I have had a good experience with (All are A+ on this list):
(in alphabetical order)
Work on cars/Buy cars/Check out cars:
Trevor Griffiths in Elizabethtown, PA (formerly RoverLab, now British 4x4 Specialists)
forum name = roverlab
-rrc lwb work
-d2 PPI and initial overhaul.... (pre-purchase inspection, what everyone should do .....my 2c)
-took what I thought would be a 500$ problem and fixed it for 2$...that kind of person
Dale Knepp in Marshville, NC (formerly Rover Barn, now RVR Barn)
forum name = rovertrader
-restoring a NAS truck for me using either NAS donor parts OR OEM parts, while in there, anything found that was unexpected was documented and fixed...lots and lots of mitigation - done the right way for long term problem avoidance..fresh wires..etc. (fully taken apart to paint) - not a low cost project and on the higher end of things...found rust when apart no one would have ever found and fixed it on his dime because he felt it was the right thing to do
-highly recommended by multiple people I know that are of the highest integrity
-services the Camel Trophy/Trek (LRSV) community of collectors internationally
Honorable mention to PT Schram. I have not worked with him yet but upon calling him he was very giving of his time and advice.
Rovers North (Les, Art, Greg, Steve, Rob...all of them have been super nice)
-honest and really know their stuff, have the small things - and big things...now
-when issues have ever popped up, they took care of me
-gave me what I needed and not more (not chasing my money)
-used them for prior rover too....
-cool stuff and their Rovers magazine had me dreaming of defenders when in the rrc then the d2....darn them to heck
Lucky 8 (Justin)
-lots of armor and such and very willing to help when complex, large mixtures of parts were needed, called me back on my schedule and talked me through nearly all aspects of a major build in terms of making a truck "awesome" for my needs....really what was going on it, what worked with what, etc....sometimes pushing the right parts not the most expensive...not sure how to say that right
-did my prior rover with him too....
-cool stuff that is unique
Urban Land Rovers (Dave)
-smart and very detail oriented
-willing to work with Dale on my build and on my timeline
-eclectic and their "odd stuff" is kept in stock....MudUK stuff can be hard to get....
-did some custom parts modifications for me
BP of Utah
-really unique things
Some users to mention:
Many D90 members (thanks!)
-thanks for light guards front and rear
-cross member tire supported carrier (not body attachement at all...superb)
-data on things/advice
-don't remember all of them but thumbs up to
Rosproline157 (some (not all of them) light guards)
budzny (sold me a hitch he never used and when it was not available due to something out of his control paypal'ed my funds back in seconds)
Others with advice. Some with humor.
(these are people or stores that I have worked with over and over and over and over and over....not just once or twice)
My sincere advice to anyone reading this: if you are not an expert already, either find a person like these guys to build/buy a truck from OR pay them to go look at your truck and evaluate it. They value their reputation and will charge for their time, but it is money well spent. These cars have so many ways to hide costs that I think it is worth doing...anyway, if you cannot afford to "invest 300 or so in a PPI, can you really afford these trucks at all?....just a thought. Even if you are an expert, these are emotional purchases and having someone be removed from that set of emotions is a good way to protect your money.
PS: None of the people above knew ahead of time I was posting this.