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Old June 21st, 2016, 08:08 PM
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'91 110 Refurb

Hi everyone. Thought you might enjoy following along on the refurb of my 1991 200TDI D110. This is no frame-off restoration. Just updating and upgrading a beautiful truck that is in good shape with around 85,000 miles on it. I'm doing it the easy way (having someone else do the work) but don't judge! This truck is being worked on in the UK. Truck is being prepped for a paint now. It took me quite some time to research what I wanted and to put this spec list together so hopefully it can help someone else figure out what they want (or don't want) to do for their project. The refurb includes the following:

- New paint - Roof in Chawton White. Body Color in Keswick
- Wheel Arches - To be painted to match body color
- Engine & Transmission - New CAM belt, front oil seals and swivels, transfer output seals and differential seals replaced. Full service and tune.
- Air Conditioning - New CoolAir Logan front AC unit being installed
- Flooring: Full interior to be lined with high quality acoustic carpet. Rear cargo area acoustic mat (Product # EXT009-1). Front Exmoor mats Product Number EXT017-2. Middle row diamond mats – Product number EXT017-3.
- Sound Deadening: 2 layer sound deadening to be done in the floor, headliner, transmission tunnel, seat boxes, door
- Suspension Upgraded : Terra Firma suspension (Shocks only). Springs will be removed and inspected for sagging and replaced if needed
- Front Seats - Grey Leather. 2 Exmoor Defender Seats Parts numbers EXT303 & EXT304
Center Console Leather trimmed to match seats
- 2nd Row Seats - Grey Leather. 2 Classic high back seats and 1 low back seats in the middle. 2 x Exmoor products EXT350. 1 x EXT351
- Loading Area Seats - 2 Tip up seats in leather to be installed on one side. Other side to be left open with only carpet
- Grill - New standard grill
- A-Bar
- Skid Plate
- Diamond Plating - (Black) on wing tops, sill strips, low rear corners
- NAS Rear Bumper - Powder coated in Black.
- Rear Tire Swing - Mantec rear door swing powder coated in Black
- Wheels & Tires - Wolf Steel HD Wheels painted in Chawton White with 235/85/16 BF Goodrich TA K/O2 Tires.
- Lights - New LED lights in front, side and rear of truck. To be installed in original OEM lens colors.
- Doors - Any rust found will be fixed and door replaced if needed. Door locks, hardware, hinges and hinge gaskets to be replaced with new. Stainless steel bolt kit. Door hinges to be repainted to match the body
- Windows - New drop glass seals and screen. New front windscreen. Rear windows to be tinted at 35% and front windows at 50%
- Side Steps - Replaced with New 4 standard step up.
- New Mud Flaps
- Badges - Keep the classic “Defender” that is over the grill and replace with new/clean badge (and re-paint under it). On Rear, put a metal badge like this one. Falon Nameplates - Land Rover Plates shop. on the rear right side
- Headliner - Existing headliner retrimmed
- Rear Work Light- New LED work light with controls on/near dash.

I welcome any comments, critiques, or suggestions. The truck is being painted now and should be completed by late July at which time it will be put on a boat for RoRo delivery to the USofA.
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Old June 21st, 2016, 08:14 PM
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Kurt just out of curiosity why are you choosing to have the work done in the UK vs US.
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Old June 21st, 2016, 08:21 PM
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Kurt just out of curiosity why are you choosing to have the work done in the UK vs US.
Hi there. The truck was in the UK and it's being done by a guy that I really trust. It also seems that everything is cheaper over there since most parts originate in the UK
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Old June 21st, 2016, 09:44 PM
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Replace the springs. No point in keeping the originals. Skip the terrafirma trash all together.

Skip the diamond plate. If you insist on it skip the sills and rear quarters. It's serves no function and just ruins the body by drilling it.
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Old June 21st, 2016, 11:52 PM
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X2 on what Barry said. Especially the diamond plating, because it is usually seen hiding dents and corrosion. And on Jeeps from the eighties hiding rusty body parts. And the 25 year old springs my not be sagging yet but they will soon enough. Why cheap out on the ride and handling after spending what seems like a small fortune? Put some good stuff on.
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Old June 22nd, 2016, 12:20 AM
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Can't wait to see it and drive it when it arrives Kurt!
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Old June 22nd, 2016, 01:39 AM
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X2 on what Barry said. Especially the diamond plating, because it is usually seen hiding dents and corrosion. And on Jeeps from the eighties hiding rusty body parts. And the 25 year old springs my not be sagging yet but they will soon enough. Why cheap out on the ride and handling after spending what seems like a small fortune? Put some good stuff on.
thanks guys. I do like the look of the diamond plating in small quantities but agreed that I don't love the idea of poking Lots of holes in the body.

I'll check out the springs. What do you guys recommend for springs and shocks? I don't want any lift (my garage clearance is only 82"). I Want a comfortable ride. I'll definitely do some off roading but it will be on pavement 80-90% of the time.
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thanks guys. I do like the look of the diamond plating in small quantities but agreed that I don't love the idea of poking Lots of holes in the body. I'll check out the springs. What do you guys recommend for springs and shocks? I don't want any lift (my garage clearance is only 82"). I Want a comfortable ride. I'll definitely do some off roading but it will be on pavement 80-90% of the time.
I've heard and read somewhere the early 110's came with Range Rover front springs to provide a nicer ride. My 83 is original stock and the ride is noticably smoother. Might ask around or research this as an option.
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Old June 22nd, 2016, 04:25 PM
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Old June 23rd, 2016, 05:34 PM
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Thanks guys. I'm going to do the diamond plating only on the wing tops and skip the sills and lower rear panel.

A question regarding the frame/chassis. I attached a few photos of the frame prior to it being cleaned. They show a little surface rust but that has now been brushed and steam cleaned away. The truck will live on the West Coast so not a real rusty climate. Should I have the frame Wayoyl'd? What are the opinions on this??
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A few progress shots. Primer is on. Paint will be done next week.
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Did you paint inside?
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Did you paint inside?
Floor is going to be covered in adhesive soundproofing and carpet so didn't see any need to paint the floor. Any area that will be exposed will be painted.
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Yes to Waxoyl or equal.
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Are you adding door seals to the bottom of the doors?
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Yes to Waxoyl or equal.
Thanks. Yes, I came to that conclusion and waxoyl will be applied to the chassis with care taken to avoid suspension and exhaust.

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Are you adding door seals to the bottom of the doors?
Yes, the bottom of the doors will have door seals.

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Folding Side Steps

I need some opinions here. I'm planning to install 4 OEM side steps on the sides and a NAS rear bumper. I was considering installing all black Fire and Ice running rails but thought that was too modern of a look. Wouldn't go with the Keswick Body/White Roof/White Wolf Steels. Does anyone have any opinions on the folding side steps? Do you actually use them? Are they handy to have? Or are you better off just leaving them off altogether?

The OEM version costs around $40 more per step, not sure if it is worth using the OEM ones or not.
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I dislike the folding steps personally. Aesthetically they look great but for a stock height truck I didn't find they were helpful, more in the way so I cut them off. I'm selfish and I speak only from the drivers POV.
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I dislike the folding steps personally. Aesthetically they look great but for a stock height truck I didn't find they were helpful, more in the way so I cut them off. I'm selfish and I speak only from the drivers POV.
Thanks. It is a stock height. Should i just eliminate the side steps all together?
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I'm with Clay - nix the folding side steps like you did the 5 bar. However, I have found the one at the rear of the truck to be quite useful.

That said, it's your truck, your time and your money. Make it the way you want.
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