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Old March 23rd, 2016, 12:45 AM
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Best VALUE adding MOTOR SWAP for older 110 in USA?

In your opinion, what is a readily available (crate if necessary), decently easy motor to swap into a late 80's Defender 110 to add value in the USA ? LS, Tdi300, TD5, Cummmins etc..

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Old March 23rd, 2016, 12:57 AM
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Haven't done it yet, so I have little to add other than the "ease" could be further defined if we knew if the said '80's 110 was already diesel.
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Old March 23rd, 2016, 01:00 AM
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Old March 23rd, 2016, 01:22 AM
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LS all the way.
No doubt! Possibly not the easiest, though.
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Old March 23rd, 2016, 01:38 AM
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There is lots of trash talk about Rover V8s but I think it is not all warranted. People are "giving away" 3.5 V8s and that might be your cheapest and easiest way to make the Rover have better road manners and more attractive to resell.

It is not the fastest / strongest / most anything motor - but it is good and cheap and easy.
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Cheapest... 3.5 or 3.9 with a carb setup... And an r380
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a 4.2 with edelbrock carb and manifold will put a smile on your face.
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I've wondered this also. Does it hurt or help the value of the vehicle to pull out an old carb'd V8 and replace with 3.9 or 4.0 efi? Does it make more sense to convert the "old" V8 to efi?
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Old March 23rd, 2016, 09:41 AM
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I've wondered this also. Does it hurt or help the value of the vehicle to pull out an old carb'd V8 and replace with 3.9 or 4.0 efi? Does it make more sense to convert the "old" V8 to efi?
The tough part of this question is not what is best, but what is most accepted/wanted if you are talking 'value'. I have put in a Tdi for one customer, only to remove it for an Efi petrol for the next. Opinion is hard to build for speculatively.
I agree the Rover V-8 is solid, makes moderate power, and is the economical way to go. But if the buyer is a diesel junkie, it isn't a Rover if it isn't puffing...
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anything non land rover would make it better...
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The tough part of this question is not what is best, but what is most accepted/wanted if you are talking 'value'. I have put in a Tdi for one customer, only to remove it for an Efi petrol for the next. Opinion is hard to build for speculatively.
I agree the Rover V-8 is solid, makes moderate power, and is the economical way to go. But if the buyer is a diesel junkie, it isn't a Rover if it isn't puffing...
Glad someone else read the question...


My opinion is that the best resale dollars will be an engine/transmission package to a traffic speed automatic - probably the TD5 for range, fuel economy, sufficient power and speed to keep up and not out-drive the rest of the truck.
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Regardless, will this will be done in Canada or on a titled US truck? Timing is everything ;-)
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That's not really true. All turbines have an accessory section with a bunch of tiny moving parts.

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I like the Chevy 4 cylinder turbo charged engine. Same engine in the Cadillac ATS.

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Which suitable Rover V8 are we referring to here? 4.0fi? and what transmission should go with it.

And yes, the most accepted motor is the goal. Not the "best" or there would be an LBZ duramax going in
The plan is to export the Defender 110 from Canada, and register it in WA. After succesful import the motor swap will be done to create a clean Defender capable of a daily driver and highway friendly.
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After succesful import the motor swap will be done to create a clean Defender capable of a daily driver and highway friendly.
Honestly, look at the LS & 6 speed option. With Marks kit of parts and a good low mileage used motor you won't go wrong. Plenty of power for towing, fair fuel economy and easy driving on the highway, and service parts are cheap to boot.

Rover V8's are OK but why put up with an old technology ZF auto when you can have a nice modern 6 speed.... just my CDN 2c
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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
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Old March 23rd, 2016, 02:42 PM
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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
It is Nick, not Mark... nmarkiw on here. Contact him directly for pricing and information.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...-ls-51290.html
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