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Landy conversion

Postby Riaan@ » 21 Sep 2015 19:08

Hi Guys

Complete newby here. With lots of questions. Can I do a Lexus V8 conversion on a Land Rover Defender? What model (preferably older model) should I look for? Who can do a decent job and how much will it cost? Would love for it to still be 4x4 but its not a train smash if its not possible.

I want something rugged looking and reliable with at least 7 seats for city use and long haul from Pretoria to Windhoek or just bundu bashing and must be able to pull a 4x4 XT120 Jurgens trailer. My thinking is the Lexus engine will make it more economical don't know if I'm aiming for the stars here.

Any and all suggestions are welcome

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Riaan

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Re: Landy conversion

Postby pretdave » 22 Sep 2015 06:01

Hi Riaan
I believe that quite a few Defenders have been fitted with a Lexus V8 . My own personal view is that it is an interesting conversion and could be fun as a hobby.
But I dont think that " conversion" and " reliability " belong in the same sentence . You will spend years modifying and adapting the new engine , and still not have a reliable vehicle --- think of things like cooling , transmission , exhaust systems And then also what happens when on the long haul to Windhoek the car gives problems . Land experts wont touch it , nor will Lexus experts.

I invite alternative opinions - please dont hesitate - this is a discussion forum .

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Dave
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Re: Landy conversion

Postby Riaan@ » 22 Sep 2015 18:38

Thank you Dave

So it is better to just stay original as far as possible

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