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I have a 97 110 with 23,000 original miles. I bought it as a daily driver and that is how it is used. I just wish it was Me driving. It is my wife’s daily driver. If you enjoy driving it. Use it. You can always restore it one day and keep driving it. Not to mention that it will hold it value better then the new car you by and drive.
Your wife has the coolest ride in the school pick up line for sure! Lol I drove an H1 for years but that was a tempormental vehicle to say the least .
 

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Who did your Cummins swap? I'd love that . You'll never break down! Post a pic if you can! My daily work Truck is a 2018 Ram 2500 Cummins 6 speed Manual. I have 3 of them. I've always been a car and truck guy but love cars that are tempermental for some reason. I drove a H1 Hummer for years but when they stopped making them it got tough to maintain . I much prefer my Defender but it has this intermitten issue with loosing power for a second and catching itself. Its weird. My beach place is 3 hours away and I'm to nervous to take it. Lol I've done it once in the 7 years I've owned it. I'm going to drive it locally more now that I've found this site and support. Thank you for responding to me
I did the swap myself. It's gotten easier as more bits and bobs have become available. You can get the whole Defender-specific package now from Chad @ Quick Draw Brands.




I have a whole album for the engine swap here: 300TDi to Cummins R2.8 Swap into RHD Defender 110

I did this when I had a garage in SC. Best I can figure, I was one of the first (if not the first) to actually do a long-bellhousing R380 install in the country, so I discovered numerous issues that are now more common knowledge.
 

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I did the swap myself. It's gotten easier as more bits and bobs have become available. You can get the whole Defender-specific package now from Chad @ Quick Draw Brands.

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I have a whole album for the engine swap here: 300TDi to Cummins R2.8 Swap into RHD Defender 110

I did this when I had a garage in SC. Best I can figure, I was one of the first (if not the first) to actually do a long-bellhousing R380 install in the country, so I discovered numerous issues that are now more common knowledge.
Thats impressive! I do not have that ability to do an engine swap on my own .Lol I would have to pay someone . I saw how you took this 110 apart and it was pretty incredible . Not many could pull that off. Lol Is driving a right hand drive weird? I never have.
 

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What is a safe ball park cost of converting a NAS Defender 90 drive train to a Cummins or a GM drive train? I see ICON does it but I'm sure its excessive .
Uncle Douglas would be the go-to closest to you, I'd think, but check this out for a simple understanding of where the buy-in starts (without labor): Land Rover - Crate Engines - Quick Draw Brand

You're probably looking at 20-25k
 

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I could care less about interior bling. I like the raw look of my Defender inside. I would love a level of reliability so daily driving wouldn't be as uncomfortable. If I could dump $40,000 to swap over to a Cummins or GM drive train and basic up grades as far as Mechanical I'd do it no questions asked. My interior is great . My mechanical ability is limited so for long term this would be the way to go.
 

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I have a Love Hate relationship with rigs that test me constantly. Lol! I owned a Hummer H1 for years and why we put our armed forces in something so unreliable I don't know. It was again a fun local truck to drive around but frightening for longer trips. I have tried sports cars but get bored quickly. I have a 2016 M3 in my garage I rarely drive, Its fun when I do but my heart lies with the Defender yet I can't trust her. Lol I should sell the M3 and do the motor swap for years of pleasurable reliable driving
 

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NAS value depends on mileage and originality. You want less of the former and more of the latter. Bolt on mods that are easily reversed don't hurt. Some permanent mods may increase the value for some people, but at a point it's better to use an ROW model. If you drive it, you get value out of it that way. If you don't, you'll get more appreciation in value when you sell. Either way you make out.
The type of under dash a/c widely available and retrofitted to Defs is the same as was optional on NAS 90's.
A/C is about $3k and outside installer about $2k. They work well, esp for front seat passengers. For the very rear of a 110, not so much.
Only you know if a/c is worth it. It should also add to your truck's market value.
 

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What is a safe ball park cost of converting a NAS Defender 90 drive train to a Cummins or a GM drive train? I see ICON does it but I'm sure its excessive .
I also did my own conversion... I would do it again in a heartbeat. It's turned my 110 into a reliable vehicle and it feels like I am driving a completely different vehicle.
I used the cummins/Tremec 4050 package from quickdraw, upgraded my LT230 from a 1.4 to a 1.2 from winchester gears, installed a Allisport TD5 cooler/intercooler package, new driveshafts (tom woods), a new exhaust and a few hoses to get everything connected. The only work I had to hire was for welding the motor mounts in place, and the exhaust. 22-25k is probably a good estimate if you do it yourself and go for the higher quality parts like i did. The small parts add up quickly..
If i owned a NAS I would not hesitate to do the same thing. These things are meant to be driven and enjoy...
 

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NAS value depends on mileage and originality. You want less of the former and more of the latter. Bolt on mods that are easily reversed don't hurt. Some permanent mods may increase the value for some people, but at a point it's better to use an ROW model. If you drive it, you get value out of it that way. If you don't, you'll get more appreciation in value when you sell. Either way you make out.
The type of under dash a/c widely available and retrofitted to Defs is the same as was optional on NAS 90's.
A/C is about $3k and outside installer about $2k. They work well, esp for front seat passengers. For the very rear of a 110, not so much.
Only you know if a/c is worth it. It should also add to your truck's market value.
I Appreciate your input ! I love driving it around town. Its so unique and different then anything else. I took it off road once but I don't want to kill it in the mud or on rocks. If I had your ability Id drop that motor in mine without a thought . So to pay someone to do it add about $10,000 to that bill? Now its finding someone to do it right ? Lol
 

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I Appreciate your input ! I love driving it around town. Its so unique and different then anything else. I took it off road once but I don't want to kill it in the mud or on rocks. If I had your ability Id drop that motor in mine without a thought . So to pay someone to do it add about $10,000 to that bill? Now its finding someone to do it right ? Lol
I would help you with the installation if I could, but I live in the middle of Alaska. There's a lot of questionable shops out there that could leave you stranded.. You need to call Uncle Douglas from this forum. He has done many R2.8 installs. Another consideration is the wait time for parts. I think the R2.8 is pretty much always on backorder. I ordered mine in August 21 and received it in January 22.
 

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I'm going with that advice ! Lol Thank you! I do have a weird intermittent issue if anyone has experienced this. If I'm cruising along in 3rd or 4rth gear with traffic , every so often it will BUCK on me. Almost like it shuts down and regains power. In the 7 years I've owned it I've had this looked at and it seems as though temporary fixes such as cap and rotor fixed it but only for about 1000 miles or so. It happens intermittently but is scary when it does. Its a 3.9 manual . Anyone have any ideas?
I also had the bucking develop to the point of shutting down. Turned out to be the TPS. Spares were extinct but the pricey upgraded TPS from RN (I think) solved it well for me.

I have the stock AC on my NAS. My son summed it up well coming out of Death Valley - "has it cooled off enough to put the AC on?". I've been considering taking it out for a long while but never got to it.
 

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I've heard the AC doesn't work well in D-90s for the $5,000 it costs for the kit. Good to hear. Love your yellow Defender. My bucking issue feels like it starves fuel then chugs once and keeps going. Today it didn't do it at all. Very strange ! I need to run it more often as it sits for long periods of time. What size lift and tires are on yours? 4" lift with 35s ?
 

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I've heard the AC doesn't work well in D-90s for the $5,000 it costs for the kit. Good to hear. Love your yellow Defender. My bucking issue feels like it starves fuel then chugs once and keeps going. Today it didn't do it at all. Very strange ! I need to run it more often as it sits for long periods of time. What size lift and tires are on yours? 4" lift with 35s ?
The bucking on mine was the same, sometimes seemed like it was fixed for months, then same exact feeling, bucking like the I was running out of gas.

Bit of a saga on the tires... The tires on the avatar picture are are 33MTx12.5s on 15in steel AR wheels. In the picture the front suspension is unloaded so the lift appears big. Lift is actually 2 inches. I did replace the tires a few years ago with 35MTx12.5s which were awesome... until I fitted a rooftop tent and made the roll/sway scary (no sway bars). Now running stock NAS Freelanders with 285/70ATs to fix the sway. Currently working on a sleeping solution that gets rid of the rooftop tent and gets me back onto the 35MTs!

Always something interesting to work on!

Apologies for TMI!
 

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The bucking on mine was the same, sometimes seemed like it was fixed for months, then same exact feeling, bucking like the I was running out of gas.

Bit of a saga on the tires... The tires on the avatar picture are are 33MTx12.5s on 15in steel AR wheels. In the picture the front suspension is unloaded so the lift appears big. Lift is actually 2 inches. I did replace the tires a few years ago with 35MTx12.5s which were awesome... until I fitted a rooftop tent and made the roll/sway scary (no sway bars). Now running stock NAS Freelanders with 285/70ATs to fix the sway. Currently working on a sleeping solution that gets rid of the rooftop tent and gets me back onto the 35MTs!

Always something interesting to work on!

Apologies for TMI!
Do you have a lot of miles on yours ? The bucking is really the only problem I've ever experienced so far. We think its fixed then it comes back. I always expect it when I drive it now . Lol I wish it would just break so I would have to have it towed and repaired . Easier to find a broken problem . From your picture it looks like your in MOAB ? Do you tow your truck there ?
 
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