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Old June 4th, 2008, 07:11 AM
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importing 110 with different engine

im importing my 110 next january-its a 1984 v8 but the engine got swapped out sometime ago for a mazda diesel 3.5. is us customs gonna give me some problems because the engine isnt original?I just read a post somewhere where they crushed a landy because it had a 300 tdi in it even though the truck was old enough.Yikes!
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Old June 4th, 2008, 09:21 AM
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Rules state it must have the original, or original type, engine in place. So legally the later diesel is a no-no.
If you want to import it anyway make sure the paperwork (think they call it the V5) says the right thing (diesel , not gas V8) and then hope that the Customs guys are too busy to look over the truck. I'm not saying it is legal, but if you get the V5 altered to read the correct type of fuel with the correct engine # (numbers matching) then you'll have a better shot.
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Old June 4th, 2008, 09:28 AM
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thanks-i hope that works-would it make any difference if i imported into canada now and then brought it to the states on its birthday?
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I just read a post somewhere where they crushed a landy because it had a 300 tdi in it even though the truck was old enough.Yikes!

Where did you read this?
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Old June 4th, 2008, 01:33 PM
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somewhere on landroversonly.com
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Old June 4th, 2008, 02:01 PM
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Is this the one you were talking about? Seems there was more off than just the motor but it is all second hand info anyway.

http://www.landroversonly.com/forums...o-canada-2742/

Do you happen to know if that Mazda motor is EPA approved? that might give you another way out if for some reason they stop it.
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Old June 4th, 2008, 02:24 PM
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I dont know if the motor is epa approved.And Im not about to "change "any paperwork to prove its the original engine.Its was originally a v8 and that whats on the certificates.Do you think theres a chance they wont look under the hood?The epa rule is 21 years or older-the engine might have been put in that long ago-this is giving me a headache-I might tell my uk dealer to find me another 110(in original form)than play sneaky with customs.Im going to pick it up myself-not a broker so Im not too skilled when it comes to forms and all that-If its 25 years or older I figured that was all It need to be-I didnt think about the engine
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If you don't want to take the gamble, find another truck. You aren't setting the import up for success by not getting the forms changed and hoping they don't look at the engine (which they will).
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This kinda sucks but I always did really want a 127 crewcab-maybe I can find one now.This 110 is a beauty though and Ive become slightly attatched
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I think ECR is importing one very similar, check the "vehicles for sale" section of the site!!

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I dont know if the motor is epa approved.And Im not about to "change "any paperwork to prove its the original engine.Its was originally a v8 and that whats on the certificates.Do you think theres a chance they wont look under the hood?The epa rule is 21 years or older-the engine might have been put in that long ago-this is giving me a headache-I might tell my uk dealer to find me another 110(in original form)than play sneaky with customs.Im going to pick it up myself-not a broker so Im not too skilled when it comes to forms and all that-If its 25 years or older I figured that was all It need to be-I didnt think about the engine

He is not saying to get all "sneaky" They can update the UK paperwork to reflect an engine change and the fact it is diesel now. So it will not throw up any red flags upoun inspection. As far as if it meets EPA I think you know the answer to that. I'll take it, if you are afraid to deal with it. How much?

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Does it meet epa?I dont know the answer...?
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Looks like updating the paperwork will be the answer-thanks for everyones help!
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I absolutely wouldn't import a truck thats diesel if the V5 says its gas. It takes very little time to have a v5 updated to reflect an engine swap. It will show fuel type as "heavy oil" or petrol you need it to reflect heavy oil. If you own the truck you have the v5- right ? Or at least a copy ?
If not Pendy will buy it.
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I bought the 110 from a very reputable land rover dealer and friend in the uk-he has the v5-the conversion to diesel was done by m and d engineering awhile back to a mazda 3.5 slt-a common but expensive conversion-I contacted him but were on different timezones so I wont hear until tomorrow but I got a good feeling the v5 shows the conversion.
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I bought the 110 from a very reputable land rover dealer and friend in the uk-he has the v5-the conversion to diesel was done by m and d engineering awhile back to a mazda 3.5 slt-a common but expensive conversion-I contacted him but were on different timezones so I wont hear until tomorrow but I got a good feeling the v5 shows the conversion.
If the V5 shows the conversion then thats all you can do.
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What is the date of first registration for your truck on the V5 ? Find that out as well.
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date of first registration is january 15,1984.I got a certificate from british motor heritage stating date of build at around january 4-5 1984
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