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  1. Why not make it like it is supposed to be in a proper Land Rover ? LT77 and part-time 4WD LT230 in my 88". Yes, it all operates and is in the same position as in an original Series.
  2. Wolf Heavy Duty P38 Rear Axle Casing

    Try van Maren in Katwijk, Netherlands. http://www.vanmarenbv.nl/ They might be able to help you out.
  3. Yes, they can be found in RRC's with 3-speed automatic. I found a brand new set of the the intermediate and final drive gears at Ashcroft's . Fitted them to a low milage 1,4:1 LT230 from a Defender whose owner wanted a 1.2:1 box and opted for a brand new Q series. It does a great job now in my Series IIa. Having the part time 4WD kit installed too, It retains the Series style drive train philosophy. Free-wheeling hubs and all. Mind you, 5th gear is like an overdrive now. On long uphill's on the highway I really need to switch to 4th to keep the engine revving in the power band.
  4. To get stuck things going WD40 is great. Once it is all moving I clean it off real well and use the appropriate lubricants. I have found that WD40 leaves a thin coat of rust on ferrous surfaces, it is not a very good preservative. For your air compressor any thin oil will do a better job than WD40, I.E. PAS or automatic trans fluid. Air compressor oil is not very expensive.
  5. My 1963 SWB is running an LT77 shorty and LT230 (2 and 4 WD, 1.003:1) behind a V6 Ford. Diffs are 4,7 :1, tyres 255/85R16. All this makes for comfortable cruising and a real low low range. There's no soundproofing other than earplugs. Easy to keep up with traffic but my 88" is just over 1400Kg empty (low weight helps a lot). I am using British Spring parabolics with HD 109 shocks up front and Disco 2 rearshocks (mounts drilled to accept the Series mounts), Longer militairy length shackles are fitted, tapered shim on the front axle to restore caster. The Pro Comp shocks that came with the springs were horrible and I returned those to the supplier after a 15 Km test ride. Yes , it is quite a decent ride ! For a 1963 truck ! It will never be as comfortable as my 2011 daily driver but it gives me pleasure driving it, knowing I've built it this way.
  6. Doesn't "CE" stand for "Chinese Export" ? ?
  7. Price of steel wheels

    Just in case you do want something wider https://www.nakatanenga.de/fahrzeugtechnik/reifen-felgen-raeder/felgen/5492/nakatanenga-anr-classic-stahlfelge-8x16?c=67 Not cheap at €129 each, but they will look great with some 255/85R16's.
  8. Price of steel wheels

    Brand new tubeless Series looking 16x5,5" rim is RRC503600PM https://www.lrdirect.com/Parts-by-Model/Defender-Parts/Axle-Rear/Wheels/RRC503600PM-Steel-road-wheel/ There's a German company working on this type wheel in 16x8". Since you only want a 6,5" tyre stock size is best.
  9. Defender Rear 1/4 or 1/2 Chassis Replacement

    I have seen quite a few 1/4 chassis replacements but all of them lacked the internal reinforcements the original chassis has. In the original chassis there are angled profiles (about 25x25mm) running along the length of the lower corners to take up the forces of the lower towing attachment. The profiles curve conformal to the shape of the chassis. In replacement sections I've never seen those. Looks like the hole in the picture is large enough to stick the camera part of your phone through so you can snap a picture from the inside and see what you've got.
  10. Most people that buy a new BMW M5 don't know how to change a wheel. They have a smart-phone to cry for help. In a Land Rover you might go places where there is no mobile phone coverage or the AA won't venture. Some people really use their Landy to go places. Above and beyond . . . . . . . . . . . . . My 88" leading a 110 while fording a river in the Ardennes VVV
  11. Just my humble opinion: I think the theory about the "fuse" is that if the drivetrain is overloaded the fuse will break. And like in an electrical circuit, you take away the overload, change the fuse and everything works like it was before. I watched a friend's front outer halfshaft snap in an offroad situation. He parked the wheel on a treestump to keep the oil inside. Got the broken part out, the fracture in the fuse was very clean. Just two parts to remove. Put in new "fused" shaft. Continue trip within 10 minutes. With unbreakable shafts, what else will break and how easy will it be replaced ? I think that 's what the KAM fuse is about. Again, just my 2 pence worth.
  12. Cars (and Land Rovers) of Cuba

    I was only kidding, off course it's all home made. Besides, in my opinion the Kahn conversions are absolutely NOT on my wishlist. But as a way to show you've got more money than taste it's quite good.
  13. Recommend me a tyre size?

    It ís the same with braking. The larger the diameter, the weaker the brakes. If your 88" still has the original 10"brake drums I strongly advice to invest in some 11" brakes from a 109. Besides the 10% larger diameter, the linings are 50% wider and both shoes per drum are leading. Late Series III already have them fitted from the factory but if yours is somewhat older it is worth checking. I used to run true 900x16's and had no problem braking these 36" big rubber flywheels. Mind you the 900's are over 15Kg heavier, each ! There's a lot of energy stored in them at 100Km/h.
  14. Interesting lifting roof on a Series

    Yes please, very interested in more pics and information.
  15. V8 Conversion

    How many RPM is the engine doing at 70 MPH in top gear? If the engine is doing around 2700 RPM, it will be okay. Possibly the conversion from diesel to V8 was just the engine, leaving the transfer case untouched. The diesels often have a 1,4:1 ratio in the TC. V8's manual transmission mostly run with 1,2:1, automatics a 1,003:1 ratio. If there's no tachometer in your 90 you might have peak underneath at the TC, on the back of LT230 cases is a sticker with the ratio. Mind you, it is possible to change the ratio, fitting different gears inside. Leaving the sticker on the outside you still have no clue what's going on in there. RPM's the best way to check for proper ratio.