Hey there. I've been lurking on the forums for some amount of time, just looking at projects and what not. I find myself forming several questions about certain things, really hoping you guys can help me answer them.
Also I'll have to be saving up for this vehicle. If I import it I'm looking at around 5-7k for the vehicle itself (as well as 10% of the vehicles price+500 for the guys service (that's in euros though)) and then shipping cost and any fees I don't know of for importing a vehicle. I'm hoping at the extreme end it'd cost 10k. For those of you that are curious I'm going through a fellow named Rob in the Netherlands who finds vehicles and purchases them for people in other countries. This is very much a long term goal, I'm looking at maybe a year or two to afford a Defender.
Plans for the vehicle I buy:
A) I plan to get the chassis galvanized or replaced with an aftermarket galvanized chassis. As well as galvanizing the bulkhead when I do the electrical.
B) I plan to re-do all the electricals. This will more than likely require me to replace some old wiring as well as upgrade the default fuse box (they tend to have faulty fuses from what I hear) I also will add LED lights for everything, hopefully LED headlights as well.
C) modify the dash to fit some new nick nacks. I'll be adding several switches (I may mount those on a glovebox in the center console however, or on the roof or above the windscreen), I'll also be adding a CB for emergency communications. I'll also be adding a few USB ports (may go on the center console instead?), I'll be upgrading (or adding) the radio system. It doesn't really need to play CDs since I just use an aux cable to hook my phone up anyway Bluetooth would be nice though. I think I'll also be adding some updated gauges, I hear stock ones are hard to see.
C) Interior lights. I'm not sure what I'd be installing, but I plan to use this vehicle as a part time family camper, so I'd like lights so we can see inside at night.
D) Typical Mods. I'll be adding a roof rack, some kind of canvas (don't know the name) to use as protection during rain, brush guards, winch, maybe some floodlights.
E) Storage. The reason I'm giving this its own section is because the storage will be the most important part (for me) I'm debating on side storages near the rear wheels (it's unused room apparently?) For jerry cans. It'd give me 4 extra jerry cans I can carry. I'll also be building storage boxes that double as seats in the back. As well as adding a net on the roof above the seats that'll be used to store light weight equipment (bedding, sleeping bags, clothes) and of course a roof rack.
Any other mods you guys can think of that I should add? Let me know!
1) for importing a Defender what are the applicable taxes and fees associated with it? It'll be at least 25 years old (most likely 25-35 years old) but I heard about duty tax? How much is that?
2) What's a good source of aftermarket parts for Defenders? I'm not worried about 'originality' I plan to re-do lots of things anyway.
3) why don't more people import land rover Defenders??
4) anything I should know before buying one of these beautiful things?