So here is a quick step by step on what was required to switch this Land Rover Defender D90 from the American style flip down tailgate to the British Swing style Tailgate. Step one, get rid of these pesky plates on the rear body - we won't be needing them with holes anymore!
Now we move on to the part that sounds much easier than it is...getting the paint exactly correct so I don't have to blend and re clear the whole back end of the D90. Anyone who has prepped for paint - the proper way - knows this is a huge pain when it involves this many rivets to get around.
And here we have it all switched out, paint matches well, and overall happy with the end result. What took you less than 5 minutes to read about here took 10+ labor hours prep, remove/install plates, measure 3 times and drill mounting holes for new tailgate hinges and latch, align new tailgate and begin the assembly of the spare tire rack on the back. The tire swing is a whole other story that also involves way more time than seems logical to get working.