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Old March 23rd, 2016, 04:12 PM
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Nick is the LS guru, Mark's is an adaptor from Oz to mate SBC to R380/ZF
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Old March 23rd, 2016, 09:35 PM
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Cheapest... 3.5 or 3.9 with a carb setup... And an r380
Late 80's rover I still think this is the best for resale and ease of parts and install... V8 keeps it rover, etc..
It is not the best combo but for the question I think it is (or a 4.2 as Doug says )
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Old March 23rd, 2016, 11:35 PM
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If it is an RHD original condition and solid but still a some rough edges I say go with the 4.2 carb'd like Doug said.

If you are doing some other work/restoration like RHD->LHD and some interior updates then LS. I would wager the LS / Auto / LHD configuration with a nice interior would be the easiest to sell once done.

Burly trail rig with say 37's / HD axles and a bunch of armor: 6BT or a hi pow gas

Mid duty off road and all around build? My vote is OM617 (which is what I am doing) or 200/300tdi.
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Old March 24th, 2016, 12:47 AM
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I swapped my 3.5L V8 for a 3.9L EFI out of a '94 D90 in my driveway. Relatively easy (my 1st engine swap ever) with the "hardest" being figuring out the wiring. Mind you, yours is a 2.5L, so I assume new engine mounts will be needed.

I went with the 3.9 over the 4.2 only because I bought it cheap. I would go with the 4.2 EFI.
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Which LS engine and 6 speed should I look to get?easy to find used?
And marks kit? Thanks again for the help guys
Vortec 5300 High Output would be a good donor motor for a Defender without the price tag of an LS7 or some of the other highly sought after lumps.
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How much money do you have and how much money do you need to make? I think that matters more than what is "more accepted"...There is a huge variation in cost with the options

2.8TGV, 200tdi, 300tdi, Isuzu 4BD1T, Mercedes OM617, Cummins 4BT, TD5, Duratorq 2.4L, BMW I6, then all flavors of Rover V8's...
like others have said, there is also an SBC swap.

Then choose a transmission, factor in new driveshafts depending on changes to the driveline.

Then factor in all the ancillaries.

Then reconsider what you're trying to do
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Old March 28th, 2016, 10:48 PM
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geez...how would you not choose an LS for the US of A...any knucklehead can work on it and parts are given away free almost at any parts store...don't overcomplicate things...plus when you hit the skinny pedal it will merge into traffic no problemo...
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MY answer is not from the perspective of someone who has sold vehicles, but someone who would be buying a Rover.

While no Rover is a perfect, original, parts matching vehicle, I am someone who values Rovers enough to own one. Therefore, I am drawn to one that has sensible Rover upgrades. I'd be drawn to one with the best possible ROVER engine in it. For me that would mean one of the V8s with EFI, a 300TDI, or a TD5. They're a reasonable upgrade, that COULD have been found in any of our trucks. While dropping an LS in there isn't radically changing the overall "Defenderness" of the truck, and acknowledging this comparison is a bit of hyperbole, it feels a little like the Defender rock crawlers that are so far departed from a Defender, that I wonder why they bothered to start with one.
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MY answer is not from the perspective of someone who has sold vehicles, but someone who would be buying a Rover.

While no Rover is a perfect, original, parts matching vehicle, I am someone who values Rovers enough to own one. Therefore, I am drawn to one that has sensible Rover upgrades. I'd be drawn to one with the best possible ROVER engine in it. For me that would mean one of the V8s with EFI, a 300TDI, or a TD5. They're a reasonable upgrade, that COULD have been found in any of our trucks. While dropping an LS in there isn't radically changing the overall "Defenderness" of the truck, and acknowledging this comparison is a bit of hyperbole, it feels a little like the Defender rock crawlers that are so far departed from a Defender, that I wonder why they bothered to start with one.

The "rover V8" is a buick motor with rover stamped on the valve covers...is it really changing the rover DNA to swap out the "vintage" small block GM V8 for a more modern one? But again to the original post I haven't seen any LS Defenders on the market so its tough to say how they will be valued.
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I wonder how much heat the LS throws off. Warm days make it tough for me to use the D's with others in the truck.
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