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Old September 20th, 2011, 07:58 PM
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How much $ do you have into your rebuild?

If you bought a rusty Defender 110 sw from the UK like I did, How much money did it cost you to restore it? It cost me about $9k including shipping to get my rust bucket over here. I've already got another $10k into it (not to mention countless hours) and I'm maybe 50% done. I've been trying to be thrifty but wow! This ain't a cheap project!

If you have a similar story, post the highlights here. Is this normal?

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Old September 20th, 2011, 08:14 PM
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Someone once told me, if it makes you happy don't keep track of the money, it will drive you crazy.
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Old September 20th, 2011, 08:18 PM
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I paid $20k for my 83 110 and have an additional $23k in parts, with receipts. I keep telling myself I am almost done, then I find something else it needs! So you are not far off the mark.
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Old September 20th, 2011, 08:29 PM
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I paid 20K for a decent NAS D90 in Montreal. I'm about 10-15K into it and I think another 20K should do it. But this includes all the stuff to make it an off-road truck (winch, etc.).
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Old September 20th, 2011, 08:50 PM
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Someone once told me, if it makes you happy don't keep track of the money, it will drive you crazy.



Gonna have to go with this one or else i'll kill myself thinking of the exact amount.

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Old September 20th, 2011, 08:56 PM
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no way do I want to know how much $ I have spent on the defenders I have owned
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Old September 20th, 2011, 08:57 PM
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Old September 20th, 2011, 10:00 PM
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not keeping track...or there will be a divorce!
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Old September 20th, 2011, 10:01 PM
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My wife told me to Never tally the rebuild cost, or she would have to kill me. It has now become Carte Blanche to get it done.
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Old September 20th, 2011, 10:04 PM
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I should sell them all and make a down payment on a house with a yard. Complete waste of money and time but I just cant stop.
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Old September 21st, 2011, 07:26 AM
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Do I really wanna know how much I spent? Nah... Even time invest is too high. But hey, at least I have a Rover to show instead of a hangover from the pub. Say what you will people need to spend their money one way or another. Mind as well do it on something that makes you grow. I learnt lots mechanical things and meet alot of people. Self confidence built up as now rebuilding an engine or swap a tranny is just about how much time I get to do it.. I can always calculate and think of what I could have done with the money.. Would I do it any other way? Some things were money well spend and others.. Not that good but, I guess I'll be doing it all over again.
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Old September 21st, 2011, 07:35 AM
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Oh Lord!!! This is an answer you really don't want to know.

I've always kept (keep) track of all my Rovers "fix/mods" and I've never seen the excel font in black... it's always in (RED)
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Old September 21st, 2011, 07:35 AM
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I just look at it as the 110 will be WAY cheaper than the RRC rebuild/buildup I did in the Mid 90's- early 2000's.
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Old September 21st, 2011, 07:57 AM
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My Ninety has been silly cheap compared to my first LR.
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Old September 21st, 2011, 08:34 AM
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I've told my wife that she's lucky that the money I've spent over time on offroad toys is better than other vices like gambling, booze, drugs or other women. She didn't like the part of other women but it apparently is an acceptable alternative.
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Old September 21st, 2011, 10:35 AM
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I was going to say something but got sidetracked by Mike's DC100 avatar.
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Old September 21st, 2011, 11:10 AM
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If you bought a rusty Defender 110 sw from the UK like I did, How much money did it cost you to restore it? It cost me about $9k including shipping to get my rust bucket over here. I've already got another $10k into it (not to mention countless hours) and I'm maybe 50% done. I've been trying to be thrifty but wow! This ain't a cheap project!

If you have a similar story, post the highlights here. Is this normal?

thanks
A lot depends on your definition of the always vague and often mis-used word "restore". If you were restoring to pristine original, off-the-factory assembly line condition, then - and, no offense intended - the amount you've spent so far is chump-change.

If you are taking the more common route of restifying/refurbishing/modifying and use a lot of non-original and aftermarket parts to create a nice driver or offroader, it will likely be less expensive, (and result in a more reliable/capable/fun vehicle.)

Make no mistake about it, either way, your checkbook has a lot of heavy lifting left in front of it...

The most simple part of ANY restoration is already behind you, namely the acquisition of the truck itself.
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Old September 21st, 2011, 11:37 AM
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We all get our thrills differently but I think I've learned to buy/build what I need so as to keep me from being compelled to account for it in detail and being disappointed. With that said, I think those who wait patiently and pounce on trucks that best suit their needs is very tough to beat financially. Maybe not as entertaining and maybe not as fun to talk about but if you do it right financially it probably comes in first.
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Old September 21st, 2011, 03:11 PM
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The $$$/time you spend on a Rover is kinda like the 1st time of heavy drinking...it hurts like hell the next day but the memories/experiences you have from it will last forever! Add all the crazy Rover Nuts you meet along the way and you can't put a price on it! STOP COUNTING!!!
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Old September 21st, 2011, 03:24 PM
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Rule of thumb is double your original estimate and add 5K and you will be pretty close. Have to agree with everyone don't keep track or it will drive you crazy. At least Land Rovers tend to hold their value better than most similar vehicles. Look on the bright side, you could have spent the same amount on a Jeep and it only worth 5 or 10K. hahaha
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