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Old September 9th, 2014, 04:02 PM
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Frame swap.

It's about that time, a couple temporary patches got me through the summer but I think I'm looking at swaping out the frame on my 90 w/300Tdi. I haven't looked into what it'll cost to get one, I'm certainly open to suggestions but I'd love to know who you would recommend to do the work. I don't have the hardware (or the free time) to do it myself. I'm in NJ but if it makes financial sense I'd be happy to take a drive. Thanks in advance... -josh
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Old September 9th, 2014, 04:06 PM
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Perhaps this will help.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=56214
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Old September 9th, 2014, 04:14 PM
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Three days? Holy crap. It took me that long to do my clutch...

Thanks for the reply. I searched the forum but somehow didn't see that post. Much obliged.

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Old September 9th, 2014, 04:19 PM
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You should find quite a few examples in that Truck Build-up and Restore section.
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Old September 9th, 2014, 06:56 PM
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You might want to reach out and talk to Pete at http://www.mainlineoverland.com in West Chester, PA. they are relatively local to NJ. They have a few examples in their shop now to show you what you can expect.
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Old September 10th, 2014, 09:49 AM
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I have frequently bought parts from Paddock Spares in the UK but they won't ship a chassis. Rover$ North is almost double the price before shipping. Anyone know of a better place to get a galvanized chassis? Or maybe a freight forwarder in the UK that'll ship a chassis? Or is that cost prohibitive and I should just buy from a supplier stateside?

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Old September 10th, 2014, 09:51 AM
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Dave at Urban is as reasonable as I've seen. He has containers moving pretty consistently, also he usually has several in stock

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Old September 10th, 2014, 09:54 AM
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SafariHP as well
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Contact Richards and Marsland directly. Forget which but think one of them had a very reasonable method to ship one over.
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Old September 10th, 2014, 10:06 AM
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Thanks guys. SafariHP I know, Urban is new to me - I'll contact both.

I sent Marshlands an email this morning I'll try Richards as well. From my perspective there's no difference between the two but anyone care to chime in on that?

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Old September 10th, 2014, 10:27 AM
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Marsland uses stardard thickness steel but uses reinforcements in some areas and all chassis have td5 rear crossmembers. Richards uses slightly thicker steel instead and their chassis come with the correct cross member.
Richards also does this not sure if Marsland does something similar
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Richards put that ugly "RC" cut out in their frames, don't they?
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Old September 10th, 2014, 10:32 AM
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haha woops beat me to it, there, Zach! I was reading the thread while you must have posted.
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Old September 10th, 2014, 10:46 AM
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Good to know about the different steel options. I'm happy to live with the "RC" so long at they're the cheapest.

Anyone know if Skytop Rover is still active? They were in Philly, haven't seen much from them lately but haven't looked either. I feel like they used to do this stuff and they're only an hour's drive.

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Old September 10th, 2014, 10:55 AM
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Skytop was at VT Over-land-rover a month or so ago
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Richards put that ugly "RC" cut out in their frames, don't they?
That's not ugly. It's cool.
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Old September 10th, 2014, 11:00 AM
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Damn, too bad I didn't have a bigger garage setup and I was further along on my project. I'm just a couple towns over from you. I have a RN/Marshland chassis if you ever want to see the quality of it.

Did you hit up Randy? He might be able to do it and is in NJ.
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Old September 10th, 2014, 11:01 AM
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Did anybody mention TDIguy, you might want to message him.
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I have frequently bought parts from Paddock Spares in the UK but they won't ship a chassis. Rover$ North is almost double the price before shipping. Anyone know of a better place to get a galvanized chassis? Or maybe a freight forwarder in the UK that'll ship a chassis? Or is that cost prohibitive and I should just buy from a supplier stateside? -josh
Think RDS had some tdi chassis. Worth a call.
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Old September 10th, 2014, 11:03 AM
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I don't think the RC looks so bad in person. I think it's better than a td5 crossmember with the hole in it on a non td5 truck
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