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Old September 17th, 2009, 11:10 AM
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Smile Anyone Gotten a Rolling Chassis from D.A.P LLC?

http://www.dap-inc.com/service/rollers.shtml

They looks spectacular... but would like some feedback from experts here... anyone bought a rolling chassis from these guys?
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Old September 17th, 2009, 11:51 AM
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There are better shops to go to for that type of work, it's nothing that anyone else can't do and probably with better quality parts.
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Old September 17th, 2009, 12:11 PM
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could you give me some examples of these shops?
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Old September 17th, 2009, 12:34 PM
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I am sure others will jump in with their local contacts but near me there is Overland Engineering, Robison Service, Cityside Garage and pretty much any Rover enthusiasts driveway. Assembling a rolling chassis is pretty simple.
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Putting together a roller is a day tops. It is everything else that you have to deal with that takes time.
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Old September 17th, 2009, 02:45 PM
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It looks like they did a neat job. It all depends on what you are capable of and how much they want to charge.
Most of the stuff can be done in a driveway. I've done it but its gets a little tricky when the driveway is on a hill......... ; (
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so if I were to buy the parts and do it myself, what $$ am I looking at here...

300Tdi, complete so I could just drop the top on it and it would be done...
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There's really only one way to get a price like that, and that's do all the homework, make the calls and source the stuff out. Prices vary by availability. Sometimes you can buy a certain part, sometimes they're just not available stateside and you have to wait.

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Caveat - you can almost always call RN and get stuff at full retail, and you won't have a rolling chassis for less than 10k, but you can put one together for far less than that.
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You can obviously cut some corners on this, but ....

Frame new galvy $3k
Axles used $350
Parts to make axles new again $500
Brake lines $365
Clutch lines: $75
Springs and shocks, new $500
Bushings $250
300Tdi complete drivetrain, used, $5k
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what about the bulkhead? I would have to get one off of a NAS 110 to make this legal right?
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Oh, you're doing a 110? No big deal other than a more costly chassis and more money for a rear sals alxe if you want that. You can use a d-90 title if you want, in fact, you can probably go down to your local state patrol with the invoice for the new chassis and they'll probably make you a VIN tag for it.

And that 300tdi complete drivetrain that Ron mentioned for 5k? Don't plan on it being good...

Just do your best guess as to cost, then double it. You'll end up closer to the doubled figure when you are done.
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Oh, you're doing a 110? No big deal other than a more costly chassis and more money for a rear sals alxe if you want that. You can use a d-90 title if you want, in fact, you can probably go down to your local state patrol with the invoice for the new chassis and they'll probably make you a VIN tag for it.

And that 300tdi complete drivetrain that Ron mentioned for 5k? Don't plan on it being good...

Just do your best guess as to cost, then double it. You'll end up closer to the doubled figure when you are done.
I was budgeting $1000+ for repairs

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...&highlight=300
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I'm sure its Ron-good.
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so if I were to buy the parts and do it myself, what $$ am I looking at here...

300Tdi, complete so I could just drop the top on it and it would be done...
How long is a piece of string?

Your question is so vague that no one can really answer that. What are you looking for? How far do you want to go to make the truck right?

Jim C said it best,... figure out how much YOU think it will cost, then double that( plus some more
) and you'll be CLOSE....

Rolling chassis is short money, it's all the small stuff that adds up FAST. Do you have a truck to start with?
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I'm going up there next week or so from st Louis ,and then up in to Canada. i can stop by and see what they look like


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I never bought a chassis from DAP, but have bought tons of stuff from them over the past ten-twelve years. Al and Lou are great to deal with and really know their stuff. Their prices are very good as well. I would not hesitate to buy a rolling chassis from them, if the need arises.
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I haven't heard much good about DAP, but thats all I know. no first hand experience, just what I've heard FWIW.

Just search Dweb for "DAP"
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