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.
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.
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.