*SOLD* 1994 Discovery SE7 5-speed, 98K miles (NH)

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I'm selling my 1994 Discovery SE7 5-speed (R380). 98K miles, located in Milford, NH. It apparently spent most of its life in North Carolina, and it has almost no rust. Because it's a 5-speed 14CUX truck in good condition, I've spent a lot of effort to replace parts and rebuild things. I think it's deserving of that. I do need to dedicate some effort to other projects, though, so it's time that it found a new home.

Asking price dropped to $7500.

Note that neither the driver nor passenger airbags are fitted. If you want to roll the dice with a 28-year-old driver's airbag, I still have it (with the original steering wheel) and can include it in the sale. No passenger airbag available. Also, the tires have plenty of tread and have been stored indoors, but they're older and should be replaced.

Good stuff (in the last 5000 miles):
- Engine: I disassembled the top end, cleaned, inspected, and reassembled with new seals, gaskets, lifters, and pushrods. I thoroughly cleaned and flow-matched a set of injectors. Engine runs well.
- Gearbox (R380): Rebuilt completely with brand new mainshaft, balk rings, bearings, and seals. Shifts easily.
- Transfer box (LT230): Upgraded with cross-drilled input gear; installed new seals and new intermediate shaft o-ring.
- Brakes: New calipers, rotors, and pads.
- Suspension: New OEM springs and dampers.
- Steering: Installed a remanufactured/rebuilt steering box, new steering stabilizer, and new PS pump.
- Exhaust: The cat-back portion is a brand new NRP stainless system. (May need a new Y-pipe; see below.)
- Interior: Canvas seat covers from Escape Gear, a European market non-airbag steering wheel, and a Casey's Custom fabricated storage bin in place of the passenger airbag.
- Exterior: Rovertym/RTE rock sliders in almost-new condition. All five door seals are new. Windshield is new. Seals for the two fixed windows in the cargo area -- plus the seal for the rear door glass -- are new. Brand new spare tire.
- Electrics: Repaired window lift ECU. All power windows work.

Bad stuff:
- Exhaust: May need a new Y-pipe. It's driveable, but there's a leak between the downpipe and left manifold because of a fitment issue. I got this Y-pipe for free from a family member, but it isn't quite correct for a D1. I was under time pressure at the time I installed it, so I used it anyway. Unfortunately, this involved partially collapsing the right side catalytic converter housing to clear the prop shaft, and permanently plugging the downstream O2 sensor bungs.
- Interior: The headliner was in bad shape, so I removed it and painted the headliner board with bedliner. This actually looks pretty decent, but I haven't reinstalled the rear A/C vents and there are cable ties holding things together in their place. Dashboard was curled at the front edge, and the hold-down kit is now installed. The plastic strips do have some cracking, though they are doing their job for the most part. Right-hand sunshade in the front sunroof has a broken plastic clip.
- Leaks: Right-hand swivel hub seal (fairly minor.) One of the oil cooler lines was weeping as well, but I've snugged it up and it seems to have stopped.

Other stuff:
- Rear seats are in, but not fully installed. A few of the bolt holes need to be re-tapped. The seats are from a '92 RRC LSE and are in nice condition.
- Sunroof motors are disconnected and the glass is sealed shut with silicone.
- I left off a few trim panels during reassembly. In one case, this was because its plastic clips were broken. In other cases, I didn't feel the need to close off access to things like the 14CUX diagnostic plug. All trim panels will be included with the truck.



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If you have any hope of getting $8500 for this truck, you’re going to have to correct ALL of the issues!

the cost of replacing the y-pipe is significant

if the buyer lives where inspections are conducted, the airbags will need to be present and not cause any lights to come on

for the rare few, a manual Disco is attractive. To the rest of us, this is not an $8500 truck
 

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I would agree, to increase your buyer pool, airbags, new y-pipe with cats, and installing trim panels would really help. As far as population is concerned, this would be very hard to register with the lack of airbags and y-pipe.

I have a D1 with a diesel. In my previous residence, I could not register it until it was 25 years old as that is when they no longer required emissions inspections. However, without airbags it would fail the safety inspection.

In my current residence, no inspections are required. However, I am now very rural.

My D1 diesel is in fantastic condition but it would be almost impossible to sell in most of the country.

You likely have limited your market to very rural buyers (of which there are few) and those that would make it a dedicated trail truck, which are even fewer.

Frankly, it is in such nice overall condition, I suggest getting it to a point it can be registered just about anywhere. Considering what you have already done, it wouldn’t take that much. In my opinion it is is too nice to make a dedicated trail truck.
 
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This is true.

However, it does have a rebuilt 380, top end, and an undercarriage it looks like you could eat off of.

That's not insignificant.
Not if as the OP said he merely replaced the gaskets, versus doing it right!

even with todays market with ever-increasing price of these vehicles, this one is still lacking

it is probably a $5000 truck
 
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I appreciate the feedback and discussion.

I've had numerous vehicles with airbag deletions pass the safety inspection where I live without any problem. A potential buyer would need to be aware of the requirements in their state. As I said, the original steering wheel w/ driver's airbag is included in the sale so the buyer could reinstall it if desired. Passenger airbag is not available.

Regarding engine gasket replacement: I'm not sure I understand the concern here. The engine has 98K miles, runs well, and the compression and leakdown numbers looked good when I ran those tests around 93K miles. I inspected the main bearings and plastigauge'd them. Everything was within spec; no mechanical rebuild needed.

I'm willing to accept that the $8500 ask was optimistic, so I've lowered it further to take the cost of the Y-pipe and other issues into consideration. Still, I think the condition of the body and frame is well above average for a 1994 D1, and it's mechanically solid as well.
 

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If you want a passenger airbag, I have spare I do not need. The things we hold onto when we part out vehicle….
 
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Frankly, it is in such nice overall condition, I suggest getting it to a point it can be registered just about anywhere. Considering what you have already done, it wouldn’t take that much. In my opinion it is is too nice to make a dedicated trail truck
Yes, agree with this as an owner of a ‘96 D1. One will realize a higher sales value if the vehicle is complete and looks it wouldn’t take much to do.
 
Regarding engine gasket replacement: I'm not sure I understand the concern here. The engine has 98K miles, runs well, and the compression and leakdown numbers looked good when I ran those tests around 93K miles. I inspected the main bearings and plastigauge'd them. Everything was within spec; no mechanical rebuild needed.

I'm willing to accept that the $8500 ask was optimistic, so I've lowered it further to take the cost of the Y-pipe and other issues into consideration. Still, I think the condition of the body and frame is well above average for a 1994 D1, and it's mechanically solid as well.
W/R/T gasket replacement

Merely replacing head gaskets is folly of the highest order and is asking for failure shortly.
Cylinder heads MUST be resurfaced.

W/R/T main bearing, only a hack would remove main caps to use plastigage to measure bearing gaps. Not to mention that fact that RV8 mains don’t wear much, but Boy Howdy do they eat rod bearings.

but this is all moot. If you have acceptable oil pressure, there is no reason to take the risk of disassembling the main caps. Did you replace the rear main seal and cruciform seals?

good luck with the sale