Tag Archives: Conversions

Subtle Modifications

An ongoing project has been the (hopefully) discrete and (definitely) reversible conversion of an 80 inch Land Rover to take the steering box from a later model. There are plenty of arguments for and against this sort of conversion but … Continue reading

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Engine Conversion

More work today on the Land Rover Series 1 engine conversion which was still in the ‘planning stage’ last time I wrote about it.  This particular Land Rover has already benefitted with a rebuild by its last owner who did … Continue reading

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Keeping Busy

Things have been characteristically busy in the workshop since my last post (which is also, as usual, the reason why it has been so long since the last post!).  Work is progressing well on the Jaguar 3.8 and the Triumph … Continue reading

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Deeply Scratched and Highly Polished

Today saw the last of the machining operations for the Scimitar – to – Type 9 gearbox conversion with the manufacture of an aluminium bracket which reproduces the original speedo cable fitting on the later gearbox. I learned my first … Continue reading

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Testing cars and signing for parcels

It will most likely not come as any surprise to regular readers that much of today has been taken up with things Scimitar and the car has now had a successful first road test. A temporary cable connection has made … Continue reading

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Scimitar Continues

The new gearbox went into the Scimitar this evening after attending to a few odds and ends prior to fitting.  The new clutch proved to be slightly less than straightforward: This particular car has a 10.625 inch pitch circle for … Continue reading

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Scimitar Taking Shape

The bellhousing conversion for the Ford Type 9 Gearbox in the Scimitar SE5A is now finished and pictured here as a trial assembly.     Also pictured is the new cover assembly for the selector rail which has to protrude … Continue reading

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More Ford Type 9 Conversion

I finished off the adapter plate for fitting the Type 9 gearbox into the Scimitar SE5A today – and managed to get a decent workout into the bargain when it came to finishing the profiled edges! The finished plate bolts … Continue reading

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Scimitar Gearbox to Type 9 Conversion

Just as many other children did in the 1970’s, I looked forward to my weekly helping of The Professionals on Sunday night.  Unlike many children, however, a good deal of my thoughts were devoted to making things on lathes and … Continue reading

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The Best of British

The series 1 Land Rover arrived on Friday as planned and we decided to go ahead with the brake master cylinder conversion.  The original Girling cylinder has had it’s share of trouble over the last year or two:  It had … Continue reading

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One life… live it!

Or as one Land Rover owner has it: “One wife: Livid!” I’ve been finishing off the Porsche 944 today which now looks lovely and rust free underneath and runs somewhat sweeter courtesy of new rotor arm, plugs and leads and … Continue reading

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Ethanol in fuel

The Daimler SP250 left today for an 800 mile drive to its home in France.  I have also been attending to the S.U. carburettors belonging to the Daimler’s stablemate: A Rover 105R which has been running poorly and flooding.  It … Continue reading

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Surgical Procedures

It has been a mixed day in the workshop today:  The 5 speed gearbox conversion for the Scimitar has proved to be a good solution and I have been doing the preliminary design work on the adaptor plate as well … Continue reading

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Last Week’s Interesting Project

The conversion of a Scimitar SE5A to a Ford type 9 five speed gearbox. Not the first time it’s been done so I have been looking into the feasability – not least in economic terms – of doing a conversion. … Continue reading

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