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Thread: S2 ute body on RRC chassis... doable?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mercguy View Post
    So it's coming down to economics.

    After further detailed investigation, the main issue is not mechanical, but rather the chasm of differences between S2 and 91 RRC ADR's.
    and mostly the 'interior'.

    So the big gripe - i.e. wishing to keep the simplicity of the S2 ute and interior etc in tact, is basically completely moot.

    The measurements for swinging arc are what creates the issue. To effectively remove all of it from the equation means modifying the cab rear bulkhead, shifting it rearward, which then means modifying the top etc etc, plus still installing the collapsible column, the later 110 dash and a few other things.

    So by my calculation, it would be cheaper to offload the RRC and purchase a 110/perentie and then perform the 'comfort pack' upgrade.

    So I'm not convinced it's financially feasible, given the philosophy was to obtain a series 2 109 ute and perform the bodywork on it, then do the drivetrain swap.

    Still going to have some more discussions with the VSCCS engineers, and work out what the definitive stumbling blocks will be.

    I have also thought about going another way and chopping the RRC, but there's nothign wrong with the RRC's rear other than the upper tailgate corner rust.... easily fixable with some time (which I don't have right now).

    Working on it!
    There is another option.
    Buy one already engineered and use that as a base for your project. They do come up for sale from time to time.

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    Mick,

    I had thought about the idea of just offloading the RRC and looking for a series / perentie as a complete substitute.

    The main issue I have discounted this at the moment is not wanting 'another' registered vehicle.

    I had an opportunity to get this completed before July 11, but that has now slipped, due to the additional complexity of the in-cab re-engineering. It's not overly difficult, it's just time consuming and 'costly' (not that the actual overall cost is a deterrent)

    So the RRC rego will be paid for another 12 months, while I either look for a 110/perentie/defender/county or something else that suits my needs (W460 perhaps) and then offload the RRC, if I cannot find a better way to do it.

    I honestly don't want someone elses 'project' as each time I have purchased someone elses 'project' I would have been better off starting from scratch.

    Here's a funny anecdote though...

    re-engineering a leaf sprung chassis for coils is easier than swapping an almost identical standard coil sprung chassis, with improved braking...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mercguy View Post
    Mick,

    I had thought about the idea of just offloading the RRC and looking for a series / perentie as a complete substitute.

    The main issue I have discounted this at the moment is not wanting 'another' registered vehicle.

    I had an opportunity to get this completed before July 11, but that has now slipped, due to the additional complexity of the in-cab re-engineering. It's not overly difficult, it's just time consuming and 'costly' (not that the actual overall cost is a deterrent)

    So the RRC rego will be paid for another 12 months, while I either look for a 110/perentie/defender/county or something else that suits my needs (W460 perhaps) and then offload the RRC, if I cannot find a better way to do it.

    I honestly don't want someone elses 'project' as each time I have purchased someone elses 'project' I would have been better off starting from scratch.

    Here's a funny anecdote though...

    re-engineering a leaf sprung chassis for coils is easier than swapping an almost identical standard coil sprung chassis, with improved braking...
    I don't really see the problem. If you want to use your chassis .... just use it .... Its from a 1975 range rover from what I can tell once the body is removed .......................... I'm sure we have someone here that will donate you a pair of body tags from an early wreck .....

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    hahaha...
    Shane, sometimes I forget the simplicity of Landrovers.
    If it can after the om606,
    then you know

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    bit of a self-hijack on this thread...

    It was suggested to me by way of Lockee that I should perhaps ute-chop the RRC.

    Except that means I will still need front doors, floors and a cowl/firewall.

    I do like the idea of a styleside RRC ute though.

    When I look at pics of others, I seem to notice they are mostly cleaved from 2-door rangies. I suspect that has something to do with rust in the rear floor? Fortunately I have none.

    It does make me think about some cool stuff though. Still, I think the series 3 body swap is probably the cheapest option...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mercguy View Post
    When I look at pics of others, I seem to notice they are mostly cleaved from 2-door rangies. I suspect that has something to do with rust in the rear floor? Fortunately I have none.
    Nothing to do with floor rust and everything to do with ease of fabrication. Two door "B" pillars are far enough back so you don't have to add a cab section using cut down rear doors and such. Just plate off the cab after the "B" pillar and you're done. Seat belts in seats too, no need to engineer the door pillars. Oh and of course the fact that there used to be loads of cheap two doors may have had something to do with it too.

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    With a LandRover anything is possible.
    I put a Series body on a RangeRover chassis about 1986 & cut 10" out to make it look like a 90.
    I think I managed that before it became an obsession in Pommy land ,

    check out the youtube series "A 4x4 is born"



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    There is ( or was) a SWB Series 3 on a Rangie Chassis in the Vic Land Rovers Club for many years, from memory it was a relatively simple graft with shortened chassis & a series rear end grafted on.
    Here is the link from the above post.

    YouTube

    David
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    1977 SWB Hardtop

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeeJay View Post
    There is ( or was) a SWB Series 3 on a Rangie Chassis in the Vic Land Rovers Club for many years, from memory it was a relatively simple graft with shortened chassis & a series rear end grafted on.
    Here is the link from the above post.

    YouTube

    David
    That would have been me, I put 110 rear capping on it to make it look less Series like. Well it was 30 something years ago .

    Peter Turner also made one after seeing how easy it was .









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    Article from LRO back in the day .
    Can't believe an Isuzu County was $47K in 1989 . Must all be true because I wrote it


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