Our project 912 continues to occupy a lot of our Moto Roster time, but it has had brief moments of being a driver and not a project so hopes are high. As we sort through the ramifications of an engine swap performed by an unknown previous owner, we are taken with the GM hardware that has been shoehorned into this 1983 Land Rover 110.
We've featured similar Rover + American Iron mashups in the past, but they're generally a bit more dated. While the cosmetics are rough on this one, there's something to be said for the look of a classic Land Rover and the power and reliability of a workhorse like the LH6 V8.
Outside, things look thoroughly ratty but in that charming-Rover way. The seller claims that the frame and firewall are solid, but that the rear crossmember will need to be replaced since it has already been patched. In other common issue areas, the "middle doors" bottoms will need attention but no shots are shown.
The function-over-form theme continues inside with seat covers upfront hiding god knows what, and a sunroof that screams "ready to leak" to us. Though it could use some tidying the automatic shifter doesn't seem out of place, and the transfer case switchgear has been routed to the old shifter location.
All of the aesthetic issues are beside the point though -- we're interested in the 300 HP aluminum V8 and the 6 speed automatic. Not many details are given about the swap in terms of who did it, how long it has been in the Rover, etc. There are some clues that the seller performed the swap including teardown photos, and some knowledge about the possibility of adding AC, and what it would take to address emission issues.
Beyond the swap, a list of new parts is provided including a new fuel pump and lines, shocks, and low mile tires. We're glad to see the new shocks, and we'd like to see some brake upgrades to match up with the new found horsepower.
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