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Old May 31st, 2016, 03:36 PM
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Been on the forum awhile, had jeeps for years. Just bought a 1986 110 a couple of months ago and plan on restoring frame, suspension, adding a fill cage, probably will keep the body original. Glad to finally have a Defender. Can anyone recommend a good, honest mechanic in North New Jersey and/or vouch for the one I found online - The Rover Specialist? Honest and reasonable is equally important as price so im not looking to find the cheapest mechanic, but one that's knowledgeable, responsible and (again) honest. Thanks in advance.

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Forgot to add, its a diesel. thanks.
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Old May 31st, 2016, 04:22 PM
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Been on the forum awhile, had jeeps for years. Just bought a 1986 110 a couple of months ago and plan on restoring frame, suspension, adding a fill cage, probably will keep the body original. Glad to finally have a Defender. Can anyone recommend a good, honest mechanic in North New Jersey and/or vouch for the one I found online - The Rover Specialist? Honest and reasonable is equally important as price so im not looking to find the cheapest mechanic, but one that's knowledgeable, responsible and (again) honest. Thanks in advance.

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Forgot to add, its a diesel. thanks.
What are you looking for the mechanic to do, what do you plan on doing yourself. You might be better off sending it to Hershey PA or into Queens NY depending on what you want to do.
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Old May 31st, 2016, 04:27 PM
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Welcome to the forum. Post some pics of the truck and share the details when you get a chance. In the meantime, there are a ton of good Land Rover guys in Jersey as well that you'll be able to draw from. Maybe extend an invite for a meeting at a centrally located bar so you guys can talk shop.
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Old May 31st, 2016, 04:38 PM
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Old May 31st, 2016, 04:44 PM
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Thank you

for the replies. My mechanical skills are limited so most work (restoring the frame and suspension, poss engine swap and cage fabrication) will be done by pros and my local diesel mechanic handled all the new purchase fluid swaps when i bought it 3/4 months ago.

The issue I'm having right now is that after driving it for about 15/20 minutes, it slides out of gear and will not go back in for awhile. The time varies. I originally thought this was a linkage or tcase issue b/c the first time it happened the tcase shifter jumped out of gear and then the vehicle got stuck in 2wd low. Mechanic adjusted linkages, but issue happened again later that night, although neither shifter is stuck in any one place. Now i'm thinking my overzealous effort to put it back in 2wd high the first time caused some linkage issue (which the mechanic addressed) but the underlying issue is still there. As of right now, it drive fine for about 15-20 minutes, then slides out of gear. When this happens, without depressing the clutch pedal, I am able to freely move the transfer case shifter and the gearbox shifter all around with out grinding or engaging any gears in any way. I suspect this is a clutch issue but I don't want to drop this with just any tranny place and have them do a bunch of work that is unnecessary if there are lt77/230 adjustments that can be made. Right now, the only shops I've been ale to dig up is the rover specialist (Vinnie) and land rover repair in Fairlawn.

Any names for this issue would be most welcome.

------ Follow up post added May 31st, 2016 04:48 PM ------

Thanks for the suggestion. Grease the lines of communication with alcohol....works in almost every industry

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I will, thank you.
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Old May 31st, 2016, 05:11 PM
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I would recommend Rolf's Auto, in Summit, NJ. Rolf is a great guy, is a member of the forum, and has had the shop for over thirty years.
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Old May 31st, 2016, 05:50 PM
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Great. Thank you. I did see him in an earlier search but had forgot. Thank you.


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