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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 5:42 pm    Post subject: New to Land Rover, advice needed please. Reply with quote
Hi learned Landy owners. I've just bought a Series 3. At last! It has a Transit engine fitted....Any thoughts as to a better source of power, with economy???
The bulkhead will need some work! Is it reasonable to repair? cost wise? Or replace?
Also, as the wife expects to drive it, power steering? From a later vehicle I expect?
As I'm in France I'd like to convert to LHD. Parts seem plenty. Advice please??
Is it worth changing to Disc brakes?
Leaf or coil springs?
Please give me some advice!!
Thanks in advance
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Bienvenu Chatdad.
The best engine conversion would be a Tdi. 200's are easier to fit. As for the bulkhead it really depends on how far gone it is. It's a major job to replace it.
Power steering from a later Land Rover can be fitted but it's not straightforward. For LHD parts I don't really know but suppliers of ex MOD Land Rovers might be able to help. Other members probably know more than I do. The Tdi engine can be used without the turbo which gives it the power of the 2.5 petrol but with better economy.
Best of luck and keep us posted.
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
A transit engine in a Landy is a conversion Iíve not seen for a Landy no time!

As Alan said, a 200Tdi is the best conversion if you want diesel. The early 90/110 standard 2.5 diesel is slow but reliable and a straightforward conversion, although like Alan said, it depends what else has been changed with the transit conversion.

Instead of disc brakes, consider a dual circuit servo. My Series 3 has one retrofitted and it makes a noticeable improvement.

Let us know how you get on. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 8:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Chatdad. A disc brake conversion is available from Zeus in Axminster, Devon. It's about £600 per axle. I've got their earlier conversion on the front of my Series 3 and the braking is far better. If you're considering a disc brake conversion it's necessary only to have the front done. A parabolic leaf spring conversion is worth considering too.
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PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Just seen my opening line on my post above. It should say itís not an engine conversion Iíve seen for a lot my time! Predictive text... Smile
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 12:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Welcome along Chatdad.

Well done on the purchase of your Series 3!!

Although....

I'm a little confused as you are asking about conversions to disc brakes, coil springs and power steering along with your better half driving it. Would it not have been easier to have just bought a 90/Defender?

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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Thanks for the replies.
Adie.. it was cheap!
Mostly, the questions were to sound out opinions as to the cost and viability of these options.
It actually goes quite well with the Transit engine, but smokes a bit and is gutless on hills. Perhaps I should look for another Transit engine??!! I don't expect 200tdi lumps will be that easy to source here. Also I wouldn't know what has been changed or altered. Clutch for example. etc.
Alan, being new here..parabolic springs?? aren't leaf springs just that?
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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Afternoon Chatdad.
Yes, parabolic springs are leaf but with 2 or 3 leaves depending on specification and more flexible that standard ones but no more body roll. They don't need any maintenance. I had them fitted about 20 years ago and they're still OK.
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 6:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hi Chatdad,

Go for a 200TDi from a Disco - keep the power steering and you have the best of both worlds - old charm & modern powertrain in a motor your missus can steer.
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