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Old December 2nd, 2012, 10:59 AM
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Hey all. I have spent the past two months researching and educating myself on Defenders. Have had a lot of help from a lot of very enthusiastic people. Been a great learning experience thus far. So... Wanted to get the very knowledgeable people of D-90s opinion

I think I have decided on the fact that I want a "blank canvas" to build as I see it in my mind. I have settled on wanting to finish with a softop diesel 110 (understand a 3 door might be easier to accomplish, but ok with 5 door). Want the exterior somewhat original minus wheels and tires and want the interior as "modern" as possible. I understand the limitations with the dash. I have a budget of 30-40K USD.

So. First question is, is this even possible? Second question is, opinions on best way to proceed?

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Old December 2nd, 2012, 11:08 AM
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So you're looking for a solid ST, diesel 110 to build up? Start with a euro spec import and you should be good to go.
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 12:01 PM
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Contact Stephen or Bryan at Safari HP. They are building a soft top 110 for a guy I think starting in January 2013. I don't know what the cost would be but they could sure let you know. http://www.safarihp.com/
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 12:23 PM
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110 st

Im doing one now : http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=40984

If you do it yourself 40K is possible. Do you want NAS cage? The NAS cage alone will probably cost you OVER $3000. Then you will need a custom NAS soft top made. There are vendors in the UK that sell the soft top and cage (alltrim). UK parts will cost you MUCH less compared to the NAS look.

If you use a shop in the states to do the work for you it will probably cost you way over 40K.

I started with a 110 I imported from Canada. Im doing most of the work except for the body and paint. My truck was being restored by a guy who lost interest so lots of the de-rusting was already completed.

Feel free to PM me if you want more detailed information.
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 12:31 PM
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I think 30 to 40 K is not enough! You could do it if you built it your self. But if some one else has to do it forget it! I all depends how far do you wanna go with it? If you start from scratch, take a galvanized chassis, bulkhead, b pillars etc.
If it is your budget just for the rebuilt not the car yes it should be possible.
Also the cheaper the car is you are going to buy for this project, likely the more issues it has. All those issues needs to be addressed and replaced. So my first advice is buy a good defender from the start! Start from there. Also before you start taring it down etc. Just drive it for a while. Then you know what a defender is all about! You also will have a better idea what you want to have done/ replaced on the defender.
When i bought my first one i remember that i wanted a complete rebuilt! but after driving for a while i realized that i did not wanted a complete rebuilt. I liked it the way it was! It just needed some repairs. Si in the end i went a complete different route.
But in any case you can't go wrong with a defender! Good luck and keep us informed on your progress.
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 01:50 PM
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Your budget is very realistic if you start with an exMOD 110. They come in soft top configuration, but if you want to keep up with traffic you might consider swapping the 2.5na diesel that they come with to a 200tdi. You can then add whatever interior upgrades you want, since the exMODs generally don't come with any.
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 02:26 PM
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Should be easy to do for your budget with a 3 door 110 as a starting point.

Maybe start with something like this

http://www.mod-sales.com/direct/vehi...and_Rover_.htm

Remove the hardtop and get a soft top / stick set from exmoor trim. Have the sticks and hood installed in the UK and you will save yourself a bunch of $$$

Talk to Doug of dividing creek when you want to import it
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 02:47 PM
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Love this place! Tons of great replies. (Well most if them!). Keep em coming.
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 03:03 PM
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Anyone have any experience with gmr4x4? He has a two door oversees and thinks he could have worked on there to meet my specs. Jus wanted to know if there is any chatter about the quality of trucks and/or resto work at the shop he uses.

Thanks again for the continued replies.
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 03:04 PM
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Love this place! Tons of great replies. (Well most if them!). Keep em coming.
Go on vacation to the uk. Buy a truck and have Doug bring it over for you.
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 03:42 PM
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Go on vacation to the uk. Buy a truck and have Doug bring it over for you.
I feel like the words "vacation" and "uk" are rarely used in a sentence together.
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 04:18 PM
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I feel like the words "vacation" and "uk" are rarely used in a sentence together.
Have you been?
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 05:01 PM
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Have you been?
I want to, but most tell me not to.
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I think both Jeroen and Fred have it right. The key to meeting your budget if you want to build a truck is to buy the right base truck and buy it well, build out the truck as much as you can (or combine efforts with someone else building a 110 convertible in Michigan and have them duplicate the pieces that they are doing if willing for costs plus some serious high quality bourbon or scotch depending on their preference), and drive it before you push a ton of money into it. If you are accustomed to high end rides, you will probably never be satisfied with where you get to and may prefer to leave it a bit rough rather than spending a lot of money on a leather interior. The alternative is to buy a truck that someone else has built out, thats a close enough fit and tailor it to your desires as most times it's tough to recover every penny that has been put into a truck. Just takes patience.
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 05:22 PM
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I feel like the words "vacation" and "uk" are rarely used in a sentence together.
Ignorance!
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 05:26 PM
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I want to, but most tell me not to.
yeah ... don't bother
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 05:33 PM
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Why Michigan?
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I was referring to Fred. Check out his build thread. Makes me wish I was doing a similar rig.
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If you want a roll cage under the soft top you have a few options that are off the shelf products.


http://www.safetydevices.com/expedit...3-present/259/

http://www.safetydevices.com/expedit...3-present/647/
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Old December 2nd, 2012, 05:57 PM
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I was referring to Fred. Check out his build thread. Makes me wish I was doing a similar rig.
Ahhh. Got it. Thx

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If you want a roll cage under the soft top you have a few options that are off the shelf products.

http://www.safetydevices.com/expedit...3-present/259/

http://www.safetydevices.com/expedit...3-present/647/
I have heard 6 month wait on these?
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