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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-20-2015, 02:22 AM Thread Starter
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100" Land Rover Series 2a - Disco 1 Hybrid

Hi guys,

Below is some photos of my current project a Series 2a / Discovery 1 Hybrid.

Iv been a member on the forum for a while however iv only really used it for information, so..... i thought it was about time to give something back .

Im a 22 year old engineering graduate who has been working on this project for the past 10 months just in the weekends between other hobbies. Progress isnt as fast as id like but its a hobby and funds have to be rationed.

I decided to run the 200 tdi instead of the V8 as diesels can swim, they also struggle to overheat and with the right exhaust and upgraded turbo can sound just as good.

Im more than happy to answer any questions of what ive done so far and try to assist in any way.

Cheers Chris.
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Fantastic! ..sooo jealous.. happy wrenching and keep us posted!
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Very, very nice. And the shop is amazing!! I'm so jealous of it. I look forward to more information and progress. This is going to be awesome!!



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Very interesting project.
What were your thoughts putting a series 2 body on a disco 1 chassis? Curious as to what advantages you are expecting? Was the series 2 frame bad?
Interesting project. Would love to see more of it.

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2002 D2 se7 6 seater . complete engine rebuild with flanged liners , 2 inch lift, terrafirma shocks, LT 275/65r18 Cooper stt tires, d1 modified front bumper, safety devices rack, 30" l.e.d. Light bar
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I brought the series as a project to fully restore. About halfway through pulling it apart, I got chatting to a friend who had an old rusty disco 1 which had been sitting around for a few years.

It seemed logical to do something different and merge the two to get a old school but more comfortable/capable vehicle.

One thing led to another and I ended up getting my hands on a very tidy coil sprung, disc braked chassis.

The rest is history really
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Sounds like an awesome idea to me. You have the looks and character of the Series with the benefits of newer chassis technology, disc brakes, and a coil sprung suspension. What more could you want? It's like having a Defender without the insane price!


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Awesome; well done!

I have a 1961 Series 2/2a hybrid, but it was done a bit differently in that the chassis is a galvy designa-chassis (original Series chassis but changed to coil springs). Thus the original steering linkage is used. It's got a LT77, 1.4 LT230, D1 axles, Defender seats and a Iveco 2.5TD. I love having the old Series character (including leaks and drafts) coupled with modern highway drivability (disc brakes and freeway speeds).

I'll be curious to see how you're going to mount up the radiator and intercooler as if this Iveco (no IC) ever craps out I'd probably go with a 300Tdi.
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very cool project! Hurry up and finish it so i can more pics....just kidding!
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I will try post updates as often as possible to keep you all in the loop. I must say its nice to have people appreciate this project, alot of people have no idea what im doing or the time it takes to complete even the smallest tasks....

Since the last post i have...

- Pulled the rear diff and suspension components apart, replaced all the seals and bearings and bushings. The parts were then sand blasted, painted and put them back onto the truck.

- I have a LWB landrover which is will be donating its tray to my project, so i have been pulling that apart so i can begin the laborious task of unstitching and shortening it.

- Adapting the hand break mechanism.

- Fabricating and setting up rear cross member to support the tray.

NewfD90 i have already mounted the radiator and intercooler, (see photos)

What i had to do to keep the recessed grille was to move the engine and gearbox back. This was a fiddly task which involved cutting and re-welding the engine mounts and re-drilling the gearbox/transfer box mounts. A lot of time was spent getting the geometry correct so that the engine was square, coincidentally enough the distance in which the engine had to move back matched perfectly with the difference in length of the drive shafts. This meant the drive shafts could be switched, the angle on the rear may be a bit much therefore i may need to get a wide angle prop shaft later down the track.
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It's few and far between when you get to see such a cool project getting done! Thanks for sharing it with us! Lots of progress in a short time!
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Fantastic build. I have 2x 1992 diesel discos I was going to put a series 3 body on but I don't have the shed or time at the moment
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Awesome update. I've been wondering how it's been going.


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Latest update.

Tray is off the old Landy, making it i look a bit sad, it has been stripped and somewhat panel beated, spot welds drilled and well completely pulled apart. Right side cut down and in place, just need to tig the holes, solid rivet together then will move onto the left side.

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Great update. I think about your project from time to time and wonder what progress has been made. I appreciate the updates. Just keep pluggin' along. I've got a '69 Series IIA I'm working on so I can appreciate the time and effort your massive project takes.


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Great job. I'm very impressed...and also envious of your shop. The "Hybrid" sections of nearly all other sites don't have anything of value. You've motivated me to add my hybrid build to this forum. I wasn't going to bother because it didn't seem like anyone was interested in this sort of thing.

Mine is a 2a 109 SW on a RRC LWB Chassis. It's nearly complete after 2+ yrs of very slow progress due to schedule conflicts.

Here's a pic but I'll make a thread in the next few days...

Thanks for the motivation...More soon,
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