My NAS to 300Tdi progress
Thought I'd put up a couple of snaps in progress. Just the engine sitting on its wooden support...the empty engine compartment (scary) and the install with hoist. Thought there'd be a lot more to show but I guess this is it. I guess I should comment on the import process from England and in particular my experience with M&D Engineering. The import process was really painless. M&D ships with whoever they pick at their end and then I got in touch with their closest representatives here in the states (Atlanta). I had him ship the kit to "quayside" which means, if I'm not mistaken "dockside". But what actually happens is that the engine crate comes in a container aboard a ship which docks in New Jersey (I think) and then is trucked as part of the shipping fee to my area to the shipping company's Chicago area terminal, from which I picked it up. I also asked the guy at the shipping company if they would be my importers/brokers to clear customs which they did so it was sitting at the terminal all cleared and ready to go. The shipping was $400 from England to the terminal near my suburb and the customs stuff was about $150...not too bad to have all the hassles taken care of. Anyway, I drove a Uhaul pickup to the trucking terminal and they forklifted onto the back and off I went. No sweat.
As to M&D's kit...here's a couple of observations...the instructions were some very bad xerox copies of a Land Rover booklet where it was problematic to make out what the pictures were trying to show, plus some hand written margin notes that were cryptic in their brevity and sometimes illegible. If it wasn't for you guys on D90 I'd be in a real state of confusion right now. That brings me to one more comment and that is M&D's email communications in answering questions...awful. Period. The kit did not include the transmission and transfer case which I thought it would but was mistaken...just the rebuilt 300Tdi, an adapter plate for the NAS R380 tranny and all the parts and hoses/belts that attach to the engine as well as turbo, radiator/intercooler assembly, etc. There were some things not included which I was surprised about like the coolant expansion tank (which is different on the 300Tdi) and the Air intake grill assembly for the right fender (Supplied by George at Rover's Down South...you came through once again...thanks George!!! ) I guess they're minor parts but certainly needed.
I must say that in retrospect if anyone else is considering doing a diesel conversion I would seriously consider the value of dealing with one of the stateside suppliers rather than sourcing from overseas. I feel certain your customer service quotient would be a lot higher and therefore offer a bit more security. In the final analysis, communications are extremely important and are much easier to accomplish here than with anyone over there. On the other hand, folks like M&D really know their stuff and have done it many times before which can't be disregarded. Hey, your results may vary and I hope they do if you decide to go the import route.
Anyway...that's the story so far. Got my fingers crossed for when we go for engine start up.