Edit: A HUGE thank you to following people for their time, labor, and parts donations that have helped make this budget build possible:
John Rohrbaugh @ NW Overland Society and friend since college
Dan Cronin @ NW Overland Society
Brent Frazier @ Columbia Rovers
Scott Brady @ Overland Journal
David Jenden @ RoverTech
Gord'n Perrot @ Lamorna Garage
Todd Eliason @ NW Overland Society
Joe Koegler @ NW Overland Society
Grant Mossman @ NW Overland Society
Mike Oldani @ NW Overland Society
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About a week ago, I received a call from a friend whose wife was threatening to donate his 1989 RRC to charity. Rather than see it go to the scrap heap, he was wondering if I wanted his non-running, non-shifting 1989 RRC.
A few days later I had it towed the maximum distance my towing insurance would cover to my friend Dan's house.
That night, we took a quick look at it, threw a charger on it, and I went home. A few hours later, Dan sends me a text "I couldn't resist... It runs!"
A few days later we were working on the shifting problem. It turned out the shift box was completely siezed up. Gordon at Lamorna Garage in Seattle set me up with a used one for $40 and we were in business. Put the interior back together, put new plates on it, and it was time to take it home.
My wife and neighbors however, weren't as excited about this oxidized green pollen covered Land Rover as I was.
Time to clean it up. Many, many, hours later and it was presentable.