Land Rover Series 3 88 Project

1979 Land Rover 88

Condition: Used
Make: Land Rover
Model: 88
Type: SUV
Year: 1979
VIN: E57911714
Color: Black
Engine: 2.5 TD
Cylinders: 4
Fuel: Diesel
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: 4WD
Interior color: Black
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Sachse, Texas, United States

Description for Land Rover 88 1979

1979 Land Rover 88 Project

The predecessor to the Defender 90

Please read the last paragraph on why this is considered a Project Vehicle

Land Rover 88 Santana with Left Hand Drive. Clear Texas title. Over $25K invested. This vehicle is in outstanding physical shape with a recent mini-restoration. The frame is straight with no rust and it has been cleaned and painted. The aluminum exterior is in good shape. Both driver’s and passenger’s doors have been replaced with new and as such have zero rust on the frames. The doors are upgraded to the newer Defender style and include roll-up windows instead of sliders, modern door internal hardware, and late model interior door panels. The front wing sides have been replaced with new ABS panels. The rear door has been upgraded with internal and external supports for a rear mounted spare tire. The factory wheels have been replaced by later Land Rover Defender wheels to provide a wider track which gives a better stance. The original wheels and tires will be included in the sales price should the new owner want them.

All lights and gauges work as do the ventilation fan, heater, and windscreen wipers. There is no AC .

The original 2.25L NA Diesel engine( Model 10J) has been replaced by a completely rebuilt 2.5L TurboDiesel (Model 19J) rated for more power. The block was cleane, inspected for cracks, bored .020 and honed . New pistons and piston rings installed. New crank bearings, water pump, and all seals and gaskets replaced. Head rebuilt with 2 angle valve job, flat decked, with new valve seals. Springs tested. Head assembled by professional engine shop. Head magnafluxed and leak tested. New injection pump and injectors installed.

Gas pedal and throttle cable upgraded to 19J style. The original 4 speed manual transmission is installed but I will include the fully functional 5 speed originally attached to the 19J if the new owner desires. A different transfer case such as an LT230 or adapter may be needed to make this swap. The clutch and brakes have been serviced. The following are just some of the new parts installed:

New Master Brake Cylinder

New Power Brake Booster

New brake hoses

New shock absorbers ( 4)

New Tires 265/75/R16

New Injection Pump

New Injectors

Fuel pump serviced

Fuel Sedimenter cleaned and rebuilt

New Fuel Filter

New Fuel Lines

Recent Battery ( 2016)

Radiator flushed and leak checked

New LED reverse light and license plate frame

New rear door spare tire mount

New weather stripping

New late model door hinges


New front seats

New rear bench seats

New carpet set

New visors

New rearview mirror

Re-upholstered upper side cards

New cubby box

New door cards

Dash pad refurbished

New rear sill plate

All electronics verified functional

Now for the disclaimer and the reason I am selling this vehicle as a project at a significant loss.

The engine smoked before the rebuild and continues to smoke after the rebuild. I’ve spent quite a bit of time trying to solve the issue and no longer have time to work on it due to other commitments. Assuming there is nothing wrong with the engine internals (and each engine aspect has been checked by the engine machine shop) then the issue may be timin, valve set-up, or something else. Perhaps a Land Rover engine expert can solve the problem easily and will be getting a great deal on this vehicle! Worse case if the buyer replaces the entire engine ( which would be a shame after all the work, it will still be a good deal.

Please ask any questions you may have.