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Which Diesel for Towing?

So I'm rethinking my whole 110 search today and drafting a requirements list. Chief among them is a solid ability to tow a 23ft Airstream over mountain passes without any issues. I'll be dropping an automatic ZF transmission in whatever I end up building along with 4.11 3rd members and stock 31" tires. NO idea which t-case I need.

Which diesel engine so I need to look for - assuming I will have to but a mid/late 80's 110? Will the stock 2.5L engine be enough?
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First question, how much does this 23' Airstream weigh loaded?
As for a stock 2.5 NA, I laughed out loud.
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I mean, towing? Defender diesel? 23 ft trailer? That's a tall order for a 2.5. I imagine even a chipped 2.4 puma engine might balk at something that big. You might be looking for a gm conversion my friend and not a diesel.

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Hans, seriously....no 2.5 liter diesel Rover motor is going to haul a 23' Airstream over anything other than Kansas.

You need a big 'Murican Diesel for that.


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Hans, seriously....no 2.5 liter diesel Rover motor is going to haul a 23' Airstream over anything other than Kansas.

You need a big 'Murican Diesel for that.
I had no idea. I thought the diesels had the power.

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Ls1 transplant plus slush box.
Nice thread on that here.
Americans have different opinions on towing to Brits.
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Ls1 transplant plus slush box.
Nice thread on that here.
Americans have different opinions on towing to Brits.
Forgive the (additional) noob question... what is a slush box?
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I had no idea. I thought the diesels had the power.

Isn't that the modified 3.2L puma/V8 that Nene or DefenderIcon did? Very different story
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I'd sure like to find a way to build one that works.

I told my wife that was ready to commit to two cars... a D110 that could haul the whole family and tow a 23ft Airsteam and a GT3 RS.

That's two cars for me, BTW. She can get whatever she wants. :P
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I'd sure like to find a way to build one that works.

I told my wife that was ready to commit to two cars... a D110 that could haul the whole family and tow a 23ft Airsteam and a GT3 RS.

That's two cars for me, BTW. She can get whatever she wants. :P
They made 110's with V8's in them.
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Not happening. A D90 will have problems hauling itself up the mountains, let alone with a trailer. Pretty sure we could not even do 55 up eisenhower pass in a 110 V8.

A supercharged 4.6 V8 would probably work. A chevy V8 would be perfect.
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So I'm rethinking my whole 110 search today and drafting a requirements list. Chief among them is a solid ability to tow a 23ft Airstream over mountain passes without any issues. I'll be dropping an automatic ZF transmission in whatever I end up building along with 4.11 3rd members and stock 31" tires. NO idea which t-case I need.

Which diesel engine so I need to look for - assuming I will have to but a mid/late 80's 110? Will the stock 2.5L engine be enough?
What does a 23ft airstream weigh ?
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I asked because there was a fellow @ Uwharrie Safari with an airstream about that size that he was towing behind an old 109 with a v6 under the hood. He had towed it down from N.S.
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^^ yep, that's the fellow pulling the Airstream with a V6 ^^


Of course, he was crazy.
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Only the Puma or a 2.8 could come close but you wouldn't be happy in the mountains. You also better have trailer brakes.
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