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Old June 28th, 2016, 08:35 AM
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New Tithonus in Maryland

Hi, everyone, I'm a proud new owner of a 1984 Tithonus that was imported last year. It's a hardtop with seating for ten, with pretty low mileage (44k) and good mechanical condition. The paint is faded, and there is a small amount of rust, but the previous owner took replaced the clutch and starter, and got it running smoothly.

My plans are:

1. Rust abatement/prevention
2. Acquire a soft top
3. ARB air compressor and rear locker, with Detroit TrueTrac up front
4. Winch and underbody protection
5. Anything else that comes to mind!

I'm working with Independent, a local Land Rover specialist, and I'll see what I can do myself, too! We are looking forward to some fun family memories with it!
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Old June 28th, 2016, 08:45 AM
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Welcome to the Defender Source. This is a great place to get help, parts, advice and ideas.

I assume you have the 2.5NA diesel? I have a 1986 soft top MoD 90 with that engine. Just ignore the 2.5 haters, it will get you around just fine (just not fast.) I've put nearly 40,000 miles on mine in 3.5 years.

Figure out what ratio transfer case you have (use the serial number to look it up.) I put in a 1.2 ratio T case in my 90 and can do 65 mph (on a good day.)

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Old June 28th, 2016, 09:10 AM
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Thanks, Mike!

I'm happy with the performance of the 2.5 NA so far - it fits the character of the vehicle, and has done everything I've needed it to so far! I've gotten it up to over an indicated 60 mph, but that was beyond the ideal cruising speed, for sure.

I'll figure out the transfer case ratio and let you know.

Matt
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Old June 28th, 2016, 09:46 AM
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110's all have 1.6 tcases
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Old June 28th, 2016, 10:35 AM
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Thanks, Doug - I thought so but was going to look it up to double check. I'm hoping to head to Natural Bridge to take my kids through the Safari Park there - are you familiar with the area? I'm looking for some family-friendly trails and camping for the trip.
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Old June 28th, 2016, 10:52 AM
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I would stay off the highway in MD/NVA, especially with kids aboard for safety reasons.
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Old June 28th, 2016, 11:06 AM
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Is it typical for everyone to not drive on the highways? I imagine it would be hard to get anywhere...
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