Originally Posted by Ericscott123
78 FJ40 and wanted to add to the collection with itís equal or better.
So, no Land Rovers...
Just kidding. Depending on budget, you can go from well sorted used truck, RHD, for anywhere from 15K, to 250K LS powered Puma clone. Where do you want to be?
My opinion: I think others will agree, go with 200 or 300Tdi, or Isuzu/Cummins/LS. The 2.5NA and Diesel Turbo motors are boat anchors. I am currently experiencing just how underpowered a 2.5NA is in one of my trucks.
Go LHD, unless you want RHD for the authentic British-ness.
Donít know much about Tophat. Glossy and fancy ads and press releases.
In Netherlands, since you brought it up, The Landrovers build a good truck. RiverHouse Mini (rivermike here on the forum) builds nice trucks, and can get you whatever you want. If you go overseas route, fly over and meet the people, see the shops. I have had coffee with Michael at Riverhouse, and tea with Stuart at Foleyís. One gets a feel for the people, and sees the shop in action.
Same for Safari Heritage Parts and a few other vendors on the forum. I saw East Coast Rover (ECR) has actually stopped taking on new work, they are so busy. There are other good US builders, some on this forum.
Australian Perentie Land Rovers are one of the best bases you can start with. Galvy frame, add a turbo, convert to LHD.