Originally Posted by Stork17
Of course this plan is shot if the LT77 does not mate with the the V8.
Just trying to beat the system!
It doesn't. V8s and diesel gearboxes have different input shafts and bell housings along with motor mount potential issues, fuel supply issues, radiator intercooler, PS lines (if it has PS) etc etc. Doing a diesel conversion is quite a bit more complicated than you are suggesting. Its doable for sure, but not as an afternoon bolt in.
My suggestion... call Pendy. He likely has all this stuff anyway. You won't be happy with UK rebuild quality anyway. So buy a nice 110 (hard enough to do). Ship it to him and have him do the conversion to Tdi then drive it back to FL.