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Old July 25th, 2016, 10:33 AM
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Rebuilt Series III Gearboxes?

I thought Ashcroft supplied rebuilt Series III gearboxes, but apparently they no longer do. Does anyone know who in the UK still supplies Series III gearboxes?
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I think I have the last RDS rebuild- was leaking before it was even in the car, and SHP didn't assume the warranty when they bought out RDS, so I'm left holding the bag.
Bought a S2 synchro box through RN -which I believe uses Whitehouse- that took over 3 months and was noisy from the first test drive.
I have a S3 box on order through RN, but no eta has been offered. Talking to Synchrogearboxes.com now....
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We have about a dozen series gearboxes that I need to get down and rebuild.
Looks like this winter will be a good time.
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Old July 25th, 2016, 11:56 AM
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ROVERLAB, I have a call into SHP wondering if they still had any from RDS. I also tried to get in touch with Synchrogearboxes.com, so let me know how that goes.
Robert, I have one box in the truck that is going, and another that I pulled out 20 years ago that is in pieces. If I find all the pieces, I may just rebuild the older one. I will certainly repair the one in the truck now, but wanted to just swap out units and take my time rebuilding the spare. I was hoping to just have Ashcroft air-freight me one.
Let me know when/if you rebuild any this winter. If I don't need it, there is another guy you know down here that may take one or two from you.
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I think I have the last RDS rebuild- was leaking before it was even in the car, and SHP didn't assume the warranty when they bought out RDS, so I'm left holding the bag.
Bought a S2 synchro box through RN -which I believe uses Whitehouse- that took over 3 months and was noisy from the first test drive.
I have a S3 box on order through RN, but no eta has been offered. Talking to Synchrogearboxes.com now....
My Series three box that was apperently a RDS rebuild from around 2009, decided it wanted to loosen the bellhousing to trans bolts last spring and unload all of the oil in the box on me.

I think the best rebuild will be a box that sat in a rusted/wrecked truck that has been gone through by the owner of the truck that replaces all worn parts.
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Old July 25th, 2016, 12:24 PM
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Call Ike at Pangolin 4x4, he would likely either have on or be willing to rebuild one for you.


Other options include the following:


- There is a guy here in Columbia (SC) that will rebuild your box for you. I can promise that it will be the absolute best quality rebuild that you will find. I would argue that he is one of the most talented mechanics in the US and absolutely loves working on Rovers. The catch is that he works for a private collector, but he fills in down time by taking the occasional "off the street" project. We are good buddy's so I can give you his number if you like. He can be painfully slow, so you might not get it back for months. But, when you do, it will be right.




- Option #3 - There is a guy over on the GNR board that will rebuild your box. His name is Luke and his handle is rovrfixr. He is in NC and seems to turn out good work and does it quickly.
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Fellas, I have taken apart a rebuilt box from synchrogearboxes in the UK. I would not recommend using them. PM me for details, not gonna post it here.
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I bought my transmission from these guys:

David Beaumont 4x4 Gearbox Specialists

2 years later, so glad I did. Finally have a transmission that doesn't suck. Comes with reconditioned transfer case as well (didn't use it as I have a suffix B, extra low range FTW).

On that note, if anyone needs a transfer case, I've still got it in my basement...
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How much do you want for the transfer case? PM me if you want.
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Fellas, I have taken apart a rebuilt box from synchrogearboxes in the UK. I would not recommend using them. PM me for details, not gonna post it here.
Same experience.
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I bought of the last RDS gear boxes he had. SHD didn't get any with the parts sale.

Rumor has it there is a guy in Louisiana (IRRC) who rebuiding series gearboxes, but that about all I've found for US sources. With interest in Series trucks growing, someone could tool up and have nice little side business rebuilding series gear boxes.
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