Bringing an old LR 2A/3A into the 'now'

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Bringing an old LR 2A/3A into the 'now'

Unread post by SlowRide » November 11th, 2011, 8:52 pm

I've got a project in mind - now that i'm working in a hole in the ground I have a bit of coin to make it happen.

My dream car has always been a Land Rover 2A or 3A SWB - it just so happens my uncle has a non-running '70s 3A Landy in his farm shed that has been sitting for a good 15 years, and he's prepared to give it away for a carton or two of his favourite bevvie :lol:

First things first - I'm wondering if there's a reasonably straight forward engine and running gear conversion to bring the old girl into the 21st century - ie practical, 100% reliable, fuel efficient, and outback ready. Primarily i'd like EFI, disk brakes and air-lockers, and selectable 2WD/4WD - not a full-time drive. Other than that i'd like to keep it simple as possible, and not end up with a conversion that requires an engineering degree should things go haywire.

Any suggestions? My current and previous 4x4's have been Japanese so i'm a little lost with Landy mechanicals, but willing to jump in the deep end :fish:

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Re: Bringing an old LR 2A/3A into the 'now'

Unread post by SlowRide » November 11th, 2011, 9:40 pm

I forgot to add - i'm capable of sorting all electrical requirements, mech installs, and close family are fabricators. Engineering and specialist fabrication i'd have to outsource. Budget will all depend on options i'm given, although i'm prepared to throw $10-20K at getting this thing on road and registered IF it created a 100% reliable 4x4. If it's likely to run up to more than that and i'd probably opt for a 2nd hand SWB Defender.

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Re: Bringing an old LR 2A/3A into the 'now'

Unread post by garrycol » November 11th, 2011, 10:14 pm

Well firstly there is no such thing as a Series 3A (a series 2A yes). In the Series 3 there was the series 3 and series 3 stage 1.

Really to do what you ask is not economically viable as you would be better buying a 110 County in either V8 or Isuzu diesel form. You will have front disk brakes (rears can be converted), a good diesel - or V8 petrol that can be modded as you want.

These are full-time 4wd though - why to you want part time - it is a backward step. However if you want that they can be made part -time.

If you go a Defender, SWBs were not sold in Aust but from time to time private imports come up for sale.

Garry

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Re: Bringing an old LR 2A/3A into the 'now'

Unread post by SlowRide » November 12th, 2011, 12:10 am

3A? My bad :redface: maybe I should just say a 60s to 70s SWB LR is my ideal starting block for a 4x4 project, and I have one if I should want - it's an early model where the headlights are in the guards, not the radiator panel.

I was just wondering if anyone had shoe-horned a Hilux running gear or something similar underneath a Landy - while I like the power and mechanical reliability of modern engineering, I've always preferred old cars for their character, noise, simple interiors, rough ride, limited comforts, easy fixing... the kind of car that makes every drive an adventure :lol: My current ride is a Suzuki Sierra, and while it's unstoppable off-road and I love it to death, it's a fraction too small to take off into the unknown for a week or two. And a few close shaves with wildlife has got me wanting a more substantial car.

The option of 2wd/4wd is just me wanting - this will be my only car, so i'd be inclined to build something that can be a daily driver 3/4 of the time without fuss, yet with the shift of a lever still eat up any track or trail I plan to explore. Permanent 4x4 around town or on the highway means extra mechanical drag means higher running/maintenance costs long-term - but if a solution is overkill i'll take it on board :thumb:

Like you say Garry - the odd Defender 90 pops up for sale (like this bad boy - http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/LAND-ROVER-D ... 806wt_1325), but i'm a fella that likes a good project so i'd prefer to build one up myself :truck:

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Re: Bringing an old LR 2A/3A into the 'now'

Unread post by SlowRide » November 12th, 2011, 8:24 am

Looks like a turbo-less 200di conversion is the easiest option, and if I can get 35 mpg like one converter claims i'll be laughing.

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Re: Bringing an old LR 2A/3A into the 'now'

Unread post by cewilson » December 6th, 2011, 7:42 pm

Turbo-less 200tdi = painful. If you can jam a 200tdi or even 300tdi (newer and probably the better option) with the turbo and intercooler it'll be a lot more pleasureable to drive.

Take a look at the UK landrover forums as there's a few blokes on there that'd try this type of conversion. Also check www.aulro.com as they might have some ideas.....


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Chris

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