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Old May 21st, 2016, 04:52 PM
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Hello! I am in the process of purchasing my first Defender and have located a possible vehicle. The car is a '94 D90 ST and looks fantastic inside and out...until I received pics of the undercarriage. I have only received 2 pics of the undercarriage and have requested additional pics. My instinct is to pass on this Defender as a result of the amount of rust in the pics, but I was hoping for some additional input from those of you with more experience/perspective than I have. Any help or advice would be appreciated! Thanks in advance for your help!!
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Old May 21st, 2016, 05:00 PM
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Most of that appears to be surface rust from what I can tell. A day under there with a wire wheel and a can of aerosol epoxy chassis paint would qualify as a restoration in some places. I'd ask for more pics of the frame itself.
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Old May 21st, 2016, 05:02 PM
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Shane, read the ECR buying guide.
The pictures you showed dont always tell the whole story.
Rusty axle housings arent necessarily the worst thing...

https://eastcoastrover.smugmug.com/C...-guide-images/



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Old May 21st, 2016, 05:06 PM
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A new chassis is $$$ so definitely check it out. Also look at the footwells & rear crossmember.

Is it priced fairly?
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In my experience if the axles are bad, the frame is normally worse. I would be requesting photos of the rear crossmember and frame-side suspension mounts, particularly the rear upper link. Those are likely going to be your problem areas, as well as around the transmission crossmember. Good news is, it looks like they have a number of trucks to choose from!

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Old May 21st, 2016, 05:09 PM
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As Scott said, that does not look too menacing. Have a look at the outriggers, the rear crossmember, and the frame rails themselves. A frame swap can be done, but make sure that is priced in. If in doubt, have a local land rover shop take a look. Good luck.
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Old May 21st, 2016, 05:13 PM
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Awesome advice. Thank you all! Great buyers guide...Will do!!

------ Follow up post added May 21st, 2016 05:16 PM ------

Thanks, Paul. 100K miles and they are asking 49K w/ some wiggle room. Black and lots of options.
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Awesome advice. Thank you all! Great buyers guide...Will do!! ------ Follow up post added May 21st, 2016 05:16 PM ------ Thanks, Paul. 100K miles and they are asking 49K w/ some wiggle room. Black and lots of options.
That is WAY too much $. Do yourself a favor and hold off for a rust free truck from AZ, CO, WY, etc.
Keith, what are you trying to pawn off on this guy? ;-)
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Old May 21st, 2016, 06:07 PM
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Yea coming from someone with a rusty truck, that is waaaaay overpriced. That kind of rust is systemic, it's everywhere and the only cure is a full rebuild
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From your pics that looks like Copley.

I presume this one?

http://www.copleymotorcars.com/?show...convertible-13
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Old May 21st, 2016, 06:16 PM
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Yep, that's the one! I am super thankful for the advice. Sounds like a clear "pass" on this one.
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