'swap'. Yeah. Well at this point I'm down to a gas tank (soon to come out) and a pair of axles...which will be off at some point too.
I was just in the UK, so picked up a 1:1.003 LT230 gear set from Ashcroft - something that had been nagging at me. So no longer worried about rpm's and drivability - at least in that area. While I have the t-case apart, it's been much easier to see how long the adapter from the NV needs to be to clear the 5th gear casing - 3" will do it. Also easier to measure up and model the input face on the LT so I can draw up my adapter plate. So FINALLY I can get on with my adapter, NV main shaft mods, and input gear mods. I'm going to build three sets of adapters. One of the input gears will be my old 1:1.2 gear and the other two will be for 1:1.003 gear. Unfortunately, to preserve the PTO dog teeth on the input gear, the splining will have to done by sinker/ram EDM. Not sure why I want to keep my PTO - maybe just because I have one. It means I'll have to modify the middle cross member - but I need to make it removable anyway as the drive train (clutch, t-case) is too long to service with it in place.
still tidying up the bulkhead with sound dampening (someone mentioned it would be a good idea
). I don't want to talk about the heated windscreen.
I'd be making a little more progress if the kitchen-remodel-from-hell wasn't also part of my life. Hammered Copper counter tops? Really Honey? from Montana? How many weeks??????