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Old October 6th, 2017, 05:29 PM
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1967 109" NADA Rebuild

Two years ago I purchased a 1967 NADA Series IIA from a friend who had owned it since 1980. In late '93 or early '94, he pulled the transmission to have it rebuilt. Long story short, the transmission, transfer case and Fairey OD went missing and the car never moved until October, 2016 when I hauled it out of it's slumber in his field.

Since then, I came across a 1980 Stage 1 that burned while being driven. The entire cab was toast but firewall forward is good. It has a good chassis, 3.5L V-8 with twin SU's. The LT95 had just been rebuilt but the top cover melted. the case and everything inside is ok. The previous owner had a set of NOS carburetors that haven't been used and a lot of other parts.

After that, I found a rebuilt 3.9L and automatic from a completely refurbished '94 Range Rover. The owner was installing a new GM hotrod engine/transmission and wanted to sell the 3.9 and transmission. It came with all the wiring and ECU setup for the fuel injection.

Hill Country British in San Antonio put in the engine and transmission. I found an LT230 from a D2 and will use the cables from a 2004 D2 for shifting. Today, they're in the process of swapping the axles from the Stage 1 onto the '67.


New wiring harness from British Wiring is next. Get back to you with more details.
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Old October 6th, 2017, 06:28 PM
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Did you have to modify the bulkhead (firewall) to make that v8 fit?
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Yes, they cut it quite a bit on the passenger side. I'll need to cut some aluminum for the tunnel.
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Old October 8th, 2017, 01:37 PM
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Awesome. My next build will be a 109. Love em. Looking good. Keep us posted
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Old October 27th, 2017, 06:13 PM
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Visited Hillcountry British shop, and got to see this with the engine mounted. Bet the performance with the engine being close to the middle of the vehicle is awesome. It looked awesome even gave me some ideas for my build. Can't wait to see it finished.
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Thanks for your comments. Just scored a replacement alpine window to replace a broken one.
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Yes, they cut it quite a bit on the passenger side. I'll need to cut some aluminum for the tunnel.
This is completely unnecessary on a truck with the NADA 6 bulkhead. I don't have eyes on it but from my computer it looks like the whole shebang is about 8 inches too far to the rear. With a V8 swap, it's almost a no brainer that the rad support has to be modified to fit the wider RRC radiator. The original 2A radiator won't be enough. Apparently they feel like they want to keep the mechanical fan which eats up a good 5 inches. With electric pusher fan in front, you can delete the viscous coupler and move the engine forward.YMMV.
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With a V8 swap, it's almost a no brainer that the rad support has to be modified to fit the wider RRC radiator. The original 2A radiator won't be enough. Apparently they feel like they want to keep the mechanical fan which eats up a good 5 inches. With electric pusher fan in front, you can delete the viscous coupler and move the engine forward.YMMV.
I hear what you're saying and I didn't think it would need much cutting, either. I thought I would get away with trimming the top of the passenger footwell. However, I only have seven inches of space between the front pulley and where the radiator will sit after trimming the radiator support panel. I wanted to use the factory latch for the bonnet, instead of the military external latches and the support panel is only being trimmed by the lip at the rear edge to keep it strong enough. This will give me a larger radiator with an electric puller fan and housing.
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You can leave the upper bonnet catch in place and tuck the radiator just under the top panel behind it. Trim away the sides. You will need to leave a little room for the headlight buckets unless you go with JW speaker LEDs and delete the headlamp buckets. That gets you yet another 3 inches.
All this is moot since they hacked the footwell already and it looks like the bulkhead cross member got the knife too.

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The cross member's still in place.
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