Originally Posted by Uncle Douglas
Most all land rovers have modifications as well. I handle entries through all US ports and have found Customs to generaly be consistent. Original chassis and original engine series block are the two main things Customs/EPA/DOT focus on. New paint, alloy wheels, new seats and headliner are of little interest to them.
So, what you're eluding to, is that I may very well have a slight chance of bringing back my 1997 NAS Defender 90 (Japan spec)?
Short story, I am stationed in Japan. I picked up a low mile 1997 NAS (LHD) Defender 90. After some research I discovered the born on date was October 6 1997. Yes, I am aware that the date must be September 1, 1997 or earlier to meet the silly importation rule prior to the 25 year mark.
However, this Defender I own is literally (exception for different seats) all original and all numbers match. Engine, Brake Booster plate, Chasis and VIN numbers all match. All the glass is original too with the DOT approvals. I also have the CA emissions sticker on the inside of the hood. The one damn thing I don't have, the sticker in the drivers footwell, and that's due to the born on date being past Sept 1, 1997.
I'm set to leave in 2018 or 2020 and would hate to have to put this in storage locally until October 2022 just to bring it back due to some silly US law that ultimately has no real meaning behind it. As if to say, My 1997 Defender will automagically be a safer vehicle to drive on the US roads in 2022 although it was already built to US spec back in 1997. :-/