Plenty of 2.5NA (12J) or 2.5 turbo (19J) motors floating around for cheap (Sub $1000 shipped) Don't give up! Find a replacement motor and stay a Defender owner. Get a few fellow Austin TX board members and throw a wrenching party for the install. It looks like to nice of a truck to give up on.
You'll likely have to take a significant loss for a non-runner, so determine how much you're really willing to lose vs. how much it'll cost to replace the engine. It will likely be far cheaper to do the conversion as long as you don't depend on Roverworks to do it (nothing against them, just talking dollars and cents). That way you won't lose your shirt in the deal, and your dream will live on.1987 Land Rover Defender 90, 2.5 Turbo Diesel. Approximately 67k miles on odometer.
I imported this vehicle from Spain in May. I drove it for a few months and it drove great, my whole family just loved it. I then dropped it off at Austin Roverworks /Texas Defender Imports to have them fully inspect the vehicle and fix any issue they could find. I spent $2600 with them and they replaced the power steering hoses, pump, gearbox, turbo oil line, valve cover, and axle seals. Upon the final test drive before delivery back to me, the engine quit on them and when they cracked it open there is enough internal damage to the Pistons, etc that it is a total loss. Needs replacement. I have about $25,000 into this truck right now with the repairs I've done and import costs. I have dreamed of owning a 90 since I was 16, I finally got one but now my dream is over. I can't go any farther.
I have the stamped customs HS-7, all import paperwork, Spanish title, and Bill of sale. Because I can't drive it to get it inspected, I can't get it registered in Texas and get it plated. But, all the paperwork needed to do this is ready for you. All import taxes are paid.
Other than the motor, this is a really nice defender. Has full Exmoor interior, rear Exmoor jump seats, Exmoor steering wheel, Pioneer CD Player with Aux Input. New Rear carpet. I also installed Exmoor 3 Point shoulder belts for the rear jump seats. I have a brand new Exmoor center seat cover but haven't installed it yet.
Please PM offer if you are interested.
Serious. Enlist some help from the active Austin member on the board. It shouldl take you one day and you will learn a lot about your truck. One for one swaps are easy.Thanks for all the advice. Perhaps I will attempt a 19j replacement on my own. Anyone have a lead on one?
Looks like it.... minus the door decal but same plate.Is this the Gas Donkey truck?
I imported a vehicle site unseen from Spain and it ran fine for the month that I got to drive it, I understand this is a buyer beware world, I don't fault Gas Donkey. Just bad luck on my part.Is Gas Donkey willing to throw you some money to remedy the situation?
------ Follow up post added September 16th, 2015 03:44 PM ------To put the above comments into dollars and cents, or sense as this case may be:
As is, maybe $8-10k- could be less...
Running even with a 2.5 NAD and titled, $20k, or more
Cents or sense?!
Correct me if I am wrong, but this truck is nothing but a parts truck , I remember Doug saying ( in the past ) that there was no way in Hell, you can title a recent import on someone else's name, even with a BOS
Am I wrong?
And if right, isn't a valuation for said truck too high at 8-10 for parts?
OP, listen to all the suggestions in getting it fix and titled to at least recoup most of your mula if still want to pursuit a sale
I don't know if it is different with dealers, but I know that I couldn't get the title for my 90 from a Texas dealer without them having it inspected and registered first. I know Arkansas will give me a title for anything, whether it runs or not.Most states will give you a title regarldess ofwhtehr the csr is running or what.