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Old August 2nd, 2016, 12:46 PM
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My 86 xmod 90 rebuild

I started this rebuild last September, and after going into much more depth then I originally intended, I'm almost there:

The Good:
  • The military ninety spent some time in Desert Storm, so rust was at a minimum
  • The engine and rear had been replaced with a 300 Tdi and disc brakes from a Discovery 1
  • It ran great, and was mechanically sound – no issues at all
  • The chassis and bulkhead were in really good shape overall
  • A cool history

The Bad:
  • The body had been hand painted for the war, and definitely took a beating over time (character)
  • The interior was old and really dirty – typical xmod
  • The suspension was so-so, but needed to be updated
  • The bushings and a-frame ball joint were toast
  • Most all moldings and trim pieces were in need of replacement
  • Bumpers, roll bar, hood rails, etc., were all intact but had layers and layers of paint, scratches, etc.
  • You get the point…

The Plan:

My goal was to do an 80% tear down and then a nice overall refurb/rebuild that left much the character and history of the xmod, but brought the ninety into the 21st century..

Almost there!
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Old August 2nd, 2016, 01:00 PM
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Hey Jim,
Excellent rebuild diary. I looks almost identical to my '87 x-Mod 90. I will have some additional body parts and a hoop set available if you are interested. I will keep watching for future updates. Let me know if you ever get over to WNY (Rochester/Buffalo).... Take care!! Darrell
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Old August 2nd, 2016, 01:11 PM
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Impressive!
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Old August 22nd, 2016, 10:09 PM
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Okay, finally got the rest of the checker-plate on as well as the rear fender flares..
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Old August 22nd, 2016, 10:12 PM
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figured i'd attach the pic this time :-)
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Old August 25th, 2016, 10:11 PM
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Looks great!
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