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Old August 9th, 2016, 11:51 AM
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New Member greeting from Boston

Hi Everyone - I joined the community back in March while I was still living in Seattle. But a whirlwind of life events prevented me from introducing myself and my truck at that time. The Quick Story: bought an '88 D90 RHD in March from a Craigslist seller who had purchased it a year earlier as a UK import that had undergone a frame-off restoration in 2014. Then my wife got a new job in Boston. So, three months later - after selling our house in Seattle, packing, moving across the country, and unpacking, here we are in the Boston area.

Long before our move, I've always been a fan of Land Rover - having owned an '04 Disco II, an '08 LR3, and now a '12 LR4 - but always wanted a D90 as the fun weekend truck. After looking at a couple of trucks earlier this year in FL while on vacation, I seized this '88 D90 back in Seattle.

The truck was structurally and cosmetically sound but needed some help mechanically - leaking oil seals, old oil cooler lines, a leaking radiator, and an LT77 transmission on its way out. I've since had all this replaced - a rebuilt Ashcroft R380 tranny completes my first phase of the ongoing restoration. The next big phase will to eventually upgrade to a 200tdi block.

Right now, the truck is at J. White's Automotive in Framingham to replace a rear differential that's been a noisemaker since I've driven it. Despite the mechanical heartburn from time to time, I love this truck - it's a labor of love. A few people in the area here have already stopped me to ask "wow, what kind of a Jeep is that??" To which I introduce them to the world and community that is Land Rover.

I just posted some photos of the truck in the registry, and will post a few here once I figure out how to do that.

I look forward to being a member of this awesome community and hopefully meet some of you at future events in the area.
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Old August 9th, 2016, 11:55 AM
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Welcome to the area!


I'll say Hi to your truck when I am at J Whites later today...
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Old August 9th, 2016, 11:55 AM
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Here are some photos of "Blue" - 1988 LR 90. The last photo is one of her being loaded onto the transport truck for the cross-country trip to Boston.
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Old August 9th, 2016, 12:01 PM
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Welcome: Whites is minutes from my office. Have known some of those guys for years.

I'll be on the look out for your truck! It's way to clean, neat and tidy!
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Old August 9th, 2016, 12:03 PM
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Thanks Pitchrollyaw! I scoured the forums and other online reviews before deciding on J. White's. I'm impressed with them so far - incredibly welcoming and knowledgeable on diagnosis....extremely thorough in going over their assessments and work.
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Old August 9th, 2016, 12:13 PM
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Thanks Rocky! Complete agree it's too clean in the brief time I've owned it - can't wait to get it out of the shop and begin driving it as it was meant to.
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Old August 12th, 2016, 11:36 PM
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Nice truck! I was poking around under it as theywere putting your driveshaft on. Enjoy.
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Old August 16th, 2016, 12:09 PM
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Many thanks for the compliments! It turns out J White's is rebalancing the prop shafts and replacing U joints while they're at it. So excited to get the truck back later this week!
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Old November 1st, 2016, 04:59 PM
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Driving a slow Defender on the Mass Pike & other highways

Hey gang - I'm looking for some sage advice from the Defender veterans who live in the area - - specifically the 2.5NA and 2.5TD owners.

Do you drive your trucks occasionally/regularly on the Mass Pike or other freeways around here (i.e.: 95, 93, 495)? While I find I'm comfortable driving on the slower routes like Rte 9, I'm hesitant to drive my pokey 2.5TD on anything faster out of fear of being hit by the insanely fast drivers & reckless drivers around here. While the truck can comfortably drive 50-55 mph, I think that's a potential hazard on the faster expressways.

Is my concern valid or am I just overthinking this? Appreciate your thoughts & advice here. Thanks.
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Old November 1st, 2016, 05:10 PM
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Funny our signatures both thank SWMBO..

I drive 495 somewhat routinely and can reach an indicated ~65+mph, but I will normally hold ~60 in the right lane. When I do my Cape drives, I will always go off hours w/ a Dunkin and vehicle walk-around stop. With two small taillights, I keep my head on a swivel and watch for idiots screaming up in the right lane. I also keep my rear fog on at night...I know not proper usage, but I like the visibility.


I actually passed a few vehicles on my last trip; a dump truck and a gold Camry.


For me, the Pike w/ its very limited access would be chancy during rush hour, but I'd attempt it off hours.
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Old November 1st, 2016, 07:16 PM
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While you are saving money and prepping the wife for the engine swap, stay off the interstates and other fast roads/Hi-ways. It's too dangerous with just a couple tired hamsters under the hood trying to keep up with modern vehicles.
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Old November 1st, 2016, 09:07 PM
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Heck, I rarely exceed 60 in my v8. You get used to being over taken.
I don't use the Pike/128/95 any more than I really have to.
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Old November 2nd, 2016, 12:19 AM
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Carrie and I put a 1.2 transfer case in out 2.5NA 90 and drive it on any road. Cautiously. With the 1.2 we can work up to 65mph (maybe even 70) though it takes time.

I think the 2.5NA is it's own unique experience and fun in it's own way. If -YOU- are having fun, ignore the 2.5NA haters here. I admit, it made us appreciate the 300Tdi in the 110 we bought.

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Old November 2nd, 2016, 03:37 PM
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Thanks everyone - great insights and perspectives here that I'll give more thought to, to determine how to best navigate the New England area.
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Old November 2nd, 2016, 03:53 PM
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welcome... headed off road this week end.. we also have a get together in Waltham for the local LR owners....
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Old November 20th, 2016, 09:14 AM
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Hey gang - I'm looking for some sage advice from the Defender veterans who live in the area - - specifically the 2.5NA and 2.5TD owners.

Do you drive your trucks occasionally/regularly on the Mass Pike or other freeways around here (i.e.: 95, 93, 495)? While I find I'm comfortable driving on the slower routes like Rte 9, I'm hesitant to drive my pokey 2.5TD on anything faster out of fear of being hit by the insanely fast drivers & reckless drivers around here. While the truck can comfortably drive 50-55 mph, I think that's a potential hazard on the faster expressways.

Is my concern valid or am I just overthinking this? Appreciate your thoughts & advice here. Thanks.
Channel your inner Dennis Leary and 'drive really slow in the ultra-fast lane while people behind you are going insane'
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Old December 22nd, 2016, 11:11 PM
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Love that blue! So the real question is Seachickens or Cheattriots?
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Old December 23rd, 2016, 09:34 PM
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Smile

Thanks @Gutwrench! Seahawks 'til I die. Still have my season tix since '00 and not giving those up anytime soon.
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Old December 23rd, 2016, 09:49 PM
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Thanks @Gutwrench! Seahawks 'til I die. Still have my season tix since '00 and not giving those up anytime soon.
you might want to keep that to yourself while driving through some areas of boston.
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