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Old April 3rd, 2016, 11:26 AM
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VIN conflicting info, is this import-able?

Guy tells me this is a 1990 Defender 90 200tdi - VIN SALLDVAB7FA395831

LD in VIN tells me it is a Defender, and should have a 200tdi
The B at the 8th digit does not seem to help as it could be a 19J or an L series engine?
BUT the F 10th digit is what scares me. This indicates the vehicle is a 1989.
How do I reconcile the LD with the F?

I fear Customs will just run the VIN, determine it is an '89 and should not have the 200tdi.
Thoughts appreciated!
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Old April 3rd, 2016, 11:30 AM
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Nope, it decodes as an 1989 with a 19J motor.

SAL Manufacturer code: Land Rover
LD Model: Defender (for early models: Ninety, or One Ten)
V Wheel base: 92.9 inch, but designated 90
A Body type: 2-door: Pickup, hood cab, truck cab, or soft/hard top
B Engine type: 2.5 litre diesel turbo (model 19J)
7 Steering and transmission: Right-hand drive (RHD), 5-speed manual (LT85, LT77, LT77S, R380 or other)
F Model year: 1989
A Assembly location: Solihull, UK
395831 Serial number
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Old April 3rd, 2016, 11:44 AM
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Thanks for that. Much appreciated.

It is the indication that it is a Defender (not a series 3) that gets me as I believe Defenders all got the 200tdi.

OK. So is it possible the owner has mistaken his 19J for a 200tdi? How can you tell these 2 apart visually?
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Old April 3rd, 2016, 11:57 AM
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Post a picture of the engine.
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Old April 3rd, 2016, 12:19 PM
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Pic attached.

------ Follow up post added April 3rd, 2016 11:21 AM ------

[IMG]http:/https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B_E5hjSfVy6wcW9yZndhbUhmV3c[/IMG]

------ Follow up post added April 3rd, 2016 11:25 AM ------

Not sure that image shows up (does not for me) but the link should be copy/paste-able for anyone able to help me out with this.
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Old April 3rd, 2016, 12:31 PM
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Does it have a Yellow or Green oil fill cap?
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Old April 3rd, 2016, 12:32 PM
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That's a Discovery 200Tdi from what I see on my phone. Nothing original about that in an 89 Defender.

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https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_E...w?pref=2&pli=1
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Old April 3rd, 2016, 12:33 PM
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Not sure that image shows up (does not for me) but the link should be copy/paste-able for anyone able to help me out with this.
Click on the paperclip in the top legend and attach the respective files.

I pasted this:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B_E...dhbUhmV3c/view

It shows a Disco 200TDI which is not native to this vehicle.
You need to switch back to an original engine type to cross the port, otherwise it will most likely not be allowed in USA Brice.
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Is the vehicle in transit? If so, what USA Port?
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Old April 3rd, 2016, 01:13 PM
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Oh no, I was just doing my homework before purchase. It is still sitting in the UK for sale.
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Also looks like a heater box on the left, meaning a right hand drive.......
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Old April 3rd, 2016, 01:22 PM
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Oh yes, It is RHD.
(I don't know why so many are against RHD [not that your comment indicates you are], they are not hard to drive and the only issue would be passing on 2-lane roads....but lets be honest, how often are Defender drivers actually passing other cars on US roads?)
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My issue with RHD is always tollbooths... I go through at least 2 per day, and would need power windows and a stick
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My issue with RHD is always tollbooths... I go through at least 2 per day, and would need power windows and a stick
EZ Pass? Only issue I have with RHD is ATMs....but now I just get out. I actually prefer RHD these days, much more true British experience .
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i concur with dave its a discovery 200tdi engine. Not importable as is, however I do have 2 x 19J engines in stock and we could re-engine the vehicle for you here before shipping.

I have a nice RHD '86 90 for sale. its a 2.5 diesel, but I can supply you a take out disco 200tdi engine for a conversion with a take out rad/intercooler pack crated for an additional $1000 plus shipping.

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EZ Pass? Only issue I have with RHD is ATMs....but now I just get out. I actually prefer RHD these days, much more true British experience .
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EZ Pass? Only issue I have with RHD is ATMs....but now I just get out. I actually prefer RHD these days, much more true British experience .
Dude, just drive in at the exit, everything is lined up. Technically you are exiting the road anyway.
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