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Old May 31st, 2016, 07:48 PM
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Cheers from Charleston

Hi Defender Source members! Thank you for the opportunity to participate in your forum. I am new to Defenders and am exploring a purchase locally of a Defender 110 , early 1990s. It is a frame off body restoration (in process) and minor mechanical restoration of an imported 110. Mileage is roughly 92,000.

It is a gasoline engine, not diesel; a soft top and I'm really digging the overall "feel" of the vehicle. Given the current resto in process, I have the ability to make some personal requests on the modification. So my reason for being here is to "get to know" the 110 better from current owners. I'm sensitive to potential future resale, so I don't want to go too far with my requests to modify too much beyond original. However, one mod I'm definitely considering is A/C being in Charleston.

Any suggestions from forum members? For a newbie to the Defender 110 world, any words of advice before I go investing a good sum into one?

Thanks much for your input and advice!
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Old May 31st, 2016, 09:32 PM
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Welcome, I am in Columbia so pretty close to you.

How about post up some pictures, more details about the current state of the vehicle and then more details about what the current plans are.

After you do that, I would think some folks might jump in and help steer you in the right direction. Who is doing the work, I'm not familiar with a shop that does something like that located in SC? It sounds like a nice project.
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Old June 1st, 2016, 08:09 AM
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Contractor, many thanks for your input. Nice to know of folks locally on here!!

I will post some photos later this week, probably over the weekend. The shop doing the work is Coastal Cars of Charleston, based in Mount Pleasant - Coastal Cars of Charleston - Used Cars - Mount Pleasant SC Dealer. if you go to the site and click on inventory, you can scroll through some pages of sold Rovers. They have been active in restoring and offering Land Rover for some time is my understanding, and the owner has a UK connection through which he imports legally.

More to come shortly.
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Old June 1st, 2016, 08:20 AM
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Welcome from a Charlestonian stuck in TX. That's a great location for a LR service that specializes in old rovers, but I don't recall any nearby. Best of luck! Lots of knowledge here and more helpful than the LRO forum.
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Old June 1st, 2016, 09:52 AM
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is this Stuart McElveen's shop?
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Old June 1st, 2016, 11:48 AM
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is this Stuart McElveen's shop?
I don't believe so, unless he is a silent partner.
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Old June 1st, 2016, 12:21 PM
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One of my favorite cities. My dream is to own my D90 there and pull my boat around. Welcome!
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Some pics and additional info

Here are a few pics of the vehicle I'm planning to purchase, resto in process. It's an '89 Defender 110. I was wrong on the mileage in my original post yesterday, it's 110,000 km (roughly 69,000 miles). The body was painted locally, including the frame. Inspection shows clean lines and no major areas of concern to my eyes.

I understand from the import papers that the vehicle was former Royal Air Force. The VIN #s match on engine compartment and frame. The engine is a 3.5L v-8 gas, paired to a 5-sp manual transmission.

A couple questions:

1) the paint job, while it seems excellent (I was told it's 3 coats paint and 5 coats of clear coat on top), covers the entire body except the engine compartment. Is this a major resale issue and will "purists" puke at this? I guess if you're a purist, painting it in the first place would be a bad idea.
2) Given the low mileage, while it runs and seems to run well, is there anything I should consider having done while the 110 is mostly apart? I wasn't planning to do a major overhaul of the engine. But now is the time to make decisions on that. Nothing seems to be leaking and I am a "don't fix if not broken" type of person.
3) is it a bad idea (again thinking long term resale) to stick an after market stereo system in? Would a dash modification be frowned upon?
4) tires/rims - the original rims are on the vehicle now. I'm planning to have after market rims and tires put on (basically newer LR rims). Should the original rims be kept with the vehicle?
5) i have the option of configuring the rear seating layout. I was contemplating one set of jumper seats up toward the front seats, without a rear set of jumper seats to give me some storage capacity. Should I go all the way with full jumper seats to the rear? Should these be bench style or individual seat style?
6) as an FYI, I'm having a soft top added in black with a galvanized steel frame.
7) spare tire on front hood or rear swing bar?

Thanks for any input and recommendations fellow forum members might have!
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Welcome, Baldsicle! I'll be in Mount Pleasant shortly and have seen that shop. Never stopped in to chat with them, though.

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Welcome from a Charlestonian stuck in TX. That's a great location for a LR service that specializes in old rovers, but I don't recall any nearby. Best of luck! Lots of knowledge here and more helpful than the LRO forum.
My lady is from Charleston (Mount Pleasant), and we live in TX now. So, I get a bit of what you're saying.
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