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I'm looking to buy a van and one option is to get an LDV/Sherpa. I would want the variant that has the diesel engine that fits the Series Landrover, the idea being that if the van goes to meet its maker I'll have an engine to fit into my SIII.

I've no idea what models have what engine, so your help would be much appreciated!

The other option is to go for a Ford van, when that expires the Edis unit would go along with a Megasquirt into the Landy, again some idea of models, years &c would be useful.

Are there any diesel engines fitted to Escort vans that can be fitted into a Landy?

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From what I've heard it's really not worth buying an LDV, especially on those grounds. Surely if you *need* an engine for your landy you could just pick one up when neeeded.

The same with the EDIS argument, the 4-pot units will set you back maybe £25 for EDIS, coil pack, VR sensor and HT leads from a scrappy so hardly worth changing your choice of van because of it.

Oh and Escort vans are horrible, it's like driving a snail. Fiesta ones (1.8D/TD) are excellent little things though.

Any engine can be made to fit, it's just a question of engineering ;) personally there are far better engine prospects out there than something out of a van.

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Cheers FF,

I need a van to use as I've been without transport since my car was stolen over a year ago, and when I've fiinished with it it'll get scrapped or sold, if the former I may as well hang on to the engine or any other useful bits.

Regarding fitting, I really need to know what conversion kits are readily available.

It's a case really of exploring as many options as possible.

If I took the Edis bits out of a running vehicle at least I'll know that it all works.

I've read that LDVs are carp, but I've spoken to owners who say they're Ok

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My first engine conversion was a LDV (sherpa) engine into a 109. The engine is ok, it fits straight into a series vehicle with no cutting or welding. No good off road as the front cover is just a tin plate, and not water proof at all. 2.25 D manifolds, stat housing, etc all swap over, so it looks a tidy job with little effort. You would have to buy an early LDV though, Roger - the L/R engine was replaced with a Pug unit in the early 80's. Also the timing belt is different, so dealer only part. There's also an idler wheel which is not an L/R part. Tensioner is, and everything else is standard 2.5 N/A Land Rover parts.

Les. :)

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We are doing one at the moment, into a lightweight.

Fits OK, made our own plate to convert it, used the Pug flywheel and Landie Clutch and plate.

Also use Pug starter cos it fits with this setup.

You also need to make a bush for the flywheel and engine mounts, nothing that hard but a bit fiddly.

Good Luck.

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For further engine inspirations see the Engine Bunfight Thread, Rover 2.0 twink is a hot fave, Pug Mi16 might bolt in place of the Pug TD, there's Ford V6 Cossies (you can buy a whole Granada for £250), if you grab a Suzuki transfer box you can then use any RWD engine & box and all you need is an input propshaft adapter and some mounts (tx box is separate to the gearbox on Zuks).

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Cheers FF,

I need a van to use as I've been without transport since my car was stolen over a year ago, and when I've fiinished with it it'll get scrapped or sold, if the former I may as well hang on to the engine or any other useful bits.

Does this mean you can do mail order again?

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Does this mean you can do mail order again?

Hopefully, still not found a vehicle at the right price. The LDV is too big for my street, I'll probably end up with a P100 or VW Caddy. I keep looking at Series LWB truck-cabs, especially tax free diesel (not 2-1/4) to run on chip-fat!

Those Peugot 2.5 diesels seem very thin on the ground.

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My first engine conversion was a LDV (sherpa) engine into a 109. The engine is ok, it fits straight into a series vehicle with no cutting or welding. No good off road as the front cover is just a tin plate, and not water proof at all. 2.25 D manifolds, stat housing, etc all swap over, so it looks a tidy job with little effort. You would have to buy an early LDV though, Roger - the L/R engine was replaced with a Pug unit in the early 80's. Also the timing belt is different, so dealer only part. There's also an idler wheel which is not an L/R part. Tensioner is, and everything else is standard 2.5 N/A Land Rover parts.

Les. :)

all the injector pipes are different as is the water pump

i had to source some for someone once LDV only (in landrover bags) cost approx 25 ie 100 squids about 4 times the price

the water pump cost over 100 squids from a motor factor.

paul

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