How much does/should this conversion cost assuming I will need to buy the engine and have it installed by a professional mechanic?Laying out a conversion in a 110 of a "bolt in, bolt out" drop in GM 292 CUIN 4.8 Liter straight 6.
Chevy and General Motors used the Chevy 292 engine in their pickup trucks from 1963 to 1990, with production shifting from the United States to Mexico after 1984.
The 292 was a six-cylinder, inline engine that was not interchangeable with the other smaller displacement straight 6 engines.
The Chevy 292 was known for being powerful, durable and reliable.
The Chevy 292 inline, six-cylinder engine has a bore and stroke of 3.875 inches by 4.125 inches and a compression ratio of 8.0-to-1.
It achieved a maximum 165 gross-horsepower at 3,800 rpm and netted 147 horsepower at 3,600 rpm.
It reached its maximum gross torque of 280 pound-feet at 1,600 rpm and netted 262 pound-feet of torque at 2,000 rpm.
Perfect match up to the stronger Ashcroft R380 stumpy with larger bearings mated to the 1.22 transfer case.
Best of all it fits the Defender style engine bay and has room on the sides of the engine for a PS pump, AC compressor, hydraulic pump for a winch, whatever...
Anyone sick of Land Rover TDI issues who wants a simple dependable engine that you can get parts for anywhere, that any good mechanic can work on, that will tow a trailer up-hill, and will start in cold winters, that doesn't want to drop big money down on a LS conversion, should be interested.
This conversion will bolt in and can be accomplished in a weekend.
More to come...
A Delco 85 amp alternator can be bought for around $85 - I put a 105 Amp alternator on my 88" because I'm putting a great big honking Ramsey winch on it.
I paid about $105 for this alternator off an 80's model Chevy truck.
The dual belts should work fine for the 105 AMPS.
If you are going to install an auxiliary battery or battery bank, look into the Redarc DC to DC charge controllers.
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