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Old October 27th, 2015, 12:09 AM
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What do I have??? Frankenstein Land Rover

Hello my name is Chad and I'm new to the forum. A couple months ago I made an impulse buy. At the time it seemed like a great idea but now I am not entirely sure. I purchased what appears to be a bit of a Frankenstein vehicle. I have done some research but I would like to get the opinion from the pros on what it is that I actually have. The vehicle appears to have a Land Rover 88 chassis with a coil spring conversion (military based on the olive drab paint showing through in some places). Rear tub from a Series II. Top and doors from an 1987, 90. Interior, dash, front quarter panels and grille also from an 87. The vehicle had an engine swap and carries an in line 6 Nissan diesel. The current vin plate under the hood is in line with being a 1960...

I purchased the vehicle without title... Yes I know it was stupid! The vehicle is not hot I've checked into that. I'm currently in the process of assigning a new VIN to the vehicle. No need to slam me for this one! I thought paying only 5k for the vehicle made all the hassles worth while.

I appreciate all the help I can get!!!
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Old October 27th, 2015, 12:16 AM
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I'm no help, but for $5,000 who cares! If it's solid, registered and rolling you are WAY ahead and looking pretty good!

I hope everything works out with the DMV, but even if it doesn't, I think you have at least your investment in parts.

The real brains in this forum would definitely like a few more pics of the truck. Notably the area of discrepancy and clues to its true Provence.
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Old October 27th, 2015, 12:29 AM
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Thanks D90Overkill I appreciate that. Trying to upload some more photos... Since getting the vehicle I've cleaned up the rear end, changed all the signals and front head light surrounds. I don't want to invest any more $$$ until I have title in hand.
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Old October 27th, 2015, 12:34 AM
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I hear ya. It may not be a "correct" vehicle, but if you get it titled and dialed in to your taste, it will be a lot of fun. Defenders aren't investments, but rather toys that don't depreciate ;-)
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Old October 27th, 2015, 12:40 AM
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For some reason I am unable to upload multiple pics.
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Old October 27th, 2015, 12:43 AM
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For some reason I am unable to upload multiple pics.
Very common problem resulting in the "black screen of death." I have the same issue when uploading from a mobile device. Then I have to close the app and open again. To avoid the problem, just do it one photo at a time. Then go back and edit the post by adding the next photo. And on and on.

I hope that + feed to your arb is disconnected! ;-)
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Old October 27th, 2015, 12:48 AM
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This pic shows gas cap placement consistent with Series II?
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Old October 27th, 2015, 12:56 AM
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Is it just me or does the rear axle look too far forward?
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Old October 27th, 2015, 12:58 AM
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This pic shows gas cap placement consistent with Series II?
IIa or III.

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Is it just me or does the rear axle look too far forward?
Oh, definitely. But that's expected, I would think, with most of a 90 on an 88 chassis.
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Old October 27th, 2015, 01:01 AM
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Yes. I measured from center of each axle and it is 88in. Plus with the coil conversion appears to possibly give it that stance. Also Defender, discovery I and Range Rover Classic wheels do Not fit... I tried. Lol
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Old October 27th, 2015, 01:08 AM
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What transmission is mated to the Nissan?
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Old October 27th, 2015, 05:02 AM
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Many different Nissan 6 cylinder diesels have been fitted into LR over the years.
Lack of a title is less of a problem than lack of a vin, but you have that under control.
Insuring it may prove an issue if your insurer deems it a kit car. Liberty Mutual didn't like my build but Amica was fine.
Let's see under hood and interior. Some drivetrain photos would be interesting to!
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Old October 27th, 2015, 07:39 AM
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I'm no help, but for $5,000 who cares!.
Yeah seriously I'd just have fun with that thing off-road if I couldn't get a title for it. Have fun.
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Old October 27th, 2015, 07:52 AM
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Give us a pic of the axles.
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Old October 27th, 2015, 08:30 AM
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Looks like what used to be done in the UK, Range Rover shortened chassis with a series rear crossmember and a series body... once upon a time called a 'hybrid' popular in the early 90's in the UK.
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Old October 27th, 2015, 08:43 AM
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Put some big mud terrains on and a winch and enjoy it!
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Old October 27th, 2015, 09:58 AM
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Front and Rear axles. Nissan Diesel under the hood. Not positive on the transmission.
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Old October 27th, 2015, 10:19 AM
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Some interior pics and underbody and VIN plate.
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Old October 27th, 2015, 10:33 AM
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Looks like a RRC auto box. I'm guessing that it's just the trimming and shifter from the pre-95 as that tc shifter is parallel. But who knows. As long as it runs through its gears nicely, you have the beginnings of a really fun and easy driving trail rig.
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Old October 27th, 2015, 11:01 AM
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Put some big mud terrains on and a winch and enjoy it!
X2 Don't forget lockers!
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