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An angle grinder with a cut-off disc was my best friend. I had to cut or grind off a lot of rusted nuts and bolts. I went through 2 grinders! You could get this but what's the point? I replaced every single nut and bolt anyway and it was faster to just grind/cut it off. All up just the hardware cost me around $600-700, I can't remember the exact number. After you charge the first $300 just for nuts and bolts, it doesn't even phase you anymore when you order hard to find parts over seas.

That tool is interesting..hope I never need that. I haven't ground/cut off any bolts yet..going slow and if any give me trouble I just spay it, let it soak and move on to something else. I found shells and sand behind some of them! Charming..she has sand in her pants. Have been saving each and every nut, bolt and piece of hardware so when I go to order I will know more or less what I'm going to need. 'How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie pop?'

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I have no plan of ever selling this truck. It is for my daughter when she grows up. The one you see hanging on the "monkey bars".
She's going to love driving Dad's truck..it is going to always remind her of you. My son is already super excited to see how his truck is going to turn out. I said 97 years old because he has already told me I have to live to be 99
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This was done while back but I forgot to update the thread. My buddy Brian from Geared Restoration came over to help. Also updated the drive members with the Terra Firma ones. We did all 4 corners and it made a noticeable difference when driving.

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The donor engine: A 3.9 Rover V8. Supposedly a good runner but promised to be a like-new engine after the rebuild. The guys at Geared Restoration will be doing the rebuild and swap. I just don't have the time anymore. It should be pulled out sometime next week and torn apart. We'll see what they come up with. The plan is to keep it carbed, just not sure what configuration to go with yet.
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The donor engine: A 3.9 Rover V8. Supposedly a good runner but promised to be a like-new engine after the rebuild. The guys at Geared Restoration will be doing the rebuild and swap. I just don't have the time anymore. It should be pulled out sometime next week and torn apart. We'll see what they come up with. The plan is to keep it carbed, just not sure what configuration to go with yet.
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I am thinking the same. Gotta do some more research and make sure I do everything right the first time. Looking at camshaft, timing chain, etc. Not sure but read somewhere about slipped liners but not sure what to do about that. After they pull it out it will go to the engine shop to get rebuilt before it goes into my truck.

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Although that did cross my mind, I want to keep this simple. My LR3 throws enough codes for both cars!
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Wait a minute. Are 3.9 V8 carbed from the factory on early 110s. I know the 3.5 are carbed, when did Land Rover started using 3.9s V8s? I am thinking that donor is a 3.5 motor.
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Wait a minute. Are 3.9 V8 carbed from the factory on early 110s. I know the 3.5 are carbed, when did Land Rover started using 3.9s V8s? I am thinking that donor is a 3.5 motor.
As far as I know the 3.9 came out in 1989 in the RRC.
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As far as I know the 3.9 came out in 1989 in the RRC.
Correct. As far as I know, all carbed factory motors (1989 disco I) 110/90/d110 up to 1992ish were 3.5
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3.5 Motor and LT95 Out

I had planned at least 1 month to remove the tranny and motor from my truck. Up to this point I have been a one-man shop, doing everything myself. Brian from Geared Restoration came over and did it in a few hours. We contemplated dropping the transmission first then pulling the engine but ended up pulling the whole lump as one unit. Can't say enough about Brain. The guy really knows his stuff. I call him the "Land Rover Whisperer":

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We will be redoing the exhaust system so the old unit will be trashed. Just as well as half the rear exhaust is somewhere between home and work.
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That Lt95 is a heavy unit. It will be going into a RRC with a diesel motor from a Toyota FJ. I will be replacing that with an R380. More pics to come as Brian and I will be rebuilding the motor in my garage.
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That's how I do them. Whatever you are putting back will likely be lighter. Those lt95's weigh a ton.
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Nice rebuild... I know your plans are to drop that rebuilt 3.9 in but I'd seriously look at the genIII & NV4500 conversion. Great power on a stock 5.3, better economy & all the advantages of efi. By the time you've rebuilt the 3.9 you'll prob be into similar $ as the engine/trans/adaptor kit, rest is down to how many shiny parts you want on it


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Nice rebuild... I know your plans are to drop that rebuilt 3.9 in but I'd seriously look at the genIII & NV4500 conversion. Great power on a stock 5.3, better economy & all the advantages of efi. By the time you've rebuilt the 3.9 you'll prob be into similar $ as the engine/trans/adaptor kit, rest is down to how many shiny parts you want on it


Just a thought... keep up the great work !

Andy, I have thought about this over and over again. The original plan was for a diesel conversion but now that I have an HMMWV, the diesel "must have" have been satisfied, and since my Marsland chassis is a V8 I think it is simpler just to keep it petrol.

I know EFI is better and I have been reading about the LS conversion. Ash from Geared Restoration is currently doing one but I want to keep this simple. I am not looking for crazy power. I kinda like the "old-school" experience.
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Andy, I have thought about this over and over again. The original plan was for a diesel conversion but now that I have an HMMWV, the diesel "must have" have been satisfied, and since my Marsland chassis is a V8 I think it is simpler just to keep it petrol.

I know EFI is better and I have been reading about the LS conversion. Ash from Geared Restoration is currently doing one but I want to keep this simple. I am not looking for crazy power. I kinda like the "old-school" experience.
Fair enough.... just a thought... but remember the gen III/NV4500 is a bit less complicated if you get a pre-drive by wire Vortec over the later gen IV/autotrans conversion.

Anyway, you have a great project & it'll be a blast to drive whatever you have under the bonnet, keep the pic's coming
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Got a little farther this week. Started stripping the engine down. My heads are warped and apparently I am loosing coolant somewhere. When we drained the radiator less than a gallon of coolant came out. Either I am burning it up or it is leaking out somewhere. I only drive this truck like once a month and have never noticed any white smoke or coolant on the driveway.

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Will be getting rid of the stock carbs/intake. Gonna pick up an Edelbrock intake but have not decided on the carb yet. Have to make sure I can hook it up to my snorkel.
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I was surprised how easily everything came apart. Only sheared 2 bolts but Bryan says the shop will drill them out no problem. Rebuilding the engine like this really demystified something I always thought was so complicated.
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Great build ! Very clean and well thought out . Really like what you have done with it .
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My main objective is to just get a new frame under her. I've seen some really nice projects here but I don't have the time or money to go too crazy. I just want a solid foundation. Not too worried about the outside/body. I like my trucks with a few battle-scars, it took years to get that way and it adds a little personality. She's not going to be a trophy truck. Some more progress today. Follow-up Post: Can someone with an experienced eye tell me if she's been lifted? I can't tell and there are no markings on the springs. Thanks Follow-up Post: Hey George, Been reading your rebuild too. Very nice work. My next step is to remove the wings and front grill. Hope it's easier than a Series III truck. Any pointers?
I also have an 83 110 county. Just some facts. The springs that were standard on the early 110s (or maybe only the countys) were from the range rovers. Early 110s also have more standard ground clearance than later defenders. Good luck with your build! Remember to protect those front seats, as far as I know they only came on the 110 county and are quite hard to find (they are really comfortable!!!) this is my before and after.

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Any updates on the 3.9 in this truck? I'm looking into a Tdi, but deep down I know I just don't have the money for it, so a 4.2 or 4.6 is more likely. How is the 3.9 in real life.... although none of the roads are "real" in Florida -- the .5 miles I drive into my neighborhood is a greater elevation change than anything in the entire state of Florida.
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Any updates on the 3.9 in this truck? I'm looking into a Tdi, but deep down I know I just don't have the money for it, so a 4.2 or 4.6 is more likely. How is the 3.9 in real life.... although none of the roads are "real" in Florida -- the .5 miles I drive into my neighborhood is a greater elevation change than anything in the entire state of Florida.
I don't have a 3.9l but from what I have heard is that the efi can be unreliable at times. I also live in Florida and trust me, any of the v8s work great.
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