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Old December 29th, 2011, 03:03 PM
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Best East Coast Rover V8 engine builders?

Who are the most reputable Rover V8 engine builders on the East coast now ?
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A guy no one ever hears about because he does not have to advertize. Drew Sobota(sp?).
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Old December 29th, 2011, 03:24 PM
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Where is Drew located ?
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Richmond Va. Formerly with Rovertym and now with Land Rover Richmond as a Mgr but he's a LR Master Tech.
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Old December 29th, 2011, 03:34 PM
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So does he do custom builds on the side ?
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Old December 29th, 2011, 04:34 PM
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thats the word. I know of some folks with engines he's built and they are beasts
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There is another guy in Manhattan that is very good. PM Jorge and he will fill you in. Might be a little closer for you.
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Curious: I take it this would be a 4.6? Long or short block? What would something like that cost? Dropping the motor in is one thing, but building one up, should be left to the pros (IMHO).
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All depends upon what you want, or needs to be done, to the motor. Stephen Peters just had a company build a V-8 for them but don't know what the cost would be. Drew does do great engine work! You can call Land Rover Richmond to get him.
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Old December 30th, 2011, 08:43 AM
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It's not hard to build one. Just have to take your time and check all your tolerances.

Cost wise, that depends. A stock engine with some cleaned up heads will cost you $2,500 to $3,500. If you want to get into cams, more head work, stroker, 5.0L, etc.... you're going to start in the $4,000 range and go up from there if someone else builds it for you.

Starting to see 4.6's come down in price a bit. Lots of P38's and 2003 Disco's dying. A cooked 4.6 can be found for around $1,000 now. Cheaper if you watch and wait for a deal.
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I have known Drew since the mid 90's and he is a man of his word.

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I had a 4.6 custom built and tweaked for my 101 about 11 years ago at the Wedge Shop. I think back then it cost me around $4,600.
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Drew is a good guy, although he never built me a motor. Robison service also seems to do a bunch, but I have no personal experience.

If I were spending real money, I would do top hat liners etc.

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Richmond Va. Formerly with Rovertym and now with Land Rover Richmond as a Mgr but he's a LR Master Tech.
Close, but not quite. He has worked for the dealership since it opened in 1994 and did work for Rovertym. He worked as the parts manager for a while but is now a technician again.

I work with Drew, he does good work.
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If I were spending real money, I would do top hat liners etc.

http://www.robisonservice.com/articles/RonR_jan2006.asp
I just do not see the value in top hats. You're talking $60 to $90 per hole. That's $480+, plus labor. You can achieve the same end result by pinning the liners for $100.00, considering your liners are within spec.

Top hats can still move. There is a thread some place showing how the top hats were gouging the head gaskets. If the liner is pinned, there is no way it can move.
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Personally, I would do drywall screws or something like that, but I am a cheap bastard who has three good motors sitting around who wanted to flag the liner issue.

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I had a few of those 4.6's pulled from 2003's. I never had any issues with them.
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I had a few of those 4.6's pulled from 2003's. I never had any issues with them.
I have one in my closet that was pulled with 10k on it so I hope your luck is the same as mine.
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So what are you guys looking for the motors sitting around ? One of my old engine builders as a freshly rebuilt 4.0 with mild towing cam with 2,000 miles on it he wants to sell for around $3,000. (I was thinking I would be better off buying an old disco or rangie with 4.6 for a grand or so and have all the other parts and pieces that I could salvage ,wheels 1/2 shafts (ECU) injection systems etc. , etc,.
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What is this going in? Do you need all the anciallaries etc.?

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