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Old January 20th, 2014, 10:35 AM
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Would a 4.0 from a 96 Disco work? Any mods needed to fit it in a 97 Defender?
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Old January 20th, 2014, 11:41 PM
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Turned the last bolt, filled with coolant, prayed, and turned the key. Hard start, lots of smoke, and a 1600 to 1000 RPM idle. Let her warm up and then restarted. 600-700 RPM idle and smoother than before I started. Whew! 4 hour job turned into a 2 day affair after all the cleaning, vacuuming, and painting.

No detectable leaks yet from any of the normal suspects.

Next week, ripping off the front cover and going after the timing system, water pump, crank seal, and power steering hoses.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 08:42 AM
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Well at least you know its better than it was, keep driving it. Its not that bad, did you clean the oil pan out? When I first got my Classic I was using a lot of rislone and doing frequent filter changes. inevitably some crud got dislodged in the top end and blocked an oil passage. I had no choice but to keep driving the truck as I was hours from homw. ran it WFO on the highway,whatever was causing the blockage passed though. That was about 25k ago. Keep at it with Rislone or Marvelous Oil and frequent filter changes. I like the big Napa 1452, it holds about a quart of oil.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 09:20 AM
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Nice to hear that it worked out. Not sure what the bottom of the '97s are like but I did my pan and pickup on my '95 and it felt good to clean up the junk in there - messy but not a bad job. I like evilfij's swap the oil filter every 500 miles until it gets light method.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 09:32 AM
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Thanks guys. I did not have time to pull the pan last night, but obviously will have to to do the front end work this weekend.

Good idea about the honkin NAPA filter every 500 miles. I started that MMO diet at Christmas and will continue that as well.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 09:47 AM
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Turned the last bolt, filled with coolant, prayed, and turned the key. Hard start, lots of smoke, and a 1600 to 1000 RPM idle. Let her warm up and then restarted. 600-700 RPM idle and smoother than before I started. Whew! 4 hour job turned into a 2 day affair after all the cleaning, vacuuming, and painting.

No detectable leaks yet from any of the normal suspects.

Next week, ripping off the front cover and going after the timing system, water pump, crank seal, and power steering hoses.
If you could do a step-by-step of the above timing system maintenance, that would be great. I plan to do mine when it gets warmer.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 10:21 AM
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If you could do a step-by-step of the above timing system maintenance, that would be great. I plan to do mine when it gets warmer.
I am probably the second to last person you want to take Rover mechanical advice from on this forum, but I definitely will try to do a pic/doc. I usually follow the RAVE and online pic/docs. Ill be posting it in my Smaller Projects thread.

To Do:

Water Pump and Gasket. Viscous Clutch. Lower Coolant Hose. Inspect Oil Pump. Front Cover Gasket. Blow out Radiator. Serp Belt. Tensioner. Power Steering Hoses. Amsoil Oil Change. Big Honkin Oil Filter. Front Crank Seal. Crucifix Seals. Clean out Oil Pickup. Re-seal sump.
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