Hi everyone – I’ve made the tough decision to sell my beloved Blue, a 1988 Land Rover 90. I’ve started graduate school here in Boston, and I just don’t drive her as much as she deserves to be enjoyed. I’m in school the next two years and she needs an owner who’ll enjoy her as much as I have the past couple of years.
Here are the details on the truck. First, the Great:
This 1988 Land Rover 90 is an exceptional frame-off restoration imported from the U.K. in 2014. It underwent a nut-and-bolt restoration prior to its arrival to the States, and I have a PDF with photos of the restoration work (along with current detailed photos of the truck) that you can look at here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/v31pghcd9...xvlrNpKna?dl=0
The chassis is solid – during restoration the frame was sandblasted to bare metal, refinished, and undersealed with Waxoyl. The bulkhead, floor bottoms, and all door bottoms are solid. The truck has always been garaged, and even three years later, there’s no known rust anywhere on the chassis nor on the common problem areas. The photos speak for themselves.
The D90 was updated with a newer interior and new suspension components, but retains the original 2.5-liter turbo diesel that received extensive reconditioning during the 2014 restoration and has been diligently maintained under my ownership. The paint quality is excellent, and the truck overall has a great updated look. All seals, weather stripping, and front window channels/felts have been replaced. The front skid plate and side rock sliders were added during the restoration. Exmoor jump seats were installed in the back. The steering wheel and dash face are in excellent original condition. An AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary input and USB is fitted in the dash.
Under the hood is the original 2.5 Liter turbo diesel, mated to a newer Ashcroft R380 five-speed manual transmission that was installed in April 2016. It runs absolutely strong, and both the clutch (also replaced in 2016) and the new gearbox are tight, smooth, and feel great. As part of the frame-off restoration, new Britpart shocks were installed. Last year, new stock coil springs were added, the rear differential was replaced, and the front and rear prop shafts were also balanced. The truck’s mileage is just over 85,000 miles, with less than 1,000 miles driven in the past year.
New tires were added this year: 265-75-R16 BF Goodrich All-Terrain KO2’s (with a matching spare). They now have less than 500 miles on them.
I should add that the truck has power steering and power disc brakes, and that I have ALL service records have been maintained dating back to 1994.
The interior features installed during restoration include: new Britpart seats and center console in front, a new headliner, sun visors and dash pad, new seat belts and new molded-rubber floor coverings. New
Now for the Not-So-Great:
• There is some missing paint on the left rear eyebrow arch. The previous owner backed his bike into it while the truck was parked in his garage.
• The orange glow plug light isn’t working, although the glow plugs themselves work just fine.
The overall result is an impressive, mechanically-sound, and fun-to-drive Land Rover 90 with solid attention to detail and mechanical quality. Again, here’s a rundown of all recent work done – over $11,000 since I’ve owned it:
Lamorna Garage, Seattle (work done in 2016):
• Transmission replaced – upgraded to Ashcroft R380 5-speed manual rebuilt unit.
• Clutch & plate replaced.
• Radiator re-cored, new hose replacements.
• Oil cooler lines replaced.
• Oil seals including sump, replaced.
• Speedometer cable replaced.
• Rear hatch window defroster relay and switch replaced.
• All required fluids maintenance.
J. White’s Automotive, Framingham (work done in 2016 and 2017):
• Rear differential replaced.
• U-joints and prop shafts balanced.
• All four coil springs replaced.
• Rear sway bar installed.
• Power steering leak repaired.
• Tightened exhaust system in place.
• All required fluids maintenance.
• All service records maintained since 1994.
• New BF Goodrich All-Terrain KO-2 Tires installed in early 2017, including spare (all sized 265-75-R16).
• New period-appropriate front-end grill and headlight bezels installed.
• New 900 CCA battery installed.
• New bottle jack added (under passenger seat).
• New radiator muff accessory from Rovers North.
• Current Massachusetts title, vehicle registration and safety inspection certificate.
Asking $25,000 and open to offers from the Defender Source community and friends. The truck is located outside Boston (and for reference it's being offered for $27,500 in this area). This truck provides value to the right enthusiast who sees value in picking up a truck that’s been maintained by previous ownership, and is ready to be enjoyed now.