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Old June 23rd, 2011, 04:03 PM
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Well my wife is expecting our first in a couple of months. Unfortunately I've come to the realization that hoisting a baby seat up and over the center console or back seat of the D90 is going to get old pretty fast, so I'm contemplating a 5 door Rover as my weekend family fun car. I'm working through the concept of having to sell my D90- which I've finally farkled to the point of perfection (mine idea of that anyway). What gives me hope of moving past that sad, sad day is the vision of a Series II or IIa 109 with a disk brake conversion, possibly coil sprung chassis and something a bit more peppy under the hood than a 2.25 or 2.6L under the hood. I'm thinking about an up-rated transmission (possibly 5 speed) and either a 200/300tdi, a non-Rover motor (V8 gas or some other diesel). I live in Denver and would like to be able to pull out into traffic and get u to speed relatively quickly for safety purposes, now that I'll be transporting the wife and a new bambino. I'd like to keep the classic look of the 109- instead of the 110, just because I like it. I called Rovers North and got Timm Cooper's last known number- and I plan on calling him for ideas and possibly commissioning a project with him once I've sorted the finances out (i.e. selling the D90). In the meantime what sorts of ideas might you have for a nice engine/transmission combo that can be shoe-horned into a Series 109- keeping reliability, performance and economy (in that order) in mind? Thanks, in advance, for your ideas and words of wisdom!
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 04:32 PM
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200di (200tdi w/o the turbo). Can keep the same transmission and not worry about breaking the bits. Easily runs on bio diesel and still has plenty of power and torque.
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 05:08 PM
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Take a look at some of Timm's recent projects where he uses the motor out of an esclade.

Me, I would just buy a DI or RRC for driving the kid around and keep the D90.

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Old June 23rd, 2011, 05:18 PM
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Keep the 90 and buy a DII with heated windscreen and heated seats

Or

Sell 90 and buy a rebuilt imported 110

Or

Stretch the 90 into a 110 or 130 (130 frame and body in the ad section here)

Or

Give it a few months after the kid is here to see how you feel then
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 05:20 PM
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I would imagine that if you have a boy, he will be pissed off when he finds out you sold the truck...
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 05:33 PM
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My GF is selling her Jetta.
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 06:30 PM
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There is no better family hauler than a Range Rover Classic LWB. A 109 is noisy, drafty, wet in the rain (on the inside mostly) has no AC, and, well, you're better off with a loob.
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 06:45 PM
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I agree. You will be very happy with a 1995 LWB. Safety of air bags,abs etc and all the comfort and good looks of a Classic.
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Keep the D90. I thought about selling mine with the arrival of my second baby girl and decided I would fully regret it the moment it sold. I would say you need to consider what you would be really needing. An older LR like a 110 or RRC is a nice thought, but in all honesty I think you need a more dependable, safer more comfortable DD with a kid in mind. I'd say a LR3-4 and keep your 90 for when your kid is ready to go riding with you. You've already got it the way you like and a new "project" is going to be tough with the baby taking much of your free time.

Congrats on the upcoming arrival!
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My GF is selling her Jetta.
You mean the car she parked at her parents house loooooooooooooooooong time ago when you " Officially " started to take advantage of the poor girl?

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Old June 23rd, 2011, 09:22 PM
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My GF is selling her Jetta.
Aw come on now!! My testicles have already shrunken to half their size as I take inventory of all the fun man stuff I'll be liquidating!! Way to kick a guy when he's down Josh!!
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Jay,
Believe me, I keep gazing at my 107 in the garage and daydream about putting it on coils, disks, and tossing in a diesel. But that would bring hell fire and brimstone from the Rover Gods.

Also, keep my D90.
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Jay, give Keith @ rover tracks a call he has some vehicles in the offing and is reasonably local to you.
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Old June 25th, 2011, 10:35 AM
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Jay, give Keith @ rover tracks a call he has some vehicles in the offing and is reasonably local to you.
Will do. I have his axles, R&P's and CV's on the D90 so I'd like to meet him anyway!
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Well my wife is expecting our first in a couple of months. Unfortunately I've come to the realization that hoisting a baby seat up and over the center console or back seat of the D90 is going to get old pretty fast, so I'm contemplating a 5 door Rover as my weekend family fun car. I'm working through the concept of having to sell my D90- which I've finally farkled to the point of perfection (mine idea of that anyway). What gives me hope of moving past that sad, sad day is the vision of a Series II or IIa 109 with a disk brake conversion, possibly coil sprung chassis and something a bit more peppy under the hood than a 2.25 or 2.6L under the hood. I'm thinking about an up-rated transmission (possibly 5 speed) and either a 200/300tdi, a non-Rover motor (V8 gas or some other diesel). I live in Denver and would like to be able to pull out into traffic and get u to speed relatively quickly for safety purposes, now that I'll be transporting the wife and a new bambino. I'd like to keep the classic look of the 109- instead of the 110, just because I like it. I called Rovers North and got Timm Cooper's last known number- and I plan on calling him for ideas and possibly commissioning a project with him once I've sorted the finances out (i.e. selling the D90). In the meantime what sorts of ideas might you have for a nice engine/transmission combo that can be shoe-horned into a Series 109- keeping reliability, performance and economy (in that order) in mind? Thanks, in advance, for your ideas and words of wisdom!
Wow, after all you've done to your 90, you're going to sell it? Someone is in for a treat! It is pretty sweet.
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Old June 25th, 2011, 10:31 PM
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Wow, after all you've done to your 90, you're going to sell it? Someone is in for a treat! It is pretty sweet.
I'm on the fence- being talked off of it from most folks. We'll see....
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Sell it. Buy the Jetta. Put the extra money in a college fund. :D
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Sell it. Buy the Jetta. Put the extra money in a college fund. :D
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I'm on the fence- being talked off of it from most folks. We'll see....
I might not be part of the elite group of
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