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Old June 12th, 2016, 08:55 AM
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What should I do to my Defender

I have a 1989 RHD Defender 90 3.5 V8. The vehicle has only done about 80K miles as verified by its full service history. There is some corrosion on the door bottoms and around the fuel fill up. The foot wells have already been repaired but there is some corrosion between the two plates that have been welded. Bulk head is absolutely solid. I believe the chassis is sound. Headliner is sagging


I would like this vehicle to be my daily driver so if you had 15K to spend including labor costs what would you do?


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Old June 12th, 2016, 09:20 AM
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Put some thought into it and make it yours.
I am a purist at heart and try to keep mine that way as much as possible. Major upgrades using Land Rover designs is ok in my opinion.
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Old June 12th, 2016, 09:33 AM
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Depends whether you or someone else is doing the work. Though you did say labor costs so I assume you are not. You "believe" the chassis sound? Probably should establish that with a little more certainty. Get under there with a small hammer and see how it sounds when you hit it. Poke a screwdriver into all the corners.

15k will get you quite a bit. But, it sounds like you need to drive the vehicle for a while. It will be able to tell you what it needs better than a random sampling of Defender junkies on the internet who can't see the truck and don't know you or your tastes and abilities.

One of the most useful things I learned early on was from Bruce @ DAP, who told me that Land Rovers will almost never fail on you unexpectedly. They have a way of "talking" to you and letting know when something is wrong. If you don't learn how to listen, then you'll never be happy or comfortable driving one.

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I have a 1989 RHD Defender 90 3.5 V8. The vehicle has only done about 80K miles as verified by its full service history. There is some corrosion on the door bottoms and around the fuel fill up. The foot wells have already been repaired but there is some corrosion between the two plates that have been welded. Bulk head is absolutely solid. I believe the chassis is sound. Headliner is sagging


I would like this vehicle to be my daily driver so if you had 15K to spend including labor costs what would you do?


Thanks
Mark
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Great advice Dave. So true about hearing what they are saying.
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Spend it all on mechanicals. Refresh motor, transfercase rebuild, address every seal in front and rear axles, new fluids, brake service, suspension overhaul, fuel pump? Then if cash left over address the aesthetics, interior and exterior etc.
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Spend it all on mechanicals. Refresh motor, transfercase rebuild, address every seal in front and rear axles, new fluids, brake service, suspension overhaul, fuel pump? Then if cash left over address the aesthetics, interior and exterior etc.


This!!!

Make it sound and fun to drive then add in the extras. I learned the hard way due to my excitement and being uneducated on Defenders. If at all possible do all the work yourself. Even if you aren't mechanically inclined you can learn to be. These aren't complicated machines. If you don't have a decent tool kit, use some of that $15K to buy one (get a rolling tool chest tool otherwise you'll spend more time walking back and forth to get tools as no two nuts/bolts/parts are the same size ). My truck spent 14 of 20 months I owned her in the shop in two 7 month stretches and in the end I ended up doing most of what I wanted done. It was an expensive lesson but I now have a lot more confidence in taking care of problems on the trail or side of the road.
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This!!!

Make it sound and fun to drive then add in the extras. I learned the hard way due to my excitement and being uneducated on Defenders. If at all possible do all the work yourself. Even if you aren't mechanically inclined you can learn to be. These aren't complicated machines. If you don't have a decent tool kit, use some of that $15K to buy one (get a rolling tool chest tool otherwise you'll spend more time walking back and forth to get tools as no two nuts/bolts/parts are the same size ). My truck spent 14 of 20 months I owned her in the shop in two 7 month stretches and in the end I ended up doing most of what I wanted done. It was an expensive lesson but I now have a lot more confidence in taking care of problems on the trail or side of the road.


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