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Old January 24th, 2008, 08:59 PM
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II or IIA build up

I'm toying with the idea of a II or IIa build up. Just a restoration to factory spec with a galvy chassis.

From those of you who have done it- realistically, how much $$ would I probably be looking at? I realize that it depends on the condition of the rig to begin with, but rough figures would be appreciated from those of you who have done it.

it's tempting.
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Old January 24th, 2008, 09:34 PM
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I've done a few. 5k to 12k if you do most or all of the work yourself and don't go bonkers. Way more than that if you want it to be truly "as new."



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I'm toying with the idea of a II or IIa build up. Just a restoration to factory spec with a galvy chassis.

From those of you who have done it- realistically, how much $$ would I probably be looking at? I realize that it depends on the condition of the rig to begin with, but rough figures would be appreciated from those of you who have done it.

it's tempting.
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Old January 25th, 2008, 01:18 AM
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Nate - did you see the cool SII pickup on landroverexchange? Its super-cheap, and since you'll eventually have another Defender, then you'll at least be left with a series truck in an uncommon and very useful configuration. A pickup can always be used for something.
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Old January 25th, 2008, 02:14 AM
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Nate - did you see the cool SII pickup on landroverexchange? Its super-cheap, and since you'll eventually have another Defender, then you'll at least be left with a series truck in an uncommon and very useful configuration. A pickup can always be used for something.
I did not see that- thanks for pointing it out though, I just emailed the guy.
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Old January 25th, 2008, 02:36 AM
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right on, hope its worth while.

plus a truck doesnt have too many doors and as many body parts as a station wagon, so it would be easier to pull apart, put back together, and have less pieces to line up.
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Old January 25th, 2008, 03:29 PM
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I know of a little green one you could do that to, if you wanted.
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Old January 25th, 2008, 06:57 PM
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I know of a little green one you could do that to, if you wanted.
that little green one is looking like my best bet so far

I didn't realize that the truck cab would be an easy fit to any 88 (I forgot about the wall behind the seats), and I really like the idea of a cab. I'll have to keep my eye out for a spare top.
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you can easily sink 10k in it.. My dads was a bit more with the perkins TD and coil conversion. check out the projects section. It is a great little ruck now though
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I have $15,000 in this one easily, whatever your budget go with 30% on top of that.
The amount of time and labor....well don't get in any kind of hurry.

If your not set on a SWB 88 factory specs IIA-I'll have a galvanized 110 rolling chassis with
a 67 IIA 109SW body on it up 4-sale next week.

No engine----$4500.
Toledo Ohio area.
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Old January 26th, 2008, 12:13 PM
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you can easily sink 10k in it.. My dads was a bit more with the perkins TD and coil conversion. check out the projects section. It is a great little ruck now though
If 10K will get me a IIa that is half as badass as the one you've built, i'm all over this.
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Old January 26th, 2008, 03:05 PM
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That 109 sounds like a pretty good deal. V8's are a dime a dozen and you could have yourself a nice LWB.
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Old January 27th, 2008, 07:23 PM
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Thanks. I did salvage a lot of cap from other rovers I have too... My truck cost over that but I think that if I did not go with the perkins, coils and all that custom stuff, it would hav ebeen under $15K with me doing all the wrenching

My d-90 was another story.. that was $$$$.. No screw was left unturned.

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Old January 27th, 2008, 07:48 PM
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I'm almost surprised no one offers build-up kits. Seems like Rovers North or somebody else could put together various levels. I've seen the rolling chassis and Turner engines, but why stop there?

For around $12-14k you can pretty much buy 90% of everything that will go into a Willys M38 or M38A1 in kit form, already painted. The engines and drivetrain are rebuilt while the body and chassis is new. Odds and ends add up, but you should be done with $15k.
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I'm scared to add up the receipts.... +20$ to venture a guess.

But thats in a full nut & bolt restoration, and relative rover bling! add-ons.

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Old January 28th, 2008, 07:00 AM
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I'll let you guys know in about a year - wouldn't normally take that long but I'm restoring two cars at once and the 356 Porsche is taking precedence over the 88" Land Rover
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