Iíve been trawling the internet trying to find out a bit more on the subject of Chevy V8 engine conversions. Thanks to my vehicles previous owners before last my í86 Land Rover 90 had itís original diesel NA replaced with a 2.5l TD (new crate block). Itís a great little engine but ideally I need something that will allow me to cruise at 70/80+ mph on the Motorway (or private road if itís over the speed limit obviously) and still have extra to give if needs be (my fiancee and I have decided that itís primarily going to be used on the road).
Luckily, petrol consumption is not too much of an issue as we both work from home so itís mainly going to be a car to have fun with. Although putting in a Rover V8 is a popular choice, Iíve heard very good reports on the Chevy small block 350. Although Iím currently doing an engine conversion on my Nissan 300ZX (so far itís up to 2 years dropping in a Nissan VH45DE V8 because all the parts have had to be designed and custom fabricated, mainly by my good friend whoís doing the swap along with me on both our cars) I admit to not having much knowledge of either Land Rovers or Chevy engines!
However, despite this, Iím a reasonably competent grease monkey myself (as long as I have a good run up to it
) and my friend, although not a Landy owner, is a very experienced engine guy and heís offered to do the swap as long as I can supply the necessary parts. I was originally going to find a garage to do it on my behalf as unfortunately Iím often in and out of hospital but with him stepping up to the plate, it looks like it might just be do-able as a DIY jobÖfingers crossed. Iíve heard itís a popular conversion in Australia but sadly Iíve not been able to find much information on it so far.
I ďthinkĒ Iíve found a place that might be able to supply a 5.7l lump in the UK (although other sources would be good to know as itís by no means a definite) however, what Iíd like to ask is:
a) is there an ďoff the shelfĒ kit available for this conversion (adaptor plates etc) and
b) what parts would I need to get?
If itís possible to get together a list (ideally also places to source the parts), that would be great. I imagine that with an engine like this the stock manual gearbox and transmission wouldnít be up to the job and, of course, the brakes and suspension would need changing. Any help that people could give me as to what the build entails, what, if anything, would need fabricating/altering, and in compiling a list of necessary parts would be greatly appreciated.
Cheers (and sorry for the long first post!)