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Old August 3rd, 2016, 09:44 AM
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Picking up truck newly imported truck: What to bring

Hey guys my truck is finally ready for pickup at my shippers warehouse. They want $450 to have it trucked to my house which is about 1.5 hours away depending on traffic thru NYC. That is a little more then I wish to spend after dropping $5400 in shipping expenses already. (That's good 'Mod' money) Also the drive home sounds a bit of an adventure. I have a buddy who will loan me a 'dealer' plate to drive it home with.

According to the prior owner the truck is in really good shape with pretty low mileage (80k). The timing belt is old, but low mileage (last done 1999, but only 20k kilos on it). I plan on doing the timing belt this weekend. Hopefully it doesn't snap on the ride home. It is a 200TDI engine.

I am handy mechanically, and plan on bringing my small toolbox, a portable air compressor, jumper cables, lug wrench, and some motor oil. I plan to stop at the first station I can find to fill it up with fresh diesel and check tire pressures.

Being that this is my first Rover is there anything specific to this that I should check before heading out, or specific tools to bring?

Thanks as always. I plan to take pictures and will be sure to post.

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Old August 3rd, 2016, 09:47 AM
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Hey guys my truck is finally ready for pickup at my shippers warehouse. They want $450 to have it trucked to my house which is about 1.5 hours away depending on traffic thru NYC. That is a little more then I wish to spend after dropping $5400 in shipping expenses already. (That's good 'Mod' money) Also the drive home sounds a bit of an adventure. I have a buddy who will loan me a 'dealer' plate to drive it home with.

According to the prior owner the truck is in really good shape with pretty low mileage (80k). The timing belt is old, but low mileage (last done 1999, but only 20k kilos on it). I plan on doing the timing belt this weekend. Hopefully it doesn't snap on the ride home. It is a 200TDI engine.

I am handy mechanically, and plan on bringing my small toolbox with me, a portable air compressor, jumper cables, lug wrench, and some motor oil. I plan to stop at the first station I can find to fill it up with fresh diesel and check tire pressures.

Being that this is my first Rover is there anything specific to this that I should check before heading out, or specific tools to bring?

Thanks as always. I plan to take pictures and will be sure to post.

Adam
I've done this a few times, I put US insurance on it and drive it home on the foreign tags. Bring oil, and check all the fluid levels, and tools. If something breaks after that, there isnt much you could have done to know it would happen. Just have AAA and stay off parkways if you feel it will break.

Doug says youre good to go on foreign tags for 30 days, I drove around for 3 weeks on them.
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Old August 3rd, 2016, 09:51 AM
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I've done this a few times, I put US insurance on it and drive it home on the foreign tags. Bring oil, and check all the fluid levels, and tools. If something breaks after that, there isnt much you could have done to know it would happen. Just have AAA and stay off parkways if you feel it will break.

Doug says youre good to go on foreign tags for 30 days, I drove around for 3 weeks on them.
Hm I wonder if my truck will have the Italian plates on it still. That would be cool. Either way I have the dealer plate, and insurance is on it already. Ill register it in NY once I get it in my driveway.

As far as parkways go.. No way of avoiding that, I have to go through some of the busiest roads in NY. From NJ through Staten Island, over the Verrazano bridge then about an hour on the Belt/Southern State parkway to my house. Ill take it easy in the right lane.

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If you want to stop by I'm in fords/Woodbridge if you have any issues. I'm 5 min from Staten
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When I picked mine up at the port of Tacoma, I stopped at the first fuel station. Filled with fresh fuel, topped off all fluids (engine oil, transmission, transfer case, both diffs, power steering, brake and clutch fluids) and drove it 5 hours home. Don't let anxiety get in the way of enjoying the first ride.

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If you want to stop by I'm in fords/Woodbridge if you have any issues. I'm 5 min from Staten
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When I picked mine up at the port of Tacoma, I stopped at the first fuel station. Filled with fresh fuel, topped off all fluids (engine oil, transmission, transfer case, both diffs, power steering, brake and clutch fluids) and drove it 5 hours home. Don't let anxiety get in the way of enjoying the first ride.

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I was thinking about the tranny, transfer and diffs but figured it would be too much of a hassle to get at those. Smart though...

What do I need ATF and 75W90 for those?
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Thank you

I was thinking about the tranny, transfer and diffs but figured it would be too much of a hassle to get at those. Smart though...

What do I need ATF and 75W90 for those?
If topping off, I would bring 2qts 90wt for the LT230 and diffs, 1qt power steering fluid if applicable, and 1qt of mtf (assuming mtf is the correct fluid for your transmission).

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If topping off, I would bring 2qts 90wt for the LT230 and diffs, 1qt power steering fluid if applicable, and 1qt of mtf (assuming mtf is the correct fluid for your transmission).

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I see Ashcroft suggests ATF for the LT77

Ill be pissed if this thing doesn't have PS, but we will find out soon enough.
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Hm I wonder if my truck will have the Italian plates on it still. That would be cool. Either way I have the dealer plate, and insurance is on it already. Ill register it in NY once I get it in my driveway.

As far as parkways go.. No way of avoiding that, I have to go through some of the busiest roads in NY. From NJ through Staten Island, over the Verrazano bridge then about an hour on the Belt/Southern State parkway to my house. Ill take it easy in the right lane.

Thanks for the tips
There are other ways to Long Island from NJ, parkways usually have only one tow company that are allowed to tow on them, you don't want to see that tow bill. Just make sure you are legit as a driver on that dealer plate, I know NY can be interesting with who and who cannot drive on the dealer plate, just my expierences though.

You can put 15w-40 in the trans (or xfer case or axles) to get home, then order the MTF fluid or whatever the rest of them recommend.

It takes 15 mins to check all the fluid levels, I did it at port, it's not a big deal.
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If your shippers warehouse is in the Port itself you will need a TWIC card to get into the Port.

If you don't have one, you will have to hire an escort who does.

If the warehouse is not in the Port, ignore the above.

I drove mine home from Baltimore last week.

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I see Ashcroft suggests ATF for the LT77

Ill be pissed if this thing doesn't have PS, but we will find out soon enough.
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more then I wish to spend after dropping $5400 in shipping expenses already.
Wow, where in Italy did it ship from ?
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Wow, where in Italy did it ship from ?
X2 shipping from downunder is under 2k.
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Old August 3rd, 2016, 11:39 AM
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Wow, where in Italy did it ship from ?
I had messaged you about this back in May, prior I wasn't aware of your services, but at this point I had been in touch with the liason in Italy who was already talking to the seller of my truck and started establishing some trust in each other. The liason wouldn't deal with anyone but the one shipping company. I didn't want to blow the deal as I really liked the truck so I bit the bullet.

Had I known the disadvantages of going container I would have saved some bucks going RORO ($1500?). But still wouldn't have been cheap.

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Only the Italians would jack up all the fees like that.

Bring a quart of ATF and dump it in the fuel tank is the only thing I would add.
Just the old style generic red ATF.
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Bring a quart of ATF and dump it in the fuel tank.
Seriously? (Never owned a diesel) Is this is increase the compression? I know some people that would put a little in the spark plug holes. I would think this would mess up the pump, filter and injectors.
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Thanks as always. I plan to take pictures and will be sure to post.
Congrats
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Seriously? (Never owned a diesel) Is this is increase the compression? I know some people that would put a little in the spark plug holes. I would think this would mess up the pump, filter and injectors.
ATF seems to help smooth things out and lube the system. I use this on all fill ups per advice from the guys that rebuilt my 200 injectors. http://stanadyneadditives.com/
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ATF seems to help smooth things out and lube the system. I use this on all fill ups per advice from the guys that rebuilt my 200 injectors. Stanadyne Additives
Alright I'll trust you guys. This better not be the diesel equivalent of 'Headlight fluid'.

JK I just googled and see some info. I guess on old motors like this it is OK.

Ill toss some ATF in when I fill it up at the fuel station.
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I had messaged you about this back in May, prior I wasn't aware of your services, but at this point I had been in touch with the liason in Italy who was already talking to the seller of my truck and started establishing some trust in each other. The liason wouldn't deal with anyone but the one shipping company. I didn't want to blow the deal as I really liked the truck so I bit the bullet.

Had I known the disadvantages of going container I would have saved some bucks going RORO ($1500?). But still wouldn't have been cheap.

Have a look...

Yeah, putting Defenders in containers bound for the US almost always costs nearly twice what roro costs if not more.

Looks like you shared a container so those were half the actual costs.....
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