You could do it, but would basically have to rewire a lot of the vehicle and use a lot of donor parts from a Disco 1, and convert it to an ZF4HP22 or R380. The braking system would have to be modified since it runs through the electronics of the D2, which you will remove, and so on for the traction control as well. RovingBeetle on Dweb did it with a mechanical injection Isuzu 4BD1t in his 2000 D2, and it was a hell of a lot of work and money. 30K seems to ring a bell. . .
Originally Posted by dcwhybrew
I went through the whole process of wanting a diesel and then trying to figure out how to do it in a cost-efficient way, but then took a hard look at what I was going to pay for and realized that the V8 is a way better power plant for the vehicle than a diesel. The only real downside is lack of range, which can be a real downer when traveling out West, where the distances are long between stations. However, you can just install a long range tank or carry extra cans of fuel to counter this, which is what I do now. The real world increase in fuel mileage with a diesel isn't great enough to make it worth it, and the power of the 300 Tdi makes it a dog in a loaded Rover. Installing a diesel with more power costs more and increases fuel consumption. If you are wading through deep water a diesel has some advantage, but how many people with Rovers really want to flood their interior all the time? Besides, in the UK challenge trucks run submerged with waterproofed V8's all the time. In fact, there they often rip the diesels out to run V8's to give them decent power. As far as reliability goes, V8 powered Rovers have criss-crossed the world and done just fine.
If you really want to swap drivetrains, IMO the way to go is a late model GM V8. It will cost you as much as the diesel, but you will have an engine with some real balls, and probably fuel mileage closer to the diesel as well.
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