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    Stirlsilver's Disco Ute Project

    Hi All,
    Well, after a long time of putting up with the leaf springs, drum brakes and non power steered Series 3 Stage 1 I decided (after some nagging by a few people) to start another project.

    I've bought SPROVER's old 92 disco and the plan is to cut it down into a tray back ute... it seems that there is a few projects of this nature going at the moment. Why a ute? Well, my series 3 is a ute and when taking it off road I really appreciated the luxury of having half the amount of panels to dent. A tray if built solidly enough will handle sliding into rocks, banks and even trees.

    It's going to be a long term project, and at this stage i'm thinking of cutting the body half way down the rear doors, doing all the necessary work to finish the body and make it look decent. Fabricate up a short tray, fit 35's and do all the necessary spring, spring mount, shock & shock mount modifications to get the articulation and flex I want. I'll build a tubular frame around the car, I don't intend to use a bull bar. To finish it off at this stage i'm thinking of building a twin turbo 3.9L LPG V8 engine for it on an auto box, the turbos will be fairly small as I would want them to come in early in the rev range so that they are useful while 4wding. And yes I know a supercharger is better for this but I want to try with two small turbos and see how it goes. Of course all the other things will be done, lockers and what not.

    Anyway, time for some photos. I have only just paid for the car so I'll soon be taking it to the workshop to start working on it. This is going to be a long term project and I intend to use my stage 1 in the mean time, but when this is finished the stage 1 will be sold.

    This is the car which will be worked on:




    As a first step of this build, I intend to make some prototypes in SolidWorks so I can get a decent idea of the proportions I am after. After a solid night of searching on the net I found a model I could work with, although it was incredibly detailed! The model was made by another guy in 3D Studio Max who posted on some russian website that I came across. I definitely didn't make this model:





    Because i'm not at all familiar with 3D Studio Max I figured out how to export it and loaded it into SolidWorks which is what I will use for my concepts. Not a pretty sight here!:





    Over the coming days i'll start giving the model a virtual chop and start trying to determine some proportions before taking the grinder to the car and starting to build.
    Stirling

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    Jeez, you'd think he would have sold it with the headlights included.


    Sounds like you'll be having a lot of fun with this!
    Cheers
    Slunnie


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    Looks like an interesting project. I look forward to watching your progress.

    Do you have a link to the 3ds file for the Disco? It would be good to have to play around with.

    Paul
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    Good one stirling let me know when your ready to do the chop ill bring rosscoand our 9" grinders
    cheers chris


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    Oh yeah this one sounds good
    Can't wait until you get it started
    The twin turbo 3.9 sounds good to!!, i've always wanted to turbo a rover v8

    CHEERS TIM.

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    Here is where I got the 3D Studio Max model from:
    3DCar :: ?????? ???????????
    it is in that long list under "Land Rover Discovery 2"

    Another model I did find in my search, but was not willing to pay for was this one:
    3D CAD Browser - 3D Model Preview - Land Rover Discovery (1996)

    One thing I was never able to find was a decent drawing or model of the discovery chassis. Man that would be handy.
    Stirling

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    Have a look THIS site
    You may have to become a member but is good

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    Stirl

    Sounds good mate. What sort of timeframe are you giving yourself? Got to work to a schedule otherwise it may take forever...

    Let me know if you need any extra hands...would love to help out.

    Cheers

    Angus

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    Watching with keen interest.......
    Not that i want one... but still interested..

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    I had twin turbos on a 302 in my rangie before I cut that one into a tray, less HP than the N/A 351, but ow how 6psi at convertor stall speed add's torque

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