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Old 08-01-2012, 10:43 PM   #1171
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As a 'Defender guy' I can say they're few and far between. In 1990 the 200TDi became available as an option, but the V8's were still implemented.
It was a new V8, though... they went from 3.5 to 3.9 which, like the 200tdi, was a very significant upgrade.
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Old 08-02-2012, 03:39 AM   #1172
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Old 08-02-2012, 06:07 AM   #1173
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Old 08-02-2012, 06:23 AM   #1174
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It was a new V8, though... they went from 3.5 to 3.9 which, like the 200tdi, was a very significant upgrade.
Not exactly. In fact, this is a grey area for me as well. The 'official' cutoff for the 3.5 was '92, although I've seen early '93 trucks with them. I think it also depends on the market, as there are trucks with the 3.9 scattered through that year range as well.

The injection system on that 90 probably makes the truck significantly more drivable than if it were still fitted with those dual Solex carbs. Those things are the worst.
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Old 08-02-2012, 07:32 AM   #1175
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Not exactly. In fact, this is a grey area for me as well. The 'official' cutoff for the 3.5 was '92, although I've seen early '93 trucks with them. I think it also depends on the market, as there are trucks with the 3.9 scattered through that year range as well.
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I guess I was referring more to the introduction of the 3.9/200tdi as being a relatively major step forward, as the previous motors were wholly obsolete by that time.

Although there is definitely a 3.5 cult... mostly early RRC guys, though.

Running gear... sheeeeit... you could make the case that it barely changed from 1948-2005 (if you don't count the P38). Which is why Rovers are the bomb.
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:40 AM   #1176
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More like total stupidity and lack of fiscal common sense

How the heck do you get what appear to be at least, ex-military rovers into this country ? Do they come down from Canada (Medicine Hat - if that's even still going) ?
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:41 AM   #1177
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You get to ride the Dakar and now this. I hate you.

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Good luck Ned, that looks a real nice rig....
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:55 AM   #1178
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How the heck do you get what appear to be at least, ex-military rovers into this country ? Do they come down from Canada (Medicine Hat - if that's even still going) ?
They are Ex-MOD trucks from the UK. Fair game for import as long as they're 25+ years old. They're pretty abundant, and a great option if you don't mind going without the creature comforts of standard Defender. The three-door MOD 110's are pretty neat, too.
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:18 AM   #1179
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They are Ex-MOD trucks from the UK. Fair game for import as long as they're 25+ years old. They're pretty abundant, and a great option if you don't mind going without the creature comforts of standard Defender. The three-door MOD 110's are pretty neat, too.
I knew about the 25+ rule but I didn't think they looked that old

Not sure I'd want an ex-mil rover though...I know what they go through
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Try to get british army Landys from the british forces of the rhine valley in Germany. They are even LHD.:-)
Switzerland also has some nice v8 Landys (LHD) - 110s mostly - with low miles that were used by their Fire departments...
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I knew about the 25+ rule but I didn't think they looked that old

Not sure I'd want an ex-mil rover though...I know what they go through
One good thing about the MOD trucks is that during their service they receive maintenance at regular intervals and are cared for a bit more. A lot of the civilian trucks I see coming in have been totally neglected and are turds, while the MOD trucks are typically in much better condition.
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:17 AM   #1182
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One good thing about the MOD trucks is that during their service they receive maintenance at regular intervals and are cared for a bit more. A lot of the civilian trucks I see coming in have been totally neglected and are turds, while the MOD trucks are typically in much better condition.
Well that is interesting to note. They def get serviced regularly but boy oh boy they also get abused. Or some I'm told

I think the best ones to try and find are the ones held in huge depots in reserve - not even sure they ever come to market actually.

Anyway back to my original point, are the 2 front ones from your pic over 25 years old ?
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:02 PM   #1183
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Try to get british army Landys from the british forces of the rhine valley in Germany. They are even LHD.:-)
Switzerland also has some nice v8 Landys (LHD) - 110s mostly - with low miles that were used by their Fire departments...
French forest fire fighters use 110s as well... and they are NICE.

I was driving near Aix-en-Provence and saw a column of forest fire 110s and Unimogs pass me. Almost too much awesomeness to handle.
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Old 08-02-2012, 03:16 PM   #1184
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Old 08-02-2012, 05:46 PM   #1185
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VERY nice. Those are RSOVs (Ranger Special Operations Vehicles), one of the more rare Defender variants out there -- assuming those are authentic examples as I've heard the majority are replicas. First clue is whether or not they're LHD. Since they were built for the U.S. Ranger Regiment(s), the real RSOVs were all LHD. British military gurus can correct me if I'm wrong here -- I don't know if the British military ever fielded its own version of the RSOV(?). The seats, basket, and door sills also look incorrect.

There's a big long story on how, when, where RSOVs were used, how people acquired them, etc etc.
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