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Old August 25th, 2013, 10:13 PM
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Question '85 D90 Build Questions

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I am new to Defenders so please excuse me if these questions are redundant. I am thinking of purchasing an '85 D90 half cab 3.5L V8, but want to know if what I am wanting to do to it is possible. These questions are for how much if a shop were to do the work.

1. RHD to LHD conversion. For those that have had this done, approximately how much am I looking at for parts and labor? I would want to either find a LHD dash from that year or newer.

2. A/C. How much for parts and labor for this to be installed?

3. Manual to Automatic transmission. Parts and labor? What model automatic transmission am I looking for?

4. Adding rear jump seats. Easy to find? How much?

5. Adding roll cage and either a hard top or soft top. Is a cage easy to find? How much?

Sorry for all the newb questions. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old August 25th, 2013, 10:38 PM
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By the time you spend the money on all these upgrades you could afford a NAS truck. You will save money by doing your own labor, but sourcing parts will be your biggest issue. A lot of parts can be salvaged from D1's for cheap but the finishing part like the dash, heater, trim will cost you an arm and a nut! I have done pretty much everything you have talked about besides the ac, I priced that out and will run me around $3500 bucks not including labor, LHD conversion if you can source everything will run you about $4000, not including labor and as for a cage well there are only a few options, SD cage will run you $3000 to your door not installed. You are probably looking at another $4-$8k just in labor to have this work done, that is probably a cheap estimate. I'm sure others will say otherwise, you will see the can of worms that you opened. Either way you are probably in the best place to source parts and knowledge. Good luck !
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Old August 25th, 2013, 10:46 PM
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Thats a lot of money to put into an old truck .... unless you gave a very special reason to do it to this particular truck ... or someone was giving you the truck AND a pile of cash ... I would look at the cheaper NAS trucks .... for a start they are 10 years newer and have a most of what you want minus the hassle.
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$20k-ish with labor. Feel free to disagree with any/all of these, but they seem close to what I've seen others pay for each job.

1: $5-6k+
2: $2-3k
3: $4k
4: $1-3k depending on if you get the badass Exmoore ones
5: $4-5k
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Old August 26th, 2013, 08:17 AM
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Josh --- for $20K what options exist for a NAS truck?
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Mark, there is a 110 DC in TN that is for sale. IMO a better investment (cradle to grave) then piecing one together. Search the for sale vehicle section it should still be in there. Blue on a galvanized chassis as I recall.

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Buy the 1995 d90 that has the auto box conversion and galv chassis in the for sale section.
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