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Old September 19th, 2009, 12:21 AM
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Texas shop recommendations

I took my new 90 to the mechanic that I have been using for a while down here in Texas and had hoped that he would fix the gas leak that I have at the top of my tank. After almost two weeks in his shop he called yesterday and said he did not want to work on it because of the rust. I am swamped right now with work but I think I am going to have to make time and do this myself.

But I have a question on a bigger scale. Does anyone know of a shop in the San Antinio and or Austin area that is really good with Defenders? This truck has some bad rust issues and I would really like someone that knows these veichles to look it over and be able to give me some advice as to coming up with a plan. The more I think about it the more I am getting inclined to doing a frame swap and removing of rust on the truck. The bulkhead has rust on the drivers side foot well. I am thinking that the sooner I take care of these rust issues the better off this truck and myself will be. But I could really use someone that has been there and done that. Thanks in advance.

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Old September 19th, 2009, 06:28 AM
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Check out www.bushducks.com If you were here in Dallas, North Texas Rover. You can do it yourself, but depending on the rust you will need a lot of patience and an occasional extra hand. Hardest part is deciding whether to change the bulkhead. When you are done, you will know you're 90 better than most mechanics.

Note- I just checked Bushducks for San Antonio and Austin and only found dealers - there have to be some independent mechanics down there. Maybe check the local club members - also a good source of extra hands when the time comes www.texasrovers.com
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Old September 19th, 2009, 07:49 AM
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Chris thanks for the suggestions. I did run a search and looked through the Texas Rovers web sight last night after posting and found one shop in SA that someone had recommended.



I would love to do the swap myself. Really that is my first choice as I would love to learn all about my 90 and be able to say "I did that". But time to do it and a place to do it I would still need to work out. I have decided to hang on to my old Trooper so that I will have something to drive when the swap is going on. But I don't know how much longer that monster has. It has 240,000 and runs on three cylinders. I can't complain though it has been a great truck and aside from regular maintaince I bet I have not put more than 2000.00 in to repairs. Most of it in the last 20,000 miles.



Maybe I can figure out how to post some pic's and show everyone what I am looking at. Big thing is that when something goes wrong I would like to be able to fix it with out it taking four times longer because of rusty bolts and parts that are becoming one. Am I asking to much of a 90?



Better get back to work.



Thanks again,

Michael

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Old September 19th, 2009, 09:23 AM
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Yeah lets see some pics so we can tell you how bad it is (or isn't). You can do the tank yourself no problem and fix any rust issues at the rear while you are under it. No space required other than a spot to park the truck. Pre-treat all the bolts with pb blaster and be patient and you'll be fine.

Probably not much help but here are some pictures of when I pulled my tank:

http://lhsw.com/gallery/d90_fuel_tank

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Michael,

I recently took my 90 to Texas Land Rover Service in San Antonio, which fortunately is only about 3 miles from my house. I asked folks on the Texas Rovers forum about shops and several pointed me to these guys. I had Brett go over the truck and provide me a list of what needed to be done. They were professional and provided detailed and realistic (in my mind) pricing. I'll definitely use them again.

There was one item they wanted to fix, that I opted to do myself (as their cost seemed high). They were going to us a genuine LR fan clutch, which is why it was so expensive. I instead picked up the part from Atlantic British and will do the swap out myself. I prefer to do work myself (when I have the time and when it's in within my abilities), but until I get more comfortable with the truck, I will use these guys.

WWW.TEXASLANDROVERSERVICE.COM
Service, New and Used Parts. ARB, OME, Safari Gard.
15115 San Pedro (US281 @ Brookhollow)
210-496-9600

Sam handled all the coordination of the work, and Brett is the mechanic. When I picked up my truck they had two other 90's and a NAS 110.

PM me if you want to discuss.
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Old September 20th, 2009, 08:33 AM
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Charles, as soon as I figure out how to post pics I will have them up. I took some of the rust yesterday and got a better look at it. The rust is not as bad everywhere as I thought but on the frame under the passenger door it is bad. It has split the frame down the middle for close to 2.5 feet, and there are holes on the side.

Isaac, thanks I saw that post late Friday night on the Texas Rovers sight and am going to give them a call tomorrow.

Thanks, Michael
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How to post pictures

Posting pics is easy

Click "Go Advanced" below, then click "Manage Attachments". A window will popup allowing you to attach a number of pictures at once. Click "Browse" for each picture, find it, select it, and click ok/open/add or whatever button windows shows there. Then click "Upload".

The only trick is the images have to be 600x800 or smaller iirc. So you will likely need to resize them before uploading. If they are too big the upload step will tell you so. If it's too much hassle just send them to me and I can post them here.

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