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Bedford Van 1980 LWB best engine conversions

Hi all, I have a 1980 LWB Bedford Van with a holden red 202. In preparing to give the old girl a new lease on life and give it a full make over. My long term goal is to travel around Australia in it. Im not sure what to do with the engine and gearbox situation, im after something that will be reliable and not an extreme fuel guzzler but it needs to have a bit more power then the tired old 202 that currently powers it. Any info and ideas from anyone who have done up bedfords and has had experince with engine upgrades (fresh 202, V6 conversion, V8 power) would be a great help.

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that van is huge! no wonder the 202 is tired.... Now I know little about the shape of the engine bay in these, being a van im sure there a pain one way or another. My first thought was up grade to a different more powerful straight 6, say a rb30 vl/skyline engine? or a 4ltr falcon 6? what ever you put in it will need a big mob of torque to push that big ol wagon through the wind. Maybe a diesel coaster bus motor? Thats a diesel landcruiser 6 with its maximum output. Some food for thought I hope.
Curly. traveled half way around australia 3 times in a 4x4sandman.
(one day ill get past darwin)

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