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Old March 23rd, 2010, 12:56 PM
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Welder in Northern VA and Crossmember Advice

Looking for a competent welder in the Northern Virginia area. The rear crossmember is rusting out and I would like to replace it.

What's the best way to accomplish this? Is it in anyone's experience that a welder will travel to a site and weld there? I am just concerned with doing all the prep work, like dropping the tank and tank guard, etc. before turning it over to the welder. Or do I do all the work and have it towed some place?

Any help is appreciated.

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Old March 23rd, 2010, 12:58 PM
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What about Jonathan over there at Wolf Fabrication . . .
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 01:14 PM
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A ways back I had thrown the idea out to him and I believe he was a bit too busy with his own stuff to take it on.
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I don't think it will be cost effective unless you do all the prep work yourself and have them come to you or you drop it off at the point of welding. I'm sure Jonathan would do it, and Flagg mentioned a guy in the Baltimore area that does this kind of work affordably as well if he doesn't want to.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ght=flagg+rust

I'd do the welding for you, but you said competent
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 01:17 PM
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There's Ravensworth, but this might be beyond their comfort level. Maybe Eurosport and John Kinter (is he still around?)

I'd see if I couldn't twist Jonathan's arm, though. It's always nice to keep the $ in the community if nothing else.
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 01:20 PM
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Try calling John Kitner at Eurosport Auto Body. He owns a 97 D90 and is real familiar with land rovers.

Euro Sport Auto Body - eurosportautobody.com
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 01:23 PM
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Try calling John Kitner at Eurosport Auto Body.
I could have sworn I saw his truck for sale at the side of the road down Rte. 1 near Belvoir 2 weekends ago.
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 01:28 PM
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Actually that was my truck. I bought it from him last Sept. My transmission crapped out on RTE 1 and that shop was the closest thing. They replaced the tranny and so far so good.
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 01:35 PM
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That's a hell of a nice truck if i remember correctly -- does it still have a supercharger?
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cgalpin,

did you weld your own crossmember on Janey? If so, how much did you cut off the frame.

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He actually had two yellow 97 D90's, one with the supercharger and the other without. I bought the one without.
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Yes. I cut off as much as I could. Even though the crossmember I had came with extensions it wasn't the perfect replacement which would have had a longer extension and one body mount. But it came out fine. The actual welding is the easy part of the job. Pics here:

http://gallery.lhsw.com/janey_rear_cross_member

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cgalpin,

did you weld your own crossmember on Janey? If so, how much did you cut off the frame.

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Old March 23rd, 2010, 01:59 PM
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Bill,

While out of the COuntry at the moment,

Trevor ( Roverlab ) did an outstanding job on my 90, we ordered the crossmember from UK $ 230.00 including shipping ( arrived in 4 days ).

His install was amazing and very well priced.
I am sure he would pick your vehicle up if necessary.

his return late April.


The Guy in Baltimore is Gary , I met him couple of years ago when fixing my 109.
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Yes, Trevor++
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 02:08 PM
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I would like to do as much of the process as I can. I am extremely good at unskilled labor. I can wire brush anything. Trevor sounds like the way to go, but I don't want to stick him with all the prep work. Anyone got a number or email for him? I am in no rush to get it done, so late April is fine. I am planning on doing several other things to the vehicle as well, so I kind of figured this summer would be a time of car work and not car driving.

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Picking the wrong time of yeah for not driving it!

If you are not adverse to additional manual labor, you could drop the tank, prep, then put the tank back in and drive it to Trevor's. He would just need to drop the tank (which should be easy after being freshly dropped) and then cut and weld. You could even have him put the tank in and then take it home and then drop the tank yet again to give the area some additional TLC and paint layers.
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Old March 23rd, 2010, 02:24 PM
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It got plenty of drive time during the snow. Besides the only thing better than driving the rover with the top off during the summer is driving the vette with the t-tops out during the summer. Not saying I won't miss it, but I will have a nice substitute.
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Is trevor still in africa?
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Trevors info www.roverlab.com

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Old March 23rd, 2010, 04:29 PM
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After further review Elizabethtown, PA is waaaaaaay far away. I was hoping like Alexandria, maybe even Manassas.
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