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    Series 3 budget/diy improvements

    Hello folks.
    I'm new to the forum and to land rover ownership and repairs. I don't own a Landy myself, few friends do, and I've worked on them a bit, but I have joined to help my young cousin in South Africa who has recently procured a 2.6 6 cyl series 3 109 single carb Landy of 1984 vintage.

    We are on a tight budget and are trying to find out what simple or DIYable mods we can make to improve the performance and drivability of the Landy. He's spent a bit too much getting the stock carb running well with a specialist. I'm keen to find out what carb swaps are recommended for this engine, and what other sort of mods may suit cost effective improvement of the Landy.

    Also any other improvements that may be advisable would be appreciated thanks. Things like steering and suspension. I'm new so forgive my very open ended questions please.

    Thanks

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    2.6? Is that the BMW engine they used down there??
    Suspension, I love my parabolic springs, that's something you may want to consider.
    If it doesn't have them already power steering and disk brakes up front (I think it has it, but not sure).

    Other than that, these things go on and on, if you keep them well.

    Welcome here by the way...
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    Thanks.
    No it seems this is a smaller version of rover's p6 3.0 motor. I've read it is a stretched 2.25 4cyl.
    I'll have the look into parabolic springs, and not sure about whether it has power steering etc.

    Any advice for improving the fueling?

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    Cool, I've never seen that 6 cylinder, here in Spain the Land Rover Santana Cazorla is a 6 cyl. but 3.5
    <DCProven >
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    It is an odd motor, and guys in SA suggest fitting the p6 3.0 is a direct upgrade. But do you think there are such things in Africa haha! No luck.
    What is the 3.5 motor called? Is it a direct fit? Would my drive train take the torque?

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    You would be OK they were used in LR series (the so called Cazorla model) assembled here in Spain, but I think it was a local engine created by Santana, wasn't that great though, not very reliable, at least compared with the 2.25 which are pretty much unbreakable...
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