1993 Land Rover Defender with a LS3

1993 Land Rover NAS Defender with a LS3

East Coast Rover is a company located in Rockland, Maine specializing in NAS (North American Specification) Land Rover Defender repair, restoration, and custom work. One option they offer is upgrading the Defender engine to something with a lot more power.

1993 Land Rover NAS Defender coming in to get a  full restoration and LS3 V8 swap

This 1993 Land Rover NAS Defender came in for a complete body-off restoration and upgrades. Every piece of the body was gone over to make for a new green paint job. Some body pieces such as the bulkhead and doors were replaced with new galvanized metal. Areas that might suffer rocks chips or heavy use such as floors were covered in Rhino Liner. No modifications were needed on the chassis.

1993 Land Rover NAS Defender chassis

1993 Land Rover NAS Defender chassis with a LS3

The engine choice was a 6.2 L LS3 crate engine which produces 430 horsepower. The engine was wired using a Speartech harness. This allowed plug-and-play connection with the 6L80E six-speed automatic transmission. The transmission was setup with a manual shift mode that is controlled via a button the shifter. A billet adapter was used to connect the transmission to the factory LT230 transfer case.

LS3 V8 inside a 1993 Land Rover NAS Defender engine bay

billet adapter for 6L80E automatic transmission to Land Rover LT230 transfer case

Thanks to ECR’s talent and the choice to go with a LSx engine, one lucky customer is getting a beautiful Defender that is “more reliable, more powerful, more efficient, easier to service, cheaper in the long run and a whole lot of fun to drive.”

1993 Land Rover NAS Defender with a LS3

1993 Land Rover NAS Defender with a LS3

back seats in a 1993 Land Rover NAS Defender with a LS3

dash and console in a 1993 Land Rover NAS Defender with a LS3

Source: East Coast Rover Co. FB page via ESD reader Mike

5 Comments

  1. Tariq Malik

    Hi there guys ,
    Ive just looked at your page with the Land Rover engine swap for the LS3 .
    I have a range rover classic currently with a 3.9 efi V8 . and have wanted to do the swop for a long time , are you able to supply everything I need in kit form to do the swop? Either manual of Auto .. as long as I get the Engine .
    id be very happy if you can point me in the right direction if you cant .

    thank you

  2. Tom tomkins

    What is the approximate cost to install a LS3 engine ( automatic with air conditioning ) into a 1992 Land Rover 110 200TDI .

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