14th March 2011, 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by wagoo
For the 3 months I drove the BJ before removing the engine/trans I reckon it had much better torque down low where it counts than any of the LandRover offerings bar the Isuzu 4bdI, and fuel economy was more than double that of my 2.25ltr petrol SWB.You reckon a 6cyl engined series 3 owner would think the 3B down on power?
Parts and rebuild kits are still available from a few of firms over here, and the previous owner of the vehicle I bought who ''refreshed'' the engine at a cost of $1600 after 425,000kms would disagree with your other observations.
I must say I agree with Bill. I saw a couple of 3B and 3BT powered 101's in canada - complete with toyota 5-speeds and t-cases. The owners were very happy with the performance compared to the 3.5V8. And that was in a vehicle with the aerodynamics of a 2 story house.
However the 13BT or 15BT is a superior engine if you are going down the toyota path...
But as for "best" engine conversion options, it really depends. I have been looking for a 4JB1T (rodeo/jackaroo 2.8TD) for my IIA for a while now, but even very rusty holden 4x4s with them fitted sell for silly money. I have now somehow ended up with a 300Tdi disco, and while I am not a fan of those engines - tweaking the disco and whacking it in will by far be the most cost effective option... The isuzu can always follow if and when the 300 dies...
The easiest engine to fit to a series is undoubtedly the 2.25D, followed by the 200 Tdi, Isuzu C22, 300Tdi, and anything that comes with an off the shelf adaptor plate (in that order).