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Old October 3rd, 2013, 11:48 AM
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UK restauration recommendations

Hi all,

I'm thinking of sending my truck to be restored in the UK and then driving it in Europe for a few months. As a professor, I have the possibility of taking a few months to travel in the summer. Since I just turned 50, I was planning a trip to South-America, but after totalling the costs, I think it won't be possible.

So rather that restoring my truck here (in Canada), I was thinking of this option. I want to install a new frame and bulkhead, rebuilt diesel engine and newer 6 speed tranny, rebuilt drive train, new seat box and PUMA dash. Also some cosmetic work would be required, like a paint job. Where I live, in Quebec, there is no vehicle inspection unless you import a car, but this would not affect me, if I ship to drive there and ship back after. I would just need to pay duties on the parts I purchase there, as it is maintenance work.

Can anyone recommend a UK shop for such a job ?

I need to get an idea on costs to set budget... I would ship the truck in january and pick it up there in may and ship it back sometime in july or august.
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 12:30 PM
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If you are thinking of A PUMA dash then you will likely need all the under bonnet to be PUMA too ... including the engine
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Old October 3rd, 2013, 12:34 PM
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Looked at Gott's website, seems interesting. Foley seems really nice too... thanks
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Old October 5th, 2013, 02:52 AM
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Foleys, or Frogs Island4x4

Nene if you have very deep pockets.

Stay well away from Berkshire LR

Buryas bridge garage: http://www.buryasbridgegarage.com/pa...ver_specialist have a good rep as well.
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Also try speaking to Chris at :

http://www.liveridge4x4.com/

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Old October 5th, 2013, 04:33 AM
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Good idea Dave, i'd forgotten about Liveridge.
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Also try speaking to Chris at :

http://www.liveridge4x4.com/

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Thanks, I'll check them out.
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Marc-Andre, I'm in the UK now and happy to help if I can. Contact me directly if there's anything I can do.

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Old October 6th, 2013, 08:13 PM
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Foley or liveridge... I have experience with liveridge if you want any extra info on them
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Foley's. talk to stuart
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I can recommend Liveridge 4X4 as well. Ask for Chris Howard.
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I have worked with all of the companies recommended above (including the one recommended you avoid) and agree with everything said. The cream of the crop are Stuart Foley and Ben Gott in my opinion.
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X6 on Stuart and Pete Foley. They built the 110 for me that I shipped to Quebec way back in 2002. Absolutely best of the best, fast, fair and flawless service.
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