Chev V8

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 20:49
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I made a mistake doing a gas conversion. Has any body have any comments re the chev v8 conversion into Nissan patrol, auto, built 12/98. this is a costly exercise.Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.
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Reply By: Patroleum - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 21:43

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 21:43

What mistake did you make?
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Follow Up By: Sarg - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 22:16

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 22:16
The Nissan ????
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 22:22

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 22:22
I think he's trying to say that he has a Petrol Patrol and has converted it to gas-fired.....which he is now saying was something he regrets (ie: he made a mistake).
So, reading further between the lines than I have any right to, I now think he's asking what's the go with doing a Chev V8 diesel transplant.
If so, I recommend doing a search back through the past few days Posts and there has been a lively discussion initiated by Bilbo about replacing his recently-stolen 100 series with a 2.8TD Patrol which is gunna be replaced with a 6.5 Chev donk.
I could be wrong and all the above may actually be bullchit.
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Follow Up By: Bilbo - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 22:58

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 22:58

It ain't BS mate. The project is GO!!

The patrol was tilt-trayed to my place on Monday and is due at Brunswick Diesel on Thursday, tomorrow. Again it will be tilt-trayed to Brunswick.

We've given The Fire Engine (It's name henceforth 'cos its metallic red) a quick wash off and a vacuum out. But it's still filthy. I'll detail it when we get it back from the V8 conversion.

I've removed the injection pump, the radiator and the intercooler as Brunswick don't want the 2.8 diesel motor that's in it - it's run a big end bearing and it's knackered. Shame of it is that the previous owner spent $4,500.00 on recon head, injection pump, injectors, glow plugs just to have it blow a crankshaft 6 months later! I'll sell those bits and help defray the cost of new insurance, stamp duty and other odds 'n sods. In fact they're already sold!! Thanks Kiwi Bruce ;)

I'm not spending another $2,500.00 on Outback Drawer Systems again as were in the stolen Landcruiser. Can't be doing with the pain again if it this one gets stolen! So this time I'll build my own. Once I've designed and installed 'em I may even sell the plans at $100.00 a pop!

So far, I've found Greg, the owner of Brunswick Diesel to be absolutely tops. With both of us being diesel mechanics ( although I'm a bit past it all these days - too old) we speak the same language. I can say that he knows his stuff and he's great to deal with. If the Chevy motor is as good as he is, then I'll be well pleased.

There is a place in Bunbury in W.A. that specialises in used 4WDs with the Chevy V8 diesels in 'em. That's Ron Krikke Motors. Even though I've already driven 2 Brunswick Chevy's in Nissan Patrols. I'm going down to Bunbury next week to thrash a few more of 'em before mine's fitted. I'm mainly interested in noise levels right now and it will be good to see how good (or bad) these indirect injection Chevy's are. I'll be soundproofing "Freddy The Fire Engine" if it's too noisy! We'll see.

If anyone wants info, I'll be posting here as the project develops or you can email me at:

Take care out there,

Bilbo (Les)
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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 23:11

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 23:11
G'day Les,
Sorry mate, I may have not explained myself well enough.....I wasn't for a moment, suggesting that what you were doing was way!!

The comment that it was all bullchit was directed at the possibility that I may have totally misinterpreted what the original post was all about. The bloke, Michael H (NSW) was a bit short on detail in his original message and I had to scratch my head a bit to work out what he was on about (and I'm still not 100% sure I got it right...hahaha)

Good luck with the conversion.....I'm green with envy!!!!!!


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Follow Up By: Member - Roachie (SA) - Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 23:13

Wednesday, Mar 22, 2006 at 23:13
See I even got his name wrong.....sorry......should have read Stephen H (NSW), not Michael H......

cheezus....time to go to bed!!!!!!!!!!
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Follow Up By: traveller2 - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 08:15

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 08:15
re the soundproofing I got mine from a mob in Dandenong, can look up the details if you want.
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Follow Up By: Bilbo - Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 11:20

Thursday, Mar 23, 2006 at 11:20

Not a problem mate. I just wanted the guy to know that there is someone doing the conversion and I' m willing to disuss it.


I'm having probs locating an Australian company that does soundproofing. Doing a Google brings up a lot of "soundproofers" in the USA and the UK but when I refine the search to just get me Aussie companies, there's very little of any use. Typical??

Please send details if you have some.

email is

These Chevys aren't all that bad but I want to be prepared if it is noisy. I doubt I'll ever get it as good as me stolen GXL Landcruiser was. Now that was 4WD limousine!

Geez - I really miss that beast! Still looking,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,


Les (Bilbo)
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Follow Up By: Member - Stephen H (NSW) - Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 08:54

Monday, Mar 27, 2006 at 08:54
I have replied but,public internet ,by the time I have completed my long reply I am no longer loged on,sorry.I did is a shame you can"t reply direct.
Thanks again mate.
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