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Old November 28th, 2012, 07:36 AM
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find one, ship it to ECR and get it built just as your hubby wants it.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 07:43 AM
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Old November 28th, 2012, 07:44 AM
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Continuing my Defender education...feel like I'm getting another degree

My questions are...

Can a station wagon also be soft top, or are they mutually exclusive?

Can the seats that face each other be installed in a soft top? It is difficult/expensive?

Is it unrealistic to expect to be able to use a ST in a New England winter?

Maybe the best bet would be a convertible ST?

Thanks guys!!
ST = Soft top although some came with a removable hardtop (you can tell these because the top is usually black unless it has been painted. And they have a tailgate and clamshell lift gate). The Arles blue one I linked to earlier is one of these, a ST with a removable hardtop.

SW = Station wagon. The top can come off but that was not the intent necessarily.

So for all intensive purposes they are mutually exclusive. You can use these in the winter but salt will corrode them quickly. Waxoil and frequent cleaning will delay the corrosion but not stop it.

The side facing seats can be installed but most will agree they really aren't safe nor comfortable. Buying them would be the most expensive part.

Good luck!
P.S. if any of this is wrong I am sure someone will pipe in.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 07:50 AM
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Hi Christina

First, kudos to you for doing this for your husband - simply awesome! My wife bought me a series a few years ago and surprised me on valentines day with it - if you don't make Christmas, that would be a good goal too.

The easiest way to answer these questions is explaining that although the station wagon hard top can be removed, it's not easy and then leaves you without a roll cage or any way to run a soft top/cover. So if you want to be able to drive with either a soft top or a hard top, your best bet is to buy a soft top. You can get a badger soft top which is high quality and should seal as well as hard top, but you can also buy a fiberglass hard top that fits over the cage with no modifications as well. The originals are harder to come by in good condition but there is at least one other company making hard tops -

http://www.d90tops.com/

I am sure a ST is feasible in NE but it probably boils down to personality and personal preference. We used to have a board member who would drive his ST without doors and a surrey top in the winter - in shorts! Well, he did use a lap blanket but still... For me a ST is the only way to go.

Good luck with your search!

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Continuing my Defender education...feel like I'm getting another degree

My questions are...

Can a station wagon also be soft top, or are they mutually exclusive?

Can the seats that face each other be installed in a soft top? It is difficult/expensive?

Is it unrealistic to expect to be able to use a ST in a New England winter?

Maybe the best bet would be a convertible ST?

Thanks guys!!
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Old November 28th, 2012, 08:47 AM
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If he plans on using it as a daily driver,..soft top in the winter won't be fun.
I'm trying to have best of both worlds with my ROW (rest of world) 90.
So I have to change to hard top in the Fall, and soft top in the Spring.
Not a job you want to do yourself, but it only takes an hour or so.
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Old November 28th, 2012, 09:59 AM
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Soft Top is more fun for most of the year when it is mild out. Soft top is LOUDER especially if you're on the highway alot. Im assuming he has a car currently which he should still realistically use as his daily driver. The salt they use on the roads in the winter is murder on these trucks.

Part of the fun is getting accessories and parts for the truck.. So if you cant find the perfect perfect one, then he can do some snooping and shopping which he will probably enjoy anyway.

Copley Motorcars might have a lead on one for you??

have fun and good luck!!!!

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Old November 29th, 2012, 10:50 PM
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Thanks to everyone--this has been so helpful. I'm very close to buying one from a dealer--and I do think most of you are right that a 110 in the future does make sense for our family (have 2 young boys and would like more

I couldn't have done this without the forum!! I've learned a ton and will stay on to learn more...

If I knew how it easy it was to get proposed to...I would have joined years ago

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Old November 30th, 2012, 11:03 PM
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Here is a Point of Entry truck which would not be too hard to convert to a Soft Top. You can read about the POE trucks but you would need to get the pieces for a Roll cage which should be relatively easy to get...expect about $3-4K to get a cage to do the conversion. Add the purchase price of $24 and you are in there. Not to mention you may be able to swap someone your Hard top for their Soft Top cage.


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Old November 30th, 2012, 11:09 PM
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Thanks to everyone--this has been so helpful. I'm very close to buying one from a dealer--and I do think most of you are right that a 110 in the future does make sense for our family (have 2 young boys and would like more

I couldn't have done this without the forum!! I've learned a ton and will stay on to learn more...

If I knew how it easy it was to get proposed to...I would have joined years ago

Happy holidays!
You don't need a 110, you will find that these are not long distance vehicles anyway, just get a 90. Unless you plan on buying an Import truck the 110 will be outrageously expensive. 4-5 People in a 90 isn't bad, I've had 7-8 people in my 88" Series 3 for an amount of time.
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You don't need a 110, you will find that these are not long distance vehicles anyway, just get a 90. Unless you plan on buying an Import truck the 110 will be outrageously expensive. 4-5 People in a 90 isn't bad, I've had 7-8 people in my 88" Series 3 for an amount of time.
What's with that smack talk? A LR is not a long distance vehicle? News to me.
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Old December 1st, 2012, 08:21 AM
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What's with that smack talk? A LR is not a long distance vehicle? News to me.
He means for the delicate Starbucks run crowd ... We all know a LR is the greatest overland vehicle.
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Old December 17th, 2012, 01:36 PM
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I have one all restored, soft top, good price 707 688 3312 bill or bill.bagley@yahoo.com
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Old December 17th, 2012, 01:53 PM
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I have one all restored, soft top, good price 707 688 3312 bill or bill.bagley@yahoo.com
Could you provide any less information?
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Old December 17th, 2012, 01:54 PM
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I have one all restored, soft top, good price 707 688 3312 bill or bill.bagley@yahoo.com
"Restored" has a little different meaning here - that looks like like a "loyal driver with regular maintenance performed". Is your hood cable snapped? Good luck with the sale.

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/cto/3439869237.html

1995 Land Rover Defender - $23500 (santa rosa)

Date: 2012-12-11, 10:30AM PST
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Price for this vehicle is way below what others want due to high miles, but engine is very strong, and drive train is otherwise new or newer. This was a highway vehicle for most of its history, has near perfect body and paint with a couple of small dents and scratches. Never involved in any accidents that caused any damage to the vehicle.
This is a completely stock Defender, no add ons or modifications. I have had this car from the time it had 7,000 miles on it, and I hate to see it go.
New transmission and clutch at 180,000/ New transfer case at 72,000 or so.
Over $4000 spent to get this vehicle ready for sale: New front end, so all bearings, hubs, front brakes, etc. are new. Steering assembly was rebuilt. New master cylinder. So, it stops and turns like new. Engine Oil and differential's lubrication renewed.
New floor mats in front and cargo mat in rear (both Land Rover factory parts) newly installed.. Front passenger Interior is in excellent condition, rear area could use some touch up. New (expensive) convertible soft top, new windshield and new right mirror newly purchased or installed. If you hang on to this car, it should double its value in 10 years or so.

707-688-3312 Bill

Selling Points: Price for this vehicle is way below what others want due to high miles, but engine is very strong, and drive train is otherwise new or newer. This was a highway vehicle for most of its history, has near perfect body and paint with a couple of small dents and scratches. Never involved in any accidents that caused any damage to the vehicle.

Condition: This is a completely stock Defender, no add ons or modifications. New transmission and clutch at 180,000 New transfer case at 120,000 or so. Over $4000 (not including my time) spent to get this vehicle ready for sale: New front end, so all bearings, hubs, front brakes, etc. are new. Steering assembly was rebuilt. New master cylinder. So, it stops and turns like new. Oil and differential Gear lubrication renewed. New floor mats in front and cargo mat in rear (both Land Rover factory parts). Front passenger Interior is in excellent condition, rear area could use some touch up. New soft top ($1250) and windshield and right mirror. If you hang on to this car, it should double its value in 10 years or so.
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Thanks to everyone--this has been so helpful. I'm very close to buying one from a dealer--and I do think most of you are right that a 110 in the future does make sense for our family (have 2 young boys and would like more

I couldn't have done this without the forum!! I've learned a ton and will stay on to learn more...

If I knew how it easy it was to get proposed to...I would have joined years ago

Happy holidays!
Did I run into you in Summit NJ on the 8th of December?
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Could you provide any less information?
Hilarious. Did she ever find one I wonder?
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Old December 17th, 2012, 04:30 PM
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"Restored" has a little different meaning here - that looks like like a "loyal driver with regular maintenance performed". Is your hood cable snapped? Good luck with the sale.
Restored has a different meaning everywhere in the universe apart from that sentence ...
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Old December 17th, 2012, 06:08 PM
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