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Pickles



Member Since: 26 May 2013
Location: Melbourne
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Australia 2013 Defender 90 Puma 2.2 CSW Keswick Green

Good to see increasing support for a V8.
The's "no substitute for cubic inches", alternatively "no replacement for displacement"!!
Pickles.

Post #615692 9th Apr 2017 11:09pm
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miker



Member Since: 13 Sep 2015
Location: Surrey
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United Kingdom 1999 Defender 110 Td5 CSW Rioja Red

If the government goes on with it's plans to make diesel the devil I'll be looking at engine swaps. Would rather do that than sell my truck!

Love following your adventures Greeni, very jealous!

Post #616187 11th Apr 2017 11:02pm
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Iggle piggle



Member Since: 10 Sep 2014
Location: Wales
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United Kingdom 1989 Defender 90 V8 Petrol SW Chawton White

Fair play Steve...
it looks & sounds amazing! Bow down

put me down for a V8 meet up, although I may feel a little under-powered Embarassed

Post #616232 12th Apr 2017 9:27am
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GREENI



Member Since: 22 Aug 2010
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United Kingdom 1985 Defender 90 V8 Petrol ST Auto Keswick Green

6 WEEKS ON

Nearly 500 miles have passed. My thoughts...(brief, as I don't want to bore you with an essay), but happy to expand if you're interested.

The addition of door tops:
Good.. A lot warmer, less buffeting and quieter, happy Mrs G.
Bad.... Not so cool looking and misses the point of what I wanted.

Fuel consumption:
I don't care. At all. (Though would make most people weep).

Changes made since running:
Fuel pump replaced with a more high performance item, the old one was melting fuses for some reason.
Rear dampers were replaced with the correct ones for the year as the bushes were from a Puma.
I've fitted vented front discs and wider calipers, being an auto it's heavier on the brakes. Peace of mind.

Regrets...stuff I wished I did when building.
Nothing, though I will make the below changes in the coming winter months.
Fresh, uprated auto as it's the only thing that's now not new.
Later rear axle, just for cleanliness.
I'd like to build a whole new loom, front to back... Just as a challenge for myself.

Once I've ran it in fully and changed the oil, I'm in a place where I'll jump in it and drive anywhere.

It cruises more than comfortably at 70mph.
It works off road (see first day out, as well as marshalling at a comp safari)!

The paint gets people's attention.... As in 'why haven't you painted it properly?'

It's also been mistaken for 'the last off the line'. Which was nice Laughing

Overall, it's more than I hoped it would be. Scumbag.

Post #624740 16th May 2017 10:56pm
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Pickles



Member Since: 26 May 2013
Location: Melbourne
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Australia 2013 Defender 90 Puma 2.2 CSW Keswick Green

Greeni,..Hello from Aussie.
Have I missed something,...have you put up a proper drive by "sound" video of your V8 working hard?..If you have , I've missed it, so what post No. is it?
Also, now that it's mostly "done", some good shots of engine bay, exhaust etc,...when ya've got the time!
Thanks, Pickles.

Post #624743 16th May 2017 11:19pm
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Green Machine



Member Since: 19 Nov 2010
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United Kingdom 2005 Defender 90 Td5 CSW Tonga Green

Thanks for the update Steve. Pleased to hear that all the hard work has paid off and you've now got what you wanted (and some). One day I too hope to have a V8 auto in the collection, hopefully before they have been outlawed (although that would make it even cooler!). For the time being I have to make do with my Td5 and its noisy exhaust, which still puts a smile on my face. Here's to many smile-inducing miles to come! Thumbs Up 2005 Td5 | 90 County Station Wagon | Tonga Green

Post #624807 17th May 2017 11:29am
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ian series 1



Member Since: 17 Nov 2014
Location: south
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United Kingdom 2008 Defender 90 Puma 2.4 CSW Bonatti Grey

Always good when you Finnish a build and your happy with how it turned out. Thumbs Up
Just Out of curiosity, what fuel pump were you running? 80" 80" 86" 88" 90"

WANTED, 2b Forward control, dead or alive, preferably alive!!

Post #624830 17th May 2017 1:15pm
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GREENI



Member Since: 22 Aug 2010
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United Kingdom 1985 Defender 90 V8 Petrol ST Auto Keswick Green

@Pickles, here's a 'poor' video, though I'll get one done soon for you... a more 'aggressive' moving video!!

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@IanS1, it had an 3.5 RRC external pump on 9I'm guessing) or that's what it was as far as I'm aware. When I built the 90 originally I planned to use the existing 3.5 so I just plumbed it back in. I've just fitted a Bosch 909 which is actually more or less identical.

@GM, I'm a big fan of the td5, certainly the best sounding none V8 LR engine!!
I'll be up the Holmfirth area a few times in it in the future, so keep an eye (or ear) out for it. Scumbag.

Post #624855 17th May 2017 2:32pm
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ginjez



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2014 Defender 90 Puma 2.2 HT Corris Grey

Fuel pump melting fuses - could it be the poor thing couldn't keep up with demand? Rolling with laughter

Post #624901 17th May 2017 5:43pm
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Romadog



Member Since: 07 Jul 2011
Location: Warwickshire
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Waiting here too..... Whistle Thumbs Up

Interesting about fuel pump - how is it mounted and connected to fuel tank?

On my 110 with steel tank, I used 3.5 RR pump setup, but changed the actual pump for a 3.9 RR one to allow for extra flow for Gems. Seems to work ok on and off road.
I did originally buy an external pump, but was told that the external pump does not like sucking from the tank and hence having the pump in the tank is better ???

Post #624904 17th May 2017 5:55pm
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GREENI



Member Since: 22 Aug 2010
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United Kingdom 1985 Defender 90 V8 Petrol ST Auto Keswick Green

I have tank... hose.... inline filter.......fuel pump....hose....engine

The pump is mounted on top of the chassis, under the seat. The wiring for GEMS means I have a series of resistors and a relay to make it all work. Scumbag.

Post #624907 17th May 2017 6:09pm
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Pickles



Member Since: 26 May 2013
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Australia 2013 Defender 90 Puma 2.2 CSW Keswick Green

Thanks Greeni,..yeah,...sounds promising, I'll be waiting for the real noise,or to some people,.....music?!!!
Pickles.

Post #625006 17th May 2017 11:23pm
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mikeh501



Member Since: 07 Jan 2013
Location: United Kingdom
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United Kingdom 1994 Defender 90 V8 Petrol SW Alpine White

Romadog wrote:
Waiting here too..... Whistle Thumbs Up

Interesting about fuel pump - how is it mounted and connected to fuel tank?

On my 110 with steel tank, I used 3.5 RR pump setup, but changed the actual pump for a 3.9 RR one to allow for extra flow for Gems. Seems to work ok on and off road.
I did originally buy an external pump, but was told that the external pump does not like sucking from the tank and hence having the pump in the tank is better ???


Ive read the same thing. My side mount tank has an extended RR pump in it. The inline ones dont/wont suck uphill apparently.

Post #625181 18th May 2017 7:39pm
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GREENI



Member Since: 22 Aug 2010
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United Kingdom 1985 Defender 90 V8 Petrol ST Auto Keswick Green

I've hooned it home this evening....howling the tyres from junctions and generally going as quick as safely possible.... (Trying to break something) it's had no fuel delivery issues.

Some of you may know 'The Dumbers', a climb up to the tops from Bosley lights, it performed flawlessly up there today, which is quite a drag and putting lots of load on everything.
Happy so far!

MikeH, if you need a hand throwing spanners around, let me know Thumbs Up Scumbag.

Post #625188 18th May 2017 8:03pm
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mikeh501



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United Kingdom 1994 Defender 90 V8 Petrol SW Alpine White

Thanks for the offer Greeni! To be fair I think im making a bit of progress. You know whats its like, im at the point of the little jobs where it looks like youve done nothing lol. Mainly loom/electrics now before i can get it fired up. Currently repainting and refitting the dash, but want to get all the new looms setup for the engine and sensors etc. Some planning required too Smile

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