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Old May 19th, 2009, 08:08 AM
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Need Advise about a D90 Purchase

Need some advise about the chassis of this D90. It is at a good dealership and will be check out prior to purchase, but is this something to be concerned with - I know rust is a big issue. Attached are some pics.

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Old May 19th, 2009, 08:35 AM
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Looks like surface rust... You need to check the underside of the doors, under the floor mats and rear cross member.

Other details would be helpful,

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Old May 19th, 2009, 08:37 AM
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It's a very good dealership, judging by the abundance of other defenders in the background.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 08:42 AM
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Is that copley"?????
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Old May 19th, 2009, 08:46 AM
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that is copley. i can tell by the brick building to the left of the lot.

good guys to deal with. i would deal with stu. you gotta watch that keith guy.

good luck zach








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Old May 19th, 2009, 09:08 AM
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Yeah, its obviously Copley. You can buy from them with confidence.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 09:16 AM
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Likely, the truck was also serviced by Cityside Garage in Holliston, I would ask Stuart or Keith. The guys at Cityside would give you an objective opinion as well having seen it, if they did.

Most of it looks surface from what I see. Nothing a wire brush and waxoyl wouldn't address.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 09:20 AM
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hey whats wrong with that keith guy?
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Old May 19th, 2009, 10:04 AM
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Old May 19th, 2009, 10:13 AM
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That does not look bad at all.
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Check The Inner Frame Rails Where Exhaust Downs Are. You Might Have To Do Some Crawling But It Will Be Worth It. It's A Tight Spot But I Have Seen Alot Start To Rot In That Area. Good Luck.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 01:43 PM
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To add to what Mark says, the key rust places on a D90 are:

1. Door frames
2. Footwells on the bulkhead
3. Bulkhead where the windscreen seal is
4. Gas tank skid plate
5. Rear crossmember on the frame
6. Corrosion under the sill plate on the back of the rear tub
and last, but not least
7. Frame where the transmission crossmember mounts (look for scale where the crossmember sits up against the frame--there could be holes behind it--remove if in doubt).

110 "t-pieces" are notorious rusters on the sills where the seals mount as well.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 02:02 PM
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zach,

if you want it checked out i would second the recommendation of alan eliot at cityside garage. i dealt with him when i bought from copley and thought he was a straight up guy. if he knows the vehicle he will give you an honest opinion, if not i'm sure you could get him to go over your concerns for a reasonable fee. keith can ship the car over there and back for you. i cant remember if he charged me for that, if he did it was so small it didnt register. if it checks out as surface rust and you believe in waxoyl keith also has a waxoyl guy he can set you up with who does good work at a good price, cityside will try and talk you out of it.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 02:21 PM
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Thanks for the quick replies - I appreciate the feedback.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 03:19 PM
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Never bought from Copley so I may be totally off but isn't the point of buying at Copley that you don't have to do this work? I like the idea of there being a place out there I can trust and be lazy with my purchase and take them at their word. Granted that also comes at the price of paying a premium.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 03:32 PM
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Never bought from Copley so I may be totally off but isn't the point of buying at Copley that you don't have to do this work? I like the idea of there being a place out there I can trust and be lazy with my purchase and take them at their word. Granted that also comes at the price of paying a premium.
Exactly. "Freshy serviced" from Copley means they actually sent it and had everything done which needed to be done, not just "changed oil" or "swapped out ball joint to pass inspection." Since they actually stand behind their vehicles, you don't have to worry that the diff has been filled with sawdust or that the exhaust has an ace bandage on it.

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And if its that big a deal, let me know, I'll go look at it and tell you if I'd buy it.
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Old May 19th, 2009, 07:59 PM
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Must be a Northern truck!

We're doing sliders and bumpers for a D2 that came straight to us from Copleys. It was a Martha's Vineyard truck IIRC and it had a lot of rust underneath, at least to my Southern Redneck eyes
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Old May 19th, 2009, 09:11 PM
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Easy there Stu... Please excuse him, as he is a mere Disco Owner... :-)



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Must be a Northern truck!

We're doing sliders and bumpers for a D2 that came straight to us from Copleys. It was a Martha's Vineyard truck IIRC and it had a lot of rust underneath, at least to my Southern Redneck eyes
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Old May 19th, 2009, 09:24 PM
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I bought my truck - sight unseen - from Copley two years ago. Those guys are anal about what Defenders they will buy and what they do to them before they sell them. They also stand behind what they sell. If you are worried about the rust, ask them. Maybe this truck isnt the one; he always has new ones coming in so not to worry.
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