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Old August 27th, 2010, 11:44 AM
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You guys on the coasts are pretty lucky as I've seen lots of trucks out there, not so much here in the midwest.
You probably wouldn't want an east coast truck though, there's a reason they call the north-east the "Rust belt".

No problem with bolts coming loose out here, they rust together nice and quick
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Old August 27th, 2010, 01:15 PM
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You'd be surprised how much Bronco currently you can get for under 15k. Pretty much gorgeous, near frame off restores. Not necessarily original everything, but pretty much new or restored everything. I walked away from a great looking 74 that was a frame off that was 95% done for 9k. Just needed a wonky wiring harness completed or replaced and swap out the vacuum windshield frame. At the time, I was being impatient and didn't want to spend the time to finish it up - instead I went racing.

rovertrader - you are right. My brain is saying get an EB, but desire for unique toys says get the Defender.

You guys on the coasts are pretty lucky as I've seen lots of trucks out there, not so much here in the midwest.
You realize you'd be getting a crap hole of a defender for under 15k right?

Someone here recently purchased a non-running Defender for 10k and everyone thought he got the deal of the century... Maybe he'll sell it to you for 15k
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Old August 27th, 2010, 02:05 PM
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You realize you'd be getting a crap hole of a defender for under 15k right?

Someone here recently purchased a non-running Defender for 10k and everyone thought he got the deal of the century... Maybe he'll sell it to you for 15k
I bet he would right now!
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Old August 27th, 2010, 02:39 PM
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You realize you'd be getting a crap hole of a defender for under 15k right?
Not looking for a recent NAS Defender. An older right hand drive would work just fine and it doesn't need to be perfect. Just want one decently reliable and not ugly as sin as I plan to also use it in the winter and don't want to feel guilty about getting salt on it. Pretty sure they come around for under 15k.

If not, I'll grab a Bronco with 450hp to tear around town.
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Old August 27th, 2010, 02:42 PM
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You should buy cgalpin's 110! She may not be the prettiest girl that the ball, but she'll put out.
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Old August 28th, 2010, 08:30 PM
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Janey would be a nice pick and well within the budget!
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Old August 30th, 2010, 04:58 PM
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ive had them all. currently runn a gwagon too.

you want stares cruisin? off road ability? oem parts cheap? aftermarket parts variety? the utmoast in reliability?


get the fj.
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Old August 30th, 2010, 05:16 PM
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I just saw a nice FJ40 on the beach, I've come to the conclusion they look much,much better door-less and totally topless. The hardtop ruins the look in my opinion, I restored an 1979 FJ right before my 90, well almost restored, lost interest when I got the 90. I only drove around the parking lot and the leaf springs weren't set up for optimal ride, but the ride was brutal. and thats compared to the 90.




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ive had them all. currently runn a gwagon too.

you want stares cruisin? off road ability? oem parts cheap? aftermarket parts variety? the utmoast in reliability?


get the fj.
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Old August 30th, 2010, 05:28 PM
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That red FJ is sweet
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Old August 30th, 2010, 05:31 PM
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If not, I'll grab a Bronco with 450hp to tear around town.
Sounds interesting; details?
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A bronco you can drop in a blown 351 W and a slushbox. Up the axles to d60 and disc brakes. Fit with 35s and go play.
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Some one say FJ for sale? I got one. I need garage space!
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Old August 30th, 2010, 06:48 PM
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Some one say FJ for sale? I got one. I need garage space!
id rather tak svetlana off your hands. got the driven sidecar?
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Old August 30th, 2010, 06:56 PM
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id rather tak svetlana off your hands. got the driven sidecar?
She's for sale too! Pm me if you're interested to avoid hijacking this thread. No sidecar currently but easily found on ebay.
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Old August 30th, 2010, 07:09 PM
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I just saw a nice FJ40 on the beach, I've come to the conclusion they look much,much better door-less and totally topless. The hardtop ruins the look in my opinion, I restored an 1979 FJ right before my 90, well almost restored, lost interest when I got the 90. I only drove around the parking lot and the leaf springs weren't set up for optimal ride, but the ride was brutal. and thats compared to the 90.
mines not too bad. has the OME heavys though. Spring Over the stock springs if you want smooth, and you'll clear 35's easily too.

TIC has parabolics available too. the few people willing to pay the exchange rate have sworn by them.

Proffitts cruisers has a nice 3 or 4 link coil kit if you want that.



i get about 3 times as many looks/talkers in the 40 as i did with the 110NAS. i think they look good top on or top off. the red one is just plain sweet.

one thing to mention, if youre not short, the 90 isnt friendly ergonomically. im 6'4" and the red 40 is like cruising in the captains chair. the 110 was horrendous.

also the h55f 5speed i put in the toy has a longer throw than the lt77, but it never ever ever get notchy. you never miss a shift.

assuming you dont get a chevota, the 2f gasser straight 6 is much better off road than the 3.9-4.0, but its a tractor motor, so acceleration on the flat is rev limited. (hence the 5 speed swap) (note: the 3.2 6 in the gwagon is low torque challenged like the rover 8, but it sings from 3000 to 6000.)

if you want punch (the white soft top is a v8 with an sm465) chevy swaps are cheap and the parts have long been sorted out.


in the end, you can get a rot free original 40, paint it, put coils on and do a sbc/4speed auto or 5 speed, and still spend less money than a high mileage clean 90. once you do that OBA and or AC is as simple as a junkyard stop as all the parts are american.


all that having been said, id like to score a defender 110 panel van type body one of these days.

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She's for sale too! Pm me if you're interested to avoid hijacking this thread. No sidecar currently but easily found on ebay.

theads that start by comparing makes ALLLLLLWAYS get hijacked! fun stuff for those that dont take themselves too seriously though.

actually ive always wanted one but i think im a bit too tall for that frame. id have to try to find one to ride and see.
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Old August 30th, 2010, 09:55 PM
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all that having been said, id like to score a defender 110 panel van type body one of these days.
There was a nice one that didn't sell on ebay
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Old August 31st, 2010, 10:27 PM
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If you're considering an FJ, then why not a Scrambler? You'll get a bit of a smoother ride with the longer wheelbase, although you'll be on leaf springs all way round, and you're in a lighter vehicle than most pickups or a Bronco. Parts are cheap and readily available. It's a bit less common than every other CJ out there, and it's longer than the four-door Wranglers.
My Colorado/Texas Scrambler that I've owned and upgraded for the last 12 years may coming up for sale in the next few weeks, if all goes well. Solid, but not much of a looker - I use it for trips far into Mexico, trips up north in the winter, hauling stuff, etc.... PM me if you're interested.
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Not looking for a recent NAS Defender. An older right hand drive would work just fine and it doesn't need to be perfect. Just want one decently reliable and not ugly as sin as I plan to also use it in the winter and don't want to feel guilty about getting salt on it. Pretty sure they come around for under 15k.

If not, I'll grab a Bronco with 450hp to tear around town.
You ought to check Doc's site ( draaron ) , he is a member here, and has a nice selection for the $$ you want to spend ( not NAS, but diesel )
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