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    Hi all!

    Love this forum and the community.

    I'm a besotted Isuzu Trooper 1984 owner. Problem is it's getting on in years and the suspension and body needs attention.

    Questions:
    1. Are there any vehicles that can supply the parts I'm needing for suspension?
    - upper control arm with bushes and balljoint
    - tie rod ends

    the rest I can source.

    2. Engine conversion.
    I'm sitting with a bullet proof but very thirsty Ford Essex 3.0 petrol engine
    - I'd like to replace with a Isuzu KB250 D-TEQ.

    Thoughts?

    Thanks so much!
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    ball joint etc, have you tried hayes motors in Stikland. Secondhand and new parts available there, but not cheap.
    Cheaper than stealers

    About the motor, I cannot comment whether it will work or not, but you are going to feel diff in power. Dteq (96/100kw)
    That is going to be a big conversion though petrol to diesel. Diesel pumps are fairly expensive, en nogall common rail.

    Maybe consider import 3.0 diesel

    PM Sweeper here on the forum. There is a conversion to install a mechanical pump from older generation instead of the fancy electronic.

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    Partquip supplies them.As for bushes use the yellow nylon ones.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwayne P View Post
    ball joint etc, have you tried hayes motors in Stikland. Secondhand and new parts available there, but not cheap.
    Cheaper than stealers

    About the motor, I cannot comment whether it will work or not, but you are going to feel diff in power. Dteq (96/100kw)
    That is going to be a big conversion though petrol to diesel. Diesel pumps are fairly expensive, en nogall common rail.

    Maybe consider import 3.0 diesel

    PM Sweeper here on the forum. There is a conversion to install a mechanical pump from older generation instead of the fancy electronic.
    Thanks a lot - I will give Hayes a ring.

    Regarding the pump: There's a trick here... Buy the engine with a functioning pump (VB44 I think it's called) then sell the pump (worth 25k) then replace with manual injectors. I stand to correction but this is what I've been told.

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    1) I would consider a front solid axle conversion if at all possible: sorts out the issues with control arms immediately

    2) The Isuzu 4JB1T 2800 or 4JG2T turbo diesels would be a much better, cheaper options and much less of an issue to install on the older gearboxes
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    Have you considered the 280 DT engine?





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    Talk to the importers of Japanese 4JB1T (280TD) engine, with gearbox attached. Probably the MUA I-2 or I-3. The RSA version was the MUA I-3.
    Very cost effective solution and much simpler than having to match a new engine to an existing gearbox.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roynaidoo View Post
    Have you considered the 280 DT engine?



    Yes. Thing is I'm looking for a bit "extra" and concerned the 280 DT is a bit of a donkey?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sakkie View Post
    Talk to the importers of Japanese 4JB1T (280TD) engine, with gearbox attached. Probably the MUA I-2 or I-3. The RSA version was the MUA I-3.
    Very cost effective solution and much simpler than having to match a new engine to an existing gearbox.
    Hi,

    Thanks, thats great input. Any leads on the importers name or contact details perhaps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSheariff View Post
    Yes. Thing is I'm looking for a bit "extra" and concerned the 280 DT is a bit of a donkey?
    Only if you don't get somebody to tweak them.............
    A nice fat intercooler, a VNT turbo, a 76mm straight through exhaust and some pump tweaks and it should push well over 100kW........which is the same as your V6

    Talk to DVR on the forum, he likes those old mechanical pump engines.

    Quote Originally Posted by TheSheariff View Post
    Hi,

    Thanks, thats great input. Any leads on the importers name or contact details perhaps?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    Only if you don't get somebody to tweak them.............
    A nice fat intercooler, a VNT turbo, a 76mm straight through exhaust and some pump tweaks and it should push well over 100kW........which is the same as your V6

    Talk to DVR on the forum, he likes those old mechanical pump engines.



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    Defininitely looking for 100kw +

    My best regards

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