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Old August 31st, 2010, 02:22 PM
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350!

I'll never say that wasn't a sweet as sh_t conversion... but holy hot footwells!
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Old August 31st, 2010, 02:24 PM
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This isn't even my thing and I'd take hot feet for it!
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Old August 31st, 2010, 05:20 PM
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Brembo's in the future

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Sounds like an awesome power plant and you have found a solid way to transmit it to the ground. What have you got planned for brakes ? Huge 4 piston brembo's ? Guessing what caliper/rotor combo you go with will dictate your wheel choices.
I looked at the brembo's but for the gran turismo package is about $4500 cant afford that right now. Looked at the wilwood's as well but was told they are noisey for on road driving. So I settled for the OEM corvette 4 piston caliper's cant remember the name off hand.
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Old September 13th, 2010, 05:33 PM
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Old September 13th, 2010, 05:48 PM
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About 1.5 hrs S of Rdu
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Old September 13th, 2010, 08:21 PM
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Hope to see you and the truck at the Uwharrie Safari in April or URE in October. Great looking truck.
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Old September 14th, 2010, 09:29 AM
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I snuck a peek at that engine bay when i was at the shop getting some work done. WOW is all ive got. nice paint job too.
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Old September 14th, 2010, 05:51 PM
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I'm fortunate to be the lucky owner of the truck James built. It has a Vortec 5.7 mated to a NV4500 using the stock LT230 case going to 4.11's. You will NOT be lacking for power and will absolutely fall in love with this combination in a Defender. Enjoy your build and look forward to many years to come. It's going to be a great truck!
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Old September 14th, 2010, 08:32 PM
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I snuck a peek at that engine bay when i was at the shop getting some work done. WOW is all ive got. nice paint job too.
Sweet....Thx Brian

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Hope to see you and the truck at the Uwharrie Safari in April or URE in October. Great looking truck.
Def be at Uwharrie next april.....Will not be in town for Mar or URE in october

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I'm fortunate to be the lucky owner of the truck James built. It has a Vortec 5.7 mated to a NV4500 using the stock LT230 case going to 4.11's. You will NOT be lacking for power and will absolutely fall in love with this combination in a Defender. Enjoy your build and look forward to many years to come. It's going to be a great truck!
Michael

Cheers!

Sounds like you got a pretty nice set up as well!


What type of gas mileage do you get?
How did you go about mating your 4500 with the LT230?
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Old September 14th, 2010, 10:03 PM
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What type of gas mileage do you get?
How did you go about mating your 4500 with the LT230?


Not sure what Michael's getting now if I remember correctly I was getting around 14-15 mpg. Not very good but boy did it run. 35" tires and the wind resistance of a double wide doesn't help. I took the NV4500 output shaft and had it machined down and resplined to mate into the LT230. Then I sent it off to be induction hardened, can't remember what the rockwell wound up being but it was the same as the original case hardening of the shaft. I used a 1/2" piece of plate to adapt the two different bolt patterns. You have to remember I did this back in 1998-99 before any adaptors were available. To my knowledge I was probably the first person on this side of the pond to do it, and it is still running strong w/o any issues (correct me if I'm wrong Michael).

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Old September 15th, 2010, 07:40 AM
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As James said - about 14 - 15 mpg avg. with the 35" tires. Around town it's in the 10 to 12 range and on the highway I do have a small confession - 14 to 15 is at about 70 to 75 mph. Should I stay in the 55 to 60 mph range (I did this as an experiment a while back) I averaged 17mpg! The truck is still running strong after all these years. It is fully OBD II compliant (it does run 2 hi-perf cats and any code reader will let me know what's going on should an issue arise. This makes it easy to service (maintenance has been normal wear and upkeep). All in all, I highly recommend the 350 swap. You won't look back!
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Old September 15th, 2010, 09:00 AM
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I dont know if it has been said but the guys over in the UK have been doing this swap for at least a few years now. Came across some threads about this on the UK forums. Of course they loved it. Also there is a huge write up of the LS2 on the Pirate 4x4 website in the info section I believe, all the tech and quantitative info you need.
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Old September 15th, 2010, 06:52 PM
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I dont know if it has been said but the guys over in the UK have been doing this swap for at least a few years now. Came across some threads about this on the UK forums. Of course they loved it. Also there is a huge write up of the LS2 on the Pirate 4x4 website in the info section I believe, all the tech and quantitative info you need.
Will

Thanks for the info. I have everything already worked out on mine for the trans-Tcase. Was just wondering how james & michael did theirs.
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Old September 27th, 2010, 01:59 PM
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Old November 22nd, 2010, 08:58 PM
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Been out of town

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any updates?
Sorry for the slow response. Had to get the front axle trimmed a inch, also waiting on drive shafts then get the fuel tank back in and should be almost completed. Just in time for Xmas!
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Old November 22nd, 2010, 09:38 PM
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Everyone thinks that America won't let Defenders in anymore. I am pretty sure Land Rover made the executive decision to stop importing them based on this project. Oh the purist horror.

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Old November 22nd, 2010, 09:58 PM
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 09:35 AM
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Sorry for the stooopid question, but what do the 2 t/case levers control? are there 2 sets of hi/lo in the t/case?

so you could have hi/hi, or hi/lo or lo/lo???

or does one do 2wd/4wd?

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Old November 23rd, 2010, 05:36 PM
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Yes he does!!!!
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Old November 23rd, 2010, 05:38 PM
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looks awesome! any detailed pics of the front axel? widths? why didn't u put a dana 60 up front?
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