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Well got a lot hooked up yesterday. Mostly electrical. So not a lot to show. Injection pump is wired, cold start advance, glow plugs done starter wired (just need to hook the battery wire up. Still need to rewire the alternator and move the winch wires to the other battery. I've got to much crap hooked to one battery.



Also hooked up the fuel lines. But I'm going to relocate the fuel filter. And add a second filter with a fuel water separator.



Bought two gallons of oil and an oil filter.



I bought a hummer water proof oil dipstick and tube. The tube showed up. Just waiting on the dipstick. Once I get that I'll be almost done.



Radiator is installed. Transmission cooler lines hooked up. Need to rework the lower radiator hose a little. Upper hose is installed.



I need to build a little bracket for my alternator because it's a cs144 (140 amp) alternator. And my alternator won't fit in the stock position.



Then bolt up the transmission. I might try to get a hummer water proof dipstick as well. Since all the breather lines for the transmission and transfercase are run to the snorkle.



Pictures showing some of the tight clearance and stuff that is finished.


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Fired it up today. Wow, its a lot quieter than the old engine. Video coming soon. Need to adjust the idle, its way to high. Doesn't smoke, just needs to given 10 seconds of glow plugs. The old engine needed starting fluid almost all the time. But I think the rebuilt injection pump really helps it.
 

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It runs and doesn't sound like a pack of marbles. Love it.

 

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Sounds great. Love diesels, had a discovery Td5 when I lived in the UK, great engine, nice low down torque. V8 diesel must be even better!

Changing the steering wheel over before making the video must have been quite a bit of work also....
 

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Yeah, my phone mirrored it for some reason. LOL Its going to have a lot of torque around 500 foot lbs. Broken axles are sure to be common.

Sounds great. Love diesels, had a discovery Td5 when I lived in the UK, great engine, nice low down torque. V8 diesel must be even better!

Changing the steering wheel over before making the video must have been quite a bit of work also....
 

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The list is getting smaller. The oil cooler and power steering cooler are now done and mounted.



I purchased a four core aluminum radiator. That should be here in a week.



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New 4 core aluminum radiator is now installed. mounts. Had to redo some sheet metal. But not too bad of a fit for a much larger radiator than stock.

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So what happened to the super dooper OM motor??
 

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Oh the Mercedes om617. I ditched that 2 years ago. I couldn't get it to run. The oil pan sat right over the axle.
Parts were stupid expensive. It didn't make enough power.

I kind of forgot about it. So I guess this would be take 3. Lol

So what happened to the super dooper OM motor??
 

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Still not seeing the diesel attraction for a Rangey over here, especially that V8 lump, but horses for courses.
 

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Reliability, fuel mileage, simplistic to work on. I can can run used oil with the injection pump I installed mixed with diesel of course. I do a lot of four wheeling in the desert, the engine won't use a lot of fuel like the gas V8 does. I have doubled my range with this engine. Parts for this engine are stupid cheap, they were used in Hummers forever so there will be a supply of parts forever.

Hey its not for everyone, which I don't really care about. Its for me, not for anyone else. Just sharing my experiences and how its going. I don't understand why everyone wants an LS engine. To me its over used and boring. I do not like gas motors, I like diesel engines. Simple, reliable, good mileage, lots of power, lots of torque, and will outlast any gas engine.

My range rover is paid for, I've paid cash for all the parts. I might have a few I still own on amazon for small things, but overall, its free and clear. So its not going to take time to pay itself off. I've sold other parts I've had lying around to pay for it. I bought and sold a lot of stuff to pay for it.

The only other upgrades I have planned are Dana 60s front and rear. Because I want it to be reliable and strong for exploring the deserts of Utah and Wyoming. I'd like to run 35" tires on it as well.

The truck is rust free, the paint is good, and I love it, I love the Classic Long wheel base models. Best of the trucks if you ask me. 1993-1995. Lots of good improvements over the earlier models.

I kept what worked good and got rid of the garbage. 4.2L V8 (garbage eats gas and has now power), 4HP22 (questionable after 200K miles, was probably in need of a rebuild) BW Transfercase (junk, doesn't work for crap off road, no center diff lock), and eventually the axles (which are great in stock from but rubbish if you add any amount of extra power).

Fortunately I know a lot about these trucks since my buddy and I rebuild a lot of them and then resell them. We have had 15-20 Classics in the last 4 years. I love them, and they are easy to work on once you learn the in's and outs. They are by no means a perfect truck, but with the right mods, they are great!
 

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I used Toyota FJZ80 axles in the DiscoII. Factory 4.10 gears and selectable lockers... May want to see if any are available locally as they are stupid strong and the right side drop etc.
 

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I've actually been looking for some. They are not cheap and somewhat hard to find in Toyota crazed Utah. People here either drive Toyotas or Heeps. Neither of which I really care for. But the axles are cool!

I used Toyota FJZ80 axles in the DiscoII. Factory 4.10 gears and selectable lockers... May want to see if any are available locally as they are stupid strong and the right side drop etc.
 

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Ive got a pair for the DII, they are at least the size and weight of 60's.
I got them from a guy in Wisconsin
 

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Radiator is installed a d supported. Finished with that. Now onto the Donaldson air filter assembly and snorkel connections

 

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New intake system is done. Donaldson air filter, homemade snorkle, custom intercooler piping kit made to fit.

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beautiful set up, that engine bay looks quite busy. I have driven gm's with that engine and if I recall correctly they performed well while moving a few tons of loaded vehicle and trailer.
I can only imagine what the performace on the rover would be. Sorry if I come across as condescending, not meant to be but "great job"
 

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beautiful set up, that engine bay looks quite busy. I have driven gm's with that engine and if I recall correctly they performed well while moving a few tons of loaded vehicle and trailer.
I can only imagine what the performace on the rover would be. Sorry if I come across as condescending, not meant to be but "great job"
Big engine small engine bay.

Most of the stuff is packed into the right side. There isnt much on the left side.

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So update,


The engine has a blown headgasket on the passenger side. I finally got it filled with water and got it up to operating temperature yesterday. The cooling system seemed to be getting over pressurized and then I noticed it was starting to leak water from the passenger-side. Thinking, what hoses do I have over there, none, ****. I crawl under and can see water coming out from the head.


So annoyed with the ebay seller of this engine I could kill him. I have had to basically repair the whole thing. So I'm ordering a headgasket kit and headstuds. I'll have the heads decked locally. Doesn't look like a horrible job. Would have been a lot easier to do outside of the vehicle, but oh well.


This will put me back a few weeks, but its summer and I wasn't planning on going anywhere fun until this fall.
 

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Got the head off, took a couple hours. Its one reason I like this engine. super simple to work on. No special tools, no special anything. Gonna get the otherside off monday and take the heads down to get shaved, flattened, whatever.
 
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