Ok, first post here, and I am really impressed with this site and the amount of information that is available here.
I am thinking of buying a D-90, and have always wanted one, but first need some advice.
I would like a Defender 90 with a diesel engine, so that I can convert it to run on WVO (Waste Vegetable Oil) I currently have a few Reagan-era mercedes that I have already converted.
Should I look for a D-90 that already has a Diesel engine installed, or look for a low cost D-90 that would make dropping a diesel engine in, cost effective?
I am looking at these engines to use:
3) 2.4 CRD (in the new Defender)
4) International HS 2.8L TGV
5) or 4BT Cummins Diesel Engine
! (with WVO conversion!)
Am I missing any other potential powerplants? (Ford's 2.8L Powerstroke?)
Next question, is there any models that are more desirable than others? (this of course barring limited editions, also specific prefrences will vary for each perspective buyer, but is there one that is more popular than another), also is there a "Holy Grail" Defender model that is highly sought after?
Is there anything specific that I should look for when buying a D-90 (I found some info here that will give me a good start) Like, problem areas, known defects, etc.?
Next question is the value of these vehicles. The price seems to range from one end of the spectrum to the other, and when I try to look up the value on KBB.com
it says that there aren't enough made to get an accurate value. Here is my concern, if a D90 is sold for 45K and let's say, tomorrow Land Rover decides to sell Defenders again in the US (and have the go ahead from DOT), looking at the cost everywhere else in the world the new D90 is sold, the price point would be somewhere near the 40K-55K range. What then would happen to the value of the older D90's? Why would someone buy an older one when they can have a brand new one near or below the price of an old one (this of course taking into consideration that some will want them for "collecting" and they are"classics" which are limited in numbers) but would the value hold up when a newer, more reliable powerplant, and warranty, etc, etc is availabale? Just a question, I don't expect to many people to be that subjective here on this subject.
Next is the question of a galvanized frame. This is important because I live near the ocean and I am concerned about the salt air. I am currently restoring a '67 Mustang Shelby fastback and have done a good amount of research to stop the rust on my Shelby, I found and used this on the frame: Por-15
It stops rust without having to get a whole new frame that is galvanized, wouldn't a galvanized frame eventually rust? I am not sure how much more extra strength the replacement galvanized frame would provide? (I think I saw something at eastcoastrovers?)
I would also like to have a soft top D-90, but I had a question: Has anyone tried to modify a SW to have a removeable hardtop? or is this impossible?
I like the following colors (in this order):
Willow Green (I know this is only on the '97 ltd which are auto and SW only. right?)
The lighter green? (not sure the color name)
Any other advise you can provide would be great,
and thanks in advance!