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Old November 23rd, 2009, 06:51 AM
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After seeing the thread on the CT project for sale, a few of us starting discussing the proper aproach to a CT. So, if you had a CT, two questions:

a)Would you restore the body panels/rust issues?

b)Is a repower appropriate- complete motor change from orig? For example, convert an early example w/ a 2.5NAD/TD to a 4.6? An update if you will, staying Rover of course.
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 08:12 AM
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I'd try to start by figuring out what I had - and go about it differently if it was still in original ex-competition condition or if the PO had thrashed it badly.

I wouldn't completely re-paint original panels, or cut a hole for a sunroof, or anything like that, but I wouldn't hesitate to spot-repair rust/corrosion or even put it on a new chassis.

That being said, I wouldn't do any of this unless I was prepared to keep every single part that came off the truck, including the old chassis/motor/whatever. That way it could always be put back to original.
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 08:32 AM
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Id say with repsect to the Camel Trophy trucks I would try to keep it as close to original as possible. I see these "resto rods" and just think why?
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 08:34 AM
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Not meant to be a smarty pants answer but I just don't think I would ever deliberately buy something like that. It just doesn't lend itself to any kind of use that I'm interested in. But from the sidelines I'd say just buy it and don't eff with it because you can't use it anyway. Put the 4.6 in something else. Besides any conversion TO a RV8 I would consider a downgrade.
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 09:22 AM
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After seeing the thread on the CT project for sale, a few of us starting discussing the proper aproach to a CT. So, if you had a CT, two questions:

a)Would you restore the body panels/rust issues?

b)Is a repower appropriate- complete motor change from orig? For example, convert an early example w/ a 2.5NAD/TD to a 4.6? An update if you will, staying Rover of course.
I would leave the body panels as is, Try to repair the chassis of rust unless there is so much, than i would give it a new chassis, leave the original engine, rebuild it if necessary.
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 12:02 PM
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I would leave the original CT damage alone, rust repair sure. Switching the 2.5 natural to 200 tdi affects so little and would make the truck much more usable. I would do that but as Jim says keep the original engine and Tcase in mothballs to retain its collector value. Some neat CT shots from my driveway....

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I can't see taking a diesel CT truck and converting it to 4.6 V8 power. I would draw the line @ 2.5 natural-2.5 Tdi (dont even have to change engine mounts, no welding/drilling etc) as that in no way defaces the truck or in theory its value.
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I would put a 200tdi in it and stick the original motor in the garage (probably better as you don't risk breaking it) and do anti-rust prevention short of having the frame dipped, but that would be it.
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Old November 23rd, 2009, 03:17 PM
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Definately a neat quandry to have to deal with....
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Weird thing is I would probably only wheel it very lightly as to not bring more ie: my own damage to it. And would keep the panels the way they are and just use it as more of a normal driving truck.

It's like telling an old 70 year old war Vet to go fight in Iraq. All they really want to do is tell you old stories and go to Vet events and reenactments.
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After seeing the thread on the CT project for sale, a few of us starting discussing the proper aproach to a CT. So, if you had a CT, two questions:

a)Would you restore the body panels/rust issues?

b)Is a repower appropriate- complete motor change from orig? For example, convert an early example w/ a 2.5NAD/TD to a 4.6? An update if you will, staying Rover of course.

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Too funny Will !!
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Defender 200tdi would require the least amount of modification and would be easy to put back to the original setup.
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Ouch Will- I already quoted you on the OTHER CT thread :-) but, what's a little facial hair.....
So, 36's w/ a 4.6 auto is outta the question?
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you know my thoughts on this truck. also see my pm on dweb.
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