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Old June 28th, 2010, 08:23 PM
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defenders in hawaii

my wife and i were fortunate enough to recently buy a place on the big island of hawaii and i am toying with the idea of shipping my d-90 over there. we will be using the place for short term vacation rentals to help cover expenses then using it as a vacation place for us. when we have been over there we are always looking wistfully down some of the 4wd roads that lead to small beaches or fishing spots or the 4wd roads up high on mauna kea. i think a defender would be a blast over there. other than shipping costs from alaska to hawaii, my other main concern is corrosion. right now it is not an issue with my d-90 but i wonder how big a problem it will be in that environment. the house is 400 ft from the ocean on the kohala coast(dry side of the island) but high enough there is minimal spray from the ocean. the d-90 would be kept in the garage while we are gone. we have seen a couple of other defenders on the island(a coniston green d90 and a coniston green d110, mine is also coniston green) so at least a few other owners arent worried. any experience or thoughts on the corrosion issue would be appreciated.
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Old June 28th, 2010, 11:21 PM
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The big island is awesome. I rented a jeep and drove to the green beach and there were some pretty tough lines you could take if you wanted and it was a blast. I like the Hilo side of the island a little better, but that is just my preference. Any side is awesome. I saw the green 110 when I was there as well, nice looking rig if I recall correctly.

I have seen trucks from Maui and they look like crap in about 2-3 years b/c of the rust. Good Luck>
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Old June 29th, 2010, 08:42 PM
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the islands are hell on cars. Grew up there. Brother has been in Kona for 25 years. I've watched a number of his cars rot away (including what was once a really nice FJ40). Even up the hill where he is (2500ft up Hualalai), it still eats the cars.

It would be the perfect place for a D-90. Crawling the lava trails is awesome - and I always wish I had one when I go over. We've been up Mauna Kea and almost to the lower crater of Moana Loa in the FJ. He considered buying my '94 when I sold it but the other worry we had was maintenance. I'd had a few ECU and harness issues and it was hard enough getting service at the SF bay area dealers who could figure it out. Of course there is the Ron approach - just cary a spare. We are considering having him bring in a diesel, which would be a little less worrisome in that area. If you're a self sufficient mechanic it's one thing, but service on the big island is shaky at times. And you'll pay UPS orange on all shipping - no ground to HI

But I would expect that in four or five years, you'd really see some rust damage unless really well maintained (those that care about their cars there wash frames regularly and some spray with diesel - believe it or not). I would also think the ST would be a little better suited, but that's just me...

Shipping about $2500 these days I believe. About $1800-$2000 to Oahu and another $500 for the barge over to Hilo.

of course, I'd be jealous as hell when I see you even if it's rusted to hell.
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I am in negotiations to build a 300tdi 110 with a galvanised fram for a chap in Hawaii
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Old June 30th, 2010, 07:10 AM
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If you need service when there give me a shout. I am often on Oahu and will travel.

Rust is an issue but being from the Northeast you get to know how to deal with and prevent it. Many of my customers are from coastal islands where vehicles vanish before your eyes if you don't take care of them the right way.

Hoping to relocate to the Big Island in the not to distant future. Building a container house here and shipping it out with the Rover and a small shop in it.
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I am in negotiations to build a 300tdi 110 with a galvanised fram for a chap in Hawaii
that would be perfect. Doing it in Soft Top?
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Old June 30th, 2010, 07:18 PM
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16kpsi, thanks for the reply i agree the st idea has a lot of appeal, i have thought about selling my sw and getting a st for the big island. i spent a few bucks getting my sw alaska ready with a heated windshield, heated seats, fixed sticky fan controls etc., all things i wouldnt need over there. my hesitation there is the crap i went through to find a nice d-90, i'm not eager to do that again real soon.
junkyddog- thanks for the offer, my DIY skills are limited and i have also considered the maintenance issue over there. nice to know there may be a good resource over there in the near future. when you guys talk about preventing rust does that mean anything more than washing the car regularly and maybe using waxoyl or diesel(new one on me) on the bottom of the rig? if i did ship it over i would use it about3-4 times a year for a week or two then it would sit in a garage the rest of the time. would a cover even inside the garage help any more?
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