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Old January 23rd, 2016, 06:02 PM
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Arkonik 110 restoration

For those who are interested, I am the fellow who was once the most vehement Arknoik detractor. I was told that my name was on the top of Arkonik's trouble list to be resolved.
I now have the final assessment of my experience with ordering and receiving a fully restored '88 110 County SW (photos attached) into Newark, NJ.

I had experienced some nagging resolvable issues with the truck. In order to remedy these issues without letting things drag on, Arkonik sent their chief quality control technician(Jeremy) to my NJ home on January 18th.

I found Jeremy to be an absolute gentleman in addition to having a wealth of knowledge and know how. His manner is one of absolute honesty and candor, even if the information imparted is not necessarily favorable.

He spent 2 1/2 days placing all new door seals, removing the carpet in all foot wells and cargo areas and replacing this carpet with removable snap on matts, placing a new higher amp alternator, placing a new radio head unit, retreating the door interiors with rust preventive, as well as other "tweaks" to absolutely maximize the truck.

During this process, I gained insight into what Arkonik and any other restoration experts are up against in producing a product of this quality from a 25 year old vehicle. I can elaborate if anyone wishes.

The bottom lines are these………
1. While I did not originally buy into the defender fanaticism proclaimed by Arkonik, I can attest that it is in fact the case. Judging by their extraordinary efforts to make my experience a truly rewarding one, these folks are trying to do the best job possible. Yes, I think there were mistakes and misjudgments along the way. I attribute these to a learning curve, naiveté, and perhaps somewhat being overwhelmed by their new found number of orders.

2. Every one who has examined my truck (Andrew Taylor on this forum, Lanny Clark of VT. and Orvis 109 fame, and Mike Hopwood, have been impressed with the soundness of the restoration.

3. At the end of the day I have what I consider to be a gorgeous 110, built to my specs. The importation process was a non issue and the truck was delivered to my front door.
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Old January 23rd, 2016, 10:18 PM
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Awesome looking truck.
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Old January 23rd, 2016, 10:23 PM
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Goddamn......

Now I'm rethinking NAS....

Was this a "2 figure" or "3 figure" project?

That looks like exactly what I would want...

Very, very nice looking.

More info? And definitely more pictures, please...
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Old January 23rd, 2016, 10:47 PM
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You can do 2 figure if you don't include photo and video restoration progress photos, and opt for a petrol engine. I don't know the cost for a 1990 200 tdi.
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Old January 23rd, 2016, 10:53 PM
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If you contact me on personal line I can send you to my Arkonik portal and you can all the hundreds of photos from start, donor truck. to completion.
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Old January 23rd, 2016, 11:05 PM
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Gorgeous! I don't think I would have thought to go with black vents on the bulkhead, but I would have been wrong. It really looks great like that! Breaks up, and adds depth, to the large surface area under the windshield that (up until now) I thought only an exo-cage could! Well done, and I'm glad it all worked out well.
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Old January 23rd, 2016, 11:14 PM
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I am so glad that you picked up on the black louvers. That is what the NAS trucks have and my thinking is exactly with yours. They break up the white and somehow look right to my eyes.
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Old February 3rd, 2016, 11:58 AM
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Great looking truck, love the shot of it out at Great Point!
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not trying to stir the pot..... they charge extra for photos of the trucks "journey" from beast to beauty.???
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Old February 3rd, 2016, 12:20 PM
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not trying to stir the pot..... they charge extra for photos of the trucks "journey" from beast to beauty.???
They do now apparently, but not when he had his built. More details in his other thread.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ord-67938.html
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Old February 3rd, 2016, 12:35 PM
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either way you end up getting charged for the photos.... usually it is just out of sight and added in a labor bill. glad you like it.
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Old February 3rd, 2016, 03:36 PM
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Much harder to do a smoke and mirror show if someone is there taking pictures!

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1960 SII 109"- "Red Square"
1984 90 Tdi- "Yamelo"
1988 RRC- "Chewbacca"
1987 RRC- "Chewy 2"
2008 RRS SC- "The Supersofa"

Past:
1959 SII 88"- "The Little Green Beastie" last seen in NY
1972 SIII 88"- "GreenHELL" now in NC
1988 90 "Eric the Half a Bee" half a truck, sold for parts
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Old February 3rd, 2016, 04:21 PM
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Great looking truck, love the shot of it out at Great Point!
Nice.😎 Here is a short winter video on the point.
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