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Old March 31st, 2009, 03:00 AM
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Gulf (Saudi) Spec D110

Hey all... I have not found anything here on "Gulf Spec." Defenders.

I have ended up in Qatar (just off of Saudi) and about to grab up a decent 1988 D-110 country model. Only the 5th 110 I have seen here in 6 months! Defenders are rare here, as they have strict import laws on vehicles over 5yrs old.

I have a great 1995 NASD90 at home in the US and this sure would make a nice partner to it!! This 110 is Specd out L hand drive, 3.5 v8, 5sp, Front & Rear AC, mostly original ... pics will follow if he agrees to a price :>

What are the issues with getting it to the US?
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Old March 31st, 2009, 06:22 AM
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As a 1988 model you will have to petition it as far as i know, or you could wait 4 years for the vehicle to become 25 years old. She can go into canada legally, do you know anyone there? Others may know better ways.
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Old March 31st, 2009, 07:39 AM
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Had to include some pics... these posts are just booring with nothing to look at!!

The blue one is the 1988 in question wich is priced at almost $11,000 USD... however a 1985 (the green) just appeared... running on a single carb and looking in need of a complet once over, paint, and interior (Although it is $4,000 US)... What is the deal with the control layout in the picture?? I can ID the E brake and the XMSN shifter... I'm not sure of the other two? The 1988 has the same configuration as my NAS D90...
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Old March 31st, 2009, 09:23 AM
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maybe an overdrive? and the round knob is the vacuum operated 4x4 control, I think.
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Old March 31st, 2009, 09:30 AM
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I am guessing one would be a transfer case shifter.

Some of the early 1983 110's had dual shifters for the transfer case so maybe it is older than they say or retro fitted.

could also be an overdrive?

FYI the 1985 can be imported as of next year, if it is rust free it would be worth the 4000 I would think.
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Old March 31st, 2009, 09:44 AM
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The green one has an LT95 4spd transmission and it appears to have air-conditioning. Looks like a nice Rover at a good price. You can upgrade to the 5spd tranmission later if you want. As others have said, you will be able to bring the 85 into the states next year, after Jan, 1, 2010.
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Old March 31st, 2009, 09:50 AM
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I am guessing one would be a transfer case shifter.

Some of the early 1983 110's had dual shifters for the transfer case so maybe it is older than they say or retro fitted.

could also be an overdrive?

FYI the 1985 can be imported as of next year, if it is rust free it would be worth the 4000 I would think.
I agree the 85 would be the best bet.
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Buy the 1985. You can drive it and sell it once it gets into the US. As a saudi truck, I doubt it has any rust and being LHD it should fetch good money once in the US/
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Or email/PM me...I'll send you 4000$, drive it for a year and then I'll import it...nothing like a D110 in Soho!
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I'm waiting on 2 84 90s right now. You will need to know the exact day of mfg. It can only be imported after that day.
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Old April 3rd, 2009, 08:37 AM
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For any of you that have worked or lived in the mid east, this my be old hat, but I have to say it is the WAY things seem to go lately here!!! So... cash in hand I head to get one of the 110s yesterday...

I decided to purchase the 1988 blue 110. It was solid all around, the AC was frigid, the 3.5 ran well, the body was repainted 5+ years ago... but no signs of corrosion and no signs of an accident.... In my hand was the full amount of his asking price in CASH... He looks to the sky and says "I have decided not to sell it now".... and I blink twice... amazed... as he offeres to lower the price on the 1985 green 110. (Which I have crawled all over and found LOTS of "bondo", 1 carb not working at all, corrosion more than I would like, an AC that leaked out all freon in 3 days, locally made door pannels, Etc...) And then.. he offers to repaint the green one, replace interior pannels, and a few other cosmetic things... for a few thousand more (trust me guys, it is a 110 to run away from if you don't have a shop and tools handy... as I only live here 6 weeks at a time and 6 weeks in the US rotating)... As I say "no thank you" he says he NOW may want to sell the 1988 blue 110 for a few thousand more!!! I smiled, kept walking and headed direct for a cold beer!

Thanks for all of your help... I'm looking forward to getting back to KS and my NAS D90 to do the tail gate conversion... Here are a few parting pics of the Green 110 (everyone likes a pic!!)
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Good choice. You gotta know when to hold 'em, and when to fold 'em
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know when to walk away, know when to run.

you don't count your money when your sittin at the table.

there'll be time enough for countin

when the dealin's done.

Kenny Rogers probably coulda bought the s**t out of some Land Rovers!

edit: these are not the first saudi land rovers I've seen that show evidence of significant corrosion and poor craftsmanship in the bodywork.

there was a guy here with a yellow 109 that wouldn't go into gear, had to get the wing off to work on the clutch. sadly the bolts on top of the wings near the firewall were covered in 1/4" of bondo which was subsequently covered in a beautiful yellow paint job. If the vehicles are by the sea, that together with sun bleaching of the paint would explain the corrosion.

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Nice to know that the classic bait and switch still has a following.
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The 85, even with the bondo (which does not look that bad), is still a STEAL at 4k assuming the frame is not rusty. I will even send you a carb for the cost of shipping to get it going.

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Old April 3rd, 2009, 10:34 AM
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I would take a serious look at the upper bulkhead there as it appears to have rust developing under the windscreen

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The 85, even with the bondo (which does not look that bad), is still a STEAL at 4k assuming the frame is not rusty. I will even send you a carb for the cost of shipping to get it going.

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Yes, but it is 4k. What is shipping? $3k tops. There are no LHD US kosher 110s for that price to be found.

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