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Lightweight S3 with Ford Banana Diesel - which Engine would you swop too?

Discussion in '101's and Military' started by bluebossa, Jul 14, 2022.

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  1. Turboman

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    Try and keep up, Kev! :rolleyes::D
     
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    Exactly my philosophy.
    If you have something that runs, why spend loads of money and time changing engines.
    Just drive it, that is what they are for.
     
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    Haha ya cheeky oik, im a slow reader an even slower at typing :oops::D
     
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    Tbh id spend the cash & get an overdrive. If its not broke dont fix it. :)
    Unless you want to throw some cash about & have a winter engine changing project my mate has
    a bmw estate with a m57 engine in it, not a hard conversion either. :D
     
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    Ive had a few speed/classic boats with the Essex engines in them the sound nice & go very well. :cool:
    I must look for the pics.
     
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    So - to bring this post up to date, thanks for all the advice, I ummed and arred then made a decision...

    I listed the Landie on eBay at get my money back pricing, you might have seen it?
    But yesterday an old couple of local electricians came to my house to fix some old wiring issues - anyway Pete (one of them) saw my Landie, and showed me pictures of his Series 1 located close by which he'd fitted with a 3.0 V6 Ford.. the Essex conversion.

    So, I looked on eBay last night, searched for 3.0 Ford - and BOOM up came an Essex Engine complete with a full Steve Parker Conversion kit - Bloody ebay, it will be the death of me!
    So I bid him £400 got it accepted for everything and then ended my listing of the Landie - no one was quick enough! despite 100s of views and 30 odd watchers...

    Here we go - spoke to the seller, who is restoring a Series 2 which this ran fine in and I'm arranging collection as I type!
    I'll keep you informed of how this goes on this thread... not even sure what exact Engine/Power it is yet but half the price of a Series Petrol and a halfway house to a 3.5 V8... thoughts?

    eBay Engine.jpg
     
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    Yep, and that's exactly what I'm planning LOL!
     
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    Yep - just bought one!
     
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    Full Engine with Conversion kit cheaper than an Overdrive - the worlds gone mad!
     
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    Couple of pics of how its sitting now on new wheels.... IMG_20220726_205308_HDR.jpg
    IMG_20220726_205259_HDR.jpg 205 x 16
     
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    I think that the Essex is about 130 bhp.
     
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    Which is double the Diesel, should be plenty
     
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    I've seen my Speedo hit 90 mph !!!
     
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    Very scary... 60/70 will be plenty for me, ah well maybe 75!
     
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    Standard diffs and 205/16s.
    Had to see what it could do !
     
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    They are a good engine. If you have driven a 3 Litre Capri or Granada, you will be familiar with them.
    Also fitted in Reliant Scimitars.
    The one known weakness is the timing gears, which are made of a fibre material with a steel rim round the outside.
    It is quite likely that the timing gears have already been changed for steel ones, but if not, it is worth doing.
     
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    So, Engine arrived today on a Pallet complete with Steve Parker conversion kit dated 1985.
    Block number seems to be Ford 722F6015BA - need to decode - been looking online but not sure of BHP or origin....

    Would anyone know if the Engine mounts will still need moving, as my Landie already has the 2.5D Ford Engine, would they have been moved for that?

    Couple of photos attached. V6 on Pallet.jpg V6 Engine Number.jpg
     
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    The V6 engine mounts are in a different position compared with the standard LR mounts.
    Steve Parker used to have the fitting instructions on their web site but I don't see them anymore.
    It might be worth your while to e-mail them and see if they still have them somewhere and they could send them to you.
     
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    The number you have posted is the engine type, it's a 3 ltr Capri engine.
    The engine number is stamped on the flat surface at the back of the engine block above the flywheel.
     
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