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Old August 12th, 2012, 10:44 PM
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1986 110 SW - Straight off the boat, slow 'renew'

Hey Folks,
My 110 finally got here. Effing love it. No work done yet but I'll use this 'smaller projects' thread to post progress!

Basic specs, as she sits:

2.5 NA w/ 42,000 miles
LT77 w/unknown transfer case (need to check serial)
Stock paint with bubbling around fenders/sills
Stock interior, ripped seats, no seat belts in rear
'Decent' undercarriage, no deep rust found yet
Original ribbed roof
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Old August 12th, 2012, 10:56 PM
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Congrats!


Ashcroft has a list of ratios once you get your serial #

http://www.ashcroft-transmissions.co...d&productId=45
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Old August 13th, 2012, 02:53 AM
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If that's a factory 2.5 NA then i'd hedge my bets that it has a 1.6:1 t/box.
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Old August 13th, 2012, 10:25 AM
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Nice truck Dave. I am glad you kept it. I read about all the troubles you had. I imported mine too and did everything by myself. It was a headache but well worth it. My only advice, if you plan on a rebuild, drive the shit out of it first. My rebuild has taken 3 years and now realized I should have enjoyed the truck first before taking everything apart. Now I am just dying to drive it but still have a couple months left before I can button everything back up. Good luck!
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Old August 13th, 2012, 10:28 AM
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I'd be thumbing thru the Yellow Pages under "witch doctor" looking to get it unjinxed. Looks like a long term life partner for sure.
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Old August 13th, 2012, 11:06 AM
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My only advice, if you plan on a rebuild, drive the shit out of it first. My rebuild has taken 3 years and now realized I should have enjoyed the truck first before taking everything apart. Now I am just dying to drive it but still have a couple months left before I can button everything back up. Good luck!
I'll heed your advice and enjoy it as long as possible. My goals in my search were: solid chassis, 'young' diesel with life left, originalish. Nowhere in that list was 'beauty queen' or 'fresh paint'. I plan on driving it every day, conducting regular maintenance, occasional cosmetic upgrades (ie. sanding bad body rust and primering it until the whole truck looks like a cow), and eventually... EVENTUALLY, doing a rebuild. Holding off on that.
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Old August 13th, 2012, 12:00 PM
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Rust treat and paint the rear cross member, install LHD headlights now (so you don't blind everyone) and start making her nicer bit by bit.
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Old August 13th, 2012, 12:35 PM
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Nice!! Congrats!!
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Old August 20th, 2012, 08:17 PM
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I've been slowly working on the 110 as time and money have permitted. Right now I'm focusing on what I can do for little to no money and I've been pleased with small results. Luckily, the engine runs great so I haven't done so much as even tinker with it.

First, I decided to strip and paint the rear cross-member. I started by removing the old rusted bolts holding the rear of the tub to the cross-member. I then used a brass brush to remove grit and then sandpaper to get it down further. I then used 'prep and ready' a rust prep from the makers of POR-15. I wouldn't have went out and bought it - but a buddy left some in my garage from a previous project. I was impressed with the result. The surface was still discolored but completely smooth and free of grainy surface rust.

I then taped off and painted with a flat black rustoleum rust paint. I put down two coats and let dry.

I'm happy with the results. The discoloration beside the trailer hookup is actually just from a beam of light falling on it weird... it turned out pretty damn smooth and uniform. The biggest time waster was the replacement of the rear bolts with stainless bolts. Some of the nuts on the inside of the crossmember were soldered to the back side of the crossmember. They were a different thread pitch than the rest of the bolts. I broke two soldering connections off while installing the new bolts, and then struggled to get them loose after that as the nuts were barely accessible. Huge pain in the ass but worth it to not paint over bolts - a pet-peeve of mine.
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Old August 20th, 2012, 09:15 PM
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Nice 110. I know how it feels to work on the truck as time and funds permit. There are a lot of things that I'd like to do, but I must do everything on a budget.

Are there any other Defenders up in Benning? There's been a few 110s and a 90 down here at Rucker. Might be cool to arrange a link-up.
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Old August 20th, 2012, 09:24 PM
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Are there any other Defenders up in Benning? There's been a few 110s and a 90 down here at Rucker. Might be cool to arrange a link-up.
Yeah thats a great idea. There are two of us that I know of on Benning (SMac, on this forum) and one or two others in town apparently with NAS 90s. A link up in the future would be great. Love your 110 btw.
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Old August 20th, 2012, 09:38 PM
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And some more paint work to post... painted up the front headlight trim and grill with plastic-specific spray-paint. It looks great, but is so dark/bold that it REALLY makes the rest of my truck look like crap now!

For now I'm going to leave the galvanized front bumper as-is. Next to the paint-block will be the sills... sure wish I could just replace them with some rock-sliders.
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Old August 20th, 2012, 10:07 PM
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Middle row

And finally to cap off the work from the last week - the purchase and mock up of a new middle bench. My truck has the bare-bones middle bench and does not have seat belts in the middle or rear. My goal is to have modern-ish middle seats with seat belts. I started researching and decided that I wanted one of the few available OEM seats with the seat-belts built into the seat back. This is apparently a much safer option (and apparently we will start seeing it in more vehicles). Also, it gives me a more reliable anchor point for the belt than putting it in the flimsy pillar of the 110.

I found that the best option was the 3rd row seat from a Tahoe/Yukon/Suburban/Escalade. It measures 48" wide, has a simple base, is relatively short, has headrests as well as the built in seatbelts. I started looking for one before the truck even left the UK and quickly found that the market is saturated with them. Many folks apparently rarely use them so they are all over ebay. I was specifically looking for a 2001ish model 3rd row as it is a single bench as opposed to split.

I found one in Atlanta and went to pick it up today. Killer deal: $75 bucks. Its not in bad shape but not great shape either. I did the mock up and I really think it will work great. Foot space is limited at best. I'm 5'7" and my legs dangle a bit... I'm hoping when I actually have a mount/base/box fabricated that it will be able to be pushed back and down a bit.

Will continue to post on this because if it works as I think it will I think others might be interested in a similar conversion given the relative low cost.
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Old August 20th, 2012, 10:25 PM
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I used that plastic paint on my grill and lights surrounds a couple of years ago and have been very impressed with how it has performed. After a couple of months it will get enough dust on it so as not to be such a contrast from your older blue paint.
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Old August 22nd, 2012, 08:45 PM
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Had a longer lunch today and stopped by to check out the 'auto-skills center' on Benning. Now some of you older vets are probably well aware of what this place has to offer - but I've been on Benning nearly 5 years and never even pulled into it's parking lot until today. HOLY. CRAP. That place is a damn gold mine.

Lifts, full tool-rental (free), machine shop, welders, engine cleaning bay (steam), paint-booth with HVLP guns...

Now I'm just racking my brain of what to do first in there! First day off I'm spending the whole day wrenching - can't wait. Only down side is that I can't drink beer in there like I do at my house.
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 10:12 PM
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Thank god for MWR's auto skill centers. I use the one in Bamberg and Schwetzingen all the time. I've only used the shop at Rucker once, but it's nice to know that I have those tools at my disposal when needed.
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Old August 23rd, 2012, 10:29 PM
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Wow nice facilities there. Maybe you could tuck a flask in your pocket?
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Yeah they really are- Ive never been on a post that didnt have a decent Auto-Skills Center.

Glad to see someone is using it!

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Had a longer lunch today and stopped by to check out the 'auto-skills center' on Benning. Now some of you older vets are probably well aware of what this place has to offer - but I've been on Benning nearly 5 years and never even pulled into it's parking lot until today. HOLY. CRAP. That place is a damn gold mine.

Lifts, full tool-rental (free), machine shop, welders, engine cleaning bay (steam), paint-booth with HVLP guns...

Now I'm just racking my brain of what to do first in there! First day off I'm spending the whole day wrenching - can't wait. Only down side is that I can't drink beer in there like I do at my house.
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I use Ft Myer's Auto Hobby shop all the time, particularly for the lift. Totally under utilized facility in my book-it's a group of regulars in there the majority of the time I'm in there.

Quantico's is nice-new-but further away from me and they pay more attention to things there (like mounting used tires on rims = no)

Congrats on getting the truck in, BTW.
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Looking great Dave!
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