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Thread: SWIMBO's Series 2 Tdi.. The beginning!

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    SWIMBO's Series 2 Tdi.. The beginning!

    Well, watching all these projects has pushed us into gear!! The plan... Light, fast, 'old' Land Rover with character that can do 100+ kms daily into the city on those days when she chooses to leave the Golf GTD at home. Yes, that is basically how she asked for it! The original request was for a Series 1.... It was only when she looked closely at another forum members Series 1 in the Adelaide Hills that she realised how 'small they are'! The birthday was near, so the deal was done. Leave work early, sneak down to the city and buy this... 1963 Ser 2 ex military SWB, minus engine and box... in yellow! One of the two colours requested. (the other was Land Rover Trident Green). Little did she know she had been driving past it twice a day for the last 6 months!!!! Now, I know the purists among you will be saying 'noooo, restore it as original military spec'. It ain't gonna happen. This truck has signs it had a Holden 6 in it at one point, the chassis has already been 'doctored', and the rear axle is not original. Better saving the life of this otherwise scrap Land Rover than butchering a Series 1. Done! Case made!!
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    Work starts.... Ok, the basics have been settled on. Yellow, 200Tdi, LT77 Defender 5 speed (short bell housing), 1.192:1 LT230 Transfer Case (have 1.410:1 and 1.222:1 in shed but would like higher), 3.54:1 Diffs and 130 deep dish wheels, PAS, Rag Top, Roll Bar (she has a lead right foot), and the spare mounted on a swing away at the rear. Originally she'd settled on my old Wolfe rims (pictured), but then changed her mind. This was handy as those rims have gone! Another post on here found us some older deep dish 130 rims complete with light truck Michelin tyres! Ideal!!
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    Tdi found! The joys of the CFS, "CFS:RES Vehicle Roll, No Entrapments". Off we go to find a Disco on its roof! Driver was unhurt, but a little cross at the fact he'd just swerved to avoid a Roo and written his Disco with 'tweaked' Tdi off. A few weeks later through a friend I hear that he's breaking the truck and so I snap up the engine, rad, intercooler and a couple of props. We're away. Gearbox sourced from EBay in Melbourne. Seller had PAS and Transfrer Case (1.222:1) as well. Not the ratio I want, but it is the ratio I need for the TD42 into 130 project.... Yeah, that's after this! No stopping her now!
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    Rolling chassis! Now I have to get busy! Battery tray has to go to allow room for Tdi injection pump and timing cover, front dumb irons need a patch on the front, front x member has been butchered, so needs replacing.. Will be having something slightly different to suit the Fender PAS. Gearbox x member will be relocated to suit the 5 speed and Lt230. Rear axle is just getting a 3.54:1 diff, Ser 3 studs and a coat of dark grey. Already has LWB brakes for some reason.. Front is getting disk brakes and a 3.54:1 Diff. Looking at disk brake options at the moment.. Anyone herald of Heystee Conversions out of Europe? They do a new hub and swivel housing conversion... Pricy tho. Anyone have any thoughts in this area? I have a pair of Defender axles coming my way but don't want to go down the wider route.. Thinking I might look at grafting the front hubs and swivels onto the series axle casing though......

    One carton consumed sooooo far...
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    I'm still undecided whether to use the series box or an LT77 in my 300tdi conversion

    Will you move the engine forwards 4" or gearbox back and shorten the rear prop ?? I'll be watching with interest

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    Plan to leave the Tdi where the 2.2 would have been. Believe it or not, early engine mount brackets bolt straight onto the Tdi. I'd use a 5 speed if I were you. Have done two like this now.. A series 1 88" with the old 2.5 TD (not sure if it made it out here) and 5 speed, and a Series 2 'bitsa' using a VW 2.4 straight 6 cyl turbo diesel grafted to an LT 77 (the red truck cab pictured in my photos). Both ran with the original front axle uni joints an full time four wheel drive mode without problems. A Ser 2 box will stick a 200tdi just. Not convinced about a 300 though!

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    On the home straight on a similar conversion on a 72 109 truck cab ex raf for my 18 year old. Good project to cut his teeth on seeing how a car comes to bits and back together again. We are doing a 200 di so no turbo, disco diffs standard box so hope to get 40 mpg or thereabouts. Spent today mounting galv front panel and fitting tdi rad to it, hope to get it painted (marine blue) later this week.
    Keep up the good work looking good
    regards
    Al

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    Sounds interesting... Di... Using the old 2.5 d manifolds? I'm assuming you are keeping the turbo setup for when he's older? Love to c pics!

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    I ll get my better half to have a go at the photos the next day or two. Was thinking of just making a flange to suit disco manifold and running pipe series 1 style out the side and into a silencer under seat box as its a truck cab that should work out o k.
    Al

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    Hope to get some pics up shortly and will have a go at posting a few. The engine I got for the 109 had a trashed turbo and the big ends were a bit ropey so changed them also, but if he feels he needs more grunt at a later stage a turbo could be put back on I guess.
    Al

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