing seats, which offer unrivalled comfort and durability, are made to order and therefore we aren’t stocking any of the wide range of trims at the moment. We take a weekly delivery from Exmoor Trim on a Thursday and we can normally get whatever you’re after within a seven day window.

The full list of trims available for these seats are:

  • Black Leather
  • Black Span Mondus
  • Black Vinyl
  • Caviar
  • Dark Grey Vinyl
  • Denim Twill
  • Diamond XS
  • Diamond Black XS
  • Diamond Red XS
  • Diamond White XS
  • Land Rover Logo Black
  • Land Rover Logo Brown
  • Moorland
  • Neptune
  • Outlast Black Canvas
  • Rayleigh
  • Techno
  • XS black rack
And if there’s anything else you need for your Land Rover, be it spares or accessories, you can get it from us. If what you’re after isn’t on our website yet, simply drop us an email to or call our UK helpline on 01626 833848 and we’ll be happy to help wherever you are in the world and whatever you need.

We’re always looking to expand our stock here at Brookwells and as a result we’ve just taken delivery of another set of great new products from Britpart.

Their new items range from heavy duty front turrets for Disco 2s and a new turbo boost box for Land Rovers with a TD5 engine right through to official merchandise such as wallets and pens.

But if you’ve got a Defender you’ll want to pay special attention to these products as there is also a new roof rack and an electric window kit, with all the information you need listed in the images below. Click on the image to bring up a larger version in a new window. You can use the part numbers listed in green to find them in the search bar on our website.

The flyer below shows information about Britpart’s new roof rack for Defender 90 and 110 plus ball joint assembly for Defender/Discovery 1/Range Rover Classic. Click on the image to enlarge it.

And there’s new Land Rover merchandise too. Build-a-Defender, umbrellas, pens, mugs, iPad holders, wallets and a leather bound card holder are all listed below. Click on the image below to bring a larger version up in a new browser window.

For all other Land Rover parts and accessories, look no further than Brookwells Supplies. If there is anything you want or need for your Land Rover, or the Land Rover lover in your life that isn’t listed on our website, please don’t hesitate to drop us an email at or phone our UK helpline 01626 832555 and we’ll be happy to help with your enquiry.

The tow bars are often one of the lowest points on a Land Rover, significantly reducing the departure angle and frequently getting hung up while driving off road. Due to the dual purpose nature of most people’s vehicles, removing the tow bar altogether is not an option.

So, Terrafirma, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of Land Rover products, have come up with a solution; their new receiver hitches. They say, “Terrafirma Receiver Hitches help to maintain 100% versatility by providing a female box section mounting point known as a receiver fitted high up, close to the chassis out of harms way.

“The Receiver Hitch allows a variety of male attachments to be connected to your Land Rover including drop plates, recovery points and demountable winch cradles in fact the options are almost limitless.

“The Terrafirma Receiver hitch has a 2 inch internal bore with enough tolerance to allow a snug fitting 2 inch external square section to be inserted and retained by a heavy pin and security clip.

“Terrafirma Receiver hitches are available for a range of Land Rovers and include the necessary fitting kit and retaining pin. The drop plate provides three levels of height adjustment and the recovery point is machined to accept a common bow shackle.”

And as official distributors for Terrafirma, you can get these, and all of their other great products from us. Click on the part number to go to its page and find out more information.

TF873 – Defender 90/110/130 up to 1998

TF876 – Defender 90 1998 onwards

TF877 – Defender 110/130 1998 onwards

TF874 – Discovery 1

TF875 – Discovery 2

TF879 – Drop Plate

TF878 – Recovery Point

TFHPIN – Spare retaining pin

If there’s something that you need but can’t find on our website, don’t hesitate to contact us via email,, or on our sales hotline, +44(0)1626 832555 and we’ll be more than happy to help.

Known the world over for their high quality Land Rover accessories, Terrafirma can be trusted to add and improve to your Land Rover with every product they put onto the market. And, as we are official distributors for Terrafirma, you can find their extensive list of products on our website, here.

The latest product to arrive to us is their wide wheel arch kits for Land Rover Defender, Discovery 1, Disco 2 and the Range Rover Classic models.

Here’s what they have to say about them, “Made from almost indestructible vacuum formed plastic the fantastic looking Terrafirma wide wheel arches are a full 2 inches wider than the original, keeping your Land Rover legal when fitted with bigger tyres, not to mention helping to keep the mud off the bodywork.

“They are extremely straight forward to fit, simply line up the new wheel arches against the bodywork above where the originals used to be, mark the screw holes then drill and fix. The kit comes complete with all screws, plastic screw caps and edging strips.

“To facilitate the fitment of larger diameter tyres to Discovery 1 and Range Rover Classics wide wheel arch kits are available for both 3 and 5 door models that enable the body work to be trimmed behind to open up the original arches providing the clearance needed. These arches are a full 2 inches wide, covering wider tyres.

“Cutting the bodywork on a Discovery 2 is far less likely hence Terrafirma offers a 2 inch wide wheel arch protector kit that follows the original bodywork and like the Defender requires no body trimming.”

The parts below are available to buy from Brookwells, click the part number to go their page for more info.

TF110 – 2 Inches Wider Than Standard – Defender Screw Fix (No Cutting Required)

TF113 – 2 Inch Wheel Arches 3 Door – Discovery 1 and Range Rover Classic Screw Fix (Cutting Required)

TF114 – 2″ Wheel Arches 5 Door – Discovery 1 and Range Rover Classic Screw Fix (Cutting Required)

TF115 – 2″ Wheel Arches – DISCOVERY 2 Screw Fix (No Cutting Required)