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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 8:36 pm    Post subject: Was looking for a 110 but went to see a Series 3 Reply with quote
I'm looking for a 110 hard top, preferably an ex military one.

Anyway I saw a Series 3 on offer which has a galvanised chassis which seems to be the holy grail! Tidy example but very vague steering and a crunchy gearbox. The seller told me they don't have synchro on 1st and 2nd anyway, which I found out to be untrue.

It needs a few other things sorting like door locks and maybe tyres.

The 5K it will take to buy it is over my budget but the idea of a rot free body is appealing. What would be the cost of a box rebuild? I think steering is relatively cheap to sort. Is it a sensible buy?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hi mightyquin,

£5k sounds a lot but series landies are only going up in value. A decent one on a non-galvanised chassis isnít much short of £5k so it sounds like a reasonable buy. Check the bulkhead too though as these arenít cheap to replace.

Factor in the cost of the gearbox and steering and negotiate accordingly. I paid £330 for my Ďbox to be rebuilt on my Series 3but this was 20 Years ago! It would have gone up somewhat since! I canít give a current price but someone will be along who can. Otherwise it might help to call a few local independent Landy specialists for a rough idea.

Autotrader and magazines like LRO will give you an idea of what a Landy will go for but it sounds like one which will give years of trustworthy service once these few issues are sorted.

Let us know how you get on. Donít forget some pics too! Wink Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks Knappster,

I've been looking for a while and missed out on a couple of nice Landy's but hesitating over this one because it's not exactly what I was after, but the condition is making me consider it.

My intention was to get a solid useable but slightly scruffy ex army 110 to improve as I use it.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
To be honest I have seen pretty reasonable series 3's for a lot less than £5k....more nearer £3k and that is in the last few weeks, and some even with a galvanised chassis, you just need to be patient and look around lot!!

However, if your desire is an ex-MOD 110, then I suggest that is what you look for if you want to satisfy tour itch!!! Again be patient, have the money and knowledge ready and when one turns up and if it is right then you are in a good position to seal a good deal.

There are plenty out there

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Morning Mightyquin.
Buy in haste repent in leisure. As Adie said, be patient. There are plenty of ex MOD ones about to fit your specification so look around and find one you really want.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
A recon and exchange gearbox will cost upwards of £600 just to get hold of one. I have been quoted over £1k at one place. And even then you don't know that the damn thing is any good. You get anywhere between 3 and 12 months guarantee dependant on where you get it, but experience shows that guarantees aren't worth the paper they are written on. Once you have the 'box it will need fitting - allow another £400 to £700 for that. Then there all the extras that will probably be needed, and you can't put a cost on that until you hit them.

and all of that is just for the gearbox..............

I suggest you look elsewhere for exactly what you want.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks for the input guys.

At the asking price, if it was all good then - given the overall condition - I'd say it was a bit of a bargain, but sorting the gearbox is going to cost well over £1K and it makes sense to replace the clutch at the same time, then there's the steering........

You have helped talk me out of it despite falling a little in love with it!! I offered what I think was a fair price given the issues and the seller didn't want to know. Given that he assured me it had been 'rebuilt' 6 years ago and well maintained since, I do wonder how he could expect to fob someone off with a worn gearbox. It does make me wonder what other issues are lurking there.

He also told me it was ex MOD which is transpires isn't correct. I like the idea of an ex MOD Landy so that I can take part in some of the military vehicle clubs as well.

The search continues.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
It sounds like you did the right thing by walking away. If the seller isnít going to negotiate on a major fault like the gearbox issue and tells fibs about the history, youíre wise to listen to your head and keep looking. If it was a sound Landy in a galvanised chassis with history and in good condition, 5k isnít expensive. If the owner was prepared to negotiate, you could have had a sound purchase.

As the others have said, there are plenty of ex-MOD landies around. Keep looking until you find one you like. Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Yes, the fact the seller doesn't really know about what he has or was taking advantage of my inexperience put me off it, and I made a fair offer allowing for the faults.

I've got another one on the horizon to see soon hopefully.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 12:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Good luck with the next one and well done for walking away on the last one!....Not always easily done.

Hopefully you will get what you want soon, but again, be patient, it's easier to buy than sell.
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