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Old March 6th, 2010, 08:43 AM
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He says buy.. I say Import

My co-worker and I had a debate on buying an mid-80's D90 or 110. Is it better to pay less to import one and start build it up the way you want over time... or buy one here and pay a lot more to get one that has already been worked on and modify ( $15,950.. for a 84 D90 ). I say import... what do you think ?
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Old March 6th, 2010, 09:14 AM
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First of all, nice avatar picture.

I think it depends on the person. An anal retentive person who would prefer to add/use very specific items and not to use others would be better off importing because he would likely tear apart any truck that someone else extensively modified and start over.

A person wants to save money and is willing to live with another person's modifications should buy a truck which has been here and been modified.
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Old March 6th, 2010, 09:45 AM
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It really comes down to what you are going to do with it and how you are going to use it... Both have advantages and disadvantages. NAS trucks have unique features that the ROW trucks did not have (front cage, the ST rear cage, LHD, automatic trans on the 97's) and much better resale.

If you want an expedition specific truck, I would go with an import, so you can source parts and have a diesel motor put in it and etc. If it is going to be a hard core off road truck, that you will build a cage for and not worry about the body, I would also go with an import.
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Old March 6th, 2010, 09:57 AM
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NAS trucks have unique features that the ROW trucks did not have (front cage, the ST rear cage, LHD, automatic trans on the 97's) and outrageously higher initial price.
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Old March 6th, 2010, 10:47 AM
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Dave,

You are always looking out for me... Thanks! Will you be at Uwharrie next month? It is April 8th - 11th.

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Old March 6th, 2010, 11:04 AM
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No worries, always glad to help out

Pretty sure I will be @ Uwharrie.


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You are always looking out for me... Thanks! Will you be at Uwharrie next month? It is April 8th - 11th.

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Old March 6th, 2010, 12:00 PM
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First of all, nice avatar picture.

I think it depends on the person. An anal retentive person who would prefer to add/use very specific items and not to use others would be better off importing because he would likely tear apart any truck that someone else extensively modified and start over.

A person wants to save money and is willing to live with another person's modifications should buy a truck which has been here and been modified.
Thanks... Gamecock for life.

We were mostly talking about a truck to take to the woods to go flyfishing, hunting or general knocking around. He was looking at one that was almost $16k... he could find one in the UK for around $ 5k and import it and fix it up to his style.. which would you do... but or import

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It really comes down to what you are going to do with it and how you are going to use it... Both have advantages and disadvantages. NAS trucks have unique features that the ROW trucks did not have (front cage, the ST rear cage, LHD, automatic trans on the 97's) and much better resale.

If you want an expedition specific truck, I would go with an import, so you can source parts and have a diesel motor put in it and etc. If it is going to be a hard core off road truck, that you will build a cage for and not worry about the body, I would also go with an import.

That was my point exactly..This guy is trying to sell him an 84 for nearly 16K... and it looks like it was done by the local high school shop class. He's justifying the price because he said that it's a RHD and you don't see many..
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Old March 6th, 2010, 12:26 PM
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We can do you a TDI RHD LR90 for $10,000 plus shipping. what colour and type do u want? truck cab/hard top/ stationwagon
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I would shop ebay.co.uk and use Doug to import or select from one that Julian has already vetted and has in inventory.

For example, there was (is?) a really nice 1985 V8 90 with a galvy chassis and lots of offroad goodness (winch, cage, Mach wheels, lift, QT arms etc.) for 4000 UKP. I posted it in the flea market.
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Old March 6th, 2010, 02:18 PM
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I told him that he would be better off importing, for once I think I was right. Good call on the UK eBay...I did not think of that route. He like most people have a fear of importing...maybe Doug can help him

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I told him that he would be better off importing, for once I think I was right. Good call on the UK eBay...I did not think of that route. He like most people have a fear of importing...maybe Doug can help him
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Old March 6th, 2010, 07:06 PM
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last month we sold a 300tdi station wagon 90 in great cindition for $12,000 including shipping
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Old March 6th, 2010, 07:13 PM
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Nice.... I'll show him your webiste. is your inventory up to date ? And what other services do you offer ?
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Have a look at the 'services' section of the site, Its fairly up to date, we have more 90's than we list.
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Thanks.... I will be in the market for one myself in the near future, and I will be in need of your expertise.
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I recommend Dougs services for importation through the docks, he handles most of my clients vehicles.
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This may be from the desk of Captian Obvious.. but I want to offer up this advice.

An eBay purchase shouod be assumed to be complete and total junk - no matter what the photo looks like on the internet. You should pay bottom dollar and expect to do a lot of work when you get it. But, like everyone else said, if you are looking to build up a custom truck for yourself then this is a good poosible route.

If you use Julian/Doug or some other reputeable seller/importer (I have used the Land Rover Center in Huddresfield), you are going to pay more than eBay but have the confidence that you are getting a hand picked truck and it will probably be road ready when you get it. Do some research on the UK Seller - some are great, others peddle junk.

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Old March 8th, 2010, 08:54 AM
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That's good advice... that was his biggest concern... was getting someone else's junk. My point to him was that he may be better off using Doug/Julian to import than paying that outrageous price for the 84 . Taking his time and do the research he could save a tone of money... or spend the money in the areas he wants/ needs.
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Also depends on how much work he wants to do and what he wants for a drivetrain. V8 and an auto box are basically free from a disco or RRC. If he wants a 200tdi or 300tdi, those are expensive and a lot of the used ones have been turds so buying from Julian or someone who actually checked out the truck is better. OTOH, me, I like galvanized frames and efi V8 so anything with a galvanized frame is worth it to me even if the drivetrain is junk.

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Old March 8th, 2010, 01:47 PM
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The ones that he showed had a 200TDI for no other reason they happen to be in the truck. He loves my 96 but doesn't care of the auto... he likes having the gear control of a stick when he goes off road. The 200/300TDI seem to be the norm for the UK spec which is a plus in his mind. He's like a kid in a candy store looking at all of the Defenders... Turbo 300TDI, Galvanized Frames.. ARB Lockers... He just asked me how would he go through a drive thru with a RHD truck...
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