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Old September 3rd, 2008, 09:21 PM
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Which winter rig would you rather drive?

Since you guys have me freaked out about driving the 110 during the Maine winters I have a decison to make. Of course this is a rover forum so I expect some bias but let me know what you think.

Ship out the beater RRC or the 1946 Chevy 4x4?
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 09:36 PM
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That RR looks nice and warm inside. Especially if you have some passengers.
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Old September 3rd, 2008, 09:38 PM
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Yes it is warm but its also a slug. its got the original 3.5L with lots of miles on it.
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Love the RRC.
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Beater Range Rover and give it a good coat of waxoyl in all the prone spots (front footwells, sills, rear seatbelt mounts/pillars, rear crossmember, rear floor)

As for the heat, unless you have it tweaked well they don't put out an awesome amount of heat unfortunately. But it's certainly adequate. Especially if we're comparing it to a defender!
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Since you guys have me freaked out about driving the 110 during the Maine winters I have a decison to make. Of course this is a rover forum so I expect some bias but let me know what you think.

Ship out the beater RRC or the 1946 Chevy 4x4?
The '46 is a beautiful truck and the RRC is probably better in the snow. Two great reasons to drive the Rover.
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I guess since you have the RRC in reserve, that would make a fine winter vehicle. I plan on driving my 90 in the winter.. although collectable, I view these as work trucks at heart. Maybe it will come back to haunt me with big repair bills but I love the go anywhere/do anything--even in the snow--nature of these vehicles.
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Old September 4th, 2008, 04:28 AM
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Jeff trust me the chrome wheels are dead already. Thats an old photo.
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Beater Range Rover and give it a good coat of waxoyl in all the prone spots
Why bother, just buy a beater and beat it.
I have a 99 D2 that I bought from the local Saab dealer (a trade in) for 1000. and it has taken me through 2 winters and is still going strong. When it dies I'll part it out and go buy another. I had to buy a set of Blizzaks (snow tires) for it, but other than that its is fine and its great to run to Sugarloaf in comfort and not deal with the 90 soft top in January.

As for the choice... hands down something other than that old truck. A Classic, a Disco if you want to keep it Rover, or a honda or something if you don't.
You haven't experienced a Feb. morning with a -15 degree temp and a -25 wind chill yet if you just moved to Maine. That truck would suck a$$ in the winter here (cool looking though).
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Since you guys have me freaked out about driving the 110 during the Maine winters I have a decison to make. Of course this is a rover forum so I expect some bias but let me know what you think.

Ship out the beater RRC or the 1946 Chevy 4x4?
I Vote Rangie definitely (especially since you seem to already have it), but think a matching set of tires would be a good idea
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Funny enough I have experiened those mornings. Im from this part of the world. In college I owned
a 1973 Alfa Spider. The defroster never seemed to work so I would be sticking my head out the window on my way to school. Nothing like your hair freezing because you just got out of the shower
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pickup looks like a cool around the property truck. did that replace the 109 ?
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Old September 4th, 2008, 12:38 PM
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Yeah it did. I was having trouble finding a solid 109 in my price range and there is a lot of wood and stuff to haul around here. Dont think this thing will be getting stuck in the field any time soon
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[QUOTE=Maryland 110]pickup looks like a cool around the property truck. {QUOTE]

That IS a cool pickup truck - what kind of drive train? (K5 Blazer underpinnings and a SBC?)
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Old September 4th, 2008, 01:58 PM
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Thanks Garth. It sits on a 69 3/4 ton frame and has military axles. Powered by a fuel injected 327 corvette engine.
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Old September 4th, 2008, 02:35 PM
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What is wrong with driving the 110???

Do you need a truck/SUV?? If not, get a car any car and put winter tires on it.
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Old September 4th, 2008, 02:56 PM
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I was planning on driving the 110 but the consensus seems to be It wont survive too many winters here. The 110 is essentially a rust free (door sills excluded) west coast truck. How does your 90 hold up in Calgary?
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Old September 4th, 2008, 04:38 PM
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It is fine. You have to rust proof it like any other vehicle. But, my 90 is a truck that gets used. It is heavily trail beaten, scratched and dented.

The trucks that I see out of the UK are much, much worse than what I see here.
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RR all the way. the 3.5 motor is great lasts forever as long as you change the oil. When I sold my 87 RR with the 3.5 efi it had about 200k miles still ran fine.
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