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Old August 28th, 2012, 03:46 PM
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5 speed to auto conversion

I just bought a 1994 Defender 90, the truck does not have the transmission or transfer case. I am considering converting it to an automatic. I have a 1995 RR Classic parts truck and what I have read on the internet sounds like I can use that transmission and transfer case. Has anyone done this before? If so do you have any advice that you could share. Thanks
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Old August 28th, 2012, 03:49 PM
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I have not done it, but you have the perfect donor for the trans (but I would use an LT230 t-case not the BW that is in the RRC).

The big ticket item is the center black plastic console which I think Ashcroft reproduced, but maybe no longer. The ones with the makeshift stuff look like shit. You aslo need to add a wire to the ecu to deal with the idle in park issue.

Not hard by any means and I think it would add value although I am very much a 5 speed guy.

Search and there are a number of threads on the subject.

PS congrats on the great deal, it looks like a nice truck.
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Old August 28th, 2012, 03:51 PM
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Thanks. I have been a Land Rover guy for a long time, this is my first venture into the Defender world. I think that it was a very fair deal and I am excited about bringing her back to life.
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Old August 28th, 2012, 03:55 PM
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My suggestion is to follow evilfij's advice but not to rush out and get the NAS center console. The auto box doesn't have a fixed linkage and you may find that you want the shifter in a different spot. So take your time and do what works for you.
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Old August 28th, 2012, 03:59 PM
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Hmmmm - a 1994 with no transmission or transfer case and you were just looking for a top.

Is it yellow, came from Texas selectjeeps.com and was listed for sale for $16k last week?
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A guy by me has a 1997 auto that he was planning on going diesel, he may eventually part with the whole drive train
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Old August 28th, 2012, 05:55 PM
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Yellow in the green!

You got it, I felt like it was a gamble worth taking and it had the seat and quite a few parts and accessories that were not pictured. Hope to get her back in the game soon.
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Old August 28th, 2012, 07:43 PM
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The look without a console is subjective, but just as a reference point, here is a auto conversion with a simple speed shifter through the standard shifter boot.

Don't mind the water - it was just the most convenient picture I have.

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Old August 28th, 2012, 07:47 PM
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Nice, Charles! Barry, I just remembered I started a thread on this for everyone to put post pictures of their solutions both with and without the stock 1997 auto console.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=33508
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Old August 28th, 2012, 08:47 PM
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A guy by me has a 1997 auto that he was planning on going diesel, he may eventually part with the whole drive train
If he converts, I would be interested in the center console. I am building a V-8 110 SW with auto.
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Old August 28th, 2012, 09:48 PM
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Looks like the consoles are in stock now at ashcrofts.
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Old August 29th, 2012, 10:31 AM
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Is there a particular version of the LT230 transfer case that works better?
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Old August 29th, 2012, 10:43 AM
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LT230Q is quieter...
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the later the better in my opinion, if you can find something like "s" series found in many discovery 2, many of the drive train "slop" issues had been resolved and updated.
make sure to fing one with locking diff as d2's came with lt230's with and with out locking diff. many of the ones with locking diff did not have the extra linkeage installed which enables the lock feature, those with locking feature will have an extra "nipple" (if you may for lack of better term) at the front output housing.
many guys are dismantling rovers and posting, personally I have dealt with Paul Grant, the transactions have been 100% satisfactory allways... paulgrant@mac.com on ebay stores "classic rovers".
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I vote for a push button shift. No lever to worry about, 'cept maybe the TC lock. Even that can be remoted.
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