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Old August 16th, 2014, 12:59 PM
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thinking about dropping a rover v8 w. automatic in D90

Thoughts?

My 86' d90 has a 2.5 now (with 250k miles) and I am attempting a full bells & whistles restoration on this one.

Being that v8 rover engine/trans are much more available than 200/300tdi's
I was thinking of going with a v8 and making it automatic to attract a wider audience.

Any thoughts (or links to other threads) on this subject would be greatly appreciated...

Which v8 makes sense?
What would have to be changed out?
Anything else to consider?
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Old August 16th, 2014, 01:13 PM
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The rover 3.9 or 4.2 system will drop right into it.. Basically the running gear out of a 93-95 classic or the 95-96 disco 1.. Diesel to gas v8 will require new mounts welding to frame and rear crossmember repositioning from memory.. And different driveshaft lengths also.. And the wiring in of fuel injection system and fuel pump.. Other than that it's a piece of cake..lol... Oh, and a different exhaust..
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Old August 16th, 2014, 01:15 PM
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attract a wider audience ?

Doing an engine swap to increase resale value seems a bit backward.

As far as what has to be changed: frame mounts, chassis cross member, transfer case, transfer case to frame mounts, drive shafts etc. IME carbed v8 with auto and a 12 gal under seat fuel tank won't go 150 miles before you have to refuel as apposed to the 300 mikes you can currently run.
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Old August 16th, 2014, 01:20 PM
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Agree Doug.. But the early defender diesels.. Especially non turbo are kind of a slow slug...
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Old August 16th, 2014, 02:40 PM
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Whats wrong with Disco II drivetrain?
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Old August 16th, 2014, 02:50 PM
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If you don't want to keep it, sell as is and let the next owner drop their own cash into it. You'll never get your money back after doing an engine swap.
Because what starts out as an engine swap adds a fuel system rebuild, welding, rust repair to chassis, debugging any mistakes etc
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Old August 16th, 2014, 02:58 PM
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Exactly. This won't increase sale value, at least not much. A TDI will increase value, but not more than the cost of the parts. Change the engine for your own use.

Note that ANY old Rover V8 will need a rebuild unless you KNOW it was done recently. They are not a long lived engine without wotk.
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Old August 17th, 2014, 12:45 PM
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i had someone interested in an automatic d90 which was part of my reasoning for considering this conversion.
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