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#41 Brian

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 08:24 AM

LR used to factory fit 2.8 BMW petrols to South African 90's, Rogers of Bedford used to import them to the UK, a very rare beast.


Beat me to it again :)
Was just gonna say LR offered the BMW lump for export markets :)


The BMW engined Defender was developed in South Africa and the prototypes were to NAS as there was a plan to sell them in USA too. However, they were only fitted to South African assembled Defenders, built at the LR Factory in Rosslyn. They were exported to neighbouring countries, but nowhere outside Southern Africa, except for unofficial channels as mentionned above.

It replaced the V8 from about 1997 and was discontinued when the TD5 was introduced in 1999. No more petrol engined Defenders were made after that. The BMW engine was fitted in all variants of the Defender, except for the 130 and 110 hicap. Even the 110 hardtop and pickup were supplied with it as an option to the 300TDi. A 110 CSW 2.8i is a good long distance tourer and doesn't have too much disadvantage off road, despite the lack of low end torque. Thirsty though.
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Posted 22 March 2010 - 10:11 AM

Over here, it's not that uncommon to put a 4 litre Volvo truck engine in RRCs.

Volvo truck bits? On a Land Rover? It'll never work! :ph34r: :lol:
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Posted 22 March 2010 - 11:07 AM

I put a leyland 4/98 diesel out of a terrier in a 109 , and chrysler hemi in a FC 110 2b, 2L O series in a 86, V8 in series 2 , but after buying my first factory V8 could not be bothered with all the hassle, but with the way petrol is going up am thinking of doing it again .

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 12:00 PM

Have seen the following engines all in the same 90.

Ford 3litre V6,
Jag 4.2 straight six, Went well but had dreadful oil surge on the hills, and heavy!!
Ford Windsor 302, nice transplant,
Chevy 350 small block, Best but was a bit heavy,
Mopar 440, Too heavy and a tight fit!
Then 440 with blower fitted! Went well but was much too heavy!
Rover V8 4.2, Probably the best compromise.

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 04:18 PM

Have seen the following engines all in the same 90.


Ford Windsor 302, nice transplant,

Lara


Always a good strong reliable engine that can be easily tuned ........... I would have thought that with alloy heads and a possible 350ish ponies the power to weight and durability would have beaten the Rover lump into submission ;)

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 06:29 PM

whilst having a raid round net i came across this i then found it on ebay too

it sounds like fun

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what ya think

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 06:45 PM

Many years back I saw a IIA 109 with a Bedford 330 diesel in , I put a 351 olds V8 diesel in a shortened RRC about 20yrs ago which was ok . My personal favourite old skool was the 4236...
A friend had a 60's Dodge 4x4 double cab with a 330 bedford diesel in and that was great , the engine looked tiny in the huge underbonnet area...

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 07:20 PM

Have been thinking about this:

Once and for all enough power, torque and tuning capability!

Well, heavy, thursty and big! But still the sound...Posted Image
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Posted 22 March 2010 - 07:58 PM

whilst having a raid round net i came across this i then found it on ebay too

it sounds like fun

The link

what ya think


I drove one of those 6.2 GMC V8 diesels in a tomcat several years ago, it sounded like an aston.....
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#50 rtbarton

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 08:08 PM

A friend of mine put a BMC FG into a Series. I had a Perkins 4203 in a SIIa and a 4236 in a RRC

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Posted 22 March 2010 - 08:38 PM

Have seen the following engines all in the same 90.

Ford 3litre V6,
Jag 4.2 straight six, Went well but had dreadful oil surge on the hills, and heavy!!
Ford Windsor 302, nice transplant,
Chevy 350 small block, Best but was a bit heavy,
Mopar 440, Too heavy and a tight fit!
Then 440 with blower fitted! Went well but was much too heavy!
Rover V8 4.2, Probably the best compromise.

Lara


I bet that went well, must be more than 1000bhp! :)
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Posted 22 March 2010 - 08:55 PM

Over here, it's not that uncommon to put a 4 litre Volvo truck engine in RRCs. First few pics in this thread give you an idea of how it looks: http://slrk.phpbb2.s...ektet-t1060.htm



A friend of mine ran that conversion in a RRC. Good engine for roadwork, never got to try it offroad, though...
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Posted 23 March 2010 - 06:08 AM

I bet that went well, must be more than 1000bhp! :)


Probably a lot more, but kinda crowded under the hood... Posted Image
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Posted 23 March 2010 - 11:21 PM

As a slight reversal, I saw a home-made looking boat upstream from Bristol this weekend, with a 200tdi in it... :blink:
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Posted 23 March 2010 - 11:31 PM

anyone seen an orange six wheel defender with a gmc v8 diesel in it , 3 sp auto box if I remember,,, it was around here a few years ago , about the same time a somerset guy used to fit 2.8 mitsubishi td engines in to range rovers and discos ,,,,
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Posted 24 March 2010 - 10:14 AM

HA HA !!! I had one of them in my old RRC What a total nightmare to start on cold days, 1 small pre heater in the inlet manifold trying to start 6 cyl :angry:

My solution to the 6 pot York starting was to install 6 long preheaters in the manifold pointing down each inlet towards the valve. Then I added a diesel powered 'flame thrower' in the throttle body. Preheat for 30 seconds and then ignite the flame thrower and then the start button. Worked even in snow! :)
Never needed easy start and sounding like a tractor was the best bit! :D

I like the sound of this Cummins powered Land Rover on YouTube.

#57 milliejasper1111

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Posted 24 March 2010 - 09:46 PM

Ahhhhhh, music to my ears! :D you cant beat the sound of a nice big diesel lump.
Nice idea about the pre heat on the York,
Other than the starting problems, i thought it was quite a good set up in my RRC.
I would like to put a V8 diesel in an old Fordson Major i have :P

Maybe one day!
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Posted 25 March 2010 - 12:01 AM

I always prefered diesels that sound like they should have 38 tons+ behind them then ones that sound like italian taxis queuing for a fare. :D

Also 6 inline sounds better as a diesel then V8s like the GMCs. V8s should be petrol really.


Now, I have a workshop manual for a Rolls Royce CV12 and there is a small add in a recent tractor magazine for the same engine....

That would make an interesting conversion! :D

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 07:27 AM

All i need now then, are 3 more CV12s, glue them together and join the dark world of tractor pulling! :ph34r:

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Posted 25 March 2010 - 07:33 PM

As a slight reversal, I saw a home-made looking boat upstream from Bristol this weekend, with a 200tdi in it... :blink:

Well not so off.....I helped fit 2 200tdis to a ex east german offshore patrol boat. It runs very well and has a distinctive roar at flat out!


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