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    Won't get a chance to lay a hand on it until the new year unfortunately. As soon as I'm done at work next Friday I'm off down the beach for 2 weeks. My Series 3 Project


    1977 101 FC - 'Chucky'
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    Gav, looks like you are on a winner with that pickup, that good old 186 banger will go forever.
    Drop a crow torque cam in it while it's apart, or even a cam from an EFI (Black) six, they are much the same.
    The Cabstar five speed conversion pushes the motor forward by several inches, so i wonder if there is any need for mods to be done to the front of engine bay ie crossmember, radiator support panel etc. I know there is a four inch gain with a six cylinder engine bay, but i wonder if it's enough. Did you get to check out the engine bay of the vehicle it came out of? Rod (67Hardtop) might be able to help with the answer.
    I may have some of the fitting instructions here for the Marks Conversion, i will check later.

    Cheers, Mick.
    1974 S3 88 Holden 186.
    1971 S2A 88
    1971 S2A 109 6 cyl. tray back.
    1964 S2A 88 "Starfire Four" engine!
    1972 S3 88 x 2
    1959 S2 88 ARN 111-014
    1959 S2 88 ARN 111-556
    1988 Perentie 110 FFR ARN 48-728 steering now KLR PAS!
    REMLR 88
    1969 BSA Bantam B175

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    Just did a bit more delving Gav and that station wagon the conversion was in, was originally a six cylinder.
    It has the front cross member modified similar to when a Holden six is fitted into a four cylinder Landy.
    Apparently the 5 speed Cabstar boxes were longer than the four speeds, so a 4 speed conversion going into
    a six cylinder 109 didn't require the front modifications, but a 5 speed did.

    Cheers, Mick.
    1974 S3 88 Holden 186.
    1971 S2A 88
    1971 S2A 109 6 cyl. tray back.
    1964 S2A 88 "Starfire Four" engine!
    1972 S3 88 x 2
    1959 S2 88 ARN 111-014
    1959 S2 88 ARN 111-556
    1988 Perentie 110 FFR ARN 48-728 steering now KLR PAS!
    REMLR 88
    1969 BSA Bantam B175

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    Yup, my cabstar and 186 is in my originally 6cyl, s3 109 and the front x member is cut like they did to 4 cyl to accomodate the radiator. The extra length is in the box. The gearbox is about 4 or so inches longer in the front so the motor sits closer to the front. I spose if a cabstar was fitted to an 88" it would fit better with a starfire in front of it, hey Mick??
    Cheers, Rod


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    1967 Series 2a. 109 4 cyl petrol, Fairey o/drive, Athol Hedges roof.
    Currently undergoing rebuild.
    Will have-- soft top, 4 wheel disc brakes, salisbury rear diff, military colour, 12 pin nato socket, dual pintle hitch....

    1975 Series 3. 109 6cyl 186, 5 speed Nissan cabstar gearbox, mechanical winch, roo bar, kings awning, 50" light bar, roof rack, twin 6"light bars, kings awning tent.

    1969 NO. 5 trailer. ARN 176 464. soft top.

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    Thanks guys. Yes the donor vehicle did have the front cross member modified. No biggy to do this, the vehicle will be getting fully engineered anyway. 👍


    1977 101 FC - 'Chucky'
    1986 Classic RR - 'Thing'
    1976 Series III Tray
    1997 Honda CBR1000F
    2003 L322 - Gone to a new home.

    'Love with your heart - use your head for everything else.' - CaptainDisillusion

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