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Old May 4th, 2010, 02:05 PM
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Well!!? I want to see this thing rescued. I have been checking this thread for 3 days now to see what happens.

You can't just leave it out there to rot!

Do it, you can always get your money back out of it as parts.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 02:14 PM
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I'm not saying it can't be done- obviously it can, BUT at what cost. The NLA nasty letters will get him IF he is not totally lucky. Ron is optimistic and loaded with parts. Point being, only the buyer can decide IF it's worth the time and effort and expense. Best of luck- a great experience, and hopefully not an expensive education.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 02:19 PM
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The NLA stuff is all there. Dash, cage etc.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 02:48 PM
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It still has the NAS plaque on the back, and looks like a K&N oil filter... those are 2 positives. Not to mention how many ratty looking D90 ST's I've seen with mid 40k price tags. That is well below what you could get if you imported, and its a NAS, and if you had the budget to get a DD NAS D90, then you could have a nice rig with a new galvy frame and TDI... You forget that guys spend big bucks to swap out still good frames and good 3.9/4.0s for the glavy frame/TDI combo on nice rigs.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 03:36 PM
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Boy - If only I could use your collective lobbying skills on my wife, things might be moving along a little faster. I met with a LR mechanic in the area today to talk about some of the heavy lifting (flatbed towing, overall safety, the axles & brakes, patching the rust on the frame, etc...)

He thinks it can be done relatively reasonably....He also requested that if I don't buy it to pass the lead along to him. LOL - I told him to get in line. : )

Still some hurdles before I have anything to report. However, I think thanks to you guys and some friends/acquaintances I've got a pretty good picture of the work this truck will need, time to get it up and running, and long term feasibility.

Which of course boils down to 2 things: Wife & Money.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 03:45 PM
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If you are not mechanically inclined it is not a good deal.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 03:54 PM
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Additionally, it is not a good idea if you do not have enough cash reserves; Rover(s) will break you
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Old May 4th, 2010, 04:03 PM
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Jerod do yourself and your marriage a favor and find a driveable 90 in the mid to high teens. They come up every now and then. You will find yourself a year from now 20k into this truck wishing you had.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 04:10 PM
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Mmh, I was getting optimistic Jerod, but based on you most recent post I too think this isn't something you want to get into. Your wife most certainly won't like it if she's already not into the idea. You need to be part crazy and when fluids drip on your face lick it to tell what it is instead of wiping and looking. Really. You have to *want* to be lying on your back with dirt and rust dropping into your eyes and like it. Really.

As these guys say if you are paying someone to work on this it won't be a good deal at all.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 04:19 PM
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Sorry for the drama. I'm mechanically inclined, and I have a couple very willing and able car-guy friends, but unlike 10 years ago when I had garage space to work on cars (I had an old 911 I did a lot of work on myself) my garage has been slowly taken over by kid stuff and the general detritus of life. So reintroducing a project to this environment is a delicate proposition. That's primarily where my troubles are coming from. Skill, ability, willingness, a helpful crew? All check. It's the space that's a problem and I'm trying to figure that out.
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Ok, space is easy.

http://www.bookadumpster.com/

The wife? That's harder. Best of luck!
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You really need a two car garage to do it right or a one car space and lots of storage (like a basement, attic and all but three rooms- kitchen, living room, bedroom -in a four bedroom house).
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Old May 4th, 2010, 10:13 PM
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Ah go ahead and buy it. You know you want to. It's like finding a 69 camero in a barn... you know that it will need alot of work, but you know that you may never find a deal like that again . It's all you thing about. As long as you have a game plan ( like your 911 ) there's no problem. Sure it may take a few years to get it up and running, but if that's your game plan then great. As long as you go into it with your eyes open you won't be blind sided.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 10:42 PM
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Do we even know that it doesn't run? I'm saying, all personal safety of driving down the highway on flatspotted tires and a swiss cheese frame
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Me and a packed bag could get her running in an hour with some fresh gas.
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Old May 4th, 2010, 11:08 PM
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I remember seeing my god father (a mechanic) show up to my father's warehouse to "retrieve" his '62 Caddy convertible that had been sitting out, in the elements, with a blue tarp over the roof (where some vandals had slashed it) for about 7 years. What he brought with him:
1 gallon of gas
1 beer
1 new battery

He opened the hood, swapped out the battery, pulled off the air cleaner, drank the beer, poured some gas in the beer can, opened the butterfly on carb, poured gas in, cranked 2x, drove off.


... he did check the oil (for H20 also) and coolant also, but that ruins the flow of the story
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Old May 4th, 2010, 11:21 PM
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Ron - it might be cheaper for me to fly you and your packed bag to Chicago...
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Ron - it might be cheaper for me to fly you and your packed bag to Chicago...
LOL. only if I can buy the truck.
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all but three rooms- kitchen, living room, bedroom -in a four bedroom house
Truth.
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Well actually lies. The kitchen will get used too...
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