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Old March 31st, 2013, 08:09 AM
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It may have been unique to the RORO form of transport, I am not positive on container shipping.

Basically concerning RORO you couldn't drive a vehicle on if it wasn't taxed ect. I am positive I read it or dealt with it while shipping my truck.
This is completely false. I regularly ship sorn and exmod vehicles with no mot or tax ro/ro. Think about it, why would a shipping line care if a truck has road tax ?
I have also shipped totally non running trucks, and even rolling body shells via ro/ro. Shipping lines charge an additional tow on tow off fee of about $250 for those.

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One of the rules is you are required to utilize the services of a Registered Importer. Here's the current list. http://www.nhtsa.gov/cars/rules/impo...st12282012.pdf

Oddly enough one of the RIs that specializes in LRs isn't on the list. But you can find him around here if you look.
Nothing odd @ all. You are incorrect. A registered importer is only required when the vehicle being imported is newer than 25yrs of age ie "non conforming"and needs to be "federalized" under a bonded entry think back to the movie "Rain Man"-thats what Cruise was trying to do with the Lambo's.. Since I have no desire to perform these Federalizing modifications there was no point in getting registered, as that was the only reason/upside. I have imported in excess of 300 of these trucks and am very familiar with the laws.
Read further before making such statements.
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Old March 31st, 2013, 08:29 AM
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I'm a bit lat with the response but look at the following thread and you may find your answer.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=44229

You were also corrected in the thread you link. There is no 60% original verbiage anywhere in any DOT statute nor in any published opinion/interpretation from DOT. This is completely false. The party questioning you on your source is an atty.
Postings on forums are not a source. There is an incredible amount of personal opinions and missinformation in some of these threads and many seemingly trust this content and even quote it and post links.
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Are you telling me that my 25 y/o D90 could have had every part new except the engine? I wish I knew this before shipping my truck here.
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Update:

I convinced myself the best way to get what I want is to buy something like this for $32k;

http://www.dominioncarzllc.com/1997_..._179107569.veh

Then replace the chassis & bulkhead, & convert it to RHD at the same time. Seems like the aforementioned upgrades would cost me about $10-15k.

But after doing some research, I am now thinking I'll get something like this in the UK for $14k plus ~$4k shipping to the USA;

http://www.mmperformance.co.uk/land-...sa-exportable/

I'd have my Dad go buy it & do a RORO importation, then replace the chassis & have it swapped to auto & install AC. I'd probably drop a 4.0 or 4.6 in too, for a few more HP and fuel injection.

I looked around, and it appears the AC will likely run me $4k, and the Auto trans conversion another $4k (if I can find a console). If the engine upgrade runs me $5k (probably a new block, may go used) That puts me in the same place $ wise, but it's already RHD, and I can probably get used parts to bring the cost down. The biggest benefit of the UK rig is that I'd have 10 years in which to do the upgrades.

Questions:

-What is the latest & greatest on auto conversions? Is my estimate accurate?

-Should I 'risk it' on a good used 4.0/4.6 or is there a better option? Can the stock 3.5 V8 be injected?

-Are the engine mounts the same for a 3.5 vs. 4.0/4.6?

-What's the latest & greatest on AC? I will definitely need it.

Any thoughts/suggestions welcome. This will likely all happen next fall.

Thanks in advance,

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I see Uncle Doug has posted on this thread. Have him do the legwork and find the vehicle you want.
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Update: I bought Shan's '86 Ninety SW;

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=44944

I plan to (eventually) replace the chassis & bulkhead, now trying to decide if I want to mate the 3.5 V8 to an auto or not. Roads in the USVI are pretty twisty, with lots of stop & go driving- so I think an auto box would be nice, if it can be done (relatively) simply.

Thanks to all of you who helped with the purchase- I will post pics of her when I have the first round of mods done (should be a couple of weeks or so).

Thanks,

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