Land Rover Lust!

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by Mav, Jul 30, 2009.

  1. Srbenda

    Srbenda Embassy of South Carolina

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    I got some vibrations last week.

    It looks like I need a driveshaft, so I am having mine rebuilt/remanned by a local guy.
  2. ducnek

    ducnek Satisfied customer

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    I am going to look at 2 rovers today. Both are said to be (fairly) rust free that sat many years in a barn out west. They are 61 and 63. The 63 is the nicer vehicle and the guy is asking $2500. He claims its all there and the floorboards and firewall has no rust.

    I do know they had aluminum bodies and some had galvanized chasis.

    I will hope to get the rig and either put a 6cylinder diesel or possibly a small v8 gas motor.

    What should I look out for? Am I nuts? He has info for some parts resources in the states, and a complete driveline for sale also for $600.

    I will be either getting a rover or willys as soon as I can find the right 1.

    I will get pics if I can.

    :ear
  3. Icewalker

    Icewalker Conundrum

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    You may want to fire out some of these questions over at dweb - the fountain of knowledge for all things discovery.

    www.discoweb.org

    A few people have done the engine/box conversion on Defenders but I haven't heard of a Discovery conversion.

    Why not stick with the Rover v8? A good set of heads, cam, exhaust manifold and intake should get you to 250 reliable BHP with no real loss in mpg. After that you could always add the Janspeed turbo kit or a supercharger.

    How much power do you actually need? These are off road vehicles not race cars :lol3
  4. Fe Man

    Fe Man I am Iron Moran!

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    320 hp and better fuel economy than the Rover motor..
    Seems obvious to me
  5. Icewalker

    Icewalker Conundrum

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    Why do you need 320 hp on an off road vehicle? Better fuel economy I can see but you could achieve better fuel economy by going diesel - using either the TdI, TD5 or ZSD :deal




    BTW you know that you'll also more than likely need to change axles and of course springs ... the stock probably won't take the additional ponies. Interesting project though ... wish you luck .... post pictures :D

    BTW - here's my underpowered, thirsty, unreliable 4.0 Discovery on the way back from the arctic ocean

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  6. modrover

    modrover BOOMSHANKA!

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    Finally, proper tires!:clap

    I run 255/85R16 BFG Mud Terrains on my '65 hybrid, but didn't need that much meat in my diet for the Disco. One thing I knew, there's a weakest link in every system... and this old bone is connected to that old bone. You start getting carried away with lifts, massive tires, gobs of wheel travel... and you start messing with the integrity a well balanced design. All things are a compromise... sure. I understand that. For me, a well tested Old Man Eum suspensive (giving mild lift) with quality protection and equipment are in order. So, what the hell sort of tire did I get then? I chose the Goodyear DuraTrac 215/85R16 in the 10 ply. Why this size? Well, I love a taller skinny tire (not getting too big so that mods need to be done to allow a full set of chains)... and that 215/85R16 is really the mutt's nuts! Perfect size for Disco and RR Classic... IMHO. And that 10 ply... LOVE IT! A more firm ride without being harsh. These DuraTrac tires really remind me of another great tire... BFG TrackEdge. These are like... impossible to obtain here in WA so... it'll be the DuraTrac. So far... I do like them. A step-up from the AT, but not quite a full MT. A big more road noise than an AT, but nothing like a MT. A compromise I can surely live with. :1drink

    I do believe this family truckster has come along way since I purchased it as a beat-down neglected Rover. I like to keep things running in top order... I mean, look at my occupants... I don't want to let them down! :D
  7. Mav

    Mav Something witty...

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    That's a good looking rig you have there chap :thumb

    Any chance of a pic from the front to show the size of the tyres? I run 235/85s on my defender - narrow by many peoples perspectives, especially for mud tyres.
  8. fireflyr

    fireflyr Been here awhile

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    Oh, sorry. I thought you said Landcruiser.:D :wink: :evil

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  9. Blair

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    We didn't:evil
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    Realized my evil smiley didn't show up.
  10. Blair

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  11. fireflyr

    fireflyr Been here awhile

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    Beautiful vehicles Blair. Are you North or South of Fort Tejon?
  12. Blair

    Blair .

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    Green one is mine and the red is a friends. I am north of SLO. Very close to where you might be flying. Off on vacation myself.
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  13. Fe Man

    Fe Man I am Iron Moran!

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    Northstar doesn't weigh much more than the Rover motor.
    As far as axles, I'm praying for common sense.
  14. fireflyr

    fireflyr Been here awhile

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    Looks like the Hunter Liggett area. Hope it's cooler there than here.
  15. Blair

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    Actually about a 1/2 from the current pozo SLU-Pozo fire.
  16. fireflyr

    fireflyr Been here awhile

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    Just saw that on Wildlandfire.com. 1/2 mile? A little too close for comfort.

    Was that pic taken at the firing range west of Paso? I made my worst drop on a fire there in 2000 when I was flying for the LP out of Arroyo Grande. Anyways, love that long wheelbase green Landrover. Must be an ex military rig. Have fun.
  17. Icewalker

    Icewalker Conundrum

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    Haven't looked at the engine weight ... but that's good to know if I ever blow mine.

    On the subject of engine swaps ... this may come in handy. Chevy 350 not Northstar and Defender instead of Disco.

    http://www.tawayama.com/gear/crewcab/crewcab.html

    Good write up though
  18. PaleRider

    PaleRider gelande/strasse

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    ... those are both really nice rigs :thumb ... not sure I'd like the RHD tho' (still very nice rigs) :nod

    :thumb very cool build
  19. Blair

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    1/2 mile is correct. My family has a place out there and was out there earlier in the morning. Actually the 110 is not military, just estnor green.
  20. Blair

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    The only weird thi8ng was learning how to shift with my left hand. Everything else was pretty easy. Provided you have windows (I added mine) to see while merging and intersections its no big deal at all. Plus you have more room for your feet
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