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Old June 12th, 2007, 10:35 AM
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Looking for reputable D-90 restoration service

I live in Miami, Florida, and Iím interested in having a Defender 90 Soft-Top rebuilt/restored for me from scratch. I even want whoever does the rebuild to procure the donor vehicle.

There seem to be an overwhelming number of companies and individuals that offer complete refurbishing services. However, I am a neophyte, and could really use some help.

Would you be kind enough to recommend a company/individual that offers quality rebuild services at a reasonable price?
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Old June 12th, 2007, 10:53 AM
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Would you be kind enough to recommend a company/individual that offers quality rebuild services at a reasonable price?
Ahhh, that's where you hit the fork in the road...

I'm assuming that location of the shop isnt necessarly a factor. I personally like http://www.trailhead4x4.com/, Eric is reasonable and very knowledgable. He isn't out to flip you over and shake out your last penny.

Not sure if TDI Guy does side work or has the time, but check this out: http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=1791

I've heard great things about another board member here name Pendy, but don't know him personally.

And if you haven't already, the grand pooba of all things Rover http://www.eastcoastrover.com/? Click on the individual pics from this link to see some of the work that has been done. http://www.eastcoastrover.com/90work.html (Note: be prepared to remortgage you home )

Good luck and remember to let us know what you end up doing. Pics of your project would be good too!
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Old June 12th, 2007, 11:44 AM
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East Coast rover is fully booked for this year, if you can't wait, I recommend Pendy (based on personal experience and satisfaction). Pendy is in Kansas. Safari Rover is the best know AND closest to you on this forum, since he's in Orlando. (http://www.safarirover.com/)
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Old June 12th, 2007, 12:15 PM
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Used to live in Coral Gables 8 years not a good place for a soft top unless you have a garage and just use it for fun drives. I wouldn't trust a D-90 parked on the street in Miami for 10 mins...alot of stolen cars being shipped out of the country and you know how people would drool over a Defender.


but to answer your question, if you have the money and the patience, East Coast Rover does an amazing job. The problem is they are always booked which tells you something about their reputation.
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Old June 12th, 2007, 02:12 PM
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The 4x4 Center in Burlington, VT does that type of high-end work. I sent my RRC there a few years ago. It was really expensive, but they were meticulous and use genuine parts if that is the type of thing you are looking for. They have some affiliation with Rovers North.

http://www.the4x4center.com
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Old June 12th, 2007, 02:26 PM
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Old June 12th, 2007, 05:00 PM
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I second David's recommendation of Matt Browne at Overland Engineering. Matt is a gifted mechanic, charges a fair price, and is also a very nice guy.
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Old June 12th, 2007, 08:59 PM
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Talking Ecr is at least 2 years out-I know first hand

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I live in Miami, Florida, and Iím interested in having a Defender 90 Soft-Top rebuilt/restored for me from scratch. I even want whoever does the rebuild to procure the donor vehicle.

There seem to be an overwhelming number of companies and individuals that offer complete refurbishing services. However, I am a neophyte, and could really use some help.

Would you be kind enough to recommend a company/individual that offers quality rebuild services at a reasonable price?
My car is at ECR now for over a year. With more than a year to go.

Find another!
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Old June 12th, 2007, 09:08 PM
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So, you're not recommending ECR? Just curious, not trying to hijack..
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Old June 12th, 2007, 09:13 PM
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So, you're not recommending ECR? Just curious, not trying to hijack..
I would highly recommend if you can wait 2 to 3 years.

I shipped my car from CA. IN JUNE OF 2006. Currently there are over 14 land rovers infront of mine.
They are the best, but at what price?
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Old June 12th, 2007, 10:31 PM
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14 months ouch ! My D-90 was at ECR about 4 months but I knew I was at the end of the line going into it. I can sympathize with you and your eagerness to get your truck back, but for me it was worth the wait knowing my truck was in tip top shape and I could drive it with confidence.

But 14 months....not sure if any company is worth that wait

good luck
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Old June 12th, 2007, 11:04 PM
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I would highly recommend if you can wait 2 to 3 years.

I shipped my car from CA. IN JUNE OF 2006. Currently there are over 14 land rovers infront of mine.
They are the best, but at what price?
Holy Shnikey! I am pretty sure that I could not hold off for 2-3 years. I am jonesing to get back behind the wheel after a few days away on business. Given it is my daily driver, perhaps when the bulkhead does finally go or my old 3.9 calls it quits, I may have to pick myself up a 90 to get me through the seperation anxiety while someone a little more skilled than I takes the steps to get the 110 to its second life.

Given Pendy is right down the road, he will likely get my business.
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Old June 12th, 2007, 11:09 PM
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Matt,
You should have come down to pendy's when I was there picking my 110 up, so we could celebrate it's 2nd lease on life launching!
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Old June 13th, 2007, 07:46 AM
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thanks for the kind words guys. I'm booked for major work for at least the next year just with trucks from Fla. never mind the rest.

and I don't charge any less than ECR.

and I don't have a (real) web site 'cause I can't weld one.....
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Old June 13th, 2007, 10:19 AM
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This guy is trying to decide between a Wrangler or a D90. So I am having trouble taking him seriously. People reburbish these trucks after some ownership with pride, not to make it look like a new car they can show off.

Guess I lost that job. Oh well.

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Old June 13th, 2007, 10:42 AM
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why don't you just buy one that is already working. there's lots of them for sale all the time. yes they are all at least 10 years old but some of them are still pretty nice.

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Originally Posted by portocar
I live in Miami, Florida, and Iím interested in having a Defender 90 Soft-Top rebuilt/restored for me from scratch. I even want whoever does the rebuild to procure the donor vehicle.

There seem to be an overwhelming number of companies and individuals that offer complete refurbishing services. However, I am a neophyte, and could really use some help.

Would you be kind enough to recommend a company/individual that offers quality rebuild services at a reasonable price?
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Old June 13th, 2007, 02:04 PM
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why don't you just buy one that is already working. there's lots of them for sale all the time. yes they are all at least 10 years old but some of them are still pretty nice.

dave

Good suggestion. This is the same long offered advice given by those in the collector car business. Buy the best condition car you can afford, because any work will cost multiples its finished worth. You could spend well over $50k refurbing a beat up Defender (not including vehicle purchase price). Or, you could buy a great one even in the high $20's only needing minor cosmetic maintenance or lower tier part replacement and you will come out ahead. Avoid total expenditures exceeding the level buyers typically pay for a vehicle in similar condition.
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