After laying down the final coat of paint yesterday evening, it’s time to sound proof the whole thing and refit the seat brackets.
Why sound proofing? The Series Land Rover is a noisy beast, although the petrol engined models are less noisier than the “hammer and anvil” 2.25 diesel, on long journeys they can still tire you out. And if you ever want to have a meaningful conversation with your passenger, then investing some time in fitting some sound insulation is no bad thing.
I happened to have about 1.5m2 of Dynamat Extreme left over from sound insulating the 110 hardtop. Its designed to reduce vibration in sheet metal and road / engine noise by adding mass. Dynamat is a thick, very very sticky butyl rubber sheet with a foil backing, which is handy for heat reflection. I used about an acre inside the back of the Defender and it transformed the experience immediately.
There’s a number of other noise attenuation solutions on the market one being the Wright Off Road matting system. I had one of these in a diesel Series 3 back in the UK and it did make a difference but for the original looks of the “naked trim” in the Series 2a, it would look out of place.