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Old November 1st, 2012, 02:25 PM
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Just by way of introduction, I have just joined and working on my first LR, a unmolested 1983 Rover 110. This will be a family fun ride for desert trekking/camping and the unknown. Much appreciation to all contributors here as I have been lurking and learning much. Here are a few pics.
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Old November 1st, 2012, 02:41 PM
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Welcome! looks like you have your work cut out for you.
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Old November 1st, 2012, 02:44 PM
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Old November 1st, 2012, 05:06 PM
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is that a "sister vehicle" in the backround of one of the shots? was this a fleet vehicle?
I have never seen a straight-across bench seat in the middle row like that and that looks like an NAS dashboard insert.
Very interesting and love the color. Definately keep that vintage paint/decal scheme if you can.

Good luck with the restoration
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Old November 1st, 2012, 06:15 PM
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Saudi spec 83 ? 3.5 with ac and lhd. Looks like it will clean up nicely. Does the ac still work ?

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I have never seen a straight-across bench seat in the middle row like that and that looks like an NAS dashboard insert.
That dash / ac system had been around for 10 yrs before it was used on the NAS 110's, which was its swan song.
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Old November 1st, 2012, 07:36 PM
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Have fun molesting that one!!

We recently got our first Defender too...Lots of fun!!
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Old November 2nd, 2012, 02:15 AM
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Jackie...yes, sister vehicles sort of but not fleet vehicles. Both were owned by long term expats here retiring and I passed on the second one in the background about a year ago with regrets. My friend got that one a couple months back and coincidentally, last month another guy I know was retiring and he offered me this one. We were able to clear the bay/workspace and will be working on them in tandem. Agree on the paint scheme, however, we may have serious issues keeping them original paint as the govt. may not allow the cars to pass inspection without a re-paint. I welcome suggestions on specific colors and may have to stay with blue for the registration.
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Old November 2nd, 2012, 02:22 AM
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Yes Doug...A/C works! Also has a rear A/C unit added. Looks like it came from an older GMC (maybe suburban?)
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Old November 2nd, 2012, 04:04 AM
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Paint to pass inspection ?
And I thought the MOT was tough here !

Couldnt you machine polish the paint with some 3m compound and bring it back ?
Like you, we here have severe oxidation problems. My truck still has it but I've seen the locals here do miracles with a cheap chinese buffer and the correct technique.

without technique, there is the relatively new tech by Porter Cable the 7424xp that you could use yourself...from what I've seen here in Israel, waxes don't stand up to the 10 months of Summer... thus, once you get that paint where you want it...it will take upkeep. This polisher allows non pros the ability to do the monthly job ourself.

http://www.autogeek.net/po.html

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Good luck and nice truck....oh and yes....
I'd stay to the original paint scheme/ color.
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Old November 2nd, 2012, 09:15 AM
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they really make you paint old patina to pass inspection?
Land of bling!

I love how every Saudi truck I have seen on line always has a V8 (presumably because fuel economy is the last thing they worry about in the land where you stick a shovel in the ground and come up with oil).

I had the same color scheme on my old truck and Stratos Blue/Ivory and the Trident Green/Ivory both with County graduated stripes look the best in the early 110s.

just out of curiosity....with that truck living its entire life in the Middle East desert, was there any rust beyond surface rust? Something tells me that if you could put a Defender in a hermetically-sealed garage with silica gel-packs stuffed everywheer to absorb any moisture for 25 years it would still somehow rust.
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Old November 2nd, 2012, 09:26 AM
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Welcome.. good luck with the build!
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If you want to keep the old color and it is a problem maybe you could have a wrap installed?

Or do they make paint that washes off
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congrats very cool.
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Long overdue update and some pics. Stripped to frame...engine rebuilt, new terra suspension, door bottoms repaired, crossmember ends cut off and fabricated and slowly putting back together. All panels back on for alignment. Highly recommend Biting off more than u can chew. Now 115 degrees F and loving every weekend sweating it out on this thing. I know a piss poor job of updating here but every spare minute is working to get completed so I will finally know what it will be like to drive this

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Old July 15th, 2014, 02:31 PM
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Long overdue update and some pics. Stripped to frame...engine rebuilt, new terra suspension, door bottoms repaired, crossmember ends cut off and fabricated and slowly putting back together. All panels back on for alignment. Highly recommend Biting off more than u can chew. Now 115 degrees F and loving every weekend sweating it out on this thing. I know a piss poor job of updating here but every spare minute is working to get completed so I will finally know what it will be like to drive this
Oh and before I catch lip the FJ just appeared last weekend...it has since been moved...well at least to the other side of the rover
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