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Old March 31st, 2010, 02:20 AM
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NAS 110 ownership and shake down through Yosemite...

So is there a 110 anonymous group out there? If so I think I need to start going...

Hi My name is Pete,

(from the Crowd) "Hi Pete."

I think I am a Defender Addict... and have been for quite some time... It's just lately that I have been able to indulge my addiction...

Well I decided to jump into NAS 110 territory with the purchase of Jim Medlands 110. It is number 246. This is the infamous Hawaii Craig's list vehicle. It does have some issues but I knew that going in and I bought it specifically for a Resto project.

The plan was simple, fly to Redding, buy the vehicle, drive down to Sacramento, pick up my Girlfriend who was flying in, spend a couple of days touring Yosemite, then take her back to Sacramento so she could fly out. At that point I would head back to Idaho, simple right? He he he he he...

So I fly in and look at the vehicle. The pics showed exactly what was wrong with the vehicle so I had a clear picture of what to expect. The doors are actually in much better shape than I was expecting. The entire floor of the vehicle is coated in some sort of bed liner. It looks to be Line-X or some competing product. Seeing it in person I have come to conclusion that I really like the appearance. Unfortunately in this case they applied it over EVERYTHING (rust included) with out disassembling the floor plates and such... So now it is going to be a MAJOR PITA to get apart... Again though, I have come to the conclusion that I do like it.

Once I had decided to buy the vehicle I sent Jim a Trail Head 4X4 oil cooler line kit along with some insulating heat sleeveing. Alas Jim thought the angle of the lower exit from the radiator would rub against the Air conditioning hose and did not install the kit. This kind of put a crimp in my planed time line as I had wanted to get all of the fluids in the drive train changed out the next morning before heading south. After purchasing the vehicle, I crashed for the night. Got up early and I went to a local lube shop and they balked at changing the fluids because their computer called for straight weight in the transfer case and of course they did not have it. Also the ATF in the tranny freaked them out. So the morning was wasted getting nowhere on that. I then found in the Car Fax that a complete service of the drive train had been done less than 15,000 miles ago so I decided to risk it

On the oil cooler lines I contacted Shane of Rover Hybrids. LUCKILY he is located right there in Redding. He was able to help me change out the oil cooler line kit. I also got to drool all over the cool projects he has going at the moment. The WVO powered 4BT in the D-90 was very cool. The 2.8 TGV in the back was also very neat. Anyway in short order, Shane had the 110 and I sorted out and on our way. He even Sawz-alled off the completely rusted out, rear muffler that was about to fall off. Then gave me a cool chrome tip for the pipe. Thanks again for all the help there preventing Defender Flambe.

I headed south to pick up my Girlfriend in Sacramento only to be met with the news that bad weather was going to delay her arrival to nearly midnight. So I stopped at and auto parts store and grabbed some light bulbs to sort out the non functioning right blinker. Then wiper blades and a few other various sundry items and some cheap tools in case I had to do any more "maintenance" along the way...

As I was headed south the Engine started to miss... Also the ECU was warm to the touch, as in uncomfortable to touch warm. This had me concerned but thanks to Ron I had brought a spare ECU. It would prove to be the single smartest move I have made in a long time. As midnight approached I headed for the airport to pick up the Girlfriend and just as she got into the vehicle I discovered that the heat was not working... AT ALL ! ! ! At this point I have tell you all, she hates being cold. As in hates it with a purple passion. However I was met with no complaining as she usurped my poncho liner from my bag and cocooned herself in it. We had decided at that point to stay the night in Sacramento and get up early to head for the valley and just as we were about to turn into the hotel the 110 DIED..... right in the turn lane... In the rain no less... I cranked it over for a good 15 seconds but alas no start.

It was at this point that I pulled out the spare ECU and there, in the turn lane, in the rain, at midnight changed out the ECU... Secretly hoping against hope that the problem was indeed the ECU. I got back in and said a silent prayer and turned over the engine. In about 5 seconds she fired right up. My Girlfriend, still undeterred asked "who are you, that you carry around a spare computer for a 110?" My silent thought was "a nut to be attempting this trip with an proven vehicle."

The next morning we got up and got on the road. As an experiment I plugged up the original ECU and to my amazement it fired right up so "figgered" lets go with that till it dies again and about and hour and 15 minutes later... it did die and another ECU swap on the side of the road and nice conversation with a CHP officer and we were off. The rest of the trip was fairly uneventful till I discovered the fuel leak when I filled up before heading into the valley. That as luck would have it was only a hose clamp.

The Girlfriend loved Yosemite and snapped photos like it was cool. Here are a few,

The view from 41 before the tunnel overlook complete with the girlfriend vamping for the camera. Then some shots for the valley overlook, the chapel and Sentential rock. Yosemite falls. As we were headed back to the Mariposa Grove, my Eagle eyed Girlfriend spotted a coyote up ahead of us. She grabbed the camera and caught him in mid jump just before me made a lunch of some small hapless critter. It was a very "Planet Earth" moment. After that we tromped through the Mariposa grove checking out the HUGE Sequoias.

All in all it was a fun trip and my Girlfriend loved her first exposure to the Defender platform despite it having a few problems on the trip and a TOTAL lack of heat. She has a Disco II back in Florida that she loves and takes very good care of but the Defender seems to have caught her imagination. So future trips are already in the works.

After the whirlwind exposure to Yosemite and the Defender she flew home. I headed east across the rest of California, most of Nevada before turning North For Idaho. 246 of 500 brought me home and I am already planning the resto... more to follow.

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Old March 31st, 2010, 03:10 AM
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This. Is. Awesome.

------ Follow up post added March 31st, 2010 08:12 AM ------

Also, beautiful redhead. Oh, I mean redwoods. Oh hell, both.

And if she is amused by the computer swapping and is OK with a poncho-liner, then she's a keeper.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 07:17 AM
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What Jim said!!
Way to go Peter- great story- and girlfriend for sure. Seems as though the Roveritis is terminal- and the NAS a keeper. I made a similar trip from Vancouver to Clt in a NAD 110 but sold her, and bought her back, and sold her, and so on- so just make her a permanent fixture. Cheers, and I have another fridge, just right for the 110 :-)
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Old March 31st, 2010, 07:34 AM
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Awesome! I was VERY close to buying that truck late last year, but alas, it was too much of a project for me. Your pics make me jealous though!
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Old March 31st, 2010, 08:34 AM
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Beautiful story! Three 110's? SO good to feel less crazy...
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Old March 31st, 2010, 08:51 AM
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Great story Peter!
Thanks for sharing.
Seems like all NAS D110s have their own character. I think they like to test their new owners for mine died on the way home when I got mine. Mine died in KY conveniently at lunch time about 100 yards from my planned lunch destination. After airing out the distributor I made the rest of the trip home.
Well your GF seems like a neat gal especially if she likes D110s. Both are keepers...
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Old March 31st, 2010, 09:56 AM
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NIce truck. Whats next for it?
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Old March 31st, 2010, 10:21 AM
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Great story, Pete! Those pics of Yosemite bring back lots of memories. Giant sequoias, Bridal Veil Falls, coyotes in mid-air..
What better way to experience it than in a new-to-you 110 with your girlfriend. Keep us posted. My name is Tom and I too am an addict . . .
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Old March 31st, 2010, 02:14 PM
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NIce truck. Whats next for it?

Ahhh a full restoration. I already have a new Galvy frame on the way for it. I may change the engine out to a 4.6 or even a Diesel depending on our experiments with the 83 and the 85. I am thinking 3.9 Isuzu for the 85 but we will see.

I will post some more pics of the trip later today. They take a while to re-size and post. As for the Girlfriend yes she is a keeper, she likes Land Rovers (has a Disco II) and is restoring and old Porsche for a fun project.

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If you have Qs about the 3.9 Isuzu, let me know. Got one and love it.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 02:33 PM
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If you have Qs about the 3.9 Isuzu, let me know. Got one and love it.

OHHH REALLY... Tons "o" Questions coming,

1. Roughly how much heavier than the 300 TDI is it?

2. Is the 160 hp rating enough to propel a 110 down the freeway at 70? Unfortunately living in the west I must cross large stretches of highway before getting out into the wild. if the Isuzu can get the vehicle to a comfortable 70 I would be happy.

3. How does it do on long hill climbs?

Those are the start of my info quest on the 3.9.

Off to pick up my freshly painted seat box and floor panels ! ! !

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Old March 31st, 2010, 02:45 PM
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Peter,

Congrats on that truck. Glad the ECU worked for you. I told Jim that the truck would sell. It is not that bad, it just needs a bulkhead in the near term future (the frame seems pretty good -- I bet you can get a couple bucks on resale for it -- and, if nothing else, the rear crossmember).

Not too hard to strip one down. Just be methodical about it. I would stick with the Rover V8, that one is too nice to hack up IMHO especially because you have TWO others to modify until your heart is content.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 03:33 PM
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1. 4BD1T: ~785 lbs dry, with accessories
300tdi: ~440 lbs (?)
2. After I picked it up from the port in Tacoma, I blasted over Snoqualmie pass at ~75-80, so yeah it has plenty of pep and the ability to tweak for extra oomph.
3. I've not had a prob maintaining highway speeds with any hills, but it would also depend upon your gearing, weight etc.

Always have a on my face.

If you are converting, I would suggest you visit AULRO as they have lots of info. In 1989, mine was converted in the UK and they cut some major corners in the conversion. Over the past year and a half I have been fixing those bodges and replicating the factory configuration (4BD1T & LT95A) for the Aussie spec 4BD1T 110s from the mid 80's. If I were to do it over again I would do some stuff a bit differently, but *absolutly* run the 4BD1T.

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OHHH REALLY... Tons "o" Questions coming,

1. Roughly how much heavier than the 300 TDI is it?

2. Is the 160 hp rating enough to propel a 110 down the freeway at 70? Unfortunately living in the west I must cross large stretches of highway before getting out into the wild. if the Isuzu can get the vehicle to a comfortable 70 I would be happy.

3. How does it do on long hill climbs?

Those are the start of my info quest on the 3.9.

Off to pick up my freshly painted seat box and floor panels ! ! !

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Old March 31st, 2010, 04:48 PM
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Did you sell the other truck?
No interest in putting that engine in it?
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Old March 31st, 2010, 05:24 PM
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Did you sell the other truck?
No interest in putting that engine in it?

Ohhhh No I have the 83 here and the 85 is about to get shipped west, Like I said I am a 110 Addict...

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Old March 31st, 2010, 05:28 PM
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ah nice job. you are an addict for sure
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she hates being cold. As in hates it with a purple passion.

It's a redhead thing. Trust me.
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Old March 31st, 2010, 07:57 PM
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Here is some more pics, So Red Heads hate the cold huh? Interesting. I can tell ya this one REALLY does. She loves the sun and warmth. However the magic that is Yosemite seemed to overpower the chill.

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My redhead was fine w/o much heat at winter romp.
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Old April 1st, 2010, 01:33 AM
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It's a redhead thing. Trust me.
My redhead does okay in the cold...

In any case... nice looking truck and what a great way to christen it!!!

congratulations on the maiden voyage
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