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Old July 12th, 2012, 03:16 PM
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Series III - Chassis Rust and Repair

How many different repaired sections are visible on this chassis? I see a few, but would like to hear from others.
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Old July 12th, 2012, 03:39 PM
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Not a lot, but it looks like the rear crossmember and a few patches.

Are you buying it? Is it local?

Id take a hammer and bang around to hear for dead spots. Looks like who ever is selling it did the "ill just paint over the rust and dirt and no one will be any wiser!" trick.

What kind of tranny is in it? Doesnt look like a regular series bell housing.
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Old July 12th, 2012, 03:41 PM
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I don't see any oil stains.... Check the fuilds.

The only one I can see is the cross member.

The truck looks pretty solid.
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Old July 12th, 2012, 03:43 PM
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The good news is that it seems to be holding its own on a 2 post lift..
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Old July 12th, 2012, 03:53 PM
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Was looking for a truck and this fleabay ad caught my attention: http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eB...TQ:MOTORS:1123

Too much $$ now.

I emailed the seller this morning "The chassis looks to have a few rusted sections that have been repaired. Could you list the specific areas?" He replies, and I quote "thats funny we see none of what you are looking at." So I reply "Wow, you need to know the vehicles you are selling a little better. For starters, that is a replacement rear crossmember that has been spliced in. Should I continue?"

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Old July 12th, 2012, 03:57 PM
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Id take a hammer and bang around to hear for dead spots. Looks like who ever is selling it did the "ill just paint over the rust and dirt and no one will be any wiser!" trick.
Definitely. It's one thing to coat your chassis for preventative maintenance to rust - it's another thing to coat it a week before selling, and taking some silver spray paint to the tranny and exhaust to give it all some contrast. There's already some rust showing through what was recently covered in one of the pics.
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Old July 12th, 2012, 04:02 PM
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What, you don't like painted exhaust lines? That is a $1000 mod right there.
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Old July 12th, 2012, 04:36 PM
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I just don't understand why people do this sort of thing...
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Old July 12th, 2012, 04:50 PM
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Looks like the front horns were replaced/repaired too, I like the silver overspray from touching up the tail housing and exhaust... HACKS, sh!t like this drives me nuts...
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But to each their own. Barrys truck is just as bad, but he still polishes it with a diaper.

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Did Barry replace that rear crossmember yet?
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Old July 12th, 2012, 05:38 PM
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How many different repaired sections are visible on this chassis?
"All of them"

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No buts about it. Lots of patches and my impression of the description is if you cannot dazzle them with brilliance baffle them with bullsh!t. How does a company that says they restore vehicles be proud of that example with black and silver spray paint done so poorly. Who would purchase any other classic with poorly executed welding repairs, not me.
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Also, flares on a series truck even without wider tires? WTF
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That fuel tank is a hot mess. There's just too much fouled up on every system...

OOh I just noticed the silver rattle can overspray on the frame where the bell housing is. Ja-heez-is
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"Imported from England on April 2010" (but was in the "Bahamas" the previous 25 years...)
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IMHO, the hubcaps add at least $500 to the value of that Defender pickup...
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"Imported from England on April 2010" (but was in the "Bahamas" the previous 25 years...)
Is this a ex-Royal Navy Rover? I was in charge of 6 (5 blue & 1 Green) 109" III's in the late 80's and when you say from the Bahamas, by any chance Andros Island?

The coral dust when mixed with water makes a very good acid that eats metal in months, maybe that why the chassis on this one has Soooo many patches.
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