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Old September 3rd, 2014, 09:41 PM
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One-of-a-Kind 1985 / 1995 RHD Land Rover D90

The Craigslist ad with all of the fluff is available here, but this is the short and sweet:

1985 Land Rover D90
Right Hand Drive
Imported legally from Great Britain (VIN available on request if you want to check)

2.25L I4 died
Replaced it with a fully-rebuilt 3.9L V8 EFI from a 1995 Land Rover Discovery
All work done by Braddy's British Motorworks of Youngsville, NC, and Brewie212 of this forum
ZF4HP22 automatic transmission
1.22 LT230T transfer case
V8 Defender radiator with supplemental electric fan
New exhaust
Front driveshaft replaced with one from a Range Rover Classic
Secondary, 15 gallon fuel tank added beneath the bed with a remote-control pollak valve allowing on-the-fly changeover
LED indicator lights all the way around
Power brakes (disc front, drum rear)
Power steering
Engine has 35 miles on it
Truck has 154,039.

Hard top
Wolf rims all the way around
Lower door frames replaced
Mantec rear tire carrier
Newly installed and powder coated front brush bar
New Exmoor Trim "Denim Vinyl" on the front seats
Heated seater elements in the front seats

The parts in the back are leftovers from the 2.25L - they are yours (except the transmission, which has been sold) or scrap, depending on your preferences.

Known issues include:
Heater core jammed on (hot blown air or no blown air)
Dash blinker indicator doesn't work
Leaky right-rear wheel hub
Bent door stop on driver's side, missing door stop on rear door
One LED brake light doesn't illuminate fully (replacement in the mail, to be included with vehicle)
Door frames have rust on leading lower corners
Usual sporadic Land Rover rust, but nothing catastrophic.

Why am I selling it?
Apparently this Defender, on account of the 2.25L engine, came with 4.7 differential gears. When mated up with the V8, this makes for a vehicle that is ... not highway-capable. If you want an around-the-town cruiser, off-roader, and/or rock-crawler, this is your rig. If you want a daily driver - like I did - this is not your rig.

Open to trades of small trucks or SUVs; four doors and 4x4/AWD are mandatory. Willing to work with shippers on your dime. I have additional pictures; feel free to email or call at eight-six-five-two-seven-five-five-zero-four-four for them.

On account of its somewhat unusual nature, I have no idea what it's worth. I'm currently asking $28,500 on Craigslist, but I am open to any and all offers.



















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Old September 3rd, 2014, 09:53 PM
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Old September 8th, 2014, 01:53 PM
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Post-weekend bump.

I'm sure I missed something in the summary, so feel free to ask any questions you might have.
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Old September 8th, 2014, 02:00 PM
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Ill start

Did Linny Braddy rebuild the engine or did Brian Kandefer rebuild the engine OR was it someone else?

edit...

I see on the invoice $600 charge for new lifters, rod bearings and head gaskets. I am sure there are a few more small parts that are new, but this would indicate original mileage (unknown?) on the rest of the engine parts- block, pistons/rings, camshaft, timing chain/gears, oil pump, etc. Sorry, but this isn't a rebuilt engine.
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Old September 8th, 2014, 02:20 PM
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Your 100% correct it is not a rebuilt engine, Linny used a 90k disco motor and just freshened it up with exactly what was stated on the invoice. With new bearings/rods and head gasket, everything else is original. The truck has a 12k 12 month warranty through Braddy's on drivetrain not the components since he used used components. All of this was discussed in detail with the customer.
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Old September 8th, 2014, 02:23 PM
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I wish it was LHD, I would buy it for my daughter. GLWTS!
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Old September 8th, 2014, 02:25 PM
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Then apparently I misunderstood. I'll update the ad accordingly.

Though I can't seem to edit the original post in this thread.
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Old September 8th, 2014, 04:04 PM
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And, honestly, it's not *that* wierd driving RHD over here in the States. We don't have nearly as many traffic circles as they do over in the UK, so there's fewer chances to get royally turned around there, and you can totally freak people out by hugging the right side of the road far closer than most people can get away with .

But, yeah, it's totally a personal choice thing, and I am admittedly a little odd.
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This is America, land of the free, home of the drive thru, we need LHD
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Old September 8th, 2014, 04:08 PM
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Go to Checkers. They have windows on both sides, and better fries .
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This is America, land of the free, home of the drive thru, we need LHD
lol, its the new-fangled defender diet, if you can't go through the drive through you probably won't go in... Jared from subway is very very pleased
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Looking good.
That truck has come a long way from when it had a hole between the cylinders- nice job Brewie.

I have to ask though....do you have to use your pinkie finger for the shifter?

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Looking good.
That truck has come a long way from when it had a hole between the cylinders- nice job Brewie.

I have to ask though....do you have to use your pinkie finger for the shifter?

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Old September 8th, 2014, 07:30 PM
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I have to ask though....do you have to use your pinkie finger for the shifter? .
Grab the shifter sideways and your index/middle/ring finger does the job just fine.
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Old September 8th, 2014, 07:45 PM
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The one and the same. The transmission was replaced, and then that transmission was removed and sold to a member on the board. The current engine, transmission, and transfer case all came from the donor Discovery. For that matter, if people want to convert the differentials to a more highway-drive-able gear ratio, the same Discovery can provide front and rear axles.
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Grab the shifter sideways and your index/middle/ring finger does the job just fine.
sounds good

Still better than having to shift left-handed!
I dont like rowing the gears in my old age...and with the left hand? fuggettaboutit.

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The one and the same. The transmission was replaced, and then that transmission was removed and sold to a member on the board. The current engine, transmission, and transfer case all came from the donor Discovery. For that matter, if people want to convert the differentials to a more highway-drive-able gear ratio, the same Discovery can provide front and rear axles.
just put bigger tires on it
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Old September 8th, 2014, 08:18 PM
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From what little I know about tires, and from what the calculators on the intertubes tell me, it would require something larger than 36" tires to get the RPMs down into the "happy" range.

But someone is free to tell me I'm wrong - it's running 4.7:1 differentials on standard Wolf (6.5Jx16x20.6) wheels.
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Any reason it shows as not exported from the UK?
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Old September 8th, 2014, 08:42 PM
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I have no idea? The VIN and license plate both appear to check out to being the vehicle they were attached to, but I did not import it, so I haven't the foggiest. I do have a pile of MOT and maintenance paperwork, but none of the importation documents.
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