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Old July 11th, 2019, 07:15 AM
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To answer questions for those that have not read the whole thread:

No changes to frame mounts, driveshafts, transmission, gauges, and so on.
We did this engine swap in a weekend.
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Old July 12th, 2019, 12:26 PM
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Any news about "when"? ;-)
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Old July 12th, 2019, 02:11 PM
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Any news about "when"? ;-)
Hoping to have kits available in August.
See post 378 for details.

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R380 tunnel? I’m really tempted (with ac) if I can keep the r380 v8 as well
Confirmed, no changes required if you have the R380 V8 seatbase, floors, and tunnel.
Since this conversions bolts to a short belhousing Rover 4 cylinder transmission, you would need to convert your V8 R380 over to a stumpy by installing the stumpy belhousing and first motion shaft & drive gear (primary pinion).

We have 2 different sets of motor mounts from the engine: 1 set for the 4 cylinder engine frames and 1 for the V8 frames, so the engine would bolt right to the existing V8 frame mounts.
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Old July 12th, 2019, 03:02 PM
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I think this is great. I have been pretty happy with the 200 in my truck, but this seems like a much better option for a gas burning engine over a rover v8. I bet it makes more torque and power and I know the iron duke is a reliable unit.
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This is a direct bolt in kit for 292 CUIN, 4.8 Liter Chevrolet 6 cylinder with 280 FTLBS of torque at 1,600 RPM.
The conversion can happen over a weekend.
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Old July 13th, 2019, 11:28 AM
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Getting lots of questions regarding AC.
Buy now, add on later, or don't ever want AC.
To clear up any confusion...

Pictures of a stock crank pulley before and a stock crank pulley after being surfaced and machined to center the AC drive pulley along with a picture of the AC drive pulley.

Since the AC compressor mount and drive pulley assembly are bolt on...
If you don't ever want AC you'll get the stock pulley that is not machined.
If you want AC in the future you can order your engine conversion kit with the machined crank pulley now and later order the AC compressor mount and bolt on AC drive pulley.
If you want AC then you can just order an AC kit that will include the compressor mount and AC drive pulley and your engine conversion kit will include a machined crank pulley.

The AC option has to be included in your order when kits become available (hoping for an August release).
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Old July 14th, 2019, 08:38 AM
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Saw this and wanted to share if it helps someone

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Old July 14th, 2019, 08:49 AM
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Thanks, Mike.

These engines are so cheap and plentiful, some members are going to install a used engine over a weekend or so to stay on the road first.
Then source another one and rebuild it.
Next swap it in about 5 hours over another weekend.

When I needed a manifold gasket, it was in stock locally for about $10.
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Old July 21st, 2019, 07:38 AM
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Adapters shipping from foundry on Monday, 7/22/19.
Those of you on the waiting list for kits should pick up an engine if you haven't done so already.
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Could this be feasible for older Range Rovers?
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Could this be feasible for older Range Rovers?
Sorry, no.
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Hello from Hampshire UK.
I have been following your thread for a year now. Excellent work. Eagerly waiting progress and updates. Time to put one my Chevy Six lumps into a real project and a perfect home is one of my pre Defender Land Rovers.
Please add me to your waiting list for a kit.

I am a electrical & electronics engineer by day and Land Rover and (NickGreen) NG Kit car enthusiast to live for.

Shipping/customs/Brexit won't get in the way. I'm used to shipping kit worldwide.
I'm currently sorting the R380 transmission and the 110.
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Hello from Hampshire UK.
I have been following your thread for a year now. Excellent work. Eagerly waiting progress and updates. Time to put one my Chevy Six lumps into a real project and a perfect home is one of my pre Defender Land Rovers.
Please add me to your waiting list for a kit.

I am a electrical & electronics engineer by day and Land Rover and (NickGreen) NG Kit car enthusiast to live for.

Shipping/customs/Brexit won't get in the way. I'm used to shipping kit worldwide.
I'm currently sorting the R380 transmission and the 110.
Thank you.
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Your interest has been noted, thanks.
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Fresh from the foundry.
Picked up the adapter castings and dropped them off at the machine shop.
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Here's what the engine adapter looks like after they have been machined.
This was an adapter from the last batch that was produced more than a decade ago.
This adapter goes between the Chevy engine and the R380 Stumpy or LT77.
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Fresh from the foundry.
Picked up the adapter castings and dropped them off at the machine shop.
They sure look purty!
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Thanks.
Hope to have kits this month.
It will be the cheapest and easiest conversion available.

Have put over 10,000 trouble free miles on the fuel injected prototype in 14 months of daily driving.
Only issue was due to the previous owner installing a non-vented cap and once this was discovered, no issues.
Really nice to drive 70 MPH and only turn about 2,400 RPM, have the ability to commute in modern highway driving, and tow what ever you need anywhere you want to go.
The kits will fit both RHD and LHD and fit under the stock pre-puma hood.
It will use the OEM Delco alternator and OEM Saginaw power steering pump, and the Sanden AC compressor.
The reliability of the Holley Smiper and GM HEI is bullet proof.
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You are giving me some seriously bad ideas - in a good way.
I already have too many projects and now I'm thinking of going 110 shopping.


There are a lot of nice condition 4 cylinder 110's out there in the world just begging for this swap. Find a good truck with a 2.5 NA diesel for low money and build the expedition vehicle of my dreams...


Robert Davis is a VERY bad influence.... and I thought I was good at that - he's better.
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Nice looking adapters, if I where looking to go for a gasoline conversion I'd prefer this route to the LS type.
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It is absolutely non-invasive as no changes are required to the vehicle.
The frame, bulkhead, floors, tunnel, steering, driveshafts, hydraulics, and so on are stock Land Rover.
The engine bolts to a Land Rover transmission via the adapter.
It bolts in and can be unbolted and removed (although I can't understand why anyone would want to remove it).
It is by far the easiest and cheapest conversion.
And uses the Land Rover clutch.
I plan to calculate the Dollar to HP/FtLB of torque cost as soon as the final figures are determined.

The engines have metal timing gears, so timing belt and timing chain failures don't exist.
Has GM HEI with Holley Sniper EFI.
The conversion is short and the performance provides instant gratification.

We just bought a Goodwrench 292 in TX for $600 with less than 10,000 miles and has an almost new AC compressor.
Since the prototype 110 has been a daily driver for 14 months: We are going to bolt the kit parts on, bolt on a land Rover Clutch, swap to EFI manifolds, bolt on a Holley Sniper and drive away in a 110...
All while buying the manifold gasket locally (in stock) for about $10.
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