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From Our Clients

The Congleton crew is your best option.

Taylor clearly understood the bond between an owner and his LR and told me that he would perform a complete assessment and give me an honest accounting of what it would to bring her back to life and back home to NY.

W.C.
Bronxville NY

5.0
2017-02-14T01:42:52+00:00

W.C.
Bronxville NY

Taylor clearly understood the bond between an owner and his LR and told me that he would perform a complete assessment and give me an honest accounting of what it would to bring her back to life and back home to NY.

Timely and Reliable

Timely and reliable- treats my Rover like it’s his own. Taylor is definitely a professional!

M.C.

Vermont

5.0
2017-11-01T15:50:45+00:00

M.C.

Vermont

Timely and reliable- treats my Rover like it’s his own. Taylor is definitely a professional!

We’ll certainly be working with Congleton for all our Land Rover needs.

My husband and I recently purchased a 1995 Classic LWB ("Big Blue") from Congleton and we only have good things to say about the team there. We contacted them about viewing the Rover and they kindly coordinated to be available after regular business hours to accommodate our schedule that week. Taylor walked us through the entire vehicle, answering all of our questions (no matter how small). He also walked us through what maintenance would look...

C.M.

Burlington, VT

5.0
2017-02-28T00:37:01+00:00

C.M.

Burlington, VT

My husband and I recently purchased a 1995 Classic LWB ("Big Blue") from Congleton and we only have good things to say about the team there. We contacted them about viewing the Rover and they kindly coordinated to be available after regular business hours to accommodate our schedule that week. Taylor walked us through the entire vehicle, answering all of our questions (no matter how small). He also walked us through what maintenance would look like over the years of ownership; highlighting the attention to detail he would give the vehicle when it came to him for service. Both Parker and Taylor have been amazing throughout the process, readily available by phone or email. We never felt pressure from them or sensed that they were getting impatient with our many questions. What really struck a cord with us was how much they care for the vehicles they service and sell. It's clear that nothing leaves their lot that they aren't 100% about and customer satisfaction is their first priority. That really gives you peace of mind when you take your Rover on the road, knowing that an expert (which Taylor clearly is) has worked on it and that he and Parker are only a call away if you need anything. The purchasing process was a breeze and Parker even delivered the vehicle to us! Needless to say, we're thrilled with Big Blue and look forward to years of Rover ownership. We'll certainly be working with Congleton for all our Land Rover needs.

These Guys Know Their Stuff!

True experts - these guys not only know their stuff, but are responsive, reasonable and accommodating. Highly recommend reaching out to Taylor / Parker for any Land Rover needs!

M.M.

Manhattan, NYC

5.0
2017-02-28T00:35:42+00:00

M.M.

Manhattan, NYC

True experts - these guys not only know their stuff, but are responsive, reasonable and accommodating. Highly recommend reaching out to Taylor / Parker for any Land Rover needs!

Not many technicians would have made that follow up contact… Thanks again Taylor!

"My 95 Defender's ECU went very bad.. A couple of phone calls & emails with Taylor, received refurbished ECU, problem fixed.. Congleton Service will remain on my go to list when I have any problems in the future.." Thanks Taylor

L.W.

Oaktown, VA

5.0
2017-02-14T02:53:47+00:00

L.W.

Oaktown, VA

"My 95 Defender's ECU went very bad.. A couple of phone calls & emails with Taylor, received refurbished ECU, problem fixed.. Congleton Service will remain on my go to list when I have any problems in the future.." Thanks Taylor

If you own a Land Rover, you need to know this guy!

"Taylor found my vacuum leak within five minutes as well as correctly diagnosing a fuel trim issue within the next five minutes. I'm ordering the parts now. If you own a Land Rover, you need to know this guy... thanks Taylor - Sara and I enjoyed meeting you at Muddy Chef..."

R.F.

Deep River, CT

5.0
2017-02-14T02:51:30+00:00

R.F.

Deep River, CT

"Taylor found my vacuum leak within five minutes as well as correctly diagnosing a fuel trim issue within the next five minutes. I'm ordering the parts now. If you own a Land Rover, you need to know this guy... thanks Taylor - Sara and I enjoyed meeting you at Muddy Chef..."

Congleton Service has always been great

With there support I've always been able to get home.

C.G.

Nantucket, MA

5.0
2017-02-14T02:50:11+00:00

C.G.

Nantucket, MA

With there support I've always been able to get home.

Customer service second to none.

"I am not a car-person, but I love my 2005 LR3 and only other Rover lovers can understand that. The guys at Congleton get it and have done an outstanding job for me. Customer service second to none. Thanks guys!"

R.S.

Cochester, VT

5.0
2017-02-14T02:48:01+00:00

R.S.

Cochester, VT

"I am not a car-person, but I love my 2005 LR3 and only other Rover lovers can understand that. The guys at Congleton get it and have done an outstanding job for me. Customer service second to none. Thanks guys!"

He has completely transformed the feel of my Rover!

I sent my 1995 Range Rover Classic across the country from California to Taylor, based purely on a few conversations we had and what I had seen of his work.

N.T.

San Fransisco, CA

5.0
2017-02-14T02:42:41+00:00

N.T.

San Fransisco, CA

I sent my 1995 Range Rover Classic across the country from California to Taylor, based purely on a few conversations we had and what I had seen of his work.

Just Restore The Beast!

I felt comfortable, every step of the way, even worked 3 deep over the weekend to get it back fast.

R.H.

Boston, MA

5.0
2017-02-14T02:16:28+00:00

R.H.

Boston, MA

I felt comfortable, every step of the way, even worked 3 deep over the weekend to get it back fast.
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Congleton Certified: The Worlds Finest Range Rover Classics

Phase II: The Engine, Transmission and Drivetrain, and Performance Enhancements.

The Engine

Once the vehicle is completely disassembled and moved to paint and powder-coat, our expert techs begin building up the drivetrain, starting with the engine.

When it comes to choosing an engine for your Range Rover Classic, we are proud to offer a few different options. We all know that sometimes originality is the most desired, and for this reason we are happy to offer engines of a stock type, that are quite original with a few upgrades if that is what the client desires. For clients looking for an original restoration, we will remove and rebuild the matching-number engine to factory specifications.

The most popular option for these builds is the Congleton Service 5.0L SPECTRE V8 for Range Rover Classic. We handcraft the finest Land Rover V8s in the world for our clients looking for additional performance, improved reliability, smoother operation and increased efficiency. At best, a Range Rover Classic can achieve 0-60 MPH in about 10 seconds, with early North American trucks taking over 13 seconds to reach 60 MPH. With our CS SPECTRE V8 engines putting out up to 330 horsepower, our trucks can achieve this speed in half the time… nearly as quickly as a brand new Range Rover HSE, We aren’t very fond of driving in the right lane either.

Our own design improvements step in where the factory’s final evolution of the engine ended. Traditional hot-rod techniques combined with modern technology create an engine that is a significant improvement to the platform, all without resorting to ill-advised shortcuts like supercharging. Best of all, our trucks retain their Rover V8 heritage and appearance when you open the bonnet.

Smoother Running
In the final year of production, the Range Rover Classic’s V8 was significantly revised and those changes were retained in the second-generation P38. Most noticeably, the 1995 engine replaced the numerous belts at the front of the engine that drive many of the engine accessories with a single-serpentine belt. This greatly reduced engine vibration and noise when compared to the 1994 and earlier trucks.  It is very challenging to correctly install a later serpentine engine into the bay of a truck that wasn’t originally equipped and many parts need to be modified or changed to make it work as if it were factory. We are experts at this conversion and any of our builds can be equipped with the serpentine system.

Reliabiliy Improvements
Custom “top hat” cylinder liners improve the factory steel seal that often leads to numerous failures, including slipped or cracked liners, gas and coolant mixing at the top of the engine, and eventual overheating. The large flange at the top of our liners provides a strong, positive seal onto the block and between the block and the head gasket. Rover V8s are famous for overheating and our liners address the true root cause of most overheating issues. The Congleton Icebox Radiator is extensively engineered to provide additional cooling to the Rover V8 engine. Our radiators are hand-made in the USA from aluminum and beautifully constructed, weighing nearly 50% of stock radiators. We replace the factory oil cooler lines with Icebox braided stainless steel parts, and add seven row oil coolers to boot.

Congleton engines undergo a high performance ceramic flow treatment through the water jacket, solving the “porous block” problem that Land Rover engines are known for. This coating is extremely reliable and durable and allows the motor to disperse heat in a much more efficient and uniform manner. Due to its impressive resistance to corrosion and high hardness rating, this process is used in many of today’s high performance applications.

Transmission and Drivetrain

Transmission
Our restorations feature automatic transmissions that are fully rebuilt using all genuine ZF brand internals. Each of these units are bench tested on the transmission Dyno after the rebuild to ensure smoothness of shifting and proper shift points, as well as ensuring that the clutch packs are functioning properly after the rebuild. These units feature re-cut and rebuilt torque converters, brand new Land Rover genuine kick down cables and, of course, new genuine filters. This is the highest quality drivetrain solution offered for your Land Rover.

Transfer Box
The Borg Warner transfer box is fully remanufactured and better than new. The transfer case is replaced with a new redesigned piece that eliminates the oil leak that is common on the original case.

Suspension
We are experts in rebuilding the factory air suspension system, and some of the only technicians comfortable working with such a complex European system. They are unreliable after decades of drying out, but reliable for years once correctly rebuilt at our facility. You can also choose to go with coils and springs, in various configurations depending on your intended use. We have extensive experience creating suspension solutions for everything from buggy racing and rock-hopping to high-speed highway stability.

Brakes
The later Range Rover Classics actually have pretty good anti-lock brake systems. We rebuild them to better-than-factory specs and hand bend custom stainless steel brake lines that are bent to the same angles as the factory. These stainless steel lines are significantly more reliable and will never wear out. We also rebuild and restore the traction control system. If desired, larger brakes can be fitted to supplement the stronger drivetrain options available.

Performance Enhancements

Our highest specification engines make 330 horsepower and 350 ft/lb of torque with 5.0 liters of displacement, a 10.5:1 compression ratio and 6,800 RPM redline. You no longer have to sacrifice performance to enjoy a Range Rover Classic, but still retain the heritage of the Rover V8 platform.

While we’d love to write a mechanic’s manifesto on the design and improvements of our engines, let’s assume you’d prefer a simpler list.

• New Congleton crankshaft
• New, larger valves
• Ported and polished heads
• New forged pistons
• New forged rods
• New performance I-beam pushrods
• New Congleton ROCK custom rocker assemblies
• Custom. Erson camshafts
• New high performance Congleton ECU
• Engine block is pressure and crack tested, then bored to overall dimension of
the new flanged liner.
• New flanged liner is installed, bored and honed to a perfect dimension for the
piston to travel within.
• Block.of engine is decked for perfect mating between the cylinder head, block
and liner.
• Cylinder heads are remanufactured, including but not limited to complete 3
angle valve job, new valve springs, new valve stem seals and surface decking
• Engine block is flowed with a high temp ceramic coating and placed under
heavy pressure for 24 hours to cure.
• New ELRING cylinder head gaskets
• New lifters
• New camshaft bearings
• New piston rings
• New crankshaft bearings
• New rod bearings
• New timing set
• New rear main seal
• New oil pickup tube and sump screen
• Redesigned Cold Air
• Factory or custom exhausts options, ranging from mild to wild.