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Old December 28th, 2014, 08:58 PM
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Exclamation 97 Defender with 4cyl Petrol. What motor?

Hello,
This may sound novice... but I have a 1997 Defender 90 from Europe. It has a 16 Valve DOHC inline 4 cylinder non turbo gas motor. I looked all over online, wiki etc and cannot figure what motor it actually is.

If you know it would really help. Thanks!
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Was it a police car?
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yesss indeed it was! in Italy. What does this mean?
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Old December 28th, 2014, 09:11 PM
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Old December 28th, 2014, 09:11 PM
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The Italian Carabinieri Defender 90 had a 4 cylinder petrol.
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Sounds like it was one of those Italian Police Defenders with a 2.0 T16 engine out of the Rover cars.

It was also fitted to the Discovery and sold to the public due to EEC car tax laws. You'll find plenty on the Discovery version on the web where it was called the MPi

16 valve Dohc petrol/gas. Usually used in transverse layouts. Sometimes used with a Turbo (but not Land Rover). Pretty solid engine
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Old December 28th, 2014, 09:38 PM
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Awesome guys, that's it! It was from the Italian police force. Thanks for the help, so far has been a great motor and a solid Defender.
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Could you post what type of bell housing is in the transmission? I have always been curious.
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Given time frame it would be a LT77 box.
The engine was also used in the Freight Rover Sherpa, with the LT77 modified for RWD operation only. Knowing BL suspect there is commonality between bellhousings. Think Ashcroft has a RWD version. Bouncing around the internet there are a few examples of Series trucks with these engines as well as the Prima diesel.

The Sherpa has a 4x4 version using LR axles.... http://www.cowdery.org.uk/sherpa4x4.php
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Given time frame it would be a LT77 box.
It's a 1997. Wouldn't that suggest an R380?
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It's a 1997. Wouldn't that suggest an R380?
See crap. My brain cell is all freaked out by 4cylinder defenders from the mid 80s.
The Disco had the r380 so no reason not to believe the defender used same set up.

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Given time frame it would be a LT77 box.
The engine was also used in the Freight Rover Sherpa, with the LT77 modified for RWD operation only. Knowing BL suspect there is commonality between bellhousings. Think Ashcroft has a RWD version. Bouncing around the internet there are a few examples of Series trucks with these engines as well as the Prima diesel.

The Sherpa has a 4x4 version using LR axles.... http://www.cowdery.org.uk/sherpa4x4.php

I drove a petrol Sherpa to cart my motocross bikes around when I was younger......really quick engine for a van!!...

I didn't even know until 5 mins ago that they did a 4x4 version!!!

Live and learn as they say....although I'm not sure what I could ever do with the information I just learnt!!








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Among all the stuff in my garage are several Perkins Prima diesels.
One is from a Sherpa van and while it's a non turbo version, has an LT77.
Have never separated the 2, but was thinking that the small 2 liter Prima engine would go really nice in a Series I.

Years ago we put a Prima Turbo Diesel in Mark Brower's 88 and it was really quick.
Only issue was vibration at idle that was passed through the useless rubber series diesel mounts.
We used a Sherpa flywheel, starter, and a custom made adapter.
The vibration at idle started me looking for a more robust diesel motor mount that eventually lead to the big hydraulic filled Mercedes Diesel Mounts.

Have always thought the Prima would go nicely in an MGB as the Rover cars of the same period used an LT77 (2WD) and later an R380 that will bolt right into the MGB.

Good luck with your Italian 90, Jeff.
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