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Texas Defender Imports - Chris Stockdale - Anybody know him?

So I saw the orange 110 pop up on the sidebar of d-90 and thought to myself hey that's that 1993 110 that jonathon bought that used to be Kermit's that he painted orange...so I opened it. I read the description (below) and saw that the truck he pictured is not actually the one he's offering for sale but rather an accurate representation of what it could look like. He put his number in the ad so I just did a quick Google on it and it looks like he's a mortgage broker or something out of Bastrop Texas.

Looks like a new dude in the business of restoring defenders to new condition and his ad says "enthusiast" a few time. But does anyone actually know him?

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You are currently bidding on a vehicle en-route to the US from the UK. We import Land Rover Defenders that meet Classic title status (25 yrs or older) and modify to your specific desires. Whether you are looking for a true extreme 4X4, or a unique British SUV we can hand-build the vehicle of your dreams. We handle all import documentation, fees, and shipping. The included picture is not of the actual vehicle, but is a sample representation of what your Defender could look like.

Possible options include:
Custom paint of your choice
Custom over-sized wheels and tires
300 TDI (Turbo Diesel Injection) or 2.5 Naturally Aspirated Diesel
Your choice of manual or automatic trans with heavy duty coolers
(Power train warranty for 12 months/12,000 mile with the power train package upgrade)
Air Conditioning
Window tint
Custom seats
Custom interior
Expedition roof racks
Custom tire holder
ARB bumper
12,000lb warn winch
Off road lighting
Rock sliders
Diff guards
Lift kit

All above options are entirely customized to your specific desires. When selecting one of our 300 TDI power train packages we fully rebuild the entire drive train from the ground up. We have a multi-national team including our in-house Master Land Rover Technician with over 30 years experience and a former Royal Marine on staff. We have global rover parts suppliers, and some of the most dedicated Rover enthusiasts you'll ever meet - we bleed green!!

Built by Land Rover enthusiasts, for Land Rover enthusiasts!! We don't just build them, we love them!!

If you would like to discuss possible build options for your specific project, drop us a line at TDIROVERS@gmail.com or give Chris a call at: 512-332-1335
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Old March 18th, 2013, 03:01 PM
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Never heard of him but Bastrop is right down the trail from me...
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Old March 18th, 2013, 03:27 PM
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How do you bid on an unseen truck? And what does the "base" vehicle come with? Is this 20k a POS import, then this dood rapes you on all the "restoration" and "upgrades." His ad is extremely vague.
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Old March 18th, 2013, 03:33 PM
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The auction is just a cheap ad for this guy. He knows that he's not going to get any bids on an unbuilt truck. He's looking to catch the guy looking for a ROW truck and turn him onto the idea of a custom truck. He'll probably just pull the closest match off a lot in the UK and ship it over, slap a few things on it, and call it "custom".
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Someone should bid on it and see what they get.
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So I saw the orange 110 pop up on the sidebar of d-90 and thought to myself hey that's that 1993 110 that jonathon bought that used to be Kermit's that he painted orange...so I opened it. I read the description (below) and saw that the truck he pictured is not actually the one he's offering for sale but rather an accurate representation of what it could look like. He put his number in the ad so I just did a quick Google on it and it looks like he's a mortgage broker or something out of Bastrop Texas.

Looks like a new dude in the business of restoring defenders to new condition and his ad says "enthusiast" a few time. But does anyone actually know him?
I freakin' LIVE for these awesome posts by Josh. Welcome to this week's episode of CSI D-90! Bow down ...
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I freakin' LIVE for these awesome posts by Josh. Welcome to this week's episode of CSI D-90! Bow down ...
... actually I think D-90 is a honeypot created by Josh to help track defender's in the US!
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Good afternoon all. I thought I would take a minute to introduce myself after our recent listing went up on Ebay. I am an Ex-Pat who has been in the States since 2000. Prior to moving over I spent several years in the Royal Marines living and working on the trusty old Landy. I've wanted to bring them over for several years now, but never had all the pieces in place until now. I知 working with a LR Master Tech who has 30 yrs in the business (21 just on LR), and another business partner who is a LR nut. I wasn't trying to put anybody out with the picture I posted, I just thought it looked like a great build that seems to represents the quality of work that we know we can do and will strive to put out. We are a committed group who believes in the qualities that Land Rover represents and seeks to further those qualities. We have spent considerable time and care developing our methods and will be doing ground up rebuilds and we will not just bolt on an ARB or a set of Hellas to send them down the road. I would be happy to post pics as they come so you can get a better idea of what we are about, and Bill, if you ever want to meet up in New Braunfels or Bastrop, we would love to visit with a fellow enthusiast. If anyone wants to call me to visit feel free, I知 available much of the time at (512) 332-1335. I知 excited that in the next 3-6 months there will be several examples of what we do out there in the community, but until then I look forward to hopefully meeting some of you as we introduce ourselves in person!
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I wouldn't buy a used copy of the Hunger Games in softcover from someone with 0 ebay feedback. Why would I buy a $20k truck?
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Welcome. Any pics of the truck that is en route to the States so that we can see a "before" pic?
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Good afternoon all. I thought I would take a minute to introduce myself after our recent listing went up on Ebay. I am an Ex-Pat who has been in the States since 2000. Prior to moving over I spent several years in the Royal Marines living and working on the trusty old Landy. I've wanted to bring them over for several years now, but never had all the pieces in place until now. I’m working with a LR Master Tech who has 30 yrs in the business (21 just on LR), and another business partner who is a LR nut. I wasn't trying to put anybody out with the picture I posted, I just thought it looked like a great build that seems to represents the quality of work that we know we can do and will strive to put out. We are a committed group who believes in the qualities that Land Rover represents and seeks to further those qualities. We have spent considerable time and care developing our methods and will be doing ground up rebuilds and we will not just bolt on an ARB or a set of Hellas to send them down the road. I would be happy to post pics as they come so you can get a better idea of what we are about, and Bill, if you ever want to meet up in New Braunfels or Bastrop, we would love to visit with a fellow enthusiast. If anyone wants to call me to visit feel free, I’m available much of the time at (512) 332-1335. I’m excited that in the next 3-6 months there will be several examples of what we do out there in the community, but until then I look forward to hopefully meeting some of you as we introduce ourselves in person!
Welcome!

Looking forward to see the trucks you folks are bringing in.
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No, but as soon as I off load them I will get some posted...there will 2 90's and a 110. And I am on the same page as you Sonoronos, but them I would never buy something that expensive sight unseen without touching and feeling it a little.
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I'm interested to see what y'all can do! Good luck!
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Greetings Royal, We'll have drop by one day see ya'll (need to get Texan speek)

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Wish you well in your quest, if you are in Gaveston, give us a shout.
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Good afternoon all. I thought I would take a minute to introduce myself after our recent listing went up on Ebay. I am an Ex-Pat who has been in the States since 2000. Prior to moving over I spent several years in the Royal Marines living and working on the trusty old Landy. I've wanted to bring them over for several years now, but never had all the pieces in place until now. I知 working with a LR Master Tech who has 30 yrs in the business (21 just on LR), and another business partner who is a LR nut. I wasn't trying to put anybody out with the picture I posted, I just thought it looked like a great build that seems to represents the quality of work that we know we can do and will strive to put out. We are a committed group who believes in the qualities that Land Rover represents and seeks to further those qualities. We have spent considerable time and care developing our methods and will be doing ground up rebuilds and we will not just bolt on an ARB or a set of Hellas to send them down the road. I would be happy to post pics as they come so you can get a better idea of what we are about, and Bill, if you ever want to meet up in New Braunfels or Bastrop, we would love to visit with a fellow enthusiast. If anyone wants to call me to visit feel free, I知 available much of the time at (512) 332-1335. I知 excited that in the next 3-6 months there will be several examples of what we do out there in the community, but until then I look forward to hopefully meeting some of you as we introduce ourselves in person!

------ Follow up post added March 19th, 2013 02:06 PM ------

I get that way pretty regular mate. I'll look you up next time i'm in town!

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Good afternoon all. I thought I would take a minute to introduce myself after our recent listing went up on Ebay. I am an Ex-Pat who has been in the States since 2000. Prior to moving over I spent several years in the Royal Marines living and working on the trusty old Landy. I've wanted to bring them over for several years now, but never had all the pieces in place until now. I知 working with a LR Master Tech who has 30 yrs in the business (21 just on LR), and another business partner who is a LR nut. I wasn't trying to put anybody out with the picture I posted, I just thought it looked like a great build that seems to represents the quality of work that we know we can do and will strive to put out. We are a committed group who believes in the qualities that Land Rover represents and seeks to further those qualities. We have spent considerable time and care developing our methods and will be doing ground up rebuilds and we will not just bolt on an ARB or a set of Hellas to send them down the road. I would be happy to post pics as they come so you can get a better idea of what we are about, and Bill, if you ever want to meet up in New Braunfels or Bastrop, we would love to visit with a fellow enthusiast. If anyone wants to call me to visit feel free, I知 available much of the time at (512) 332-1335. I知 excited that in the next 3-6 months there will be several examples of what we do out there in the community, but until then I look forward to hopefully meeting some of you as we introduce ourselves in person!
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Good afternoon all. I thought I would take a minute to introduce myself after our recent listing went up on Ebay. I am an Ex-Pat who has been in the States since 2000. Prior to moving over I spent several years in the Royal Marines living and working on the trusty old Landy. I've wanted to bring them over for several years now, but never had all the pieces in place until now. I知 working with a LR Master Tech who has 30 yrs in the business (21 just on LR), and another business partner who is a LR nut. I wasn't trying to put anybody out with the picture I posted, I just thought it looked like a great build that seems to represents the quality of work that we know we can do and will strive to put out. We are a committed group who believes in the qualities that Land Rover represents and seeks to further those qualities. We have spent considerable time and care developing our methods and will be doing ground up rebuilds and we will not just bolt on an ARB or a set of Hellas to send them down the road. I would be happy to post pics as they come so you can get a better idea of what we are about, and Bill, if you ever want to meet up in New Braunfels or Bastrop, we would love to visit with a fellow enthusiast. If anyone wants to call me to visit feel free, I知 available much of the time at (512) 332-1335. I知 excited that in the next 3-6 months there will be several examples of what we do out there in the community, but until then I look forward to hopefully meeting some of you as we introduce ourselves in person!
Chris, you might want to be sure you are familiar with how the US rules are currently being interpreted and more importantly being played out at the moment. Based on what I've heard recently re the import of Land Rovers you may have a very difficult time getting the DOT and EPA to allow CBP to release your vehicle for import.

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So how is the operation going so far? Looks like bidding ended at $25k reserve not met.
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Chris Stockdale - Texas Defender Imports

Welcome Chris.
Nice chatting last week.
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Thanks for checking in Josh. We are still in our infancy but things are moving right along. We have a few builds planned and once we officially start I will post pics. Must say, was a little concerned with all that was going on in NC but I imagine that is par for the course. Thanks for all the good information/knowledge that is out there. Got a great intro to the 617 last week.
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Shop up and running with our first few trucks

I just wanted to follow up to this thread for those interested and let everyone know our shop is officially up and running and open for business in the Austin area! We imported out first two from the UK without issue and just brought in our third that is an ex MOD 110 soft top. We have seen a lot of unexpected traffic from local Defender owners (I have two NAS 110's in the shop right now), and some ROW's that has come through. I guess there are a lot more Defenders in this part of the country than I knew about. Anyone who wants to stop by and see the shop, or just shoot the ... is always welcome - We have some pretty cool neighbors too, from an Indie car engine builder to custom gunsmithing next door - big boys toys all around!

As promised, I have pics (sorry about the orientation), so while they are a little rough and ready right now in their ugly duckling stage, we expect to have a couple of swans leaving the shop in the next couple of months.
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