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Hi All
Excited to get the new to me Range Rover Classic on the road.
I just picked up a 1990 Rover County
It had been sitting in a neighbors yard for a few years. Her husband worked on it and then passed away.
She gave it to me to do what I want.
I went through the vehicle, cleaned it up as much as I could to start with, checked fuses, emptied fuel and replaced, all the usuals.

I got it to fire up pretty easily.
Runs pretty good just sitting there.
I did a quick non official compression test. Meaning just pulled 1 plug at a time and then turned it over for a few seconds to see what reading I got.
All around 120, however the battery was not new, the rest of the plugs were in, and throttle was not open.

Anyway, I put into gear, and there is about NO power at all. I have a very short runway. It will shift into 2nd when I am going downhill, but that is all the room I have.
The engine does not sputter or even have a lot of smoke.

Distributor looks good, plugs look good, etc....
Any thoughts?

OK, so after all of that, I have an opportunity to pic up a 98 Discovery 1(50th Anniv) for very cheap with a good running engine(assuming 4.0) and a bad trans.
Will that just be a plug and play? Meaning, can I just pull the engine right out and drop right in, or will there be a lot of computer work, etc...?

Thank you all very much and I apologize for a long first post
 

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I was hoping for an engine with less miles.
Sounds though that I will just buy another motor that will be torn down, so I may as well just pull the one I have and do some slight repairs.
If you see some of my other posts that are (currently toward the top) you'll see that my current 3.9 I cannot get to run properly.

I will for sure have to pull the engine out of my parts car to put in my other. anyway. What are the best things to do to the engine while it is out? I am thinking about replacing all the gaskets an possibly do the cam, lifters and head. Or just leave it???

I really just want a daily driver. One that I can fix myself
 

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The budget can be what it needs to be.
I think I'd buy a good used factory engine before I have someone do a complete rebuild on what I have. I'm not too keen on anyone around me. Have only heard average reviews.
I'd like to do as little as needed although since the engine will be out, I should do the most I can while I have the opportunity (if that makes sense)
 
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