help picking a new surf vehic

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by cuda, Aug 4, 2017.

  1. ClassicRider

    ClassicRider Active Member

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    Yeah flip pacs are like tree forts for adults on wheels, the whole family loves sleeping in it.
     
  2. cheyneskeezer

    cheyneskeezer Well-Known Member

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    Ya my two year old loved poking his hands thru all my brittle screens
     
  3. Flip756

    Flip756 Active Member

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    This 1985 Ex Mod Defender 110 checks all the boxes, Diesel, 3 Door, 110" wheelbase, Right Hand Drive, Rack, and still sporting the faded military camo paint.
     
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  4. dsquare

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    You are going to start seeing a ton of these popping up. "Bring a Trailer" and other sites seem to have a veritable plethora of old Defenders and Land Rovers lately. Cool rigs though.
     
  5. PeakMaster

    PeakMaster Well-Known Member

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    Why are they becoming available in quantity now?
     
  6. Flip756

    Flip756 Active Member

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    They've been available (and selling successfully) for a while, public understanding is just catching up. The BaT market has actually dried up to some degree. Go back and look at all the no sale UK spec trucks if you are bored or have an interest.

    Defenders were only available in the US in 93(as a 110" wheel base) 94, 95, and 97 (all 90" wheelbase models). A large part of the recent (last 10 years) growth in popularity is due to the availability of importable Defenders. As has been stated earlier in this thread the US has really stupid import laws on foreign vehicles. It requires the vehicles to be at least 25 years old. In the UK the Defender is basically the equivalent of any domestic truck sold in the US. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) decommissioned a large (if not all) portion of the their Defender fleet adding to the vast amount of importable inventory. The market has slowed down but for a while there was good money to be made buying the UK cars, sprucing it up minimally and selling for a premium to a market that only has access to the Wrangler as a competitor. The Ex MoD vehicles were cheaper than UK civilian trucks, were typically better maintained mechanically, and came with various upgrades in terms of axles, suspension, and drive train components.

    Fast forward to 3-4 years ago and the UK market begins to get wise to the profit potential involved with selling the vehicles here. The prices start to creep up overseas, more sketchy re sellers get involved and now you really need to educate yourself or deal with a reputable seller. The UK market cars are extremely prone to rust which is quite commonly poorly repaired and hidden with Waxoyl or some other similar sealant product.
     
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  7. dsquare

    dsquare Active Member

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    I knew I just didn't know why.... ;)
     
  8. PeakMaster

    PeakMaster Well-Known Member

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    The ones on BaT are stupid expensive.I see two near me. They are toys that get parked during the week and driven on summer weekends.
     
  9. dingpatch

    dingpatch Well-Known Member

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    VW Type 20 EV concept !!

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  10. Surfnfish

    Surfnfish Well-Known Member

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    this fall, Ford will start offering their 2020 model Transit vans with an AWD option without jacking up the ride height...looking forward to checking them out
     
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