- fuel trucks / lube trucks 45,000
- Fort Lauderdale, FL
- 4 months
1963 land rover defender ia 88 vintage the ia 88 is nothing short of unique. This truck is well documented and began life in warwickshire, uk. It was shipped to land rover north america retail here and met its first owner in alabama. A few years later it was sold to a farm in wa. The truck went in for a major service in 2008 where the owner also decided to opt for a rather wild paint scheme. Shortly thereafter, i found and purchased the vehicle. Since, the truck has been used as a project vehicle. This particular rover is remarkable (besides the build) in that the mileage has been very low & there is very little to no rust. Some very light surface underneath but not much. Any lingering rust was repaired in 2010. The body is in a primer & paint with a camouflage pattern. The body has a few light knicks from its time on the farm. The body could use work but the rest is very solid. Unusually for an early 1960s english rig, it has never not started on me in all the time i've owned it. The powertrain is extremely dependable and has been since i purchased it. It has been well cared for over its life and it shows. Some of the wiring has been patched but it all of it functions perfectly. All the electrics run well, however, and the winch load / led load has been no problem. The only running problems ever encountered were from a clogged fuel pump. Overdrive, parabolic springs, and noise killer sound deadening have all added hugely to the drivability. I have pdf documents for all the work done since 2009. The labor totals $30k usd and the parts total $17k usd. $47xxx usd invested thus far in total. Some of the larger ticket items include . . . 1. (4) new rocky mountain rover parabolic leaf springs & poly bushings2. (1) rock mount rover front disc brake conversion & calipers3. (5) 6. 5"x16" original vent wheels with lt255/85r bfg mud-terrains4. (4) bilstein fxp shocks5. (1) roverdrive overdrive6. (1) full front defender-style wing conversion7. (4) truck-lite led headlights8. (1) new aluminum top, aluminum doortops, and rubber weather seals all around9. (5) seat belts, including shoulder anti-sub up front and lap rear10. (1) arb on board air compressor11. (1) full noisekiller underhood, driver cabin, and rear bed soundproofing12. (1) arb full bull bar for series iia13. (1) smittybilt x20 10 000lb winch and mounting platei cannot attach pdfs of receipts here as per ebay rules but will gladly message them to anyone interested. With various external accessories, such as the front runner spare tire bbq grate, front runner jerry cans, a hi-lift 60 inch jack & mounting plate, rovers north rear tow hitch mount, rovers north pickaxe & shovel w/ wing mounts, front runner hood spare mount, interior rubber matting, rear light & turn signal replacement, etc. There's a ton not listed here. The truck is also wired for a luna powerpack auxiliary battery system in the bed. This iia also recently came out of a very intensive service. Just had a once over with all fluids last month. I've been taking it out on weekends--mostly around the city with occasional trails--and loving it. Could be a dependable daily, although (i think this goes without saying) it is a bit slow. It's a great truck and well suited to trail use. If i were able to go back, i'd probably choose smaller rubber. The tires have never actually rubbed on me because they sit well inside the arches (especially when articulating), but aesthetically it would be an improvement. I would also recommend bodywork & paint eventually, that's next on my list. It’s just a little shouty for my taste now, but to each their own. Overall this is a very solid, dependable and awesome truck. One of the things i love most about driving it is that the public seems to adore it. Next to lotuses, old bentleys, and panteras, it still always draws a loving crowd. It is by far and away the most complimented & thumbs-upped car i've owned. I'll be sad to see it go.