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Old March 18th, 2013, 08:56 AM
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Land rover series 3 project in Papua new Guinea

Hi guys,

This is my first of hopefully many posts. I'm about to buy this Defender series 3 from a mate for $1000. It was running, but hasn't been for a little while. There is a little rust on the doors, firewall and just light rust on the chassis. All panels apart from the front left corner and the bumper are perfectly straight. All the glass is in good condition and the roof appears straight and rust free. Engine starts via a hand crank from the front. There is a spot for a starter motor, but is missing.

First of all... What do you think? Is this a bad frame to start with? Has anyone restored something similar? Should I buy it from him?

Can anyone help me identify this vehicle, the owner doesn't know the age, thinks it's from the 70's, doesn't know anything about the engine except that it takes petrol and starts easily.
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Old March 18th, 2013, 09:05 AM
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Thats a straight, solid truck that looks like it needs minimal work to be a driver. Not sure what the market rates are in PNG but it seems worthwhile to me. But then again I just spent twice as much money on a Series III in half the condition.
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Old March 18th, 2013, 12:02 PM
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That's pretty much a stock Series III, built sometime in the 70s. It's the normal 2.25 liter gas/petrol engine that's bulletproof and dead easy to work on.

$1000 bucks sounds good for the US, but I don't know in PNG. Find out how the easiest way to get parts is. I highly doubt anyone in Moresby carries them... so that probably means reaching out to the Aussies somewhere. Factor that in to your decision making.
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Old March 18th, 2013, 01:12 PM
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Wow that's a nice S3 Man! If You are in PNG that's a TOTAL WINNER no matter what the cost. You can get lots of Spares direct out of Cairns. I LOVED my time in PNG (PM, Lae & Goroka) but would have loved it more if I had a nice S3. When rainy season comes you'll be glad for that roof. 1) offer him $700! 2) Join Australian Land Rover Owners forum and get the bush pilot Series lovers to fly parts into you for free (or beer). They will be your wontoks and give you lots of tips 3) Get a Clutch Claw or rig up a vehicle clutch lock box or you will be fixing it up to donate to the Rascal Kings, especially in Moresby. Man I suddenly want your job. Good Luck!
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