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Old July 10th, 2014, 07:00 PM
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Hello to all at Defender Source

Decided to join today to get some suggestions from all of the pros...

This will be my first truck build, but not my first car build. I come from a world of Audi wagons, but I'm ready for something a bit more beasty... I was somewhat considering a 2014 4Runner but that takes then fun and the headache out of vehicle ownership and I hate car payments. Rather do a build over 1-2 years and get what I want.

Everything is all new to me, so i've been reading countless threads trying to understand what the different options are out there. There is no real FAQ that I can find, but is there maybe a few specific builds that people want to point me towards that would help me see some options and differences?

My end game is a daily driveable 110, great on the highway, but also willing to play in the mud. (See where I was thinking of getting a 4Runner?)

I'm a bit backwards on my builds... I always do lots of parts collecting, and then start looking for the shell/project vehicle... That way my larger chunk investment is done atleast half way in to the process and I get to drive a bit sooner. I rent a storage unit that is specifaclly for the build and pile in there so that I still have a garage until the body is purchased. I typically spend $1000-2000 a month on parts until I either find the perfect vehicle, or I don't really have much more to purchase until I know the exact specimen I will be working on.

So with all that said and done... I think I want a more modern engine (from some what I've seen, maybe an LS motor?) and I have an obsession with interiors, and although I won't be making it a luxobarge, I will spend plenty of time on that after the drivable shell is complete.

All starting points, questions and comments are appreciated.


SHORT SUMMARY Looking to gain knowledge, to make proper build decisions and start purchasing parts, point me to some must read material, and must see builds. Every forum has a few builds that are worthy inspiration.


Thank you!
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Old July 10th, 2014, 07:13 PM
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Welcome!

You could not have chosen a better community of people to join. I can personally attest to the generosity, helpfulness, and knowledge of the folks on this forum (well, 99% of them, at least).

Best of luck with your build.
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Old July 10th, 2014, 07:17 PM
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Welcome!

You could not have chosen a better community of people to join. I can personally attest to the generosity, helpfulness, and knowledge of the folks on this forum (well, 99% of them, at least).

Best of luck with your build.
Thanks! Late night forum reading is part of the life... I've been a member on Audi and VW forums for nearly 10 years, and see builds happen and evolve is not only a great learning experience, but also a great part of the community... Thats why I decided to join with not even a single Defender part in hand!
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Old July 10th, 2014, 07:27 PM
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You could do a lot worse than a 110 ex MoD Tithonius and swap over a 200 Tdi and do the disc brake swap in the back. If you want a 5 door buy Clay's swoopy wagon. What I'm saying is that building from a bare frame SUCKS big time. Sucks your money and your time more than you care to think. Better to buy a truck that might need a bit of a tidy than a basket case.
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Old July 10th, 2014, 07:46 PM
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You could do a lot worse than a 110 ex MoD Tithonius and swap over a 200 Tdi and do the disc brake swap in the back. If you want a 5 door buy Clay's swoopy wagon. What I'm saying is that building from a bare frame SUCKS big time. Sucks your money and your time more than you care to think. Better to buy a truck that might need a bit of a tidy than a basket case.
I agree with you there... The stuff I want to collect will be mostly cosmetic upgrades, unless I decide I want to do something non LR under the hood.
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Old July 10th, 2014, 07:52 PM
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Would be a heck of a lot easier if you were building a 90 and not a 110. Problem with the 110's is that the 110 bits (middle doors, t frames, tubs, sals axle, etc) really only come with 110's or from breakers in the uk. So starting with parts is a non starter. You will have to start with a full truck unless you are extremely resourceful.

Sounds like fun! Not sure if your typical approach is going to work however.
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Old July 10th, 2014, 07:53 PM
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Thanks! Late night forum reading is part of the life... I've been a member on Audi and VW forums for nearly 10 years, and see builds happen and evolve is not only a great learning experience, but also a great part of the community... Thats why I decided to join with not even a single Defender part in hand!
I think a few of us came here from Audi's. I had a B4 1.8T, then an allroad 6MT, and finally a B6 S4 which I traded in on a NAS ST. I was on Audiworld back when it was A4.org - around '98 or so. I wouldn't mind another Audi but nothing new gets my blood moving but maybe someday I'll get a another A4 1.8T

As for Defenders I am doing a complete rebuild but taking my time and building a rollable chassis with engine/gearbox/transfer case before I swap the body and interior.

Don't discount Bills advice above - a 200tdi transplanted Defender with solid frame/bulkhead is not a bad move. I have been working on mine for over a year but I feel my setup is different in that I can still drive it when I get the urge. Also, I had that NAS for a while and did a few things. I would say for a first rig I would go with something I could drive but fix to learn.
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buy the 4 runner itll be way more fun
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Old July 10th, 2014, 09:19 PM
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From what I've seen here, most defenders seem to be restomods, are there any defenders around that have had the body swapped on to a different frame/chassis, or have had complete drive line swaps? Just trying to see some options.

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buy the 4 runner itll be way more fun
Judging by the number of post you have here, I'm going to guess you've been around the block and enjoying yours immensely.
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