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The Land Rover 110 300tdi project

I think it is about time I introduced to yet another little project of mine a 1988 Land Rover 110.

But there’s a few little things which make this 110 a bit different to other Land Rover’s I have owned in the past. Lets take a closer look.

1The first thing is that it has been retro fitted with a 300tdi engine. The previous owner paid somebody to professionally fit a 300tdi engine – which involved hacking off the engine mounts, and welding on ones which were compatible with the 300tdi engine.

2Secondly, if you’re going to the expense of fitting a 300tdi engine, then why not retro fit a R380 gearbox too! This is a bloody good gearbox that was originally fitted in 300tdi Discoverys and Defenders in the mid to late 90’s.

3Now the third thing that makes this 110 a bit special for me, is the inclusion of a twin tank vegetable oil conversion kit.  I have touched on running your Land Rover on vegetable oil before, but that has always meant mixing it with diesel in the tank. With this new system, I can run a much higher percentage of vegetable oil once the engine has warmed up.

4Lastly, the Land Rover 110 has been kitted out as a weekend camper. Its been fully insulated inside, a checker plate kit fitted, and ply lining too. There is a removable box that fits in the central load area to provide a sleeping platform too.

The vegetable oil conversion

Lets have a closer look into how the vegetable oil conversion works.

The kit that has been installed was bought from DieselVeg. They can install it for you, or you can do a DIY installation following the compreshensive instructions.

The main tank at the back of the 110 holds the filtered vegetable oil, and in a side locker is a 5 gallon plastic tank which holds regular pump diesel. I then have a switch on the dashboard which means I can flick between the 2 tanks at will.

I have to start the engine on pump diesel, but when the engine is up to temperature, I can then flick the switch and the valve installed under the bonnet changes the fuel supply to vegetable oil.

The vegetable oil from the main tank passes through a heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is plumbed into the water system of the engine, and this is where it gets the heat from. The warmed vegetable oil then passes through a couple more filters, through the switching valves and then on into the injection pump for injection into the cylinders.

At the end of my journey (or the end of the day) I will switch back to pump diesel for the last mile or so, and the fitted quick purge system sends any remaining vegetable oil in the fuel lines back to the main tank. This means the next morning when the engine is cold, I am able to start it first time on normal diesel.

Anything else?

So what are the negatives? Well, there’s a bit of rust in the body capping’s which needs to be taken care of. It also needs some welding to the chassis by the A-frame cross-member for the MOT which I didn’t find out about until after buying it! It also needs painting, as the paint has definitely seen better days.

All in all, its a good base vehicle that I can improve over the coming months, and you lot will be the first to see what I get up to with it! In the meantime, here’s some photos for you to check out.

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