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Old May 27th, 2010, 05:28 PM
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Defender request for VA/DC/MD Defender owners

First post, sorry to be so obtuse.

I'm in talks to import an Exmod - 1985 if one is available, or 1986 if I must wait. I've seen several Defenders drive around between Manassas (where I live) and DC (where I spend weekends), but I was wondering if a kind owner of a Defender in the area would be willing to show me their D90 - whether NAS or exmod (doesn't matter to me) so I can take a close look at one.

If you have a 2.5 NAD that would be ideal (since that's what I'm planning to buy), but I'm more interested in sitting in the thing and getting a feel for what it's like on the inside.

Why import a 25+ year old Defender 90 instead of buying a Jeep Wrangler from the late nineties? For three reasons:

1. I love how it looks.
2. I can tear it down, rebuild it better than Land Rover intended, and it'll essentially be good for another 15 years.
3. It's been made for 25+ years and so parts are all over the place, and it'll continue to be made for many more years.
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Old May 27th, 2010, 05:58 PM
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seems like there are several in that area which you potentially could check out. I just imported an '84 that is mostly '96 parts, including a 300Tdi and I love it. I'd recommend you email Doug at Dividing Creek for import advice- he's Maryland110 on this forum.

While there are tons of parts available for these vehicles, keep in mind that the majority are in the UK and you will need to consider shipping which can be ridiculously expensive on larger items. In retrospect, I kinda wish I'd had a few items installed prior to bringing it over as it wouldn't have added any cost to shipping the vehicle. Full external roll cage and forward facing lock and fold seats from Exmoor being the top of that list. Shipping alone on those would exceed the cost of shipping the entire vehicle.

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Old May 27th, 2010, 06:06 PM
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I' m in Northern MD I would have no problem letting you take her for a drive. I am sure you will find someone closer though.
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Old May 27th, 2010, 06:38 PM
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Welcome to the forums - you have come to the right place.

There are several between you and DC, not sure if any with a 2.5NA diesel. Jonathan (WolfFab) is near you in Dale City and he has a 200tdi 110. I'm in South Riding/Chantilly with 3.9 V8 NAS D90 and a 3.5 V8 ROW 110. Dave (Ren Ching) is in DC with a 200 tdi ROW D90.

I think Danny Finnegan might have a 2.5 NA diesel ROW D90 and I think he's in DC too.

If I'm convenient for you, you are welcome by anytime.
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Old May 27th, 2010, 06:46 PM
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If I'm convenient for you, you are welcome by anytime.
And he could even drive Janey home
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Old May 27th, 2010, 06:54 PM
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Haha, that was not an attempt to attract him as a buyer, but he's welcome to check her out!

BTW, there are many more. JefHuf is near me, as is Tyler and Gregg. Dave S and Loic are over in Herndon. The list goes on and on, but I'll let them chime in if they want. But plenty of defenders to sit in. I think Dave and Danny are going to be the closest to the diesel you are getting though, maybe Fireman Short's stage 1 109 would be similar in terms of oomf.
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And he could even drive Janey home
That would be a short move for Janey.
Janey does everything in a grand way.

Long story but a good one. See old posts about Janey.
It would be a great deal for you if you wanted to skip the hassle of shipping.
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maybe Fireman Short's stage 1 109 would be similar in LACK of oomf.
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Old May 27th, 2010, 07:02 PM
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I was trying to be kind.
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Old May 27th, 2010, 07:39 PM
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I am near Michael in MD , and if you want to see a 110 inside, by all means come over or I meet you at Michaels.



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Old May 27th, 2010, 08:54 PM
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As of about a week ago my NAS D90 lives in Haymarket if you want to check her out just let me know. I also try to stop by Charles' house in South Riding as often as he lets me so you could possibly coordinate one of those visits and have access to 2 NAS D90's, 1 110 and a Series!
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Old May 27th, 2010, 09:07 PM
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Dan and I both have 300tdi engines, quite a bit different in terms of performance over the 2.5 NA. And Firemanshort has a Stage 1 which by definition contains a V8 engine, again no shortage of power there, AFAIK.

In fact cannot think of anyone running a 2.5 NA in this area that I know of. Actually Charles your 2.25P is probably going to be closer in available HP, though again, totally different torque curve and road manners.


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Haha, that was not an attempt to attract him as a buyer, but he's welcome to check her out!

BTW, there are many more. JefHuf is near me, as is Tyler and Gregg. Dave S and Loic are over in Herndon. The list goes on and on, but I'll let them chime in if they want. But plenty of defenders to sit in. I think Dave and Danny are going to be the closest to the diesel you are getting though, maybe Fireman Short's stage 1 109 would be similar in terms of oomf.
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Old May 27th, 2010, 09:12 PM
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Whoops, sorry I screwed all of those up. Yeah the series ride really doesn't compare to the defender. But he's welcome to drive it once I get the clutch hydraulics done.
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Old May 27th, 2010, 09:25 PM
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Yeah the series ride really doesn't compare to the defender

True, far superior by a mile. The way a Land Rover is supposed to feel. 109s especially.
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Yeah, I used to think that too. Its not like Defenders are THAT cushy. But even a Series truck can be a lot nicer inside than the way we used to run 'em. I remember a certain someone complaining once or twice. I think I still have hearing damage from some of those trips. I mean, it is good to listen to the car so it can tell you when there is a problem. But does it have to be so fawkin loud?

Answer: No.



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Yeah the series ride really doesn't compare to the defender

True, far superior by a mile. The way a Land Rover is supposed to feel. 109s especially.
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Old May 27th, 2010, 10:20 PM
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Wow, thanks, I'm chuffed at the response. What a great bunch on this forum. I looked up Janey in the search and realized I had seen pictures of her before. Interesting 110!

It looks like she's got a lot of "character" I'd certainly jump at a chance to buy a 110 and restore it - however, I have a feeling that even in her current state she will be more expensive than I can afford!

Definitely Haymarket and Chantilly are close - jefhuf or charles, if either of you are open to taking an hour out of your schedules to show a newbie about, I'd be appreciative.
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Just to add to the list, Doug Crowther is in Anapollis and, in addition to having a bunch of defenders (including one of mine as of June 9th or so) he imports them and handles all the logistics. You find it and buy it and then he takes care of the rest and there is a fair bit of "rest" to deal with!

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Old May 28th, 2010, 07:36 AM
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But he's welcome to drive it once I get the clutch hydraulics done.
Well, having an operational clutch does not necessarily preclude one from driving a Series truck. I think probably 4-7% of all of them being driven right now have clutches that are ferked up.





That's just a SWAG by the way. I thought I'd add a numeric value to seem more believable.
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Definitely Haymarket and Chantilly are close - jefhuf or charles, if either of you are open to taking an hour out of your schedules to show a newbie about, I'd be appreciative.
Just send me an email and we can arrange a meet up.

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Well, having an operational clutch does not necessarily preclude one from driving a Series truck. I think probably 4-7% of all of them being driven right now have clutches that are ferked up.
Sure although I'm not sure sonoronos would enjoy the experience that much. I should mention the front hood, left front wing and floorboards are in the rear tub, and the master and slave cylinder and related parts are on the bench, but if he wants to drive it I'll pull it out of the garage for him
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