The "down payment" is for sale, as well as our current house. As discussed with a few folks at MAR, looks like we will be moving in the next 6 months, so shifting priorities at the moment. If we somehow settle on a more reasonable house, with all our wants, then I will keep the 130 but for now it has to be on the chopping block.
I have put about 2500 miles on this truck. Find myself driving it daily, cruises 75-80 mph effortlessly at about 2K rpm. It had 6 miles on the conversion when I got it and still needed to be finished, suspension, electrical, bushings, front end wear items, bearings/seals, and other cosmetic/utility items. I have been able to sort it out but have yet to install the internal Safety Device cage, it will come with the truck New in Box.
Also have a home for sale in Fredericksburg VA if anyone is looking to move into the area. Can provide details if interested, PM me.
Here are the details and some pics but also a link to more.
1985 HCPU 130 Defender, 5.3L 6-speed automatic Conversion, RHD
Conversion completed in 2016
Gen IV LS 5.3L (LC9), completely rebuilt, DOD delete with GM 6L80E transmission. Complete drivetrain from a 2012 pickup with @27,000 miles, ecm, wire harness, trans controller and gas pedal.
Custom speartech shifter with tap ship capability.
Nicholas Markiw conversion radiator, T-Case adaptor plate, motor mounts, etc.
High-pressure fuel pump, custom braided fuel lines, etc.
New power steering box
Custom professional wiring harness
Painless fuse box and wiring assembly
Aluminum radiation with twin electric fans
Ceramic coated Hooker headers and 2 ˝” stainless Magnaflow “off-road”, Stainless vband clamps, and welds
Dyno tuned & engine management by Dr. Detroit (have dyno sheets)
Front seats re trimmed with Black leather Exmoor trim kits and new foam.
Waterproof seat covers
Factory rear fold/tumble bench seat
Tuffy center console with sub controller and Bluetooth stereo/amp
Pioneer powered sub, driver side seat box
New seat belts
Wireless backup camera
Dakota VXH-1018 Analog/Digital Gauge cluster System with BIM-01-2
Interior Safety Device Cage (Included but not installed, bolt in, with frame mounts)
Body, frame, outriggers, seatbox, cross member are all in good shape.
Bulkhead floors had small holes so they were cut out and new galvanized pieces were welded in and painted to match the truck.
Door frame bottoms had surface rust and small imperfections. The door bottoms were repaired and new door channel welded in.
Truck has new felt window channels on the doors, new hinges and hardware as well as all new door seals.
The rear cross member was replaced by the previous owner and very well done.
Steel wolf wheels w/ brand new BFG KM2′s. Full size matching spare
Galvanized rear hoop set and grey PVC soft top over bed.
Arb bull bar winch bumper
9,500 lbs winch with synthetic line, New
Led Driving/off road lights
LED high and low beam headlight conversion
LED running, turn, reverse, and brake lights
Genuine Land Rover HD front coil springs
New shocks absorbers
HD steering linkage and ball joints
Differential skid guards, galvanized
HD hood and wing top protectors, black powdercoat
The truck is not in perfect shape and has minor dings and dents but is in very good shape. Body is honest with original paintwork and patina.
Truck mechanically sound and impressive. Work was completed by LSX competent shop specializing in LS conversion/racing applications. Approximately 2,400 flawless miles on vehicle since completion. Have a good bit of paperwork.
Truck was legally imported from Netherlands in 2013 by reputable importer, owned by a few defender enthusiasts, and currently has a clean/clear Virginia title in my name, fully insured through Hagerty.