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Old June 1st, 2015, 12:33 PM
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127 Rear tub config

My 1990 127 has the appearance of a station wagon conversion, but functionally/structurally is not...it is effectively a covered rear tub on an intact quad cab. The rear bulkhead was never molested. Do I have cause to worry in bringing this vehicle back to the US? Functionally, the tub seems the same as if I would have placed a hoopset/canvas back there. A forum member believed this couldn't be brought in to the US since it is a SW conversion, but that may be a result of me not adequately describing it. Should I be retrofitting it? A SW should look like the attached picture, right? Many thanks for your feedback.
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Old June 1st, 2015, 01:30 PM
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Since all 130 wagons are one-offs, I don't think there is any way it "should" look. Perhaps Foley or another company which has done many could relate some " best practices" or hot set ups, but there is no factory design. I assume your truck started life as a chassis cab or a double cab pick up.

A lot of your value will depend on how well this conversion was done. If you can find documentation that it was Foley or someone with a reputation, that would certainly help convince a buyer they weren't buying someone's backyard hack-job. Might help with customs too, but that's not my area of expertise - far better you get advice you're paying for. Doug Crowther is a good place to start.

The other thing us that it sounds like you've bought thus truck on speculation. How much return you expect on your investment might also inform your decision to import it.
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One other thing - if the quad cab is intact, you could just go back to the crew cab config. Rear windows are plentiful and cheap. If you need a bed, I've got a spare one which is about 6/10 condition-wise. Beds are also readily available but often clapped-out.
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Old June 1st, 2015, 03:44 PM
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I did get that pic off of Foley's site. The cab is completely intact, and still has the sliding windows. The bed itself is also intact. Thanks for the tip. I will follow up with Foley tomorrow and see if they have a record of a build for this truck. As far as a build job, it is very quality. Whoever did it knew what they were doing. The rear door shuts solidly and beautifully. It would be a shame to take this apart.
I've made a few attempts to call Doug's number and I seem to never get through. I imagine his phone ringing constantly through the day. I also imagine him answering one day and I unable to put a coherent thought together either and ask him something stupid like, hey buddy, can I ship over a 2013 Defender?
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For anything special I always use Doug, he can upfront tell you your chances and knows the right people to ask questions too.
He is going to do my 127 with a special body too.
He is busy, best to email him
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