pop the top of the fan shroud back and look at the radiator. i bet you will find a big crusty orange glob of dried leaking coolant.
my LR4 radiator (albeit V8) is actively doing this now but i have yet to change it.
this is also nearly a "direct" fit. you have to take the front case half off and rotate it to align the mounting ears in the LR locations. and swap to a vbelt pulley.
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interesting. the heavy paint on the rivets on the rear corner cappings is typically evidence of a respray. as are the black painted rivet heads on the plaque if you go by ECR's gospel but i question if that is true or not as i so rarely see them with unpainted rivets.
im not picking a fight. im exploring your performance expectations and discussing what might work/not work. in other words, exactly on topic.
even if a R2.8 will pull 65 to 75 in 5th gear, loaded, in 3 seconds flat you shouldnt do it because it will destroy the R380 putting that much torque...
im not sure where you get the impression that i'm wrong, but i can assure you that i'm not. overdrive gears are the weakest in the transmission. they are not designed for being driven at full load. pick any 5 speed light truck gearbox, even the exalted nv4500, and load it up in 5th and it will...
please, if you are asking for opinion i am offering one. if you want to just leave it in 5th from 65mph without ever having to downshift, you don't know how to drive a manual transmission. 5th gear never meant for full load. regardless of engine or transmission.
if what you're expecting is to be able to put it in 5th and just leave it there on the highway you are going to need a few things, namely about 400 + ft lbs and a pile of spare transmissions after destroying 5th in all of them.
im not sure what you're expecting. 5th gear is a cruising gear not a "lay into it" gear. let alone with boards and such on the rack. maybe its the "loose nut behind the wheel" as the old timers would say.