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  1. Is it possible to remove the engine and gearbox out of a V8 auto without splitting them? Could the front panel/rad etc be removed to take them out through the gap if the ancillaries were removed first?
  2. Bigj66

    Rattler and son 1971 S11a swb Restoration

    Do you reckon you’d be able to fit that rad under the panel if you didn’t have the inter cooler to fit next to it or the steering relay? Thinking ahead to when I fit the V8 and heard of the tdi rads being used before.
  3. Bigj66

    Rattler and son 1971 S11a swb Restoration

    It’ll be finished this weekend then....?😉
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    6cyl SWB?

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    6cyl SWB?

    Discovered that Heystee do a two leaf rear for SWB light load applications which I hadn’t realised so will probably take that route rather than split existing springs.
  6. Bigj66

    6cyl SWB?

    No, they’re all like that, seems to be the way they’re made.
  7. Bigj66

    6cyl SWB?

    I have these unknown make of parabolics fitted to the vehicle but the rear, being just the tub with hardly any weight, is quite firm and unforgiving over bumps. I’ve read some threads where the third leaf has been removed to make the suspension more compliant and wondered if I can achieve this by taking out the bottom leaf? If I do, will I need to fit some sort of retainer to keep the remaining two leaves in line like the one already fitted to the bottom leaf in the picture? Failing that, who supplies soft springs? I won’t be towing or carrying weight.
  8. How easy was the UP28 to fit? Thinking of getting an electric vacuum pump for my Capri.
  9. Bigj66

    6cyl SWB?

    Had a quick look under the Rangy earlier to see what the gearbox mounting arrangements were. Just two bolt on mounts to the chassis it seems. Presumably I would need to drill and tube the Series chassis to allow them to be undone and the box to be dropped which I’m not sure I could do if I was to weld the mounts to the chassis? How does it work with the R380 and LT 77 conversions?
  10. Bigj66

    Rattler and son 1971 S11a swb Restoration

    Interesting, I checked underneath my Rangy and I have a tie bar running from the back of the BW TB to the bell housing. Presumably this performs in a similar way?
  11. Bigj66

    Rattler and son 1971 S11a swb Restoration

    Loving the quality and detail of the work on this build 👍
  12. Bigj66

    6cyl SWB?

    Well I managed to get some approximate measurements of the ZF and it looks at least like it should fit within the existing tunnel surround as the majority of the bell housing will be in the engine bay especially where the bell housing is widest. After the tapered bell housing the box itself is relatively tubular but height may be a factor. Again I won’t know for certain until I have the parts physically sat in front of me and I do anticipate there might be some adjustment required but in general it looks like it should work. With the engine forward, there is still clearance between the V8 sump and the front axle but some shimming may be required along with the usual oil filter repositioning. I also think it will be possible to extend the transfer lever rod to allow the lever to sit further forward in the tunnel away from the seat box, possibly where the existing gear lever is located. Some scalloping of crossmembers may or may not be needed for the prop or maybe the bolt on RRC gearbox crossmember could be used, who knows. I also have the thinner RRC propshaft here so that may help with clearances. If I can get shut of the steering relay then I might be able to get a larger rad across the top of the front crossmember with some modification to the sides of the front panel. I should really rename the thread SWB Auto shouldn’t I? 🤨
  13. Bigj66

    6cyl SWB?

    Expensive yes, but I’d rather not take chances with brakes.
  14. Bigj66

    6cyl SWB?

    In case it’s of interest to anyone else, Heystee tell me their front disc brake kit will fit a Stage 1 axle.
  15. Bigj66

    6cyl SWB?

    Not sure if I’m misunderstanding something here but how does the RRC pump fit into the underseat tank of the SWB? In place of the sender?
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