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So no update as far as working on it goes. But I've been trying to do some digging into the engine swap and if its ever been legit. 

No sign of cert, previous owners and LVVTA have no record of a declaration ever being issued for it, last WOF issued in '05, and engine swapped a long time before that.

There is a possibility the original engine is still available so if the LD28 conversion is too difficult to get up to a certable state then maybe going back to OE is an option. 

The other problem with the LD28 is its mounting. The oil pump lines up pretty well with the diff head, and hits it pretty easily from what I'm told. 

I also found out apparently it has had some kind of modification done to the transfer case or gearbox to give it a better final drive ratio? I'm not quite sure what it entailed though. 

Heres a bad picture of the sump/diff

35937171056_b3905f06f0_k.jpgIMG_20170513_155448 by John Bell, on Flickr

And heres a bad picture of the bellhousing adapter.

35168392593_b71d1750ea_k.jpgIMG_20170522_155601 by John Bell, on Flickr


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So yeah, first priority has been to see if it'd run after its ~10yr rest. 

But the fuel tank had the drain bung, level sender, and pickup all removed because it had a 'problem' back then, maybe blocked lines? The tank looked in pretty good shape inside and out. 

So plugged everything back up, carefully tipped a few liters of diesel in there, and sure enough it came out the bottom pretty quickly. 

Fuel tank lives under the drivers seat. The sender and guage appear to work (pretty) well.

35168388473_db4302da1b_k.jpgIMG_20170603_094104 by John Bell, on Flickr

35589480350_9a5ce82742_k.jpgIMG_20170603_094124 by John Bell, on Flickr

Rusted fasteners, tank comes out.

35168385663_02a1082929_k.jpgIMG_20170603_104539 by John Bell, on Flickr

Degrease, waterblast, investigation.

35168384763_9efb2b1b50_k.jpgIMG_20170603_122150 by John Bell, on Flickr


35589473690_5131d62ac0_k.jpgIMG_20170603_122220 by John Bell, on Flickr

Tank is folded and soldiered together, so will have an attempt at picking it apart and plugging up the yuck bits. Clean up and paint etc too, this week hopefully. 

For those interested, the OE Land Rover fuel filter housing seems to be a fairly generic item used on British diesels from this era. It looks to be the same one used on our Lister, and Perkins(Massey Ferguson) diesels. So got a new filter cartridge from for a MF165 for $6ish. Bargain M8. 


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So no work has been done, surprise? 

I had tentatively decided I wanted some rad looking Deestone tyres in the factory size for this thing when the time arrived, accidentally found and bought these cheap, will get the Land Rover rims tidied up and the tyres swapped over sometime... So if anyone wants to buy some split rims for a Landcruiser holla at cha boy. 

36323356522_0d780d4644_o.jpg2017-08-11_01-01-03 by John Bell, on Flickr

Might try track down a second set of rims and still get some Deestones too anyway cause you always need options. 

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