quick backstory - dads been looking for one of these for years.
so long that hes seen prices rise a bit for the 4dr diesel manual models he was really after. the owner of one of the big import repair shops in town is good friends with the guy who started europa in new mexico, and hes been in touch with those guys for a while keeping an eye out for something that looked worthwhile.
hes also test driven some real basket cases locally, and had a friend look at some real rust buckets on ebay in florida. everything was either 40k+ or a full on rolling restoration w460 project.
fast forward to a couple weeks ago.
i spotted this auction on second daily's instagram account and jokingly forwarded it to him, thinking he wouldnt be that into it.
a 2dr wasnt really his ideal configuration but the om606 turbo was nice (he had complained about the speed of the older trucks he test drove), and the exterior color and black leather were enough of a draw to throw some bids in.
the auction ended before the reserve (24k) was met, but the next morning he got an email from second daily saying the seller was willing to take his 17k high bid.
for the money, it seemed like a no brainer.
looking back through the interwebz, the previous owner bought it off second daily a bit over a year ago (shes on instagram - emily oberg)
she put a fair bit of maintenance into the thing but seems like she wanted out.... i can imagine paying someone else to constantly futz with this thing would be pretty draining
it rolled off the delivery truck this weekend, and we put a few miles on it around town to shake it down.
nothing jumps out immediately but there plenty of little things.
it has some rust of course, we'll see a bit better once we get it in the air just how serious but from crawling around under it nothing that looks fatal.
the previous owner paid someone to put a new injection pump on, but it will probably need some new underhood fuel hoses as well.
there are some missing trim bits and screws inside, the tach doesnt work, the headlight levelers dont work, and the drivers window is flakey (sounds like the regulator, motor seems strong), the wipers dont work, it has an iffy aftermarket alarm and has probably been rekeyed as the locks dont all work off of the key we got.
all of this we knew going in, but compared to some of the basket cases he's seen, usually with asking prices north of 20k, i think this was a really good deal.
will probably get full fluids and go from there
the interior is generally in really good shape, all the 4wd doodads work well and everything shifts smoothly.
ive only ridden in these, never been behind the wheel, but the driving position is pretty entertaining.
reminds me a bit of a more comfortable defender and right down to the really short wheelbase. and the seats!.. oh man.. they put the seats in my '95 w124 to shame. so nice.
and nvh even with the diesel once youre under way is pretty subdued.
some quick pics fresh off the truck
ill try and keep this updated as some more work gets done, but im excited to see him finally behind the wheel of his own knowing how long hes been looking!