1997 Land Rover Discovery 1 - 5 Speed


This Expedition Ready 1997 Land Rover Discovery Series 1 was built as a tribute to the Camel Trophy Discovery. It features the Land Rover 4.0 V8i petrol motor and the R380 5-speed manual gearbox. We purchased the Land Rover in August of 2016 in need of some sympathetic restoration and TLC, which isn't surprising considering it's coming up on 20 years old. Follow along and we get the Disco ready for another 20 years of action!


  • Old Man Emu 2 inch lift kit
  • ARB Front Bumper
  • Warn Winch
  • Safety Devices Roof Rack
  • Rock Sliders
  • Snorkel
  • ARB Air Locking Differentials
  • Wolf Wheels with Kelly Safari TSR Tires

Posts About The Discovery

My Land Rover Discovery Spares Box

By james | July 21, 2020

One of my greatest fears about overland travel in my ’97 Land Rover Discovery is the inevitable breakdowns that are sure to happen from time to time. In order to manage this fear, I have a fairly extensive kit of spares that I keep in a tote strapped to the roof whenever we head out…

Land Rover Discovery Lug Wrench

By james | April 18, 2018

The lug wrench is probably one of the most important tools to carry at all times. In the case of the Land Rover Discovery, as well as the Land Rover Defender and Land Rover Series the lug wrench required is 1-1/16. I have bent two factory lug wrenches trying to get the lug nuts off,…

The Trouble with Air Lockers

By james | April 9, 2018

The Discovery has ARB Air Lockers on the front and rear axles, which was a major selling point for purchasing it. Over the last two years of ownership, they have had mixed results overall. Here a few reasons I am not fully sold on Air Lockers: Too many moving parts in the system. In order…

Discovery 1 Stereo Replacment: Factory Amp Bypass Wiring

By james | October 15, 2016

This is by no means a comprehensive guide to replacing the factory radio in a Land Rover Discovery Series 1, but rather just some pointers on how to tap into the factory wiring. While the removal and installation of a new head unit it pretty straight forward, getting sound to actually come out to the speakers turned…

Planned Projects and Upgrades


Replace Head Gaskets

Upgrade to Front Runner Wolf Pack Storage

Paint Wheels

Upgrade to 4:11 Gearing

Upgrade Onboard Air System

Install Solar Panel System

Build Custom Rear Bumper

Build Custom Rear Bumper

Re-wire Auxillary Lights