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23-01-2020, 20:27   #1861
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13-02-2020, 13:49   #1862
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Right then.
I’m going to view an 87 Defender 90 this weekend.
A years test and seems clean enough going be the pictures. It’s currently owned by an enthusiast who brought it into the country a year ago.

Any tips? Anything in particular to watch out for?

It’s not actually advertised anywhere yet. I made contact through a FB group.

Fire away Defender lovers.
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Right then.
I’m going to view an 87 Defender 90 this weekend.
A years test and seems clean enough going be the pictures. It’s currently owned by an enthusiast who brought it into the country a year ago.

Any tips? Anything in particular to watch out for?

It’s not actually advertised anywhere yet. I made contact through a FB group.

Fire away Defender lovers.
Check the bottoms of the doors, the bulkhead, the chassis, every steel bit basically for rust.

I found the biggest cost was new doors when I was restoring mine. The frames tend to rust away on them and new ones are bloody expensive.
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Check the bottoms of the doors, the bulkhead, the chassis, every steel bit basically for rust.

I found the biggest cost was new doors when I was restoring mine. The frames tend to rust away on them and new ones are bloody expensive.
Cheers. He says it’s all solid and the pictures seem to confirm.
Plan to take it for a spin. Anything to watch out for in that regard?
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Cheers. He says it’s all solid and the pictures seem to confirm.
Plan to take it for a spin. Anything to watch out for in that regard?
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Make sure that it goes through the gears ok, the clutch on them is very heavy and the brakes are so-so. They are a basic vehicle with heavy everything so if you are not used to driving one they can seem very agricultural. However parts are cheap and readily available for them. Rust is the biggest problem.
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Check the swivels on the front hubs for pitting and grease leaking from them.
Put your hand on the drive shafts and give them a shake to see if the UJ's are in good shape.
As other posters said; smooth gear changes and rust are the main ones
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Cheers. He says it’s all solid and the pictures seem to confirm.
Plan to take it for a spin. Anything to watch out for in that regard?
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If it's raining during the test wear wellies

As mentioned rust is your biggest issue. If he's an enthusiast he would probably have undersealed it and a serious enthusiast would have a galvanised chasis and have broken it down and built it up himself so I wouldn't mind the enthusiast bit.

Don't be afraid to prod a poke every panel including the floors.
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Lads,
The defender I’m going to look at was imported from the UK last year (no problem with that). However on the MOT site it’s only showing its last MOT(Jan ‘19, pass no advisories). Any thoughts why it’s not showing anymore?
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Lads,
The defender I’m going to look at was imported from the UK last year (no problem with that). However on the MOT site it’s only showing its last MOT(Jan ‘19, pass no advisories). Any thoughts why it’s not showing anymore?
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Lads, any thoughts on the MOT issue?
He says he is not sure but it may have spent most of its life in Gernsey.

Chassis has been repaired in the past but it’s rock solid at the moment. Bulk head seems grand. The only corrosion I spotted was at the bottom of the back door frame. A small hole.
All in all it seems very sold, everything works and it drives dry well. Gears nice and smooth.
I know it’s not an easy ask but what opinions are would you all have on something like this price wise.

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Ah, I think I’ll be passing on this one. As I said it looks ok but just too many unanswered questions on its history.

Anyway if anyone out there is selling a pre 1990 defender 90/110, might consider an early 90’s example.
Must be solid and clean with a test. All styles considered so please drop me a PM.

Someone please take my money!!!
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