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I have a 2001 Discovery SE7 sitting on some acreage for more years than I care to admit. Turns out I never made time to enjoy the land or the vehicle but I’m really determined to repair and restore it. My ex (a mechanic) did some kind of quick-fix electrical job so there's a starter box sitting on the passenger floor and you have to flick a switch before trying to start it. Porcupines chewed the brake lines and field mice took up residence on the inside so I’ve got some basic serious cleaning to do before it goes anywhere.
I figure I'd put some feelers out to start looking for a
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place that can tackle a job like this. Any recommendations in the NJ area? Thanks kindly.
 

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From my experience you’re not in for a pleasant adventure.
Truck has been sitting for how long???
What you are seeing on the surface is probably only a fraction of what needs to be addressed.
If you can find someone locally to help youI wish you luck but paying someone to do all that will likely be needed will far exceed the value of the truck 😐
 

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If you want to enjoy a Land Rover, I would sell that one and buy one that is running. And get an expert to do a pre-purchase inspection before buying. That LR is for an enthusiast who enjoys working on them and has the time to spend an enormous amount of hours to get it back in shape.
 

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Yeah... not to be a Debbie downer, but if you’re not tackling this work yourself, you’ll likely be employing several specialists; electrical, interior, mechanical...

as far as dollars and cents are concerned it sounds like a losing proposition. You could likely buy a reliable disco for less than you’ll pay to have that restored. If you like to learn and work and have countless hours to spend, it sounds like fun
 

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And there are probably folks on this forum who would salivate to have your LR. As a project of course.
 

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With all the stuff just on the surface of what you are seeing of what needs to happen, I would save that time and effort for a running Disco II, LR3-LR4 depending on your finances. The money you would spend on someone restoring a Disco II is better spent going for a vehicle that has zero of these issues for the same cost.
 

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Yep. Sell it and start new. If it starts and drives and not too beat up it's prob worth a quick grand or so as a parts donor. Or find one with a known single issue and use this as the parts donor.

If you decide to keep it, take a VERY good look at the frame and floors before you put any money into it. Depending on how long it's been sitting, you would be shocked what sitting like can do to a vehicle. They can very easily rot from the underside.
 

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Wow thank you all for the responses. Very kind. What you're saying makes a lot of sense. In my mind I'd love to be the enthusiast with time and budget for a project vehicle- this would def be it. But, sigh, that's not my life right now, especially this year when income is lower. So, yes, I think I'll start with an assessment. I have 2 mechanic friends going with me upstate later this month to see what we're dealing with and possibly tow it back on a trailer. I did read somewhere about LR not coating the frame and therefore the great likelihood of rotting. So Lord knows what we'll find when we take a closer look.
I'll certainly keep you all posted. Really appreciate the feedback thanks.
 

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I hope it’s looking up!
 
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Do you mind being a little more specific about locations? You referenced NJ, and I presume "upstate" is upstate New York. There may be a forum member near either location who'd be happy to take a look and share their assessment.
 

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Also... zooming in on the pic, no way that’s a D2. That’s a D1 all day. Check front bumper valance, door handles, bolt pattern, external rubber seals on rear quarter glass...

I think a derelict D1 is an easier save than a D2, for what it’s worth.
 
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Do you mind being a little more specific about locations? You referenced NJ, and I presume "upstate" is upstate New York. There may be a forum member near either location who'd be happy to take a look and share their assessment.
Hi sure it’s in Gilboa NY about 29 minutes from Wyndham and I’m in Somerset NJ. I had thought u would find a local mechanic but never put effort into it and figure I better just go get and sort things out from here. But yes if anyone is in either of these areas I’d love to connect. Thanks.
 

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Also... zooming in on the pic, no way that’s a D2. That’s a D1 all day. Check front bumper valance, door handles, bolt pattern, external rubber seals on rear quarter glass...

I think a derelict D1 is an easier save than a D2, for what it’s worth.
Well heck I’ll take any good news I can get. Honestly I can’t remember which model it is and the paperwork went missing. It must be 7 years it’s up there. Sad situation really. It’s a portion of my life I’ve neglected. Yes I’ll check out that panel inside the door for all the good info. Thanks.
 

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Hi sure it’s in Gilboa NY about 29 minutes from Wyndham and I’m in Somerset NJ. I had thought u would find a local mechanic but never put effort into it and figure I better just go get and sort things out from here. But yes if anyone is in either of these areas I’d love to connect. Thanks.

I was just looking at this one, CA. Only 114k and very close. Good luck!
Wow. The condition is awesome and it runs! Thanks I will check this out. Re mine: I'm thinking I'll just go get the babe, plop her on the side of my house & slowly clean her up and see what's doing.
 

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You have received lots of good advice and you are smart to accept it. Restoring that wreck would lead you into a world of expense and pain. There are plenty of good, drivable D1's and Classic Range Rovers around that are not full of rust and would be a far better proposition. Good luck - whatever you decide to do
 
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