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Old January 16th, 2012, 05:53 AM
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Opinions Needed - Checking this truck out tomorrow

Hey guys...

As some of you may know, I've been looking for a D90 or possibly a Series truck to keep/work on for quite a while... I think I might have found a (somewhat) practical vehicle.

Have a look and tell me what you think:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/1965-...t_36849wt_1182

All opinions / comments welcome. I consider myself handy with tools, but only partially knowledgable when it comes to these trucks.

Thanks in advance!
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Old January 16th, 2012, 07:30 AM
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I could be wrong but looks like a cosmetic restoration but not what I would call a restoration. Look for rust in the usual locations. One of the pictures shows rust on one of the floor panels or the seat box. The engine looks like it needs some love. I guess it all depends upon what they want for it?
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Old January 16th, 2012, 07:38 AM
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Walk away. Looks like a quick respray. They didn't even bother to paint inside the doors or under the hood. I'd bet $$ there is bondo all over it. The inside sprayed in bed liner scares me too. Diamond plate usually hides something. They spent $$ on paint and interior, but didn't touch the drivetrain and undercarriage, that's a red flag IMO.
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Old January 16th, 2012, 09:15 AM
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I would pass, the right one will come along for you.

They even put bed liner on the steering wheel
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Old January 16th, 2012, 09:26 AM
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Walk away....I would walk on the paint job alone, the rust underneath sezzz you have trouble there!
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Old January 16th, 2012, 09:40 AM
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They even put bed liner on the steering wheel
Wow. I missed that. Very nicely done. Nothing says qual-i-tay like saying F it and spraying the steering wheel too.
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Old January 16th, 2012, 10:00 AM
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Don't waste your time going to see that POS - there will be absolutely no value to the purchase. You'll be paying the dealer's markup for what appears to be a really $hitty job. Plus, there have been WAY nicer trucks for sale by owners that are considerably cheaper, that have actually been taken care of.
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Old January 16th, 2012, 11:37 AM
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I think Chapman would have a very interesting opinion on this truck
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Old January 16th, 2012, 04:16 PM
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First off, I want to apologize for posting a Series truck under the Defender section.

Second off, it was so late I didn't realize this was a Series III and not a IIA. I don't know how that works out, as it's a '65.

I'm going to check it out to get under one for sale to get familiar with problem spots in person. My roommate Craig and I are motor heads, so between the two of us, I think we can figure out and see first-hand a lot of the problem areas.

Supposedly ("") the engine has been rebuilt... if that's true, it had better be all mechanical, because it looks like a rusty tin can.

I am looking for a truck that's Rhino-lined, because of my line of work... so floors for sure... but I'm also not so sure about the steering wheel part. Seems really odd.

I'll do the old magnet-with-felt-over-it- test for Bondo. I'm going under the guise I'll walk away, but it's fascinating to check out, and I like the ideas that 1) it's not the Rover V8 and 2) because it's a 1965, I technically don't have to get smogged here in CA... which means I can do the type of restoration I want to on the old girl.

Those are really the only draws. I'm not a fan of the diamond plating in any capacity.

I'll respond later today with pictures.

Thanks guys! If anyone else has any information, let me know!

And if a mod feels like moving this to the Series technical area, please do.

------ Follow up post added January 16th, 2012 01:18 PM ------

At least it isn't this guy:

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv...797930154.html
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Old January 16th, 2012, 05:18 PM
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You can't really do the magnet test because it's aluminum...

If you want a project, don't pay a dealer markup for one.
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Old January 16th, 2012, 05:27 PM
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You can't really do the magnet test because it's aluminum...

If you want a project, don't pay a dealer markup for one.
I'm brain-farting all over the place.

I'm not going to buy, just check it out. Again, my main draw is that the body seems clean(ish) and its a pre-1976 California truck.
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Old January 16th, 2012, 05:31 PM
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It is worth going to see, if they did a quality paint job and the motor has been rehabed, the other stuff will be easy to restore. And That is not a sIII.

For 6-9K, it could be a good deal. Not a fan of the painted galvy, but maybe it will look better in person.
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Old January 16th, 2012, 05:32 PM
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There is a 2-door 109 for sale by me in Venice. Are you looking for an 88" series specifically?
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The painted steering wheel!!!!! WTF Complete cover up. Engline looks like a power wash job. Run
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Old January 19th, 2012, 02:47 PM
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All right... so I went and checked the truck out. In all, it wasn't bad. But it wasn't good either.

It's definitely a Series II (which, based on the year was obvious).I'll begin with everyone thinking that this has been a quick "clean-and-sell" job, but the vehicle is owned by a manager of a detailing shop. That explains the steam job to the engine bay. The paint job didn't look like a recent job; shows signs of chipping similar to a lot of vehicles from the 1980s. The coats of paint and clear coat were thicker than any job I've seen in recent past. The Rhino-lining (of damn-near everything) came from the restoration company. The floorboards (and rest of the interior, for that matter, had been Rhino-lined, partially for looks, partially to save the rusting floor boards. The lack of power steering only became an issue because the steering wheel had also been Rhino-lined. Anything below 30mph simply hurt. What a bad idea. Glass was good, window seals needed replacement. If there was any frame damage (which I'm not sure of), they did a good alignment.

I don't know what the engine rebuild included, but the motor was smooth. The transmission (4-on-the-floor) on the other hand, needed a bit of work. The odometer (looked like the original Rover one, not the replacement OEM ones) showed 10,XXX miles. Didn't trust it, even for the rebuild. There is a good amount of surface rust on the chassis, but nothing that couldn't be worked on.

But in all, she started right up and drove pretty well. Braking on the other hand would need immediate work.


I learned a lot about my search for trucks... my initial thought was that I could pick up a pre-1973 Series truck so I could get smog exemption in California. That way I could update the truck without much issue. But now I'm finding it might just be an easier route to find someone who has already begun this process. I'm staying away from the Rover V8 as best I can.
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At least it isn't this guy:

http://losangeles.craigslist.org/sfv...797930154.html
If the frame is good and it has a title, that seems like a good to great deal. People give away 88" tubs on the east coast and the body fix is just a matter of hours to swap the tub. Can't see if the bulkhead is hosed, but it looks pretty ok.

Worth checking out IMHO for the locals.
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