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Old December 14th, 2009, 02:25 PM
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Project "Frank" - The Un-Gaying of a 110

Welcome to my 110 thread. I have not done very well at documenting the progress of my truck, but I might as well start somewhere.

I bought the truck on Ebay sight unseen except for a about 30 photos and talking to the owner/importer (a member of this board). I flew down to Wilmington, NC to pick it up and almost walked away from the deal after seeing the truck. Despite the pics, the truck needed some love. It's saving grace was that the frame and body is SOLID, but the doors were RUSTED. The truck has a Disco 200tdi drivetrain, including the LT77 tranny. The only bonus there was rear discs, but that's about it. Also, the truck had a lot of gay stuff on it, to include a hood scoop, and some Fast and Furious stickers, oh, and tube steps.

Why did I name the truck Frank? Short for Frankenstein.

My plan? Waste an immediate $10k in a complete mechanical and functional facelift.

I took aim at the easy stuff:
1. The hood scoop is gone, and I covered the hole in the hood with some 5-bar plate
2. The tires and rims are gone, in favor of my favorite D90 freestyle rims and BFG Mud T/As in 255/85R16s
3. Installed an AB swing away tire carrier - this is better than the Mantec. It's like the stock D90 ST carrier, but is galvanized and powder coated and has a Hi-Lift mount ($450)
4. All rear garbage is gone - bumperetters, hitch, etc.
5. Rear seats and front seats gone. Picked up some newer D90 front seats.
6. Remove front bumper.
7. Burn all the gay Fast and Furious stickers

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So what's next (ie, where the &%^&#*%! did $10k go?)

1. I've gutted the interior so I can spray bedliner on the entire inside.
2. Re-install all the seats
3. Install new Tuffy center console and rear speaker boxes, with new stereo and speakers
4. Install Safety Devices full exo cage
5. Install sliders
6. Mechanical overhaul of the 200tdi (timing belt, seals, gaskets, filters, thermostat, etc)
7. Install Equip competition hi-angle winch bumper
8. Install Superwinch 10k winch
9. Install new shocks
10. Install Wolf Fab Stealth 110 roof rack
11. Install new VDO guages (EGT, Temp)
12. Replace all fluids
13. Install Equip front steering skid
14. Armor tie rods and drag link
15. Fabricate rear gas tank skid plate
16. Install new front doors
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Old December 14th, 2009, 02:48 PM
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Did you need spacers for wheels?
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Old December 14th, 2009, 03:38 PM
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I sure did. Installed 1.5" spacers. The stock studs are a little short, so I need to need to figure out how to get longer ones. The ones I have now look to be welded in place.
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Old December 14th, 2009, 04:05 PM
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did you ever find the VIN on the frame or is it ground/sanded off ? Your truck was the subject of conversation @ Jays. Was looking forward to seeing it.
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Old December 14th, 2009, 04:08 PM
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Yeah, I'll bring it to HH next time. Frankly, I'm embarrassed at it's current state. I should be done with it by next week. I have not checked the frame VIN yet.
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Old December 14th, 2009, 05:31 PM
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You know being gay isn't a learned/acquired behavior right? Frank's always going to be gay bro. Sorry...
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Old December 14th, 2009, 05:37 PM
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You know being gay isn't a learned/acquired behavior right? Frank's always going to be gay bro. Sorry...
NO! A vehicle can be trained to be un-gay. It just has to hang around other straigt Rovers, in which case it is going to stay far away from your flamboyantly gay red 110 with yellow doors.
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It is a good thing you brought the durango to see my rovers. They are seriously gay.

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it is going to stay far away from your flamboyantly gay red 110 with yellow doors.
Janey is female so point made!

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Old December 14th, 2009, 05:46 PM
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Janey is female so point made!
Okay, so butch lesbian gay.
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Just because she runs rings around the boy trucks doesn't make her gay. Ok enough of a hijack. Looking forward to seeing Frank dressed up the way daddy likes him (IE so he looks straight to those that can't tell he's flaming).
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It's called Metrosexual by the way
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Just in case anyone thinks I am serious

1. There is nothing wring with being gay IMO, nor gay rovers (or owners)
2. I don't think your truck looked gay before or after you got your grubby little paws on it

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My question is, Jonathan if you thought the truck was gay, why did you buy it? Did it whisper softly to you? Daddy's car never loved you? Fulfilling a need?

Sorry, just adding to the fray.
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Sadly, I think I have perpetuated the "my truck is gay rumor." My truck is not gay, I promise.
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Sooo.... Wolf

Now I know why that box with Rover parts you sent me had hearts on it...

Your 110 is trying to hook up with my 90 on the DL
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LOL. That was my 3 year old son!
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Other than the obvious, looks like a sick truck. I have always loved black 110s, I look forward to seeing it on the trail one day... good luck with the "un-gaying" !
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very nice. but i'd get rid of the shovel on the back.
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very nice. but i'd get rid of the shovel on the back.
I assume you mean the hitch, yes, it's long gone.
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