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Old November 23rd, 2016, 10:51 AM
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1993 RRC LWB w/ Isuzu diesel and R380

So much to my wife’s chagrin, I am contemplating selling my latest project vehicle. I previously built a 300tdi Disco 1 (which I sold to fund this project) and this Range Rover with the Isuzu diesel engine far outstrips the 300tdi in capability. I grew up overseas and love diesel engines and manual transmissions…which is a hard combination to find in the USA, so I decided to build exactly what I wanted. I have been driving it since January 2015 and have driven several thousand miles since completing the swap and am extremely pleased. I just got back from a 250 mile hunting trip fully loaded and pulling an ATV on a trailer without a hiccup.

This is a feeler at the moment as I’m not positive that I am ready to part with it…might be interested in a trade for a well sorted D2 plus cash, outright sale, LR3, etc…if interested in making a deal, let me know your thoughts. I have no idea how much money went into this vehicle both in parts and labor costs as I had to pay a diesel mechanic friend of mine to do the actual install. Per forum rules, I'll put a price of $17,000 on it but like I said I'm open to offers.

So, here is the information on the vehicle…1993 Range Rover Classic Long Wheel Base with little to no rust which I purchased from a discoweb member in Denver. The body and frame are literally rust free. The back lift gate has minor rust on the visible screws. All the normal spots…door sills, front floor pants, back door jams, load space are all in excellent shape as this was a Colorado vehicle. I will upload photographs as proof of condition once I get a chance to take them.

Don't have many pictures with me here at work but I'll upload a couple now and can add more later

OME heavy duty springs / Bilstein shocks

BFG All Terrains in decent condition 225 75 16 size on TWR wheels - Brand new matching spare

Replaced the heater core this summer-already had a replacement heater fan installed which works well.

Ice cold air conditioning

The interior is fantastic. The leather seats are in exceptional condition as to my knowledge they have always been protected with high quality seat covers. The instrument panel binnacle is a bit loose and slightly rattles with the diesel at idle but other than that, it is pretty tight. I had to create a custom center console once I installed the R380/LT230 combo and might have done a better job but it is acceptable in my opinion. Power seats work properly. All door locks and windows work properly. Even has a working factory remote to lock/unlock the doors!

Deleted the pesky ABS pump system and installed the Disco set-up....works fantastic. I've never had any issue stopping even with a heavily loaded trailer attached.

No cruise control

Tachometer not hooked up though I can include a “tiny tac” which I intended to install but never got around to.

Needs a new headliner

R380 and LT230 drip occasionally

To be perfect, the vehicle needs to be painted. The rocker panel and a few other spots have sunburn from living in Colorado. There are minor dents/dings on the roof and hood but overall quite presentable once you feel the diesel pull!

I ran into a few hiccups while doing this swap…I had to get a new turbo as the one on the engine did not turn smoothly…it is possible that it would have cleaned up but I just decided to get a new one. I also needed a new injection pump, alternator, and manual transmission specific flywheel. I decided to get an uprated turbo for it since I needed a new one anyway.

Below is a list of items that I could think of that I purchased to make this swap happen:
Isuzu 4JG2T 3.1 liter turbo diesel engine from Canada $2000
Engine conversion kit from the UK $959.81
New uprated turbo from New Zealand $1232
Used A/C compressor and injection pump from UK - $212.10
Flywheel for manual transmission and associated bolts plus shipping from the UK - 223.09
Spin on Oil filter adapter $20 plus machine shop fees to modify it
Custom oil lines and fittings for the oil filter unit $85
Amsoil dual remote oil bypass unit- $240.50
Brake master cylinder - $156.33
New clutch $84.30
Racor 500 series diesel filtration/separator $202
Shop fees for modifying the intake manifold so the hood would actually close
All new coolant hoses, intercooler fittings and pipes, belts, etc…
2 new Flex A lite fans $400 plus shipping
Derale dual fan controller $119
Intercooler $170 plus shipping
Rebuilt R380 Transmission / LT-230 transfer case / brakes from 1996 Discovery
5 speed pedal box
Custom 3 inch exhaust
Magnaflow 12770 14 inch resonator $116
VW glow plug relay $38
Custom power steering hose
New A/C dryer etc
Custom A/C hoses $60 X 2
New alternator from Dominican Republic
New Thermostat from Dominican Republic
Volvo rubber motor mounts
Optima 34R red top battery $217
New Heater core $160
New Isuzu water pump
Amsoil fluids throughout
Land Rover dealer option roof rack $300
Cone air filter
D2 cup holder

In full disclosure, I had a very small fire under the hood last November. It turns out that the guy who did my custom exhaust did not get the flange to the turbo tight enough and it caused the firewall insulation to catch fire from the escaping exhaust. I noticed immediately and put it out with a fire extinguisher. All that was damaged were some wires which have been repaired and the insulation.

This has been the ONLY issue I have had with this swap and I consistently get low 20’s for fuel economy.
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Old November 23rd, 2016, 06:25 PM
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I slowly began going through and photographing my Range Rover. These are of the load space.

As you can see, the floor is rust free and I have all the proper parts to include the load space cover.
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As you can see the tail gate has both lift tabs in place.

Also, these are close ups of both wheel wells - rust free

It also still has the original tool roll with MOST of the tools
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Old November 23rd, 2016, 06:38 PM
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I removed the seat covers...I just realized how truly nice these seats are. After taking the photo's, I decided to treat the seats with leatherique's 2 stage treatment...Man, they are nice! The more I photograph and document this truck, the more I think I am crazy for even entertaining this
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Beautiful Land Rover

why on earth would you sell your awesome Range Rover Classic, it's perfect.

Excellent Build, Quality Rig.
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Definitely keep it.
I would be interested in seeing the oil filter mod. That is the issue I keep running into on my research on this conversion for the 110.
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I used to own a '93 Sable Edition. It was in show room condition! I should not have sold it. I still remember how the leather felt, and how it smelled as soon as you opened the door.

I also remember that my Defender envy slipped away when I drove it.
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Definitely keep it.
I would be interested in seeing the oil filter mod. That is the issue I keep running into on my research on this conversion for the 110.
This is the Amsoil bypass filter unit. It is attached to a generic filter adapter with custom hoses and fittings from a hydraulic shop. Hope that helps.
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I apologize for not getting more pictures taken and uploaded...I am seriously contemplating just having it painted, recovering the headliner, and keeping it. Every time I drive it I am reminded of how nice it is.
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Now that I think of it... I'm pretty sure mine went to Colorado. Sold to a guy from DWeb....
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Now that I think of it... I'm pretty sure mine went to Colorado. Sold to a guy from DWeb....
This is probably it! Bought it from Brian in Colorado Springs who bought it from someone in Oregon:-)
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You will probably savor the instant cash infusion if you sell it, but you will forever regret it. There are very very few classics out there in this condition...probably only a hundred or so at best in the USA. Chances of ever getting one like this again are pretty much zero. If you have any affinity for it at all, then hold on to it.
The sable interior is super rare, and with it in such excellent condition, well, you have something there.

PS the tach runs off the alternator. There should be a place on it where you can connect the original white tach wire.
The other issues you mention are typical and not really much work to put right.
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This is probably it! Bought it from Brian in Colorado Springs who bought it from someone in Oregon:-)
Daaaaaang!

That's the truck that got a slipped liner or something and would compress the tank in a matter of a few minutes. It started overheating one day, so I did the heads in my garage -- took me like 3 months... when it was done it ran super smooth and powerful. Just a dream to drive. But it still compressed the coolant!

I decided to go for a 4.6 swap after a week of test running it, got on Craig's List at 7:00 am the next day, and the first THING at the top of all the posts was a JE 4.6... already installed in a modified XD with a matching camper trailer for like $5500. The Range Rover sat in my garage for a couple of weeks until Brian contacted me and offered to take it off my hands. I probably should never have bought the XD. He claimed the engine ran fine long after he bought it. I could have driven that truck, done a swap of some kind down the road, and probably could still be driving it today.

I'll swap you my stock LWB! You need a new project, right?
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You will probably savor the instant cash infusion if you sell it, but you will forever regret it. There are very very few classics out there in this condition...probably only a hundred or so at best in the USA. Chances of ever getting one like this again are pretty much zero. If you have any affinity for it at all, then hold on to it.
The sable interior is super rare, and with it in such excellent condition, well, you have something there.

PS the tach runs off the alternator. There should be a place on it where you can connect the original white tach wire.
The other issues you mention are typical and not really much work to put right.
Thank you for your insight. I have followed several of your threads and am very impressed with your abilities and knowledge iith regard to these vehicles.
Strangely enough, there isn't a tach output on the new alternator I purchased from the Dominican Republic... Still want to figure that out, though.

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Daaaaaang!

That's the truck that got a slipped liner or something and would compress the tank in a matter of a few minutes. It started overheating one day, so I did the heads in my garage -- took me like 3 months... when it was done it ran super smooth and powerful. Just a dream to drive. But it still compressed the coolant!

I decided to go for a 4.6 swap after a week of test running it, got on Craig's List at 7:00 am the next day, and the first THING at the top of all the posts was a JE 4.6... already installed in a modified XD with a matching camper trailer for like $5500. The Range Rover sat in my garage for a couple of weeks until Brian contacted me and offered to take it off my hands. I probably should never have bought the XD. He claimed the engine ran fine long after he bought it. I could have driven that truck, done a swap of some kind down the road, and probably could still be driving it today.

I'll swap you my stock LWB! You need a new project, right?


The engine it came with was a will Tillery unit so it sounds like Brian swapped it eventually.


I would say this vehicle is officially off the market for now. Think I'll finish it up and keep it.

Thanks for all of your suggestions and recommendations
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I would say this vehicle is officially off the market for now. Think I'll finish it up and keep it.
Good choice Frank. But it will never be "finished"
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