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Old May 28th, 2014, 09:04 PM
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Gosh Steve Perry was dreamy... thanks for the reminder.
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Old May 29th, 2014, 02:29 PM
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There is no VIN swap here.

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What VIN number is it using?

Don't be convinced you can get it past CBP.

or this may happen:

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Old May 29th, 2014, 05:45 PM
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Truck is pretty awesome; I agree with the line of gentleman who expressed caution with regards to the 300 tdi as an issue to legal US sale.

Is the Vin stamped on the frame? Because it just might be worth the old college try if it is.

If it's not I would certainly advise against advertising to US buyers (I would advise against it anyway with the 300 tdi) as it will be a painful and fruitless process trying to get it federalized and I'm sure, being such a fine example of a well kept overland truck, you can find a buyer in the great white north...
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Old May 30th, 2014, 01:01 PM
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There's an awful lot of scared folks south of us. I understand the prospect of losing your truck to the CBP agents isn't a good one, but besides that widely circulated video, how many seizures have taken place? How many board members have been awoken at 5AM with an Agent knocking on their door telling them it's time for the truck to go? If there are any cases, what percentage is that of the total questionable defenders on the road? I am willing to bet that number is a tiny one.

To Shuswap, I will be in Van with a very nice D90 soon, are you a member of the RoverLanders of BC? I see they have some good trails posted, I'd be interested in checking some out if you have recommendations!
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Old May 30th, 2014, 01:50 PM
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how many seizures have taken place?
Answer- too many. There have been a lot more than the one that was done for show. I'm sure someone with more intimate knowledge can come up with a more accurate number. But I know of quite a few. The odds of this truck getting legally imported are pretty slim. Illegally, no problem if that is your cup of tea.
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Old May 30th, 2014, 02:12 PM
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There's an awful lot of scared folks south of us. I understand the prospect of losing your truck to the CBP agents isn't a good one, but besides that widely circulated video, how many seizures have taken place? How many board members have been awoken at 5AM with an Agent knocking on their door telling them it's time for the truck to go?
http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...eferrerid=7536

Seizures don't mean that a black suburban stops you and takes you car while you are driving it. It means those trucks, and quite possibly this one, would never make it past the initial border/port inspection.

We aren't scared, we're smart, and we are trying to advise the seller against getting himself into a tight spot with a uninformed buyer stateside. Not saying it would be crushed, or caught up in CBP hell forever, it just might not be in the sellers interest to put himself through the expense of possible failure.

Again, caveat emptor, and in this case, caveat venditor...
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Old May 30th, 2014, 04:29 PM
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There's an awful lot of scared folks south of us. I understand the prospect of losing your truck to the CBP agents isn't a good one, but besides that widely circulated video, how many seizures have taken place? How many board members have been awoken at 5AM with an Agent knocking on their door telling them it's time for the truck to go? If there are any cases, what percentage is that of the total questionable defenders on the road? I am willing to bet that number is a tiny one.

To Shuswap, I will be in Van with a very nice D90 soon, are you a member of the RoverLanders of BC? I see they have some good trails posted, I'd be interested in checking some out if you have recommendations!
When I picked my truck up at the Port of Brunswick in Ga. there were at least a dozen beautiful Defenders and several Mini Coopers that were seized. Saw it with my own eyes and that was just one port.
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Old May 30th, 2014, 05:44 PM
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The CBP Anti-Defender Jihad is real. Just the history of the chassis, the 300TDI and roll cage alone would ensure it never comes into the US.
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Old May 31st, 2014, 11:34 AM
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When I picked my truck up at the Port of Brunswick in Ga. there were at least a dozen beautiful Defenders and several Mini Coopers that were seized. Saw it with my own eyes and that was just one port.
We should be careful of using the term "seized". I'm in no disagreement with anything in this thread but seeing a bunch of imports off to the side, even caged up at a port doesn't mean they are seized per say. They could be held up at the POE for a gazillion different reasons.
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Old May 31st, 2014, 11:54 AM
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We should be careful of using the term "seized". I'm in no disagreement with anything in this thread but seeing a bunch of imports off to the side, even caged up at a port doesn't mean they are seized per say. They could be held up at the POE for a gazillion different reasons.
Concur, especially since there are a number of legit reasons to temporarily import Defenders into the US. The mini's on the other hand don't seem to be as popular with USG entities, NGO's, etc.
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Old June 1st, 2014, 02:07 PM
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Pics of Custom Trailer

Here are some pics of the tub trailer.
Very heavy frame and lots of ground clearance along with short axle 3500lbs.
New tires only run a couple times.
Soft top is a canvas fitted SW from truck with fume curtain added.
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Old June 1st, 2014, 07:09 PM
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The body shell is of the typical civilian type with civilian lights, seats, and dash. Keith Gott Land Rover Specialists married the body and drivetrain to a 1985 chassis and performed a ground up restoration - as well as fitting numerous after-market accessories.

I am sorry Mr Chevy Chase for not pointing this out in my ad listing
If you feel this is misleading then I may update to reflect changes. The chasiss is 1985 restored fully with updated panels. The importer had NO issues with legal import to Canada and registration in both Alberta and BC provinces.

I stand firm that the truck can be imported in the US.

That would make it a "Special Construction" vehicle in many states. Meaning if it were put together like that using parts/vehicles legally within the US, it would no longer titled as a LR and the year assigned is 0000. On the title make would then be listed as "Special Construction." The new owner would also need to provide all paperwork showing what vehicle(s) the donor/replacement parts were from including receipts and the build paperwork from Keith Gott, again showing what was used to put this truck together and where it came from prior to it being titled/registered (in Ca. anyway). Getting SC vehicles insured is another issue on its own.

Your importer might have had no problems importing and registering your vehicle within Canada, but the last time I checked Canada is not a part of the US and rules differ between the countries. I know of quite a few imports , LR and others, that made it off the dock (and some were even registered) that were later flagged through the Ca. DMV for one reason or another and had to be taken in for VIN verification/inspections and/or CARB inspections. Many owners have told me they lost their vehicles and were out whatever money they had put in to them up to that point. Lost meaning their vehicle was taken from them, never to be seen again. I have personally seen 110's waiting for their ultimate destruction that were brought here and didn't make it past CBP, and a few that somehow did and were later flagged for removal from their owners.

You can stand firm that the truck can be imported into the US, it just can't be done legally as it stands. If brought to the US, it will probably never make through the CBP process and if it did it would not pass the VIN verification required in many states. To say otherwise would be misleading to any potential US customers unless you're offering a full refund to any US buyer should the vehicle be taken from them.
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Old June 7th, 2014, 12:51 AM
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