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.........
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.
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..............
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.
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!!!!
So here is a recap of what was done up until Pendy. Pre-Pendy. PP.
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)