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Old August 22nd, 2016, 04:32 PM
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Land Rover defender 3.2 ///M Power

Hi guys.

So yeah, oke, much defender talk here! Normally not much of a forummer cause too busy with hobby!

A friend of mine said I had to take a look at this forum and write down my own Defender project, so here I am. Maby a few of you know my name. In 'boss-time' I am working in a well-known dutch Defender shop, Riverhouse. Were many ideas are born together with Michael

Once I said I won't ever buy such a bad car as a Defender. Years gone by and I bought one via Ebay in Northern Wales in I 2012. Picked it up with Michael together, was quiet an epic trip with such a bad car and good company. They said it was in good condition, solid rust free truck with 4 inch lift kit and 300tdi.

If they called my car solid tjeez, dunno what is 'rusty' for them! .

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Old August 22nd, 2016, 04:34 PM
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I was so happy with the result! Looks were as I wanted it, less is more. Handling: great, what a car!!! Drives like a go-kart, very sticky to the road, yes suspension is not that soft but that handling... epic!

Idea was to finish the car with 300tdi and one big ass turbo but unfortunally the law changed for road tax and I had to pay full price for my old defender... Bummer, around 2000-2500 euro per year.


So it kept me thinking how and what engine should I put in. It had to be really reliable and fast. I drove a BMW on the race track for a year and it never let me down. So decision was made. It had to be an 6 cilinder BMW engine....

Looking for 2.8, but then a 3.0 m3 engine was doable too . Then Someone offered me a 3.2 s50 engine for good value. After all I thought f*ck it, I just want the fastest 6 cilinder engine and bought the famous S54b32, BMW E46 M3 engine. 343bhp @ 7900 rpm. It's gonna cost a lot of money anyway, and it really DOES...
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Old August 22nd, 2016, 04:34 PM
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So then ....




Changing the rod bearings:



front and rear seal changed offcourse and some other major parts:




The bulkhead had to be white instead of black! Also repared the bulkhead for the second time but now made it real strong in doorhinge section.



Engine complete and cleaned:




Then I bought a pair of old used Reiger shock absorbers and got them refurbished :











I think they will handle the power right.


then the engine had to go in. It fits very nice, as it is made for! Love the view of the M-engine in such a car... Also bulkhead white now!














And some more progress:













Extern oil cooler adapter (we made a few ourselves to fit goodridge fittings)



oil cooler for the R380 gearbox:










A friend of mine had a 110 Defender with dead engine, so we build an 2.8 BMW engine in his car...







Now it looks like this but with Roofrack and lights etc on:



original exhaust manifold vs M3 s50 manifold, lol...














My mate doing the welding:



(our other hobby, making custom RVS exhausts)


Guy is very happy. He had 200/300tdi/2.8TGV/V8 engines in his cars but he is SO pleased and in love with his 2.8 BMW performance and sound now .






So this is it for now, when I have any updates about my project I will write it down.

Ciao!
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Old August 22nd, 2016, 06:10 PM
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welcome to the forum.....

WOW nicely done...
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Old August 22nd, 2016, 06:40 PM
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Holy frame repair batman !

Impressive is an understatement.
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Old August 22nd, 2016, 07:47 PM
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Totally sweet.
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Old August 22nd, 2016, 08:53 PM
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Brilliant work!
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Old August 22nd, 2016, 09:20 PM
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Impressive. What headlights are those.
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Old August 22nd, 2016, 10:27 PM
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Old August 26th, 2016, 06:36 PM
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Very awesome! Nice work!
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Old August 27th, 2016, 07:10 AM
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Question. Did you need any special adapter for the 3.2l M engine to mate to the r380 or is there a different drive train?


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Old August 27th, 2016, 08:42 AM
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Old August 27th, 2016, 12:57 PM
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It looks like he used the P38 diesel bellhousing and clutch housing, but welded them together. I think that would make it extremely difficult to change the clutch in the future since the clutch housing bolts onto the engine first and the bellhousing bolts are on the inside.
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Old August 29th, 2016, 09:31 AM
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Indeed, used the p38 bellhouse wich we modified a little to fit petrol engines.

Chip dunno what you are talking about, difficulties changing clutch? Just unscrew the bolts wich go through the bellhouse and bolted in engine, get the gearbox off and replace clutch. Yes, the fork has to be in the right angle but that's really not an issue
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Nice pics Sieger ... many hrs of hard work went into that truck.
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Old October 16th, 2016, 12:42 AM
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High quality craftsmanship. Definitely a rust bucket underneath. But looks like your hard work paid offf. The truck looks amazing.

Thanks for showing us the transformation. When I get my Santana, it is a 2.5l NA diesel and I have an S52 motor swapped into an E30 car in storage. Might consider using that tuned engine in the Santana. Does it have enough low end torque? The bimmer sixes are smooth and like to rev while offloading prefers low end grunt that u get with a diesel. Thoughts?
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