Engine Conversions

Not all engine conversions are the same, or built to the same quality, or the same costs. It is our responsibility to inform you of the costs, benefits, and draw backs associated with various engine conversions that we do and often are immitated by others. By publishing costs, (which no one else does) we aim to charge you, Joe, Jane, Steve, and Paul all the exact same. We can only do this because we have gained an understanding through repetitive practice of the following conversions. 

Diesel's are great! But they are terrible for short distance driving and commuter cars. While they can certainly live in this environment, it is common knowledge that these engine's suffer premature wear in these conditions. As such if you have a short commute it would be of far more interest to swap over to a gasoline engine. Little known fact, a 300tdi @65mph will return between 22-24mpg, however @75mph that figure is between 18-19mpg as the RPM increases drastically and you are running the engine at higher RPMS than we recommend. If prolonged distance driving is desired, we recommend a Mercedes 3.0L Turbo diesel. A vastly superior unit to the 300tdi, German quality, German parts, world wide praised and known as a "million mile engine". Whilst the 2.8L cummins diesel craze is starting to settle down a bit based on the various reviews and endless warning's, it is a new alternative to any of our remanufactured options. The crazed LS3 swaps out there are bit to rich for our choosing, Yes we will gladly build one in, but understand that a basic LS3 drivetrain (new only) runs $18K+ and we will still require all the addons required with the LS swap and we will also have to remanufacture the remnants of the drivetrain with uprated parts to cope with the power provided. This really is opening a can of WORMS, and ends up nearly always being in the $45K+ range due to the necessity for uprating everything well beyond the noted below.     

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Please be advised that we are not responsible for other state regulations, when it pertains to engine swaps. You as the owner are responsible for updating registration and knowing what is and is not legal in your state of residency. The figures below for each individual build are rough figures and should be seen as guidelines not final exact figures. There are to many things going on in the current situation which are having an effect on pricing and supply chains, which we cannot keep up with.  PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT THE FIGURES BELOW ARE BASED ON EARLY ROW RHD 200tdi or earlier Defender's in original format without accessories taken into account. LHD vehicles require different bracketry and have different spacing issues so please add 10% to the overall total. If your car is equiped with AC, that is great, but we have to redo everything outside of the cabin, please add $2000 for brackets, new compressor, condensor hoses, fittings, gas, and labor. 

New/Remanufactured

Diesel Options:

Land Rover 300tdi Turbo Diesel

Off/road + Leisure cruising

111hp + 185lb ft. torque

  • Engine $8000

    • Fully Remanufactured Engine.

    • German made internal bearings ​

    • New Injectors (Bosch)

    • Reman Injection Pump

    • New Turbo (standard)

    • New Ancillaries

    • Upgraded INA timing belt kit

    • Upgraded U.K. made Clutch

    • E.U. parts used throughout our Engine build (where applicable)

  • Gearbox $2800

    • Ashcroft imported uprated R380​

  • Radiator/Intercooler $550.

  • Custom exhaust unless 300tdi chassis $800

  • Various bits (Clutch slave, hoses, fluids, filters etc..) $500 

  • Labor $2200  

= $14750 + Delivery Fees and applicable taxes. 

The tried and true standard Land Rover Engine swap. The 300tdi is a fantastic engine for leasure use. We do however not recommend this for prolonged highway driving as RPM's at 70-75mph+ are sustainably to high for prolonged engine life (in our opinion). We build our 300tdi's like they would have left the factory with OEM or better internal parts and various upgraded ancillaries. 

Mercedes 3.0L

Turbo Diesel

Long Distance Road Applications

99% on road 

275hp + 400lb ft. torque 

  • Engine $9000

    • Complete remanufactured block including ancillaries.​

    • Manual Pump upgrade

  • Gearbox $5000

    • Mercedes Automatic Gearbox rated upto 500hp.​

    • Or Uprated Manual 5 or 6 Speed. 

  • Adapter's to connect Transferbox to Gearbox $1500 

  • Engine Mounts $250

  • Alternator Relocation Kit $250  

  • Custom Radiator/Intercooler $2000. (made for us)

  • Custom Propshafts for uprated HP and Torque $1400. (made for us)

  • Strengthened Remanufactured LT230 transfercase $2000

  • Additional Parts needed, all custom $2500 including exhaust. 

  • Labor $5500 

= $29400 + Delivery Fees and applicable taxes. 

Known as one of our "million mile club" Engine's that we use in our conversions. This engine should outlast the vehicle's life span (10 years) multiple times over and is the best option in our professional opinion for the money. Option's to increase the horse power are available to the tune of 400hp, albeit the same rule of thumb applies with upgrading axle's beyond the 250hp limit. Please note that this is the engine we choose in our "Forever Defender" builds and as such should speak volumes for it's self. 

Cummins 2.8L Turbo Diesel

Mixed use off/road on road

20/80%

161hp + 310lb-ft torque

  • Engine $9000

    • New Crate Engine​

  • Gearbox $5000

    • New Gearbox​ 5speed or 6speed

  • Adapter's to connect to Transferbox $1800 

  • Custom Radiator/Intercooler $2000. 

  • Custom Propshafts for uprated HP and Torque $1400. 

  • Strengthened Remanufactured LT230 transfercase $2000

  • Additional Parts needed, all custom $2500 including exhaust. 

  • Labor $6000 

= $29400 + Delivery Fees and applicable taxes. 

The data is still out on this conversion. Being one of the newest additions, we cannot state anything to it's longevity. It certainly does not mean that it will not be a good engine, it simply means that we have no input, nor are willing to buy into the bla bla of this setup. Please be advised that not all Defender's are legally able to receive this engine. If your vehicle was imported as a "passenger vehicle" and not as a "light duty truck" then the vehicle cannot be younger than 1993. For further details see Cummins website and reach out to NHTSA/EPA/DOT on further clarifications. 

Remanufactured Gasoline Engine's 

GM 5.3L  Gasoline

Corvette Power on a budget

320hp + 335lb ft. torque

  • Engine $6500

    • Fully Remanufactured including new ancillaries. ​

  • Gearbox $4500 

    • Built 6l80e​

    • Torque Converter

    • Ancillaries

  • Adapter's to connect Gearbox to Transferbox $1300

  • Engine Mounts $250 

  • Stand-Alone ECU + Harness $1000  

  • Stand-Alone TCM + Harness $1000

  • Custom Radiator $1200.

  • Custom Exhaust $800 (cats additional)

  • Custom Propshafts for uprated HP and Torque $1400. 

  • Strengthened Remanufactured LT230 transfercase $2000

  • Additional Parts needed, all custom $2500. 

  • Labor $5500 

= $27950 + Delivery Fees and applicable taxes. 

GM 4.3 Gasoline

The common sense conversion

195hp + 260lb ft. torque

  • Engine $4500

    • Fully Remanufactured including new ancillaries. ​

  • Gearbox $1800 

    • Reman 4l60e​

    • Torque Converter

    • Ancillaries

  • Adapter's to connect Gearbox to Transferbox $1300

  • Engine Mounts $250 

  • Stand-Alone ECU + Harness $1000  

  • Custom Radiator $1200.

  • Custom Exhaust $800 (cats additional)

  • Custom Propshafts for uprated HP and Torque $1400. 

  • Remanufactured LT230 transfercase $1000

  • Additional Parts needed, all custom $2500. 

  • Labor $5500 

= $18750 + Delivery Fees and applicable taxes. 

Ford 5.0 Coyotte (new)

460hp + 420lb ft. torque 
  • Engine $9869.99

    • New Crate motor from Ford 

  • Gearbox $5750 + Clutch Package 

    • New 5 Speed  (strengthened)​

    • Correct Cluth Plate ancillaries

  • Adapter's to connect Engine To Transmission $1000

  • Engine Mounts $250 

  • Stand-Alone ECU + Harness $1800  

  • Custom Radiator $1375.

  • Custom Exhaust $2200 (cats required)

  • Custom Propshafts for uprated HP and Torque $1400. 

  • Remanufactured LT230 transfercase + uprated internals for excessive HP and Torque $2500

  • Additional Parts needed, all custom $2500. 

  • Custom Front + Rear Axle's (Re-engineering of frame + mount locations) $12000

  • Labor $6000 

= $39250 + Delivery Fees and applicable taxes. 

USED ENGINES

Yes, we can install used engine's, but do not recommend so! We check the state of the engine's and make sure they run correctly, however these engines are sold without any warranty. Our engines do get serviced where applicable. Please understand that the horse power and torque figures cannot be predetermined on a used engine, so we give the new HP and Torque figures below but are well aware they they will trend lower as engines wear over time. When a used engine conversion leaves, our property that is where our warranty ends. The old saying "you get what you pay for' applies here. 

(USED)
Land Rover 300tdi
Turbo Diesel

Leisure cruising

111hp + 185lb ft. torque

  • Engine $4000

    • Engine is at least 21 years old ​

  • Gearbox reuse original gearbox (only if R380, if no R380 add $3000 for gearbox and $1000 for tunnel and labor to total below) 

  • Radiator/Intercooler $550.

  • Custom exhaust unless 300tdi chassis $800

  • Various bits (Clutch, timing belt, hoses, fluids, filters etc..) $1000  

  • Labor $2200 (conversion early vehicles)

    • If engine swap like for like $1000  

= $8550 + Delivery Fees and applicable taxes.   (RHD price vehicles only)

(USED)
Mercedes 3.0L
Turbo Diesel

Long Distance Driver

99% on road 

174hp + 244lb ft. torque 

  • Engine $4000

    • good engine, inspected and tested (not a junkyard find) ​

  • Gearbox $1500

    • Mercedes Automatic Gearbox 

  • Electronic Standalone ECU $1400

  • Adapter's to connect Transferbox to Gearbox $1500 

  • Engine Mounts $250

  • Alternator Relocation Kit $250  

  • Custom Radiator/Intercooler $1000. (custom fit of the shelf)

  • Custom Propshafts for uprated HP and Torque $1400. (made for us)

  • Additional Parts needed, all custom $2500 including exhaust. 

  • Labor $5500 

= $19300 + Delivery Fees and applicable taxes. 

(not available used) Cummins 2.8L
Turbo Diesel

Mixed use off/road on road

20/80%

210hp + 385lb-ft torque

  • Engine $9000

    • New Crate Engine​

  • Gearbox $5000

    • New Gearbox​ 5speed or 6speed

  • Adapter's to connect to Transferbox $1800 

  • Custom Radiator/Intercooler $2000. 

  • Custom Propshafts for uprated HP and Torque $1400. 

  • Strengthened Remanufactured LT230 transfercase $2000

  • Additional Parts needed, all custom $3000 including exhaust. 

  • Labor $6000 

= $29900 + Delivery Fees and applicable taxes. 

USED GASOLINE ENGINE'S

USED

GM 5.3L Gasoline

Corvette Power on a budget

320hp + 335lb ft. torque

  • Engine $2500​

  • Gearbox $2000 ​

  • Adapter's to connect Gearbox to Transferbox $1300

  • Engine Mounts (Weld-in) $250 

  • Stand-Alone ECU + Harness $1000

  • Stand-Alone TCM + Harness $1000  

  • Custom Radiator $1200.

  • Custom Exhaust $800 (cats additional)

  • Custom Propshafts for uprated HP and Torque $1400. 

  • Transfercase that came with vehicle (if applicable $400 if used needed).

  • Additional Parts needed, all custom $2500. 

  • Labor $5500 

= $19850 + Delivery Fees and applicable taxes. 

USED

GM 4.3 Gasoline

The common sense conversion

195hp + 260lb ft. torque

  • Engine $1500​

  • Gearbox $1000 ​

  • Adapter's to connect Gearbox to Transferbox $1300

  • Engine Mounts (Weld-in) $250 

  • Stand-Alone ECU + Harness $1000  

  • Offshelf force fit Radiator $400.

  • Custom Exhaust $800 (cats additional)

  • Standard (new) Propshafts - no warranty. $400. 

  • Transfercase that came with vehicle (if applicable $400 if used needed). 

  • Additional Parts needed, all custom $2500. 

  • Labor $5500 

= $15000 + Delivery Fees and applicable taxes. 

Ford 2.3 Ecoboost & 2.0 GM Turbo

Currently under-development should be ready late 2021. We expect the cost to run between 15k-20k.