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Old May 13th, 2015, 11:18 PM
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Oh, this is going to end so badly. I want a bag of popcorn handy.
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Old May 13th, 2015, 11:30 PM
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Tomorrow I am going to talk to a customs agent here in Los Angeles and see what the options there are.
Good lord.

Customs is NOT the problem. The California DMV is the problem. They will not issue you a title.
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You keep Orville Redenbacher in business, I might buy stock in it.
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Old May 14th, 2015, 01:16 AM
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I will check the recommended forum posts again about California.
I am just shocked at what I am hearing and reading.
I can't afford to buy the defenders here in California.
Tomorrow I am going to talk to a customs agent here in Los Angeles and see what the options there are.
I will copy the recommended forum post about California and take it with me to the appointment.
I am very sad about all this.
I want to thank everyone for their help and patience, I didn't mean to piss off anyone here.
I will keep everyone updated with this matter after talking to the agent.
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Customs will let you import as many period correct as produced defenders as you can afford. Customs is not the problem here. The problem lies within the CA Air Resources Board and the DMV and their uneven interpretation and enforcement of the laws.
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I have a 1988, LHD. It is registered. I'll take yours, you buy mine from Oregon.
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Old May 14th, 2015, 01:29 AM
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I have a 1988, LHD. It is registered. I'll take yours, you buy mine from Oregon.
Hey! That there is a good deal! Save $5k off my offer.
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Many thanks guys for the help.
I have a few DMV insiders, I will check with them first. Maybe they can do a miracle.
Let's all vote for Paul to be president, then all these stupid laws will be wiped out.
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------ Follow up post added May 14th, 2015 12:24 AM ------

Thanks for the offers guys.
It's good to know incase I can't do anything.
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Old May 18th, 2015, 01:09 PM
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I'm in California now. It can't be done; The import officer will tell you that you can import the truck as long as it is over 25 years old and he will be right. The real issue is that you cant register any imported vehicles that have been made after 1975 in California. It has nothing to do with being able to import it or not. NAS means North American Spec (as in commercially sold in America). You either have to buy an NAS, or import a Series Rover built before 1975. Otherwise you risk buying and importing a giant metal paperweight.


The only recommendation I would make is to buy an old Series from before smog, then mod it to look like a Defender. That will be your cheapest and safest option as it can be registered, and it wont need smog.
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You either have to buy an NAS, or import a Series Rover built before 1975 (which you can mod to look like a defender). Otherwise you risk buying and importing a giant metal paperweight.
He has a few DMV insiders, it will work out just fine. After all, any friend that won't go to prison for you isn't worth having as a friend in the first place.
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He has a few DMV insiders, it will work out just fine. After all, any friend that won't go to prison for you isn't worth having as a friend in the first place.
A friend will help you move.
A real friend will help you move a body.
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