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Old January 2nd, 2013, 02:48 AM
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Actually, I bought it as my first step into the Defender community. Owned a Jeep for 10 years and sold it when my first child was born. I have wanted a Defender for a long time and this looked like a project but at a decent price. I won't be able to pick it up until next week but would welcome all feedback as to what I am getting myself into. One thing I would really like to consider is a TDI conversion as I my daily driver is a diesel truck. Also, what is an estimated cost to replace the frame with a galvanized chassis?

A ST or 110 has always been my dream so all ideas for the project are greatly appreciated.
Congrats on your purchase! Incidentally, my grandfather was from your neck of the woods. His family farm was off of Fires Creek Rd. in Sweetwater Township. Beautiful part of NC. Good luck with your build and feel free to drop a line if you have any questions or if you need any help.
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 03:20 AM
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Congrats!

The frame is $3k or so plus shipping, brake lines, fuel lines, new tank support plate, motor mounts, hardware, clips etc will run another $1500 or so and it in my view should be in the range of 50 hours of labor to swap, but shops charge more so figure on about the purchase price to have someone do the swap. Throw in another $1k to repair the bulkhead bottom. I did not get a good shot of the battery box, but those have become expensive recently for some unknown reason.

If you are DIY, figure $6k in parts all in to fix most of the rust issues. Figure $10k in labor to pay someone to do the work for you. This assumes the bulkhead can be fixed in situ to an acceptable standard. If you need to pull and replace it, add $2k in parts and the same in labor.

This math along with the risk of hidden issues (aluminium corrosion in the tub, rotted out lower cage mounts etc.) is why I did not pull the trigger. On the other hand, you might be able to nurse her along with a new rear crossmember with extensions ($400) new cradle mounts ($100) and a new fuel tank skid plate ($200) and maybe some light welding on the rest of the frame and lower bulkhead. This was my quasi plan if it was the soft top I was expecting at least until I go motivated enough to take it apart and use it as a donor.
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 06:00 AM
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I'm thinking it will be closer to 20 large over the buy in with the tdi. Then there is the months and months of down time while all this is getting sorted out. So you are in for at minimum 20 before you even get to drive it.
I hope you are up for that
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 08:16 AM
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Quarter chassis would have possibly fixed it 8 years ago but looks to be well past that by now and I am guessing the rot is quite deep into the chassis rails once you get in there. I would not wast time chasing rust and just replace it. Once you start Good luck with it and realise there is no better way to learn about these trucks than to jump into a full restoration, you will learn many things the hard way but it will be worth it!
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 08:31 AM
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Old Car Restoration Math goes something like this: estimate your time and materials for the complete job....then double them, and you should be in the ballpark of reality.

Especially true with a very rusty car.
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 09:07 AM
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Check out this thread from Tyler. This is one of the better conversion threads of a 90 to a 110.
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ght=conversion
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Get the 90 home crawl around under it Maybe you will get lucky and can patch it in a few places and limp it along
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Old January 2nd, 2013, 11:00 AM
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Congrats on your purchase! Incidentally, my grandfather was from your neck of the woods. His family farm was off of Fires Creek Rd. in Sweetwater Township. Beautiful part of NC. Good luck with your build and feel free to drop a line if you have any questions or if you need any help.
It truly is a beautiful part of the country with the Hiawassee River flowing through there. I have spent a lot of time off of Fires Creek. Great place for outdoor enthusiasts.
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