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Old January 19th, 2009, 04:06 PM
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Thoughts on this '73 109

I've been looking for a D-90, but stumbled upon this listing and was really intrigued http://savannah.craigslist.org/cto/989625975.html . This seems to be a neat truck to mess around with, but I am seriously ignorant on these earlier model rovers, so any thoughts or opinions are definitely appreciated. Thanks.

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Oops, after doing a little bit of research found out it should be referred to as a series III not 109, sorry. Learning as I go... hehe
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Old January 19th, 2009, 04:33 PM
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You can refer to it as a 'Series III 109"' since it is a Series III, and has a 109" wheelbase.
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Old January 20th, 2009, 09:42 AM
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Nice rover. The only big difference with this compared to a 110 is that this has leaf springs and a Defender has coil springs. Kind of a tangent but does anyone know if the 2.5td has the Lucas/Cav pump or a Bosch pump?
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Old January 20th, 2009, 01:40 PM
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It has a 200tdi which is a very good thing.......
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Old January 20th, 2009, 01:51 PM
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It has a 200tdi which is a very good thing.......
My Brother.
I'm missing something cause that doesn't look like a tdi engine to me


"Land Rovers are easy to maintain because all you need to work on them literally is a Gerber utility tool, screw driver, and some duck tape".

Anyone who says stuff like this in an ad to sell a truck sends up a flare to run, not walk away (for me anyway).
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Old January 20th, 2009, 01:55 PM
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It is not a TDI motor, it is indirect injection.

I just spent 45 minutes on the phone with the seller. He was very thorough on his description of the truck. My problem at this point is that the truck is not complete. Motor and transmission need to be installed. A local shop has been paid to do this work, but they figure it will be at least a couple more months. If I can get it for a good price, I think I could somehow manage to wait that long, hehe., but supposedly an interested buyer is coming to look at it in the morning so I might not have to make that decision.
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Old January 20th, 2009, 02:16 PM
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My Brother.
I'm missing something cause that doesn't look like a tdi engine to me


"Land Rovers are easy to maintain because all you need to work on them literally is a Gerber utility tool, screw driver, and some duck tape".

Anyone who says stuff like this in an ad to sell a truck sends up a flare to run, not walk away (for me anyway).
"yet easy to maintain and no need to worry about rust!!! (Land Rover's have aluminum body parts!)"

That quote worries me more! The aluminum body parts on Rovers just make you think that it's not all rusted underneath.
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Old January 20th, 2009, 03:47 PM
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not to mention alli corrosion!
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Old January 20th, 2009, 07:00 PM
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OOOPS. my bad on the engine. 2.5td
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Old January 21st, 2009, 05:30 PM
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I spoke with the mechanic about this truck, and actually the best part about it is its lack of rust. He says it is one of the cleanest 109s he has ever seen. That is the good. The bad, it is in pieces. lol. The interior is completely apart, engine, transmission, driveshafts, etc. He figures $8k to put it all back together. In fact, a potential buyer drove down from Virginia this morning to look at the truck, thinking that it was all together except for motor and transmission, and was SHOCKED and ummm.....really mad!!! lol. The buyer might want to have mentioned that ahead of time. So, I made an offer for what I think it is worth which is well well below what he is asking, but know that he will never go for that. Thanks again for your thoughts and opinions, and as always half the fun is the search!
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Old January 22nd, 2009, 07:13 PM
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Ugh, this "thing" is a Chimera.
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Old January 29th, 2009, 03:37 PM
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So Charlie, let me get this straight..
The Series III 109 is to paraphrase the ad a rare example of a SIII 109 LHD and something the present owner hs enjoyed driving. It is obviously fixed it up from "abandoned/dumped" status (10 years in a field in Italy) and now it is in the US ... in pieces again. Alarm bell #1
You chat with the owner and discover he did state in the ad the engine and tranny need to to go it. Why? The Canadian engine was getting 29 mpg not so long ago. Alarm #2
Someone else drives to look at it and finds it is dismantled, more than just the motor and tranny! A trip like that is usually made once complete info is in hand. What else is not known Alarm bell #3

So, nothing against the seller here, as I do not him but as a buyer, bit by bit information like this should worry you. Look at the past Series that sold on this site and you can get a fair idea of price. Assuming all the pieces are in fact available and there, and without looking at pictures of this rust free SIII, sounds like $2-4k project kit that will get you a nice buildable SIII.

Buy it for 4, spend 8 and sell it for 10. I'll buy it from you
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Old January 29th, 2009, 05:49 PM
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So Charlie, let me get this straight..
The Series III 109 is to paraphrase the ad a rare example of a SIII 109 LHD and something the present owner hs enjoyed driving. It is obviously fixed it up from "abandoned/dumped" status (10 years in a field in Italy) and now it is in the US ... in pieces again. Alarm bell #1
You chat with the owner and discover he did state in the ad the engine and tranny need to to go it. Why? The Canadian engine was getting 29 mpg not so long ago. Alarm #2
Someone else drives to look at it and finds it is dismantled, more than just the motor and tranny! A trip like that is usually made once complete info is in hand. What else is not known Alarm bell #3

So, nothing against the seller here, as I do not him but as a buyer, bit by bit information like this should worry you. Look at the past Series that sold on this site and you can get a fair idea of price. Assuming all the pieces are in fact available and there, and without looking at pictures of this rust free SIII, sounds like $2-4k project kit that will get you a nice buildable SIII.

Buy it for 4, spend 8 and sell it for 10. I'll buy it from you
Hahaha...too funny. I offered him $4k. No dice. Which is good, because I really want a D-90. The notion of that truck just side-tracked me for a spell!
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Old January 29th, 2009, 07:53 PM
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contact doug ,the 1984's are coming in now and he can do the rh to lh conversion for you.
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Old January 30th, 2009, 08:09 AM
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you can have my project 90 for 4k. you provide the engine and trans.


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Hahaha...too funny. I offered him $4k. No dice. Which is good, because I really want a D-90. The notion of that truck just side-tracked me for a spell!
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you can have my 109 2.6 rhd s3 petrol for $8000 or best offer including shipping to doug.
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