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Old August 17th, 2016, 10:37 AM
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1997 ST (salvage title) rebuild?

If rebuilding a 1997 NAS ST (Salvage title) that needs a frame, is it crazy to go to a 300tdi or does it make much more sense to keep it original.


So:

Nas v8 salvage title galvy chassis


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300tdi galvy title


is it going to kill the resale?


basically is the NAS with salvage title still worth that much extra
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Old August 17th, 2016, 10:42 AM
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my 2c = go original.. bigger market, likely better resale $
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Old August 17th, 2016, 10:48 AM
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The branded title is going to hurt resale no matter what, but being able to show that the truck has been rebuilt from the frame up with proper documentation will give you much more leverage in getting the most money out of it.

That said, I don't think anybody is going to hole away a salvage titled truck as a collectors item, nor will they be as picky about factory configurations. If you're thinking about building it with a Tdi for your own personal enjoyment, I don't think there's any reason you shouldn't.

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Old August 17th, 2016, 10:49 AM
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These trucks are too underpowered IMO
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Old August 17th, 2016, 11:04 AM
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Sounds like you got some buyers remorse
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These trucks are too underpowered IMO
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Old August 17th, 2016, 11:16 AM
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A lot of us live in counties that require a smog check. Having an NAS truck was a gas engine that passes the emissions check may be the only option for a lot of people if they want to legally register and drive a Defender. I think the diesel could hurt its value for that reason.
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Old August 17th, 2016, 11:20 AM
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Sounds like you got some buyers remorse
LOL, I love the truck itself. I just don't love these underpowered engines. I appreciate their simplicity, but feel 135hp isn't enough for a 4000lb truck. I see an LS in my truck by next summer. Then it will be perfect.
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Old August 17th, 2016, 11:29 AM
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Yeah, since it's a 97 it needs to stay fully OBD2 compliant. Most states have pretty tight restrictions for engine swaps on 96 and newer vehicles. In Oregon you can't even install an engine that didn't come in that vehicle from the factory, and of course the engine has to be the same or newer model year. For 95 and older here in Oregon the regulations literally read anything you want.
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A local Colorado dealer had a 97 D90 with a 300 Tdi and an Auto that was killer, I would have bought it in a second had the price been in my range but they had it for almost a year and finally sold it. I'm pretty sure the diesel engine was the reason it didn't sell more quickly.

X2 on many states require testing and engine swaps are a big no no so stay with factory V8

Salvage titles hasn't hurt other NAS trucks that I've seen sell in the past couple of years just show the documentation on the repairs and upgrades performed and don't expect top dollar.
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Old August 17th, 2016, 12:23 PM
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Do what you want tom...Do it nice and you will be ok on resale!
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Old August 17th, 2016, 12:38 PM
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V 8 no question

maybe a 4.6 ???
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A lot of us live in counties that require a smog check. Having an NAS truck was a gas engine that passes the emissions check may be the only option for a lot of people if they want to legally register and drive a Defender. I think the diesel could hurt its value for that reason.
This^^ Plus as more tdi's wash ashore I predict the tdi will be bashed like the 2.5NA is bashed here on a regular basis.
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Do what you want tom...Do it nice and you will be ok on resale!
I think Brian hit the nail on the head here, as long as it is nice, it will hold value. It is already a salvage title, and will be discounted because of that by "purists".
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Old August 17th, 2016, 05:02 PM
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X2 on many states require testing and engine swaps are a big no no so stay with factory V8
Is Nicks exhaust with Cats not CA smog compliant ? Sounds like an ideal candidate for an LS swap.... Not that I'm biased
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Old August 17th, 2016, 07:34 PM
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Would the Salvage title get cleansed after a rebuild and the only record of the total loss being at the DMV and insurer?
(post Vin and we'll have it tooo...)
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