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Don Del

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    La Paz, Bolivia

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  1. The mid rev range of 2,500 to 3,500 rpm roughly equates to 30 to 40 mph in third which is where I am getting grief. The engine is on SUs and I have a lambda sensor and gauge installed which I use to reset the carbs when the elevation changes by around 3,500 feet
  2. For my off road needs the standard cam provides adequate performance. Where it lets me down is on the tarmac. As you can appreciate in the part of the world where I live you can spend a lot of time either going up or down hills with a change in elevation of 7,000 ft. in a 60 mile drive not being uncommon. The most common gradients I encounter at altitude just prevents being able to hold third gear at around 35-40 mph. This results in a lot of the time being spent thrashing the truck in second followed by a brief spell in third before having to change back to second. The cause of the problem is
  3. Thank you for that confirmation. As far as the camshaft goes I have decided to go with a Piper 270 from RPi.
  4. I had fitted a new distributor abut a year prior to the Megajolt installation but it still made a significant difference. Del
  5. I installed the Megajolt ignition system back in 2012 and it has been one of the best changes I have made to the old truck! It took a little while to get the ignition map sorted out but it is now working like a charm. Del
  6. I have attached a couple of photos of the oil filter cartridge mounting which looks to be the pre suffix B straight gear type:- Any feed back appreciated. Del
  7. It is chucking down with rain here at the moment but I will see what I can do about getting a photo of the housing tomorrow. In the meantime I have this photo which shows the oil filter cartridge:-
  8. It was originally fitted with a distributor but it was replaced with a "dumpy dizzy" (a cut down distributor to provide drive to the oil pump) when I installed a Megajolt ignition system which incidentally performs brilliantly. Hence the coil packs. Del
  9. The vehicle is a special build, one of a batch of six I believe, for the US DEA here at the time, and is essentially a Td5 with a 3.5 V8 engine with SU carbs, distributor and conventional vee belts on the front pulleys. The engine number is 24G17916B. As I mentioned in my initial post the timing cover has the pre suffix B water pump and the presence of the distributor would indicate the presence of a pre suffix B oil pump. To confirm that the engine is a suffix B unit the outer rows of four cylinder head bolts are not present. Escape's first post clarified things for me after I had been w
  10. Thank you for the concise reply which has clarified things for me. cheers, Del
  11. I am a British expat living in La Paz, Bolivia. For the last ten years or so I have owned a 1999 3.5 V8 110 Station Wagon, the V8 being installed for export by the factory as part of an export order for the US Drug Enforcement Agency. It has currently just got a bit under 90,000 miles on the clock. For various reasons I am considering upgrading the camshaft and I am in the process of sourcing the required parts from the UK. From experience of importing parts over the last ten years I know that as a rule of thumb by the time I import a part it will cost me around twice its purchase price i
  12. While doing some searching about mounting wheel bearings I came across a post by Steve G. dated 21/8/19 about changing the post '99 staked nut and spacer method of mounting wheel bearings back to the twin lock nut method which I have pasted below:- FYI - you can't just reuse the existing spacer after replacing bearings, you have to measure end float and adjust spacers accordingly. This is why most move to early style of locking nuts to save messing around and stocking with various spacers. The later methods is better as its more precise and removes human error, and done correct
  13. I have read the numerous posts on this site regarding wheel bearing part numbers. My understanding is that bearing part number RTC3429 was superceded by part number STC4382 but the bearing itself remained unaltered. My reason for asking is that I have a '99 Defender 110 Station Wagon which according to the parts manual requires STC4382 bearings and when I checked with the local LR parts (limited) supplier to have some bearings available if the need should arise all they could offer were Timken RTC3429 units. Any feedback appreciated! Cheers, Del
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