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possible Engine & Trans swap?

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Hey guys, i'm tearing down my '89 3.9 to replace the head gaskets, and got to thinking if anyone here has heard of or seen or done a Chevy 350 swap into the rover? My land rover specialist told me when he was re-timing that it may be more than just the gaskets, and that it may be something much more serious, that would need an engine replacement entirely. My brother - the one who i let borrow the rover, and the one who when he was borrowing it kinda blew it up- has a 80's Chevy costum deluxe, which needs trans work and is sitting in his yard, and suggested that if i do need to swap the engine to use his 350 - and just get the trans work done that's needed for it. Sounds interesting, and was curious if anyone knew if this has been done, or is possible?
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NVRover said:
According to Bill, the 350 conversion should yeild much better gas mileage for a cheaper conversion compared to a Tdi (with lots of power to boot)!
If you drop a 350 in and then drive in exactly the same way you do now you MIGHT get one or two extra miles to the gallon.
More so if your existing engine is tired and the new v8 is in better condition.
However if you use the extra power you won't save a penny.
And you may break some transmission parts (more likely the higher the mileage they already have).

Put a tdi in and you could get an extra 10-15mpg.

Given that either of these options will set you back at least $3k (that buys a lot of petrol), why not rebuild the existing engine?
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