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Old January 6th, 2007, 11:08 AM
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Def 90 UK spec (Canadian) Newbie Questions

1991 Land Rover Defender 90 or 110 in the UK and importing it into Canada.

My questions in no particular order are:

Parts prices and availability? (brakes, suspension, exhaust, etc.)

Top speed for each of the engines. 2.5na, 2.5td and 200tdi

Top TOWING speed. (towing a mini or a laden utility trailer)

Prices in the UK of a decent but not show quality truck? (have done a bit of research already, but still working on this one)

Wheel bolt pattern/size? (to see if I can source extra wheels here ahead of time)

REcommended Land Rover sellers in the UK? (have already been in contact with barnhillminis, but none currently in stock)

Anyone heard of yanthelandyman from eBay?

These question are for the UK spec'd diesels (not NAS, and not gas)

My reasoning is a bit complicated (like all my schemes) but goes thusly:

I like diesels. I would like to try a greasecar.com conversion to run 50% diesel, 50% grease. VW diesels are EXPENSIVE here. You have NO idea. Example. A 2002 Golf diesel with 172,000kms on it is $12,800. The prices don't get any better for CDN spec trucks. Plus a BIG truck won't fit in my garage for servicing, etc.

I like the look of the Series III Land Rovers but they are just getting too old to be a daily driver. I miss my Pathfinder, but what a pile of -- rust, and the auto tranny was $3500 to fix if it went. (it was on it's way out in the end)

I like small trucks/4x4's/pickups in general and can actually put it to use, especially in the snow........which we get lots of.

(as usual) I digress !

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Old January 6th, 2007, 11:26 AM
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Originally Posted by ve9aa
1991 Land Rover Defender 90 or 110 in the UK and importing it into Canada.
My questions in no particular order are:
Parts prices and availability? (brakes, suspension, exhaust, etc.)
Top speed for each of the engines. 2.5na, 2.5td and 200tdi
Top TOWING speed. (towing a mini or a laden utility trailer)
Prices in the UK of a decent but not show quality truck? (have done a bit of research already, but still working on this one)
Wheel bolt pattern/size? (to see if I can source extra wheels here ahead of time)
[font=Verdana][size=2][color=#000066]These question are for the UK spec'd diesels (not NAS, and not gas)
Here is what I know about the 2.5L na 110 (1985):
- top speed: around 130km/h. But so noisy that you'll drive it around 110km/h.
- top speed towing: in the 110, (not so) steep hills means that you'll end up in 3rd gear at around 60km/h if you are towing a 300kg-trailer. On a flat surface, the trailer only affects your acceleration, does not do anything to your top speed (shoe box Cx, can't be worst with a trailer.....)
- the engine will burn pretty much anything that looks like diesel. Probably will need to make sure the rubber stuff holds those "new" bio diesels/grease/whatever. Pure (thin) oil will need no modification (specially if you mix it with diesel).
- wheel bolt pattern: same as NA Defender. Stock wheels were narrower I think.
- price? Well.... First I'd go with a non-UK truck (you don't have to live with a right-hand drive truck...), German, French, Italian,.... plenty of other countries out there. If you look long enough, you will find a decent 198x truck for about USD 4-5K.

Side note: I don't think you could get the 2.5 na or 2.5 turbo engine option on a 1991 truck but I could be wrong. If you can (probably more expensive) get a 300Tdi engine truck. Much more power (get an early model with little or no electronic engine management stuff).

I'll check the latest mag I had from the UK to give you a UK-style blue book value.
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Old January 6th, 2007, 04:28 PM
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1991 can get you a 200TDI. The 2.5NA in a 110 is not worth the effort, I have one and it is not fast.

If you want to do a greasecar don't look at the 2.5NA or 2.5TD, Lucas injector pumps don't have a good track record with it.

Parts supply in Canada is not bad, I'm on the West Coast so I use suppliers closer but check out http://roverparkboys.com/ , http://rockislandrovers.com/. There are more in Canada and then the suppliers in the States are even more. I've found that most things are more expensive then say a Ford but are not unreasenable.

The number of places to find trucks in the UK is huge but you can also find nice trucks in Canada. Try http://landroverexchange.com/ and some of the forums like http://roverlanders.bc.ca/.
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Old January 6th, 2007, 09:26 PM
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I know the feeling ...

I was in the exact same place last year...

But for my part I find that the best deals were the one sold by individuals in clasifieds or ebay. I went for a UK spec truck mostly because of pricing (alot cheaper and more choice) and also the one that have had the galvanized chassi swaps are (for a reason I am not aware of) in the UK. I also would have a problem getting a truck from Germany or Spain because of the language barrier witch does not make it impossible but just harder.

I plan on going for the next on in May, June or July, and this one will also be from the UK. I realy dont have a problem with the RHD models.

As for engine type, I like the simplicity of the 200tdi (not that much diffrence from the 300tdi). I cannot tell you of the other ones never had a chance drive those yet.

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Old January 7th, 2007, 09:59 AM
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Thanks everyone! :-)
I don't have a problem with RHD either, as my Mini is RHD (yes, it's quite small) but it seems quite natural to drive.
I shall keep a lookout---cheers !
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