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Old April 8th, 2006, 11:30 PM
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Series Vehicle Build-Up Options

I am currently looking for a series IIa or series III vehicle. I'm finding a lot of older, well worn out vehicles for a lot of $$. Most are in need of a frame swap, & the majority of the body & parts are well worn. My ideal build is a daily driver (10 minute commute). Diesel would be great, but a gas engine is not out of the question.

1. Has anyone built a series vehicle from parts (for instance, just ordering frame, body, etc. from RN)?

2. Are there any economical mechanical diesel turbo or non-turbo engine options besides the 200/300 tdi?

3. If you chose a gasoline engine, would it be the Rover 2.25 or another?

4. Has anyone titled a vehicle built from "parts?" Any idea on cost? Does RN or another outfit offer "kit" cars for Series Vehicles?


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Old April 9th, 2006, 10:19 AM
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I would suggest buying a real beater series truck to start with. IF not, the really small stuff would nickel and dime you to death. I have some parts for sale int he for sale section if you are interested.

Engine, trans, body parts seat box, complete axles, bonnets, windscreen frame.. All series stuff..
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Old April 10th, 2006, 01:27 PM
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2. Are there any economical mechanical diesel turbo or non-turbo engine options besides the 200/300 tdi?

There's the 2.5l Rover diesel that was used in military vehicles, among others. They're available and fairly easy to work on. Finding parts is a wee bit of a challenge as you have to look to the UK mostly but it isn't too difficult. These are reputed to be super solid engines. The big drawback is the non-Turbo -- you feel the hills.
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The 2.5 is a good motor but very slow. Not great for todays road speeds. I am building a perkins prima Td engine right now for my series project. Its a great little engine but you have to get one in the UK. Parts are avail here at the local perkins dealer though and you have to have an adapter kit to run it in the series truck. I will post pics of the build soon...
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