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Thread: ENGINE TRANSPLANT???

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    ENGINE TRANSPLANT???

    FIRSTLY I JUST WANT TO SAY THAT THIS IS JUST AN IDEA AND I WOULD LIKE OTHERS OPINIONS. I HOPE THIS DOESNT BREAK ANY FORUM RULES?

    After speaking with me mechanic and mates about Fluffys heart, the idea of a engine transplant is playing on my mind. I propose the following two options.

    Option 1;
    ENGINE - Rover 3.9-5.2L Fit cam kit, injectors, stage three heads, re ring or possible stroker.
    PROS - more power, lightweight, that rover V8 exhaust note.
    CONS - auto wont handle it, cost/power ratio in comparison to option 2
    COST - $5000-7000 depending on final capacity.

    Option 2;
    ENGINE - 6L L76 or L98 (with 4spd auto). Mild cam and mafless tune.
    PROS - even more power, new engine, reliability, cost/power ratio, plenty of future upgrade potential, better fuel economy, good strong auto. Can also sell the rover engine, auto, cam kit, ecu etc etc.
    CONS - Exhaust note, weight, diffs might not like me much! Not a rover.
    COST - $7000-$8000 (minus what I get back from all the rover drivetrain)

    Currently pricing up to see if the price can be improved and to get a good idea of the actual engine availability. I really wanted to stick with the rover V8 but the 6L of absolute power house is a very hard to pass up/ignore.

    The fact that I know of others with the same engine in large 4wds getting constant town figures of 16L per hundred. Also having owned a L76 powered ute, I know the power these engine can deliver and the fuel economy that comes along with it (ute averaged 13L/100).

    So the idea is in the air, will start compiling a complete costing and will post up when I have the final figures.
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    Cheers
    Grimace
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    Hmm

    I do believe TRS are doing a full recon or exchange motor for $4950 and its a 4.9L.

    A long motor at that from my last speaking with them.
    They are pretty reputable.
    You can also include a Haltech computer for some extra beans.

    Comes in with labour at your budget above.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big guy View Post
    Hmm

    I do believe TRS are doing a full recon or exchange motor for $4950 and its a 4.9L.

    A long motor at that from my last speaking with them.
    They are pretty reputable.
    You can also include a Haltech computer for some extra beans.

    Comes in with labour at your budget above.
    Will be ringing Chris @ RPi tonight to discuss their engine options
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    Do the Chev motor, they sit nicely in the rover

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    Yep chev..can't beat em

    they are the same weight yeah?
    2004 Black Range Rover L322 Diesel

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    Quote Originally Posted by cal415 View Post
    Do the Chev motor, they sit nicely in the rover
    There is no way i will be putting an old chev motor in my classic, too heavy.

    The new Gen4s are not too bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cal415 View Post
    Do the Chev motor, they sit nicely in the rover

    ^ x 2

    Chev with GQ gear Box mated to an LT230.

    oops I just saw your post above ... ignore my post then

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    FWIW: (prob not much!) there was a 4wd racer @ gold coast who recently entered a modified Pajero in the Alice Sp. to Finke race in the NT. According to the write up in the local rag, his mechanics ditched the UK spec/prepared engine etc and put in a "crated" GM LS something... 6L I recall together with a 5 sp GM auto gearbox... came as a unit complete with all ECUs etc etc ...didn't hear how he went (I expect very fast )

    It shouldn't be too long before said "crated" GM engines are available with variable cylinder management currently offered with the latest Holden V8s... now that would be a great leap forward!

    As regards "what is a rover" ... I have no doubt that given the right price the GM LS series may have been in the LR well before this... like BMW donks in Rolls Royces, GM Holden (Fishermen's Bend produced ) 4 cyl engines exported for use in Saabs and Alfas a few years ago....
    Last edited by Hoges; 11th September 2009 at 02:20 PM. Reason: typo

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    Yeh i didnt mean the old school chev, i meant the alloy block LS motor.... but i guess were talking holden motors there

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    I am interested to see what becomes of this thread as it is on my future radar to possibly try one of these options myself. I do like the idea of the LS engines because of what you say, better fuel economy and more power to boot.

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