rebuild or replace my LT85?
I am a new member to the 110 club and recently imported a pretty decent 1988 LHD 110 with AC. I am enjoying the truck but have an important question about the transmission. My truck has an LT85 with the expected issue of lots of bearing noise. It also has a thow-out bearing issue as the transmission does not fully disengage from the engine. I to fix this issue and at the same time rebuild the transmission. I have a few questions for all of the experts here on the page.
1. Is it worth rebuilding the LT85 given the challenges of finding parts and the history of bearing failure or should I swap it out for an R380?
2. The second question is this - I intend to trade out my 3.5V8 for either a 4.2, 4.6 or possibly a 300TDI at some point. is a conversion to the R380 okay for this?
3. Lastly, if I were to keep the LT85, any suggestion where to have it rebuilt? I live in Nashville Tn.