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Old September 6th, 2012, 10:17 AM
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Toll booths and drive throughs are really the only consideration.

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And the drive up at the bank...it's good fun to go through backwards

Good luck and have a great trip...though I was going to wonder out loud why not head for Spain / Italy of you're concerned about rust.

Hey, RHD isn't nearly as much of an issue as I expected it to be before I got the 80".
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Old September 6th, 2012, 10:22 AM
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And the drive up at the bank...it's good fun to go through backwards

Good luck and have a great trip...though I was going to wonder out loud why not head for Spain / Italy of you're concerned about rust.

Hey, RHD isn't nearly as much of an issue as I expected it to be before I got the 80".
England is apparently one of the very few places that an American can come and drive around in, legally, while on vacation. Also, I have been aching to take a trip to England for a couple years.
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Old September 6th, 2012, 10:27 AM
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http://www.exmod.co.uk/defendersforsale.html

Looks like they have a nice condition 1987 110 available for $7963

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http://www.mod-sales.com/
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Old September 6th, 2012, 10:35 AM
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England is apparently one of the very few places that an American can come and drive around in, legally, while on vacation.
Complete BS.

Go where you want for your vacation. Go where you can get the best truck for your acquisition. If they are the same, great, if not rethink your trip.
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Old September 6th, 2012, 10:37 AM
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Complete BS.

Go where you want for your vacation. Go where you can get the best truck for your acquisition. If they are the same, great, if not rethink your trip.
That's fine actually, if it is. I would still choose the UK. I have been to Spain and Italy, and if I want to go somewhere warm, I'll just go to the keys.
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Old September 6th, 2012, 10:48 AM
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Whats everyones thoughts on trying to bring one in with a 200 or 300tdi? It seems a lot of them have done the conversion, and while the EPA wont approve, I dont know if they even actually check after the car is 25+ years old. Anyone have any thoughts?
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Old September 6th, 2012, 03:23 PM
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Whats everyones thoughts on trying to bring one in with a 200 or 300tdi?
I just got a RoW D90 with a 200 and I really enjoy driving it. It's got plenty of power for around town. It'll cruise at 70 comfortably but can be sometimes be tricky merging into highway traffic. I had a 4.6 in my D2 and don't really mind having less power now. The TDI certainly makes up for it, getting 2x the mpg
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Old September 7th, 2012, 10:09 AM
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I just got a RoW D90 with a 200 and I really enjoy driving it. It's got plenty of power for around town. It'll cruise at 70 comfortably but can be sometimes be tricky merging into highway traffic. I had a 4.6 in my D2 and don't really mind having less power now. The TDI certainly makes up for it, getting 2x the mpg
Right now my other toy is a 92 wrangler on 35's so I know all about struggling to merge. I am really looking forward to being able to take this thing on some light wheeling trips while getting decent MPG's. I get about 14 on a really good day in the jeep. Unfortunately there isnt much legal wheeling within about 60-70 miles of Boston, so every trip is a haul.
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Old September 7th, 2012, 04:49 PM
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Whats everyones thoughts on trying to bring one in with a 200 or 300tdi? It seems a lot of them have done the conversion, and while the EPA wont approve, I dont know if they even actually check after the car is 25+ years old. Anyone have any thoughts?
Not completely by the book but this has been done many times without incident.

However, if you decide to ship a container I'd go all in and get a 40 footer-- you'll have room for 2 LRs plus a lot of left over room for engines, drivetrains, a pallet load of Michelin XZLs, whatever.
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Old September 7th, 2012, 05:21 PM
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The guy who I purchased my D90 from brought over 2 D90s and a mini cooper.
Put all three in a container and sent them over the pond himself.
He gave the Mini to his dad, I believe he is keeping the other D90 and sold mine to cover the import costs. Pretty enterprising if you ask me.

He said most of the 90s he looked at were rust buckets.
Even the promising ones (found on the internet) turned out to be bad.
He said he paid a little more to get better quality ones after not finding any good ones at his original price range. Be prepared to look at many before finding a good one.

Sounds like you have a fun trip coming up. I would post on some of the UK forums and see whats available. Maybe they'll give you a couple good leads.
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Old September 7th, 2012, 05:52 PM
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The guy who I purchased my D90 from brought over 2 D90s and a mini cooper.
Put all three in a container and sent them over the pond himself.
He gave the Mini to his dad, I believe he is keeping the other D90 and sold mine to cover the import costs. Pretty enterprising if you ask me.

He said most of the 90s he looked at were rust buckets.
Even the promising ones (found on the internet) turned out to be bad.
He said he paid a little more to get better quality ones after not finding any good ones at his original price range. Be prepared to look at many before finding a good one.

Sounds like you have a fun trip coming up. I would post on some of the UK forums and see whats available. Maybe they'll give you a couple good leads.
That guy in Long Island City has some type of importing business (artwork I believe). I spoke to one of his employees when they first brought the two defenders over. The green one had a for sale sign on it the last time I drove past it.

His prices on both the trucks were very low so he must have gotten a break on shipping/customs to cover any costs or make a profit. Your truck was for sure the better of the two...one of my friends was interested and went to look but he had moved it.

------ Follow up post added September 7th, 2012 05:59 PM ------

Most of them are rust buckets. It helps if you have a recommendation and I am sure you will get a lot of them on this board. For a little bit more money, you can get a truck that has already been rebuilt. There are a a lot of 90s in the 8-10,000 GBP range that are pretty much rebuilt to original spec.

I think that is double what you want to spend, but it would save you money in the long run (provided the rebuild is solid).
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