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Old April 24th, 2013, 12:47 PM
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my 90 with 383 sbc

Hey fellas

I posted a few months ago at the start of my build - was planning a full restoration of my 1984 90 V8,including a new Richards Chassis, repaint, and transferring all the running gear from My Overfinch Discovery- and at the same time binning the TPi on the chevy, stroking the motor and putting a full Edelbrock top end on.

Well the job is now complete and those of you who read LRO International magazine will see it in full glory in the June or July edition - they came last week to do a full spread.

Here are a couple of pics of the two vehicles before they became one - the chassis and floor on the discovery were rusted out and too far gone to save.
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Old April 24th, 2013, 01:55 PM
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You uploaded the thumbnails and not the actual pics.
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Old April 25th, 2013, 04:32 AM
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Hi Again

here is the build of my 383 stroker

Edelbrock total power top end - performer plus (heads,intake, roller rockers, camshaft etc - block was a 4 bolt and I used a double timing chain

it makes great torque, by the way,

I had the gearbox overhauled with heavy-duty internals and the biggest torque converter available and overhauled the transfer box with cross-drilled input and outputs and taper bearings throughout - ratio is 1.2:1 giving 85 mph at 3000 rpm in lock-up top.
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Old April 25th, 2013, 04:53 AM
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Then we started the chassis rebuild

Fortunately the Overfinch disco had up-rated half-shafts and a Vented-disc front axle with pinned diff and an LSD on the rear so we overhauled these and fitted them to the new chassis along with the uprated anti-roll bars from the discovery - bushes were all standard as I wanted a modicum of smoothness in the ride.

new uprated road suspension from Terrafirma with a 1-inch drop - fortunately the sbc weighs the same as a 300tdi engine so I did not have to have special springs wound.

the headers are from a K5 blazer 4X4 - we had to modify them a bit but my original Overfinch ones were knackered.
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Old April 25th, 2013, 05:02 AM
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next came the body - we had decided to turn the old girl back into a station wagon - convertibles are fine but pretty useless here in the uk

Color is Keswick Green, the latest solid Land Rover green

I bought a 2011 hood from the latest 'Puma' defender

please note - the puny little air filter was for protection only - it now has a 14x3 black edelbrock item to match the valve covers.
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Old April 25th, 2013, 05:11 AM
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So i could bore you to bits with all the build photos, but I am sure you guys just want to see how she looks on the road.

The wheels are from Twisted performance and bolt straight on with no adapters - 18 x 9 inch - very expensive but the look great

hinges are stainless steel

seats are from a 2011 defender.

Exhaust is stainless with twin system in 2.5 inch exiting either side of the tow hitch - sounds lovely

here goes.
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Old April 25th, 2013, 05:18 AM
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Finally boys n girls - hope you like the car.

This is how she sounds

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Old April 25th, 2013, 05:39 AM
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a few more images for posterity......................................... .....
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Old April 25th, 2013, 07:21 AM
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You gotta love a stroked small block chevy. I hope the rest of the drive train holds up.
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Old April 25th, 2013, 07:29 AM
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Nice,nice.
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Old April 25th, 2013, 07:48 AM
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Very cool, thanks for sharing.
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Old April 25th, 2013, 08:06 AM
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Thanks a lot for sharing your build Victor. And no you would not bore use with build pictures - post away!
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Old April 25th, 2013, 09:16 AM
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You gotta love a stroked small block chevy. I hope the rest of the drive train holds up.
It will, old boy, it will.
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Old April 25th, 2013, 09:42 AM
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Old April 25th, 2013, 09:47 AM
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The car was built for me by a very well-known Landrover engineer in Sussex called Derek Allfrey.

He has asked me to mention two cars at the moment which are stripped and ready for rebuild if anyone is interested.

He is finishing off two restorations for clients in the UK at the moment - a series 1 from 1954 and a Range Rover from 1971, then he would be available to start work on a car for someone.

He has a 1986 90 which can be a truck cab, convertible or station wagon. At the moment it has a 3.5 V8 EFi with an R380 manual gearbox - but he can fit anything you like within reason

The second is a 1984 110 which has a 3.9 V8 on a 390 Holley with an auto box - currently configured as a 'lara croft' work truck but can be altered to your spec.

both cars have clear title and can come to your side of the pond.

The chassis on both vehicles are excellent, which is why he bought them, but you could have a new Richards item if you preferred.

You can choose colour, trim, engine, gearbox - whatever you want.

My car cost me 20,000 pounds in parts and labor on top of the vehicles, but obviously that included bespoke gearbox, 383 stroker and a lot more (heated seats, windscreen, mirrors,bespoke roll cage etc)

Derek says he can have a fully restored vehicle ready for export for between fifteen and twenty thousand pounds depending on final trim, engine choice etc. It would take between 3 and 4 months.

I am sure there are plenty of you on here who know the proceedure for importing.

Derek can be contacted on derek.allfrey@btinternet.com

He has been doing landrovers since 1967 - he is very friendly and only speaks landrover so please contact him for a chat or any advice - he is the most knowledgeable landrover man I have ever met.
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It will, old boy, it will.
Good to hear. I've got an old Ser IIa with a 383 but since it's running 39.5 IROKs it's also got a beefed up drive train. Atlas t-case, Dana 60 front, and GM Corporate 14 bolt rear.

I love your build. Nice and clean. Thanks for sharing the pics.
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I love the build! Awesome pics...love the Puma rear seats and hood...
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Old April 25th, 2013, 11:24 AM
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Good to hear. I've got an old Ser IIa with a 383 but since it's running 39.5 IROKs it's also got a beefed up drive train. Atlas t-case, Dana 60 front, and GM Corporate 14 bolt rear.

I love your build. Nice and clean. Thanks for sharing the pics.
Thanks man

The car was built to be a fast cruiser/hot rod and as such will never go off road - except in an emergency

It has limited slip diffs, front and rear, with the front having been pinned.

The half shafts are uprated and the gearbox has massive clutches, bombproof sprags/one-ways, oil cooler, high volume pump and the mother of all torque converters, amongst other things(mostly from ZF HP25EH)

It was 15 mm longer than a standard box so we had to move some mounts and lengthen/shorten a few things but it all went well and she drives like a dream

Take-off acceleration is phenomenal at half throttle and the next thing you know you have locked up in top and are cruising at 60 mph at 2000 rpm - squeeze the throttle a bit and she doesn't even bother to kick down - a couple of seconds later you are doing 80.

Inducing kickdown generally means being pinned back in your seat and all hell breaking loose!

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Good to hear. I've got an old Ser IIa with a 383 but since it's running 39.5 IROKs it's also got a beefed up drive train. Atlas t-case, Dana 60 front, and GM Corporate 14 bolt rear.

I love your build. Nice and clean. Thanks for sharing the pics.
Series with a 383 - OMG!!!!!!
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Man why not a 5.0 Rover V8? those 383's are strong, I knew a guy that ran one on nitrous for a while. He has long since updated with twin turbos
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