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hello,

i am considering transplanting a v8 into my 1991 3dr 110 200 tdi defender...

first and foremost, which v8 engine is going to give maximum grunt in standard form ?

do i need a conversion plate to connect to the lt77s gearbox ?

is the standard gearbox ok to use with the v8 ?

etc etc .... :unsure:

alternativly, has anybody got a v8 90 who wishes to swap for my 110 ! :D

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first and foremost, which v8 engine is going to give maximum grunt in standard form ?

The biggest one you can find :P

EFi is more powerful than carbs, RR/Disco engines make more power than defender / Series ones.

do i need a conversion plate to connect to the lt77s gearbox ?

Yes, or source a V8 gearbox - you should have no trouble selling a 200TDi and gearbox to someone who wants to convert the other way.

is the standard gearbox ok to use with the v8 ?

If it's in good nick, yes.

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hello,

i am considering transplanting a v8 into my 1991 3dr 110 200 tdi defender...

first and foremost, which v8 engine is going to give maximum grunt in standard form ?

do i need a conversion plate to connect to the lt77s gearbox ?

is the standard gearbox ok to use with the v8 ?

etc etc .... :unsure:

alternativly, has anybody got a v8 90 who wishes to swap for my 110 ! :D

The easiest route would be a 3.9, they're more available than 3.5s these days. If you're lucky enough to find a 4.2, that would be nice :D.

As for the gearbox, it will be easier to use one that stated life behind a V8, it will have the correct bell housing and input shaft sizes/lengths. Also if it is a Defender version that'll save work too as the selectors are not the same.

There were factory built V8s with LT77, but only as a 3.5 I think. It might not like the oomph of a bigger engine.

Choices are LT77, LT85 or R380. It is possible to change the selectors on a R380 and LT77 from Discovery to Defender type. I have not done this but I'm told it's not too tricky to do. The LT85 was only fitted to Defenders.

Hope this helps

Michael

Doh! Got beaten to it!

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It is possible to change the selectors on a R380 and LT77 from Discovery to Defender type. I have not done this but I'm told it's not too tricky to do.

You were misinformed then, it means taking the gearbox apart and swapping the whole rear casting :o

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