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Old September 8th, 2010, 11:36 AM
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Whats your best LR find?

Here's my story. I'm a fireman in Los Angleles, about 10 years ago I was working in Lincoln Heights which is in East LA. I was assigned as tillerman, the guy who steers the back of the hook and ladder, just about every kids dream right? At least it was mine growing up. One day we were driving back to the station from a call and passed a tow yard under a freeway overpass. Parked in the furthest corner in a spot that would only be visible from a high spot like the tiller seat of a fire truck, sat a green Defender 90 ST under a inch of dust and freeway grime. I yelled into the headset to stop the truck and pull over. I climbed down and walked up to the tow yard office to ask about that "beat up" Land Rover.
Turns out it belonged to a guy with a bunch of outstanding tickets and it had been impounded and the owner also failed to pay the tow yard storage fee. The owner said that if the vehicle owner failed to pay the tickets and storage fee it would become the property of the tow yard in less than a month. Long story short, I went back one month later and bought it for $13k. It was in fine condition considering it had been sitting for a year but at least it was covered by the overpass and not a drop of rain or ray of sun had touched it in a year. After a change of fluids and a car wash it looked good as new. It was a 1994 Conniston Green 90 ST with 40k miles on it. I drove it for a year and turned around and sold it for $23k using the profit to buy my D130 crew cab.

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Old September 8th, 2010, 11:39 AM
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awesome story, great find.
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Old September 8th, 2010, 11:41 AM
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Old September 8th, 2010, 02:56 PM
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I bought a 1983 Trident Green 110 (with some other colors thrown in for free) out of a field in West Yorkshire for 600gbp ($1017 @ the time). The truck has 61,000 original miles and started right up when we put some fresh gas in it. Needs lots, but cool project truck- gave it to my 15yr old for Christmas last year.
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Old September 8th, 2010, 03:58 PM
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My best find was getting my old 1967 SIIA 88 pickup back after 17 years (sold it in 1978 and bought it back in 1995)



But one of the best finds that my other club members like to talk about is a 1971 SIIA with only 42,000 miles that I bought from the original owner for $400.



We were sitting around in the restaurant where we held our club meetings before the meeting started and one of the waitresses came in and said there was someone on the phone who wanted to talk to somebody in the Land Rover club. One of the other guys told me to take the call - figuring that it was someone needing directions to the meeting. Once I picked up the phone I was asked if I knew anyone who might want to buy an old Land Rover SIIA.

The owner told me he had just retired and was about to move across the country to be near the rest of his family. He had bought the Land Rover new in California and then moved to Wisconsin for a few years before coming to Georgia about twenty-five years earlier. The Rover hadn't run in twenty years and he needed to sell it as his wife didn't want to take it to Washington. He said it only had 42,000 miles on it. I got some more details and told him I'd come look at it that Friday.

When I returned to the meeting everyone asked me what the phone call had been about since I'd been gone about fifteen minutes. I said "It's one you'll wish you had taken" and proceeded to tell them about a low mileage one owner SIIA that was for sale. I answered every question except "Where is it?" and said it would probably be in my driveway that weekend.

On Friday I loaded up some tools, a tow bar and an air tank in my Range Rover and headed to Peachtree City at lunchtime. When I got to the owners street I slowed down and started looking for a Land Rover roof in the back yards - figuring this thing had probably been moldering under a pine tree for two decades and would look like junk. Then a garage door started to open and I saw the old SIIA up on blocks where it had been for over 20 years. The brakes were shot (expected), the springs and rear crossmember showed some heavy rust from the few winters in Wisconsin that the Rover suffered before moving south. There were a couple of small rust holes in the firewall but the interior looked virtually brand new - I've never seen a better one in almost 40 yeeas of playing with Rovers. There was a new exhaust system still in its wrapper and various other parts that the owner had bought for the truck sitting in a box on the floor.



The best part was that the engine was completely free - the owner was a Delta mechanic and knew the value of preventative maintenance so he had put oil in the cylinders and would periodically spin the engine with the hand crank. The fuel shutoff solenoid on the carb had stripped the threads so the resulting air leak kept the Rover from running properly. I had most of the parts needed to put the truck back on the road in my accumulated stash of Rover stuff so I knew this would be a great truck if I could buy it right.

I asked him what he wanted for the Rover - knowing that his wife wanted the thing out of the garage since they were moving west in two weeks. He said he didn't know and for me to make an offer - at which point I'm thinking "if I can get this for $1000 its a great buy".....but I didn't know if he would take my first offer and counter with a higher figure. My dad used to say "always offer 40% of what you really want to pay for something" and although that can sometimes backfire on you I thought "well - I can always raise my offer" - so I offered the guy $400. He looks at me and says "OK".... I never thought he'd take the first shot but I whipped out the checkbook and said I can go get cash or write a check right now - he said check would be fine.

The friend of mine who had come with me was starting to get antsy at this point and said "we need to start heading home" but I said "yeah - but first we need to get these tires pumped up, the Rover down off these blocks and the tow bar attached." He asked "did you buy it?" and I said "yeah - lets talk about that later" - so we got to work and half an hour later we were headed out the driveway with the 88" in tow behind my Range Rover. About two blocks from the old mans house Neil looked at me and said - "OK - now you can tell me what you paid for it" and when I told him $400 he said "You rat, you stole that truck from that old man!" but everybody was happy and when I got it running again a couple of months later it was a great Land Rover. I sold it to a nice father/son team in Virginia who fixed the rear crossmember and applied a fresh coat of Poppy Red paint - it has the tag MILORA on it which is the name of the boat that it was shipped to San Francisco on in 1971 - the shipping tag was among the paperwork that I got with the truck.

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Old September 8th, 2010, 04:11 PM
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That is a great find indeed. I miss my old 69 iia and wish I had never sold it.
I'm on the hunt for it and will buy it in a heartbeat if I ever find it.
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Old September 8th, 2010, 11:46 PM
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That is a truly great story Jack W. You must have done some pretty good things to get good karma to come back like that :D

I'm on the opposite side. I probably paid too much for my '95 as I got it right before the market (both stock and Defender) took a dump. O well. When she's running right and the weather is good with the top is off and I get compliments on how cool and fun it looks - it kinda doesn't matter.
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Old September 9th, 2010, 10:05 AM
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Got my 84 LR90 for $5,000 as most of you know. 66,800 miles. Had no idea when I woke up last Thursday that I would go to bed owning my first LR. I have been driving it everyday since.
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Old September 9th, 2010, 11:24 AM
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Found my first NAS 110 from a local dude at a price that I am even shocked about to this day. Saw it parked at Cerrones and tracked the owner down through them and got it. Lucky find.
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Old September 9th, 2010, 11:39 AM
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a full set of genuine seat covers for my Classic from rovers north a few months back, I thought they were NLA
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Old September 9th, 2010, 11:42 AM
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I bought my first NAS D90 with a supposed blown motor for 12k circa 2002. The ECU was wet which flooded the motor with gas causing it to burn the now overfilled oil. Picked it up and fixed it and drove it for a few years until my ex made me sell it when I was in law school. Six months ago, I bought it back ... ironically for the same 12k I had to pay the first time.
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Old September 9th, 2010, 01:00 PM
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My First NAS D110

I bought my first NAS D110 in September of 1998 for $28,500 with 53k on it from the KC LR center (no rust and flawless). The guy traded it for an MB ML300 because the transfer case spline was toast. Funny thing is it was the D110 my dad ordered but did not take delivery because of a divorce (#375/500).
Earlier that month I asked a sales guy if they had or could get a NAS D110. He called a week or so later and left a message with my wife who almost forgot to tell me he called. I called the guy back and he said they just got one in that afternoon and was needing some transmission work. I asked him how much and said I will be there in 15 min with a check. When I got there he was puzzled as to why I would buy something sight unseen. They quickly learned that the sales manager that quoted him the price had no idea what they had, and I had paid them with reciept in hand. So the sales guy and the used sales manager got a quick lesson on NAS D110s. They fixed the transfer case too.
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My best LR find?---SafariRover

First year of medical school I was so stressed out I decided I needed a "project" for the summer before the second year started. Looked around all over the US for weeks and actually found a Series III SWB only 20 miles away in Miami. The guy was a lawyer who got in way over his head and sold it to me for $3500. He ended up buying a BMW. I drove it around campus for a week and the master cylinder blew. I looked around and found this guy named Stephen (SafariRover) who got me a bunch of parts. He also got me hooked up with a mechanic who rebuilt my transmission. I went back after that summer and drove the Series all through medschool and into residency. I lost track of Stephen, thought he moved.

When I imported my 110 I started looking on ebay for parts and who do I see? SafariRover. He has gotten me almost everything I needed for my rebuild. He has been invaluable and my greatest LR find. Also helps he lives only 20 miles away. No shipping charges!
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My best find was getting my old 1967 SIIA 88 pickup back after 17 years (sold it in 1978 and bought it back in 1995)



But one of the best finds that my other club members like to talk about is a 1971 SIIA with only 42,000 miles that I bought from the original owner for $400.


Awesome fine and great story.

BTW, I spy a Fraternity paddle hanging on the wall...
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Old September 10th, 2010, 08:41 PM
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Awesome fine and great story.

BTW, I spy a Fraternity paddle hanging on the wall...
I was way too uncool to be considered for a fraternity - that's the garage of the previous owner where the Rover lived for 20 years up on blocks. That was my first look at what I'd driven down to see...
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I was way too uncool to be considered for a fraternity - that's the garage of the previous owner where the Rover lived for 20 years up on blocks. That was my first look at what I'd driven down to see...
Too uncool to be in a frat? Or too cool to be in a frat?
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Old September 10th, 2010, 11:02 PM
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Don't drink, don't smoke, not much for parties, don't care for sports involving a ball - not fraternity material - never saw the appeal - mostly just a gear head with a close circle of like minded friends.

Most of my college days I was working full time and going to school at night - didn't leave much room for that kind of activity even if I had been interested.
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Don't drink, don't smoke, not much for parties, don't care for sports involving a ball - not fraternity material - never saw the appeal - mostly just a gear head with a close circle of like minded friends.

Most of my college days I was working full time and going to school at night - didn't leave much room for that kind of activity even if I had been interested.
Agreed, while I do some of those things, I left my first college because it was all about frats. I'm a GDI
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My best find was a few years ago on the south coast it was a stage 1 v8 series 3 truck cab with a harvey frost crane, I paid 200 for it It drove onto the trailer, I replaced the chassis and sold it to a friend for 2000, he finished it by respraying it and reconning the crane and he sold it to a chap for 5000. It was featured in LRO magazine.
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Old September 11th, 2010, 09:23 AM
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I don't want to sound like a sissy, but my best "find" has to be my wife.

She has encouraged / initiated the purchase of all the Rovers.

She wanted to stop at the dealer in Omaha to drive the D90 in 1994 - we ended up with a Disco.

She actually thought driving to Vermont to buy the bitsa 109 made sense.

She found her D90SW at the local dealer.

And even thought last week's purchase of the '53 made perfect sense.

.....wait, maybe I'm not the crazy one
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