Been a long time since I posted
Thought a update on the V8 might be good, so far so good has had covered quite a few thousand miles on the clock and no problems at all.
The radiator works great if anything runs little to cool, the electric fans only come on when standing still for 10mins and then only run for very short time.
Gearbox is holding up great although it did jump out of third at exactly 2500rpm and only when under heavy load up hill.
Took quite some time to work out why and only after striping the box and haveing very close inspection and much reading found that I had put the 3rd gear syncro hub in the wrong way round
Put the box back together and has be great with no problems since all nice and quiet
couple oil changes later and all still looks good (series 3 suffixD box).
Hill starts are steady away but once underway no problem with the series 3 transferbox gearing, although I would not want to drop the clutch at high revs thats for sure
sure would not last long then
For traveling around and how I drive its doing fine
will sit all day a 60mph 3000rpm, averages about 18mpg, have been off road a bit nothing to write home about and in low range it definatly dose the job.
Have changed the tyres for the Yellow Sea items and they work a treat much quieter and handles a little bit better (radial vs crossply)
still steady away on the roundabouts and the steering is still heavy and power steering is on the cards very soon
Ohh and theres no Oil