So, I lucked out. I got a text alert from the local do-it-yourself junkyard that they had gotten another Disco in. I keep that alert going even when I don’t desperately need any parts just in case they get something good. And in this case, it paid off. The Disco they had gotten in had a BajaRack roof rack.
Now, this was obviously not in brand-new pristine condition, but since they retail for about $1150 new (plus another $200 or so for shipping) I was quite happy to get a shot at it. My co-workers who were at lunch with me when the alert came in couldn’t believe how excited I was. Nor could they believe that I was going to leave work early to stand in the pouring rain to get this thing. But, I knew that if I didn’t get there quickly then someone else would. I am not the only crazy Land Rover owner around.
Retrieving the rack took about an hour. The hardest part was that I was doing this all by myself. I had to take loose all the mounting hardware, get the 100-pound rack off the roof of the junkyard car, lug it and my tools out, and then mount it on my Land Rover. Remember, since it is a roof rack it is far too big to go inside my ride so the only way I had to get it home was to install it. Try putting one of these things up on the roof of your Discovery single handed. Without denting or scratching the Discovery. Not easy.
And yes, the junkyard guys stood inside, out of the rain, watched me, and laughed. But in the end, I got it done and had the last laugh. I got the rack for $75 plus tax and environmental fees (wtf?) which all-told came to about $87. Not a bad hours work.
I am sanding down some rust spots and shooting them with flat black Rustoleum. I think it looks pretty good if I do say so myself.