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Old August 26th, 2015, 02:59 PM
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Joe FitzPatrick
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1985 110 Soft Top

For sale is a 1985 Ex-MOD 2 Door Soft Top 110. I bought the Landy in April 2013 from a gentleman in upstate NY who imported it directly from the UK’s Ministry of Defense. It had 59,100 miles when I purchased the vehicle, it now has 79,240 miles. The truck has never left me stranded; the engine runs as well as a 2.5 N/A is capable of and everything on the vehicle functions as it should (including the occasional leak from the steering box). A detailed history of mechanical work done, as well as a full parts/service invoice list is available upon request. You can find more pictures of the 110 here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/32yo8wis2...0Qo2QtNwa?dl=0

Below is a list of upgrades I’ve done, as well as general vehicle specifics and condition. I'm asking $19,500.


• 6 BF Goodrich All-Terrain Tires (spares on the bonnet and rear carrier)
• 6 Modular Steel 16X7” HD Wheels
• Mantec Swing Away Rear Carrier
• LED conversion for indicators, brake and reverse lights
• Hella Vision Plus Headlights
• New Grill, Headlight Bezels
• Lockable Tuffy Stereo Console
• Rigid 32” Land Rover Tire Cover
• Complete 110 Chequer Plate set with Wing Protecters
• New Fuel Tank
• New inner door seals
• New genuine driver’s side door latch assembly and door top seal
• Garrison Outfitter Anti-Rattle Window Kit
• Load Curtain
• Quick Release Door Top Fasteners

Being an MOD Land Rover, the truck has a few dings and dents that are to be expected from an ex-military vehicle. It is, however, virtually corrosion-free. The body color is Olive Drab Green, which is cheap and simple to re-spray. The paint is chipping in some areas, such as above the passenger side door, the fenders and around the windscreen. But these are areas that are easy to touch up. The soft top Ex Moor Trim. There are no rips or tears, the only thing missing is the left rear securing strap (currently rigged with a bungee).

The engine is a Land Rover 2.5 liter naturally aspirated diesel, which the British military still uses to this day. This is one of the best small diesels Land Rover ever made, known for its bulletproof durability. These motors are known to go for 250,000 miles, requiring minimal maintenance. The engine emitted a noticeable tapping noise when I purchased it, which was caused by worn rollers. This was most likely the result of excessive idling while out on maneuvers and is fairly common with military Land Rovers. The camshaft rollers and timing belt were replaced by North American Overland, specialists in Land Rover diesel engines. The entire process was documented with pictures. When the head was removed, the cylinders still had crosshatching, indicating little wear (see pictures). The head gasket was replaced with a Genuine Land Rover head gasket. The engine now runs incredibly well and returns about 23-25 mpg. About 11,000 miles have been put on the engine since the camshaft and rollers were replaced.

Transmission and Transfer Case
The transmission is an LT77 5 speed manual. It has Redline MTL fluid, which was just changed at 77,000 miles. The clutch master cylinder was replaced at 60,900 miles. The Transfer Case is an LT230 and had the gear oil changed at 73,000 miles

The rear axle is a Salisbury; a British built Dana 60. The front and rear differentials just had the fluid replaced with Lucas 80W-140 gear oil.

The MOD replaced the suspension on the vehicle with new, genuine Land Rover heavy duty springs in the front and back before it was shipped to the US. All suspension bushings were also replaced with genuine Land Rover rubber bushings.

The Rover has its original frame and is in excellent condition. It has only light surface rust in some areas (the rear crossmember, for example, which is common). For recovery points, the Rover is equipped with two front and two rear Jate rings. These are the airlifting rings used on military Land Rovers. They make for an extremely strong recovery point as they mount directly to the frame.

The 110 has the basic military interior with an upgraded Tuffy Center Stereo console. The footwells and transmission tunnel have rubber mats for sound deadening. It’s as standard as it gets, but everything works as it should.

The vehicle has a manual steering box which leaks slightly. I currently have the steering dampener removed to make steering effort a little easier. But the steering is relatively tight by Rover standards.

The vehicle has front disk and rear drum brakes. The front pads and rear drum shoes were recently replaced at 73,000 miles. As of the vehicle’s inspection in July, the front pads have about 90% life left and the rear drum shoes have about 75%.
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Old August 26th, 2015, 03:37 PM
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Great super clean EX-MOD 110, GLWTS Joe
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