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Old August 4th, 2014, 03:01 PM
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1996 Land Rover TReK

I bought my first Land Rover back in 1998 I was looking for a Defender but they had stopped production in the US the year before and were going for big dollars then. So with the help of Heath my sales guide at the time he pointed me to a 1995 Discovery they had taken in on trade. It was a white stick shift that he said was basically a defender underneath with a different body. I think I paid 18,5 or around there for it. Of cource they has a 93 110 also on the lot but they wanted 24,5 or so and that seemed like too much money back then.

I drove the D1 for many years from around 30,000 miles to 80,000 miles and sold it off when I was commuting from LA to the OC. But always new I wanted to get a Defender which I did years later a 95 Defender that we had for a few years before outgrowing it. Drove a 89 Classic for a little bit before getting into a 84 110.

In my quest to find the right car I ended up in a 99 Land Cruiser for a year or so thinking that it was time to try a different brand. I was wrong, less then 2 years later I sold the Land Cruiser and knew I wanted to get back into a Rover.

So I figured I would go back to where I started and started looking for a stick D1 - and with some help from a couple board members found a 96 D1 that was used in the first TReK event. After a couple calls to the owner we struck a deal.

It took a good month to find a shipper and get the truck from coast to coast but when it got here I immediately knew selling the Land Cruiser was the right move as the D1 just feels lighter, smaller, quicker and more like the cars I was used to driving.

I didn't have big plans to do much to getting it running, I wanted to see if I could remake the event decals, source a winch as the original was stolen, put the interior back together, and give it a once over.
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Old August 4th, 2014, 03:03 PM
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When I bought it
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Old August 4th, 2014, 03:04 PM
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Old August 4th, 2014, 03:05 PM
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Sounds sweet Jay. Got any preliminary pics?

Nevermind. I jumped the gun... Looks great, congrats.
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Old August 4th, 2014, 03:07 PM
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Old August 4th, 2014, 03:10 PM
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Once the truck arrived I made a short list of things that needed to be done.

1. Needs radio antenna
2. Replace rear driver window arm
3. Install carpet
4. Replace rear window seals
5. New windshield
6. Change all fluids
7. Remake decals
8. Reinstall coop flooring for roof rack
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Old August 4th, 2014, 03:13 PM
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As of today I have gotten most of those done - I have a few decals still to do and I am still trying to find a good flat image of the event logo to redraw from - I ended up replacing the entire stereo also as the first time I put a tape in it I found out the tape player didnt work and now the radio is stuck in tape mode

As it sits today
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Old August 4th, 2014, 03:13 PM
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That truck looks amazing! Best of luck with it!
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Video of the 1996 Event

http://youtu.be/49v0LX_3Gu4

------ Follow up post added August 4th, 2014 12:16 PM ------

I have tried contacting a few people to see if I could find out which number truck it was from the event and see if it truly was a event truck

According to a few people they say yes it was used in the event but that the vins were not tracked with what number decal was put on which truck when they got here from the UK

------ Follow up post added August 4th, 2014 12:20 PM ------

Here is my current image for the new door decals
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Old August 4th, 2014, 03:22 PM
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I guess it sort of bridges the gap for me - as if I could find a true Camel trophy truck that would be ideal but not realistic so this sort of has some LR History at a fraction of the price

------ Follow up post added August 4th, 2014 12:24 PM ------

I started a Facebook page hoping to find some other TReK truck owners and see if I could use what numbers are out there to narrow down which number mine might be

https://www.facebook.com/LRTReK

there was another trek facebook page but not much activity so I started my own
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Old August 4th, 2014, 03:35 PM
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Wow, great find Jay, looks fantastic.
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Old August 4th, 2014, 04:45 PM
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Wow, nice floors Jay.

That fuel pump access door is pristine.


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Old August 4th, 2014, 05:31 PM
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What a great find. My friend's family has one they bought after the event and I've been trying to convice them to sell it to me for years! It 's a r380, right?

Jealous!!

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Old August 4th, 2014, 06:09 PM
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Yes Manual transmission
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Old August 4th, 2014, 10:53 PM
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got a hold of a used xd9000i winch

anyone have a trick to get the plastic coating off LR brush bars?
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got a hold of a used xd9000i winch

anyone have a trick to get the plastic coating off LR brush bars?

torch or sandblast
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Old August 5th, 2014, 01:24 PM
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torch or sandblast
thanks I tried grinding disks and they just get gummed up with the hot plastic coating - was looking for a do it myself option but sandblast might be the way to go
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Get a wire wheel - twisted/paired wire wheel that goes on a 4 1/2" grinder - it is a little tedious work, but you get it off DIY without gumming anything up...time = 6 pack
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like this one? will try tonight
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