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Sounds like that thief needs a 4x4 group "tune up".
If pavement travel is what you're after.......Tofino. Great beaches, good eats, funky town. Popular spot for tourists and Islanders alike. Don't expect to be alone tho.......
Lots of day hikes / drives right from Victoria if you want the city life too....all within a couple of hours from the city center.
Want a slower pace? Fewer peeps? .......try one of the Gulf Islands........pick one..... Lots to do / explore on them too. Well worth a day.
You can get lost [ on purpose ] in the back 40 and travel the back roads for days, camp, etc, if that's your thing. Solitude is there and not difficult to find / get to.
Or, just come over and start driving.......3 days ain't long....just long enough to give you a taste of Van Island.
So you're looking for a vehicle inspector to be dishonest, because you are not wealthy...........lol. Good luck with that. It's their licence they'd be putting on the line in doing so.
Obtain a used windshield from an auto wrecker........install it yourself, or, get the traveling used auto glass installers to come and do it for you.
Out of province vehicles can be a "white elephant" if they are needing repairs to pass.......thus, they often come with a cheap sticker price.
For the zuk trans kit bearings and syncros, trailgear.ca has them.
The shafts will need to come from a US zuk parts retailer.........Low Range, ZOR, Petroworks, etc......
They are pretty simple [ comparatively speaking ] transmissions. Any reputable trans shop will do a good job if they install quality bearings, quality syncros, [ not Chinese junk ] and quality seals. If I were you, I'd consider a later version of input shaft.......they are stronger than the earlier version. Can be bought online at any of the USA zuk vendors.
Also, be sure to only use GL4 oil in the trans, as GL5 [ most common ] is not yellow-metal compatible.........in other words, it will eat the brass syncros.
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