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How are you finding the ZF generally?  What mpg are you getting?  I still like the idea, having gotten lazy with an auto out here (manual transmission cars are very rare in the Middle East)

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The ZF actually suits the V8 quite well on the road at least - you plonk it in gear and it's generally relaxing and wafty like other cars with big engines and auto boxes (as refined as a 110 can be!). You need to provoke it a bit to make it kick down, but when it does it goes pretty well...

In terms of MPG - when it was a 3.5 (with Thor manifolds / Megasquirt) on simple BLOS LPG it would do 10-12MPG depending on the type of journey, so probably 14 or so on petrol (although it was rarely used on it!).

I dropped in a 4.6 last summer and it's not done many miles since with lockdown, probably less than 1500 so it's still barely run in, and a lot of the time has been spent remapping the Megasquirt and getting the now multi-point LPG injection playing nicely together. Fuel economy is about the same on gas, but I reckon I can get it better as I improve the mapping over time... 

I was a bit hesitant when I bought it due to it being an auto but I actually think it works well... 

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Ah, I forgot you had a V8.  I’d love that, but couldn’t afford the fuel bills, so went diesel. 😏. Autos don’t have a stellar reputation behind Tdis, and I wasn’t that impressed with a Tdi RRC VogueSE with auto when I was trying to find a good Classic (narrowing the search to a manual), but with a Defender or Series, they’re driven slower, so I figure it might not matter like it does in the RRC.

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I followed his rebuilt and he seemed very happy once it was running.  I haven’t seen him on here in a while, though - the last comments I remember on his 90 thread were him pondering removing the tubular front wing system and fitting standard wings, which was a few years ago now.

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