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I'm also waiting to see the results of this swap.

Talk's cheap and there's a lot of it here.

Let's see some pics!

I'm doing a 300 into a RRC. I'm amazed at all of the little things I'm finding that need to be resolved that have NOTHING to do with the engine swap. I'm rebuilding the ABS and replacing the heater blower motor-not exactly engine swap related, but part of the project!

BTW-an RRC or DI would probably be the easiest coilers to do this with as the transmission is purely mechanical with no comms with the engine ECU. The ZF transmission will handle plenty of power-everybody wants to bash them, but they are pretty robust.

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The guy hasn't been logged into the board since early October. I'm guessing things went horribly wrong with the transplant.

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.......there is nothing you cant ACCOMPLISH with a stock Rover v8 that you can with a new GM powerplant.
That is VERY funny.

I have just priced out what is necessary to get my late model Mems "Bosch" 4.6 upgraded to around 300 BHP and it is not cheap, not to mention still a long way off of the stock power output of a late model GM LSx engine. If I do all of the labor and build the lump myself it will end up costing more than $6,000. For the LSx I can get all the mounts and conversion parts including a 400 HP lump with engine management and transmission and conversion pieces to use the original transfer case for about the same price. It's a toss up, either way it will be a lot of work with even more work to make the dash and console look right. The LSx is a far superior engine that makes way more power and burns less fuel and has fully mappable engine and transmission software. On top of all this I am not a GM fan but there is no denying that they have an amazing engine that is still going strong and Rover has a very tired old orphaned engine that has had it's day.
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The guy hasn't been logged into the board since early October. I'm guessing things went horribly wrong with the transplant.
I agree. It could be he got in over his head technically or financially, or maybe it was just a bad idea.
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That is VERY funny.

I have just priced out what is necessary to get my late model Mems "Bosch" 4.6 upgraded to around 300 BHP and it is not cheap, not to mention still a long way off of the stock power output of a late model GM LSx engine. If I do all of the labor and build the lump myself it will end up costing more than $6,000. For the LSx I can get all the mounts and conversion parts including a 400 HP lump with engine management and transmission and conversion pieces to use the original transfer case for about the same price. It's a toss up, either way it will be a lot of work with even more work to make the dash and console look right. The LSx is a far superior engine that makes way more power and burns less fuel and has fully mappable engine and transmission software. On top of all this I am not a GM fan but there is no denying that they have an amazing engine that is still going strong and Rover has a very tired old orphaned engine that has had it's day.
If you had the same ability to control fuel mapping with the Rover, couldn't you get close to the same power as the Chevy engine?

What's so special about one GM engine based upon a 1956 design versus another based upon a 1960 GM design? And, why can't the same, or similar changes be made to the other GM engine?

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A small block Chevy V8 engine swap must be the most boring, un-original and over rated swaps ever (after the 6.2L and 6.5L GM diesels of course). Wow a SBC engine swap.......is there anything you can't put a SBC into?


who cares about HP? The Rover V8 best points are good torque numbers and, due to its aluminium construction, light weight. I agree with ArmyRover, don't fix what ain't broke.

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who cares about HP? The Rover V8 best points are good torque numbers and, due to its aluminium construction, light weight. I agree with ArmyRover, don't fix what ain't broke.

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They are flat-out elegant engines! The Brits took the red-headed step child of the SBC and made it work better than the Yanks could.

It's light, robust if taken care of at all, produces modest amounts of power and can last forever!

I don't find the parts to be all that expensive once I learned how to shop for them and got a coupla parts trucks

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It really is an attractive swap. I can't stand the fact that my RRC won't run well whenever we get heavy rain. We got a bit of rain on Sat. due to Danny, and I drove my truck on Sun. and it ran like sh*t. It does that every time it rains hard.
That's unacceptable.
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350 in a Disco? I think I just threw up in my mouth a little. Thats just one step away from owning a Jeep. A Land Rover is a Land rover.NOT a GM product. I understand the desire for more reliability but jesus......thats just slight butchery right there. Sorry. I guess I'm a purest.
You DO realize the Disco has a BUICK engine in it, right? (i.e., it IS a GM product)
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I would consider the swap but I am too much a traditionalist to bastardise my rig like that.
There's nothing wrong with being a traditionalist. I say if you want a Land Rover buy one. If you want a GM product buy one. Don't combine the two. It's NOT a Land Rover if it's powered by anything other than a LR motor. If it was made by Land Rover for Land Rover,assembled in the UK and was designed with the LR in mind then it's ok.

By the time you complete the swap and manage to get the wiring looms together and computers to talk and work out the bugs (which will be with the truck for the entirety of it's life) you could have had the LR engine completely custom rebuilt. Whats the point anyway?? Whats the real advantage?

To all the fucktards trying to shit talk asking if I know that GM design has played a part in LR and Rover V8's...fuck off. I probobly have more LR knowledge in my stool than you have in your head.Seriously... know what and who your talking shit to before you run your mouth. Don't be an asshole because your opinion varries.
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YES, I know it's an old thread, but:

Man, after reading all this crap, I'm ready to ditch the Disco and go back to Jeep. Except for the prestige (whatever that's worth) of owning a LR, why own one? The Jeep is AT LEAST as capable, far, far more reliable, way more powerful, simple to work on, gets better mileage and parts are readily available. And, it fits in my garage. So, I'm thinking it might be time to move on...or back. If I have to baby this thing to make it last, why is it considered a tough off-road vehicle? Are we all dumb asses for defending them? Beginning to think so. Or maybe I just don't get it. I want a vehicle I can drive every day and go anywhere in it. Why can't I do that in an expensive vehicle like this? What are we paying for?

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Okay, let 'er fly. Don't tase me, bro. Just being honest.

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