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Old April 7th, 2016, 10:01 PM
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If you wanted to swap your bulkhead and frame, who would you trust to Do it?

I'm thinking about getting this done, I'd ship the truck to a reputable shop if need be but the closer to nyc area the better.

Seeing how I couldn't find anyone to just do a tb, I need some help.

I have a 84 RHD 2door 110 with a 200tdi and lt77. I'd like to keep the early dash and spartan interior. I'd like to galvanize the bulkhead before it goes in after mods for the TDI.
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Old April 7th, 2016, 10:29 PM
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I'm thinking about getting this done, I'd ship the truck to a reputable shop if need be but the closer to nyc area the better.

Seeing how I couldn't find anyone to just do a tb, I need some help.

I have a 84 RHD 2door 110 with a 200tdi and lt77. I'd like to keep the early dash and spartan interior. I'd like to galvanize the bulkhead before it goes in after mods for the TDI.
Tim Smith in Redding, Connecticut. He has the skills and should be a bit more available than some of the big name guys. Ping me if you want his contact info.
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Old April 7th, 2016, 11:19 PM
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Ok good suggestion I texted him
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Old April 8th, 2016, 01:07 AM
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Seconds on Tim Smith! Great guy and super knowledgeable
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Old April 8th, 2016, 06:46 AM
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I'll send Doug a note, Tim Smith is too busy at the moment
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Old April 8th, 2016, 08:41 AM
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Mike and North American Overland also, not sure how busy he is. In Monroe CT
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Old April 8th, 2016, 09:02 AM
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Just got. In touch with Mike, seems like a solid guy. Thanks for all the suggestions keep. Em. Coming
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Old April 8th, 2016, 10:52 AM
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East Coast Rover in Rockland, Maine another option
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Ash Heller at Geared Restoration in Orlando did mine. He also did the ratchet strap thing to unwarp my new galvanized TDI bulkhead.
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Wish I could afford these guys, they are about 40% above market
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Old April 8th, 2016, 11:47 AM
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Wish I could afford these guys, they are about 40% above market
??? When I dropped my truck off, Mike quoted me very normal labor rates, far below typical dealer rates and commensurate with rates outside a major metropolitan area.

I agree, you can probably "find someone to do it cheaper," and they might even do a good job. But one-man operations, part time shops, and guys who underbid to get business aren't the standard - let's not distort things by claiming that is the "market."

For example, I'd swap your chassis and bulkhead for free for the fun of it, but you'd have to wait a few years for me to return to the states and build a shop. And I wouldn't guarantee my work. And if it all fell apart I'd claim I didn't know you.
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??? When I dropped my truck off, Mike quoted me very normal labor rates, far below typical dealer rates and commensurate with rates outside a major metropolitan area.

I agree, you can probably "find someone to do it cheaper," and they might even do a good job. But one-man operations, part time shops, and guys who underbid to get business aren't the standard - let's not distort things by claiming that is the "market."

For example, I'd swap your chassis and bulkhead for free for the fun of it, but you'd have to wait a few years for me to return to the states and build a shop. And I wouldn't guarantee my work. And if it all fell apart I'd claim I didn't know you.

I'm not trying to distort anything here. Ecr does amazing work, I know they just are more expensive than some other options.

EDIT: also not really looking for a restoration here, just a swap and reuse of the parts except bushings, hardware and other needed items.
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I'm actually convinced they're not more expensive, that's why my truck is there. YMMV.

And no, I'm not getting a discount for arguing this point.
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I can't comment about cost because I never had a truck restored by them, but ECR does excellent work from the multiple trucks I have seen in person. Things like all the correct factory clips and fasteners etc which take a lot of time and energy to get right as one example.
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Just got. In touch with Mike, seems like a solid guy. Thanks for all the suggestions keep. Em. Coming
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Tim Smith (who I am keeping very busy)
Chris Viola - Rovertek - West Babylon, LI

Mike Sandone at North American Overland

Lars Vigen - Madison Motors - Madison CT
Yup, this is the list I would have given, I would have suggested Mike but I know he is usually pretty packed. Last I talked to Mike S and Chris V (North American Overland) , He stands behind his work, if you want to meet them (and Tim Smith) come to the next CT Happy Hour likely in 12 days.
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the multiple trucks I have seen in person.





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