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Old January 31st, 2011, 09:33 AM
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import an 86 with no running gear?

So I was thinking last night about 4am while feeding the baby and...
I have two engines and transmissions from Classics, and at least 1 transfer case, right?
Why not just import a truck without that stuff? Should be cheaper, weigh less and let me build one of these I have with a carb setup. Is this crazy or should I pursue this?
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costs $250 more for tow on tow off, otherwise infinately do able.
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Old January 31st, 2011, 11:13 AM
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costs $250 more for tow on tow off, otherwise infinately do able.
Doug, you of all people might have the best guess at this, could I find something worth shipping back for around 6-7k?
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Old January 31st, 2011, 11:20 AM
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probably just as easy to find one with running gear as without. just look on ebay uk.
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Old January 31st, 2011, 12:43 PM
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probably just as easy to find one with running gear as without. just look on ebay uk.
I would imagine something without running gear has had it removed because it was worth something ... and what's left isn't!!
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Old January 31st, 2011, 02:11 PM
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I was thinking blown engine or bad transmission, that kind of thing. I have seen a few project vehicles in the magazines there.
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Something like?

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=29687

globallandrovers posted it:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Land-Rover-Def...ht_2037wt_1139
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That one does not have a legit V5 (aka title) so it is kind of unless you just want the body parts and it sounds like the OP is looking for one that can be titled
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Chuck,
You want a complete roller. There are lots of non-runners on ebay Uk. If a truck is a shell when imported then it comes in as parts instead of as a vehicle entry ie no epa exemption and will be difficult to title even if it enters with an identity.

Josh you are quick. Julian just sent me an fyi on that listing this morning. I tried to buy that truck years ago when it had the 300tdi drivetrain in it. Hope someone buys it and stops it from being parted out further.
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Chuck - might be better to buy one with the small petrol engine in it - or the NA deisel engine in it. That would command a lower initial cost. Then drop your domestic V8 in it.

This would take sharp pencil calculations to make it really come out in the black and not red.
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All the comments make sense, maybe just look to get a beater imported and swap it when it arrives. How beater will this thing be for say $7k or so even with import costs? IS it better to just eat the other 3-4k for what I have seen for sale here from Aaron and others? I know, I am a cheap fuck right? If I were going to preserve it I would just look for an NAS, but this will get beat on worse than my Classic, maybe even trayback at some point.

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Dave, when are headed back to the UK?
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Do it man! If you purchase directly from Aaron et. al. you deprive yourself of all the anticipation, anxiety, frustration, and satisifaction of purchasing & importing your own. You will miss out on an important element of the ownership experience. Think of adopting a child you've never met...lots of surprises.
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IMHO since you have donor RRC parts, buy a county V8 as it makes the swap easier and they tend to be lower miles in the UK (who can afford petrol!) and in better shape than the four cylinder trucks. You can find non-runners well under 2000 UKP. I bought mine for 500 UKP.
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All the comments make sense, maybe just look to get a beater imported and swap it when it arrives. How beater will this thing be for say $7k or so even with import costs? IS it better to just eat the other 3-4k for what I have seen for sale here from Aaron and others? I know, I am a cheap fuck right? If I were going to preserve it I would just look for an NAS, but this will get beat on worse than my Classic, maybe even trayback at some point.

------ Follow up post added February 4th, 2011 01:07 PM ------

Dave, when are headed back to the UK?

I have a 2.5 gas HCPU you can have for $12k including shipping its an 84. its go a solid chassis with 2 minor rust holes, and a new TD5 bulkhead.
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Chuck - might be better to buy one with the small petrol engine in it - or the NA deisel engine in it. That would command a lower initial cost. Then drop your domestic V8 in it.

This would take sharp pencil calculations to make it really come out in the black and not red.
Actually its the exact opposite. Few in the UK want to foot the bill to fuel a V8 when they are paying over $10 a gallon for fuel. The smaller engines and diesels bring a premium over the V8 trucks.
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Do it man, you will love it, just get a solid starting platform.
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