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Old May 31st, 2017, 08:54 AM
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Guys,

I am new here and thinking of purchasing a 1989 Defender pick up 2.5lt Turbo Diesel. It has 100,000 Original Miles and has original paint, numbers matching engine and tranny...completely original. I'm not trying to "flip" this for a quick profit, but do want to make sure I'm making a sound investment. I want convert it from a truck to a soft top, add AC, add rear jump seats, upgrade the little bits and pieces.

The truck is rust free and is mechanically sound from what I can tell. If I can pick this up for around 10k and put 15-20k into it, will it be worth 30-40k provided it is all done right by my Land Rover shop?

Let me know your thoughts and thank in advance!
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Old May 31st, 2017, 09:06 AM
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I am definitely not a Defender price expert but I did spend the last 8 months researching and purchasing my 1992 200tdi 110 which arrived two weeks ago.

My thoughts, look for something a little newer with a factory installed 200tdi. The build date for these vehicle is just passing the 25 year mark and in the next year I expect there will be more of those shipping over then the alternative power plants.

In the long run, I think you'll be happier with the added power/reliability and as far as value I believe it will be stronger.

Just my $0.02...and I'm sure others will chime in with more informed answers.

Good luck!

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Old May 31st, 2017, 09:24 AM
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Probably the biggest deciding factor on the potential value when all is said and done is what side is the steering wheel on.
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Also, the 19J turbo engine is not the most desirable. Sounds like a lot of work for questionable value and there are many people now importing ROW Defenders trying to make a quick buck.
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The early Rover AC systems might not be an ideal combo with an early 90/110 ST in your region of the country. Dry climates maybe but humid climates tend to challenge the old school stuff. Maybe you can find a buddy down there that has a similar set up and experience it first.
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Guys,

I am new here and thinking of purchasing a 1989 Defender pick up 2.5lt Turbo Diesel. It has 100,000 Original Miles and has original paint, numbers matching engine and tranny...completely original. I'm not trying to "flip" this for a quick profit, but do want to make sure I'm making a sound investment. I want convert it from a truck to a soft top, add AC, add rear jump seats, upgrade the little bits and pieces.

The truck is rust free and is mechanically sound from what I can tell. If I can pick this up for around 10k and put 15-20k into it, will it be worth 30-40k provided it is all done right by my Land Rover shop?

Let me know your thoughts and thank in advance!
Most likely you will get all or most of your money back when you sell it, but don't go into it buying it as an investment. As newer trucks are coming in, yours will likely loose value. Right now NAS trucks are bringing ridiculous pricing.

Where are you in Atlanta?
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Thanks guys, I have decided to buy a 91 200TDI Van. I am going to convert it to a soft top. Picking it up Saturday. Pictures to follow. Any idea's on cost of swapping RHD to LHD?
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Thanks guys, I have decided to buy a 91 200TDI Van. I am going to convert it to a soft top. Picking it up Saturday. Pictures to follow. Any idea's on cost of swapping RHD to LHD?

New steering box c/w power steering hoses, etc. New dash. New heater box and air intake. New brake/clutch lines. Lots of other odds and sods. Depending on whether you want to do a "Bubba Style" swap or a proper one (moving the battery, moving the parking brake, making sure your engine bay looks right and not overcrowded on one side) the number of "odds and sods" increases
Plenty of information on RHD to LHD swap on this forum if you search.


The real question you should ask yourself is why would you even want to do it?
You'll get used to driving on the wrong side of the road pretty quick and a soft top (or a station wagon) offers excellent 360deg visibility even from the RH drivers seat. The big downside of the swap, IMHO is a possibility of being stuck with an easily identifiable (your VIN will state it's a RHD) "modified" vehicle for the rest of that vehicle's life, and, depending on where you move with it in the future, you may not even be able to register it and could have an issue selling it.
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