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Old October 10th, 2012, 09:14 AM
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Hello from across the pond

Hi Guys

Just thought I would introduce myself here on your great forum and tell you about my project which is about to start.

I am the proud owner of a 1984 90 V8 Convertible which has given great service over the years and now the dreaded rust problem has got to the chassis and so she is going to have a full rebuild. I am also turning her back into a station wagon.

She currently has a 4.3 litre Rover V8 from a TVR with a 3-speed torqueflite box and is very fast - for a landrover.

I also own a very rare 1994 Overfinch Discovery 1 with a 350 chevy in it, which I have stroked to 383 and taken off the TPI and fitted an Edelbrock top-end(cam, carb, heads etc.)This has a heavy-duty ZF 4-speed auto and standard transfer box.

She makes over 360 bhp and 420lbs of torque.

This car is faster and a new Range Rover supercharged(to 60 at any rate).

Because of the relatively low value of discovery 1's a full restoration of this car is not financially viable so I have decided to endow the defender with the running gear from the discovery.

I will of course be upgrading everything to cope with the power, but most discovery and defender bits are interchangeable.

So here are a few pictures of things as they are now and also one of my wife's beautiful TVR Griffith 500.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 09:21 AM
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I assume you put in the springs for the needle valves so you can run it at 45 degrees off road. What brand of stroker crank did you go with? Looks quite tidy.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 09:22 AM
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here are a few more pictures

I shall update the post regularly with pictures as things develop

Here are some3 more of the 90, the 383 build and my wife's TVR
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Old October 10th, 2012, 09:27 AM
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I assume you put in the springs for the needle valves so you can run it at 45 degrees off road. What brand of stroker crank did you go with? Looks quite tidy.
Hi Bill

the car won't be going offroad so not necessary

I used an eagle stroker kit with forged crank and good quality pistons, E-street heads, clevite performer cam and roller rockers etc.

Carb is a 600 Vaccuum.

Runs very nicely.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 11:35 AM
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Cool project. Will look forward to your updates.

Am curious about how you routed your 90's exhaust system. Is it a true dual system or split pipe behind the muffler. Are you required to run catalytic converters where you are?
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Old October 10th, 2012, 11:48 AM
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Cool project. Will look forward to your updates.

Am curious about how you routed your 90's exhaust system. Is it a true dual system or split pipe behind the muffler. Are you required to run catalytic converters where you are?
Cats were only compulsory from 1995, although a lot of cars had them from 1992 anyhow.

As long as the car is within the emissions limits it's fine - these are looser for 'pre-cat' vehicles.

My 90 has 4-2-1 headers into the collectors with a single stainless 2.5-inch pipe with a small 6-inch muffler for each bank of cyliders - sounds like a Nascar Racer and spits and bangs like thunder on the overrun.

When we put the 383 mouse in there I will keep the same system, the only difference being that I will use a pair of K5 Blazer ceramic branched headers, which fit between the chassis rails nicely.

I will then have to use a mini-starter instead of the original so the collector will clear it - they are a bit noisy.
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Old October 10th, 2012, 12:44 PM
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forgot to mention the final specification

will be as follows

Station Wagon with 2 forward-facing rear seats from latest 90

Keswick Green(latest solid colour from landrover)

50th Anniversary Rollcage(inside and out)

Tornado alloy wheels in dark grey as per 50th

4-speed auto with discovery transfer box(2750 rpm at 80 mph)

383 sbc stroker with Edelbrock/Clevite package

Heated screen/seats/mirrors

4-piston calipers front with ventilated discs all round

------ Follow up post added October 10th, 2012 10:53 AM ------

forgot to mention the final specification

will be as follows

Station Wagon with 2 forward-facing rear seats from latest 90

Keswick Green(latest solid colour from landrover)

50th Anniversary Rollcage(inside and out)

Tornado alloy wheels in dark grey as per 50th

4-speed auto with discovery transfer box(2750 rpm at 80 mph)

383 sbc stroker with Edelbrock/Clevite package

Heated screen/seats/mirrors

4-piston calipers front with ventilated discs all round
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Old October 10th, 2012, 01:36 PM
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Can you tell us where you got the extended center caps on your front wheels?

The TVR looks great.
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Old October 11th, 2012, 02:40 AM
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Can you tell us where you got the extended center caps on your front wheels?

The TVR looks great.
Dr Evil,

thanks for your comments about my wife's TVR Griffith 500 - it really is one of the most beautiful cars ever made - I don't know if there are any in The US but they certainly made them for export.

The extended centre caps on the 90 were on the car when I bought it but I believe Rimmer Brothers supply them.

They cover up heavy duty hub lock nuts - which my car doesn't have strangely.

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Griffman
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Old October 11th, 2012, 02:42 AM
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looks like a good project Griffman!

Welcome.
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Old October 11th, 2012, 02:49 AM
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looks like a good project Griffman!

Welcome.
Cheers Jim
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Old October 11th, 2012, 06:32 AM
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Extended center caps... Early 10 spline axles?
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