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Old July 13th, 2014, 10:09 AM
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Automatic defender..??

Soooo, I'm thinking of converting an older import defender from the old 3.5 twin carb lt-85 trans power plant to a 3.9 or 4.2 fuel injected engine and. Not sure if I want to do it auto or stick... This vehicle will probably ultimately be for sale but doing it more for the R&D aspect of it as I have to put together kit options for a few land rovers uk vehicles that have come over..(that's a different story on it's own).. I know that most of us like stick shifts but I look at it this way... If a guy is trying to convince his wife to allow him to buy a $30,000 plus toy it may make it a lot easier of an argument if the little lady of the house can drive it also, especially if its in city traffic...let's face it... Some dudes can't even drive stick... Anybody have any ideas on this..???
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Old July 13th, 2014, 10:14 AM
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Its the only way I convinced my wife to buy a NAS 110… Tough to justify the purchase of a "family" suv for that kind of money that she can't or rather wouldn't drive if it was a stick..
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Old July 13th, 2014, 10:17 AM
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I did one last winter and about to do my sons 83 110 because he hates the lt95. Have a 4.2 that's been gone through ready to go in @ the same time.
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Old July 13th, 2014, 10:23 AM
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Doesnt look right without the NAS console. Power windows are nice too..
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Old July 13th, 2014, 10:40 AM
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Yeah but that nas console is hard to come by and is always broken... They get brittle like the disco 2 bumpers..)..
I am going to take a tuffy box and extend the front of it and put a disco 1 or 2 shifter housing in it..maybe use the later disco 2 transfer case shift cable unit.. Just wouldn't have the ability to diff lock.. So I may use a range rover viscous coupling transfer box...

------ Follow up post added July 13th, 2014 10:41 AM ------

Anyone got any pics of what they did or have..??
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Old July 13th, 2014, 10:46 AM
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Depends on how correct you want it to look. I have seen some with the Tuffy solution. I didn't care for them but I would guess they could turn out good - all it takes is time, money and motivation. Here you go...I wouldn't reinvent the wheel.

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Old July 13th, 2014, 10:47 AM
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I used the ashcroft knock off on the two I have done so far. On my sons I'm going to use a lokar shifter through the oe shift boot. Trying to decide how to do the indicator lights for which gear its in.
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Old July 13th, 2014, 10:48 AM
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I bought mine from ashcroft. it was worth the money IMO
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Old July 13th, 2014, 10:51 AM
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Yeah... But that's like starting off with a bicycle wheel and having to adapt it to a car.. No lock.. Cut it short.. Space it up... And it's still not as good as a tuffy box for security and waterproofing.. And internal space...

------ Follow up post added July 13th, 2014 10:53 AM ------

And no.. These land rovers UK trucks weren't ones for west coast... I believe there is some interaction with that particular debacle. It this is a completely new debacle... All I can say is be careful if you are getting a truck from them.. We have 6 of them currently.. ;((
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Old July 13th, 2014, 11:16 AM
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The thing that would make me want an automatic if the fact that the R380 is a piece of junk and ZF makes a damn good automatic. If its a daily driver, a manual transmission gets old pretty quickly in city traffic.
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I love driving a manual, but if I had a V8, I'd totally rather have the auto. The auto box for a v8 is nearly free in a junk yard.
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Old July 13th, 2014, 12:02 PM
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Yeah,.. I think I will do it as a 4.6 with bigger cam and performance fuel injection chip with broadband oxygen sensors to compensate at idle.. That should be enough to counteract the power robbing auto... Nice 2 inch borla system.. Maybe even a twin system??? Should sound gnarly... Does anyone use that word anymore....??
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how about an LS conversion?
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Old July 13th, 2014, 12:18 PM
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You mean as In The chev engine..??
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Old July 13th, 2014, 12:20 PM
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Yes..
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Old July 13th, 2014, 12:22 PM
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I took the drivetrain out of my D1auto and dropped it on to a 90 chassis.
You'll need a r380 tunnel if it doesn't come with one and different tunnel to bulkhead bracket. Seat box will also have to be modded.
Shifter will take the place of the center console.
Copley has an auto conversion without the 97 style console. It's a black d90 tan interior
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Old July 13th, 2014, 12:24 PM
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And while on that subject.. I have been asked to put together 3 different kits...(1).. 4.6 or 4.0 worked engine with fuel injection (either the stand alone holley system or the 14cux rover system) (2).. The ever popular 200/300 tdi engine with stick or auto.. (3) the biggest baddest 4-500 horsepower chev engine conversion with automatic transmission.. But still keeping 4 wheel drive.. I have done a chev 350 engine conversion previously and have been very happy with the way it came out... Plenty of power and sounds great.. But I just did that one with a holley carb and standard worn out chev engine... Still runs great... Did that in my range rover classic that I converted to pickup truck as a shop runaround..
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Old July 13th, 2014, 12:25 PM
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#3 Please
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#3 Please
I'll refer back to my earlier PMs...
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how about an LS conversion?
No point reinventing the wheel, Nic's done a superb job

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