I have a friend here in CT who has a 1987 RRC with the original 3.5L motor. I think he has owned it for 20 years and the motor is getting tired.
We have talked about putting a diesel in it. He wants to stay with an automatic. He is the type of guy that would want to do it himself, he has a nice garage with a lift, etc. I know 2 of his best options are 300TDI and PS2.8.
Beyond that, I am out of my comfort zone...
Pendy has told me that has parts available to "convert the transmission" (the ZF in the RRC) to work with a 300TDI. Is that needed for a PS2.8 also?
From reading the 2.8 thread
, it sounded like David Shechter's truck had a ZF but it wasn't clear if it was converted. Then the '97 D90 version (ZF 4HP22) was rebuilt to P38 (ZF 4HP24) specs.
I know the MDE kits come with some things like motor mounts and adapter plates...
But I don't think my friends wants to spend MDE-type money.
I know some people have bought from Duncan from landroverimports
even though Pendy was not pleased with the boat anchor motor. He also is selling a 2.8 kit. Has anyone bought one of those from him? His ad says it will bolt right up to a ZF.
At this point, I just need some advice about whether 3-hundy or 2.8 is better.