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Old September 29th, 2010, 11:05 PM
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Restoration (squared)

What does........restoration x restoration = ??.........restoration (squared)......or stupidity......or insanity.......

WARNING: Long initial post for catharsis but pics ARE forthcoming.

I was one of the "early adopters" in 1994. I was finishing my surgery residency in Pittsburgh and I had saved up for a nice car when the bug bit me.

I had seen an ad somewhere about it but it had not come out yet. I tracked down a dealership and bought it sight unseen. I was told I was THE first one to buy one in Pittsburgh (Sewickley)......it was black on black ST with the leather seats. I thought it was awesome.

I moved to Indiana and then to Florida and kept the truck for 4-5 years. I thought I had to sell it because I needed something more "practical" (or so my wife told me). Also didn't have enough money to be able to have more than 1 or 2 cars.

When I sold it I made a PROFIT of $5K and that was with about 40K miles!!!! That was in 1999. Selling that truck was one of my biggest regrets.

Before I sold it I actually began to "restore" parts of it. Like most of them there were some spots that started to rust (rear tire carrier, front bumper guard). I wasn't happy with that so I started to take these off and have them powdercoated, etc, etc.

Next thing I knew.......my car was in pieces all over the garage!!! A year later, a lot of money, and nearly a new wife.......I finished it. Mostly cosmetic stuff but it was substantial. That is when I sold it.

FAST FORWARD to the present.......

I have been blessed to be able to afford more than 1-2 cars. And the D-90 was the first thing I wanted BACK. I found this site 3 years ago and here I am.

I initially wanted to get a truck done by ECR. I called Holly and when I was told it could take "up to a year", I said WHAT! I laugh my ass off now because in retrospect it likely would have been a LOT cheaper and a bit faster. But at the same time I'm glad because I have met some great people along the way and have learned quite a bit.

I decided I would buy a truck that was "done" or close to done and then finish it myself. I waited for the "right" truck. I finally found it with Matt Hurst. Many here know Matt (good guy) and he is still around a little I think. Here was original posting FOR SALE.........

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=9115

So in actuality this restoration began in 2003!!!!

The story continues...........
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Old September 29th, 2010, 11:14 PM
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When I bought the truck from Matt he had told me everything that had been done and I had a slightly "different" vision I what I wanted than what I believe he had wanted.

I believe Matt wanted a D90 that was almost like a "tribute" to the Series trucks. That is why it was pastel green with the white top and wheels and tan interior. I respected the idea and in the end have maintained it in part but it just didn't work for me.

Matt started with a 1995 Arles Blue 383/500 with 144k miles. He did what looked to be a fairly meticulous frame off restoration including galvy frame, NEW bulkhead, NEW 4.6 motor, galvy roll bars, and LineX of underbody, tub and roll bar.

Here are pics during his restoration.........
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Old September 29th, 2010, 11:17 PM
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Here are pics of the finished product.........I call it the Series Tribute D90.........
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Old September 29th, 2010, 11:32 PM
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And so it started.........essentially a "long destination re-restoration". After I bought it I asked Matt if he would mind doing a few things for me BEFORE he shipped it me.

Small things......Rockware bumpers, changing to Exmoor seats (trying to change color back to gray.....lol).

Next thing I know......the car is in "pieces" all over the country!!!! WTF!!!!

I figured as long as I didn't have the truck I would just have a few more thing done........get ARB lockers, new tranny/transfer case, drive shafts. These were essentially the things that Matt had "missed" during his restoration and need a refresh.

So I figured who better than Bill Davis at Great Basin Rovers to do that kind of work!! Had the truck shipped to him and then he took over.

He was going to add ARB lockers front and rear with his drive shafts. Also put in a LT230 with Maxidrive to "q" spec.

He asked about the tranny and I said f*ck it.......go ahead and get it done.

He sent it to Rob Dassler who then worked his magic.

Here are some shots during that time..............
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Old September 29th, 2010, 11:45 PM
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Time dragged on for one reason or another.......it took a while to get parts here and there.......my Dad passed away.......Bill's Mom passed away too.......added on a few more odds and ends. Next thing I knew a YEAR had passed!!!!!!

The truck was in "pieces" but at least in was in someone else's garage and not MINE (wife was happy).

One giant time sink was the winch. I had a bug up my butt to do a hydraulic winch but I didn't want the "standard" Milemarker (US spec) as it seemed too slow. In the UK they do hydro winches that are FASTER than the electrics. Had one put together from http://www.4x4winches.com/ (Allan Byrne).

Dealing with the UK is a "treat". They are very nice but I honestly believe they DON'T HAVE PHONES or only answer them during a rotating 15 minute period of time each day. Oh......and the instructions they include are awesome....NOT!

They do have an awesome setup though and they are the only ones that still make the pump that works with our PTO that Alfred Murray used to make under MaxiDrive.

This burned a lot of time too........
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Old September 29th, 2010, 11:56 PM
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So the entire time during this "saga"........I am like up until 3AM reading D-90 posts from 2004 on the pro and cons of removing sway bars, or was it how to make your own stainless oil lines.......I can't remember.

In any case......I was exhibiting signs of addiction........lack of sleep......depression.....anxiety.......manic behavior.......buying parts I don't need for a truck I don't even have and then selling them!!!!!!!

It was (is) bad. It's better now but still bad. So bad, my wife wishes I was still addicted to crack and porn.

So then the sh#t really hit the fan.......I was convinced I HAD to get a diesel. And not just ANY diesel. I had to have the "unicorn"........the HS 2.8 PS TGV (am I missing any initials?)

This was IMHO a lump of metal so beautiful that if it had been around.........Michelangelo himself would have carved a tribute to it out of marble!!!!


Guess what happened next????????????
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Old September 30th, 2010, 12:12 AM
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Old September 30th, 2010, 12:36 AM
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What happened next??

One word..............synonymous with greatness like other greats.

So great you know them by just one name......they don't need two.

Cher. Celine. Brittany. Pendy.
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Old September 30th, 2010, 01:05 AM
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Did you change the color of the truck again now that I took a closer look at the photos
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Old September 30th, 2010, 01:14 AM
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So here is a recap of what was done up until Pendy. Pre-Pendy. PP.

Galvanized chassis
New bulkhead
LineX battery box (after taken apart and then put back together)
LineX undercarriage and tub (after stripping down)
Galvanized and powdercoated tub cappings after removing and then reassembled
Mantec sliders (galvanized and PC)
Roll bars (galvanized and PC)

ARB lockers front/rear
3.9 gears
GBR double cardan drive shafts
HD axles front (23 spline)/rear (24 spline)
RoverTym trailing arms
RoverTym springs
Bilstein shocks

R380 Transmission redone by Rob Dassler
LT230 (Q spec) Transfer case with Maxidrive 31% reduction by Bill Davis

Hydraulic winch powered by PTO
X-Eng e-brake conversion to disc

Stainless brake lines (solid and braided flex)
Stainless clutch line
Stainless fuel lines
DBA rotors (slotted/drilled)
Teflon swivel balls
Hydroboost master cylinder from Vanco

Wheels custom (ANR1534PM converted from 16x6.5 to 16x8 with 4.5 backspacing)
Tires 295X75R16
Staun bead locks

Seats Exmoor Defender Elite
LaSalle headliner and door cards

This is before Pendy got it..............as you can see I have changed the color scheme "slightly". More black. Less white.
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Old September 30th, 2010, 01:16 AM
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Did you change the color of the truck again now that I took a closer look at the photos
No way! Do you think I'm stupid?!

That will come later......LOL.
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Old September 30th, 2010, 10:49 AM
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Dude so awesome. And all this after a full day of surgery? And I thought my 12hr shifts is hard on my Rover addiction.
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Old September 30th, 2010, 10:51 AM
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Great job. I love that truck..

------ Follow up post added September 30th, 2010 10:53 AM ------

Those rims look bad ass...
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Old September 30th, 2010, 11:03 AM
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Didn't you buy a new style rear door from me for it about a year ago? Where is that?
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Are there shocks that I can addjust up and down like my friends LX460? That would be very cool!
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Old September 30th, 2010, 11:37 AM
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Great job. Nice looking truck.
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Old September 30th, 2010, 12:34 PM
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John - where in Chicago are you? Love to see that thing in person someday.

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Old September 30th, 2010, 01:05 PM
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Man its great to have this thing see the light of day! Is it back in your driveway yet?

Oh, and thanks for letting me get that v8 out of it!
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Old September 30th, 2010, 01:12 PM
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Oh, and thanks for letting me get that v8 out of it!
I thought that cover looked familiar!
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Old September 30th, 2010, 01:23 PM
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Awesome D90! Love the green against galvy. Where did you get the rear bumper?
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Old September 30th, 2010, 01:33 PM
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love to see interior pics of the Exmoor Elites when you get a chance(what covers did you get? Black Leather,Black rack, etc). Beatiful truck.

Thanks for the PTO pics, btw. Confirms what I want to do now that I can't run my pto shaft up front past my LHD steering box.
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