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Old January 21st, 2012, 06:44 PM
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Licking my chops!

So I just found out the other day that it looks like I will be moving back overseas sometime around Jan 2013 to Mildenhall AB in England! First thing I said to my wife...."you know I'm buying another Land Rover right?" Anyways, was wondering what your guys thoughts were on this. Either:

1) Buy a New Defender and enjoy it for a few years, sell before I leave and buy one old enough to import back into the States or...

B) Buy something like a 1991 model (I would be moving back to the State in 2016= 25 years old) and fix it up the whole time I am there and just bring it back.

Any suggestions? Also will probably sell mine before I leave sometime late this year if anyone will be looking around then.

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Old January 21st, 2012, 11:36 PM
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First, I like the "1" and "B" thing...I always pull that.

And B, I'd say buy a 1991 and fix it up. Would be much cooler to have some adventures with the car and then bring it home. Plus, with any vehicle it'll take time to sort it mechanically and with accessories, so why walk away from all that work. Parts/etc are cheaper over there so you can spread it all out over a few years.

Also I've had my 110 for going on two years now and am still sorting it to how I want it.
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 03:58 AM
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You need to talk to Jim C. He's been in that exact situation...a couple times.

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Or the guy stationed at Mildenhall.

If you must drive a rover daily buy a td5 disco for a daily driver. You will thank yourself when you pcs as they seem to hold their value fairly decently so when you l eave you can at least recoup some of your money. Another option would be to buy something to drive faulty at is essentially a throw away like a ford KA or mondeo.

Take your time finding the truck you want. I'd look at as many as possible and buy a 91 like you're thinking. 200tdi original engine. I'd even be tempted to find a Diesel RRC or a lhd 200tdi 3door disco to take back. I would have rather bought an 86 lhd mod vehicle but I was originally on 24 month orders so that left me with 84 then kept getting extensions. I looked at over 25 trucks before I got the first one I bought. Take advantage of the train system in checking them out and vacation while you go to see them. It seems that a lot of the really nice ones I always wanted were in Scotland.

Utilize the vat relief program at Mildenhall to save on work. Trakkers, Ashcroft, and all the other mail order parts places like paddock spares will do it. Mansfield 4x4 are in Bury and they do great work. Glencoyne is just down the road in Thetford and is awesome. They will be able to do just about any repair/upgrade work. Lots of big name places are close by too like nene and foley.

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If you have questions about where to live let me know.
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 04:07 AM
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My thought was that I'd never have another chance to buy a brand new Defender. I got a LHD one from Nene Overland for a good price. I don't worry about importing it, since my plan is just to part it out for myself whenever I'm done serving overseas. It ends up being a "package deal" on restoration parts.
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Old January 22nd, 2012, 01:56 PM
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According to some on this Board you can't "fix up" a 25 year old land rover in England and then ship it here. For example Julian from Global land rovers. So might want to check with Doug C or somebody who knows about importing etc.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 05:22 PM
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My thought was that I'd never have another chance to buy a brand new Defender. I got a LHD one from Nene Overland for a good price. I don't worry about importing it, since my plan is just to part it out for myself whenever I'm done serving overseas. It ends up being a "package deal" on restoration parts.

Double entendre?
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 05:25 PM
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 06:24 PM
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According to some on this Board you can't "fix up" a 25 year old land rover in England and then ship it here. For example Julian from Global land rovers. So might want to check with Doug C or somebody who knows about importing etc.
You can fix it up but it has to have the original drive train and chassis (US laws Not UK), In the UK you can change just about everything, quite legally as long as you retain about 60% of the original vehicle. , funnily enough most of my friends in my club, have changed about 60% of their vehicles and 40% is original, but you can get away with it.

You can restore a truck in the UK and ship it back, but the importation risks go through the roof. Do you want to spend a small fortune getting your truck just right to have some paper pusher open the container and say that vehicle looks too new, and the truck get confiscated. The part out option seems the best idea.
My advice is get a new Defender and enjoy it, they are currently being made untill 2017.
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Talk to jetmech. He did something similar and he imported 2 trucks, not just 1.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=29335

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During the rebuild she got converted to LHD and had a bulkhead and door installed. She also received a NAS spec fuel system and new harnesses (chassis and bulkhead). She was rebuilt on a NAS spec galvanized chassis with a 3.9 Edelbrock engine, ZF auto and a LT 230 (1.4) both rebuilt less than 600 miles ago."

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=13954

I'm sure jetmech could fill you in on the details. He's retired AF so I'm sure he has plenty of time now, jk

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Old January 23rd, 2012, 06:56 PM
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use option b and send it thru the VPC as a second vehicle simple and easy. i did two 84 one stock and one chassis up restro with nw galvi chassis, LHD conversion and changed from diesel tp gas.
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Old January 23rd, 2012, 07:06 PM
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there you go, glad to see you're still around, dave
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