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Old November 11th, 2013, 06:54 PM
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My clutch master cylinder died this morning, so I'm contemplating either fixing it or converting to an auto transmission. Besides the shifter and console, what is involved in switching to an auto transmission? I'm sure this has been discussed, and Josh, I know you'll point me in the right direction I'd search if I weren't relying on my iPhone right now...
Isn't it in the thread I already posted here?
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Old November 11th, 2013, 08:38 PM
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My clutch master cylinder died this morning, so I'm contemplating either fixing it or converting to an auto transmission. Besides the shifter and console, what is involved in switching to an auto transmission? I'm sure this has been discussed, and Josh, I know you'll point me in the right direction I'd search if I weren't relying on my iPhone right now...
It will depend on how factory correct you want it to be. Other items needed will be the cooler, lines, flex plate, flywheel, and a grill surround that has vents in the lower portion for the transmission cooler.
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Old November 11th, 2013, 08:40 PM
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Isn't it in the thread I already posted here?
It probably is... I saw mostly links to pictures in a few other threads... I finally have time to sit down and look.
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Old November 12th, 2013, 09:49 PM
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Problem is the factory parts for the conversion are very hard to find. Ashcroft makes a similar center console to the NLA factory one. Finding the other parts isn't too hard. If Richmond isn't too far I know somebody that will do it for you. PM if interested.
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Old November 13th, 2013, 04:15 AM
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I found the most cost effective path to be:
Order the complete Ashcroft conversion package including the console, with the exception of the transmission (you can get a ZF from a discovery locally and have it rebuilt). I am sure there are plenty of choices on who can do the conversion. It should bolt in pretty straight forward. Dave at Ashcroft can give you a quote.

Here are a few pics of my 110 restoration -
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Please note that the console is a stock '97 but the quality of the new ashcroft unit is as good or better than the '97, it just does not have the cup holders.

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Old November 13th, 2013, 07:23 AM
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Thanks Reese. That is actually one of the options I was weighing. What did it cost you to have a used disco zf rebuilt?
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I wouldn't want some random transmission shop rebuilding a ZF transmission. I'm sure there are plenty of people capable of doing it, but I've had bad experiences with rebuilt ones. ZFs don't fail that often, I wouldn't hesitate putting in a used one from a Disco without rebuilding it.
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Old November 13th, 2013, 08:26 AM
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Might be too far away for you but these are the go to guys in New England.
http://www.erikssonindustries.com/

You might be able to track down a rebuilder via ZF USA site
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I wouldn't want some random transmission shop rebuilding a ZF transmission. I'm sure there are plenty of people capable of doing it, but I've had bad experiences with rebuilt ones. ZFs don't fail that often, I wouldn't hesitate putting in a used one from a Disco without rebuilding it.
Especially when they can be had for $300. I'd rather have a good, cheap used one, than an expensive but broken rebuilt one.
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Thanks Reese. That is actually one of the options I was weighing. What did it cost you to have a used disco zf rebuilt?
Costs are after tax and shipping-
Ashcroft Console $600
Ashcrost package excluding ZF and torque converter $1500 (this is all the other LR parts needed)
Locally rebuilt ZF w/new torque converter $1800 (this was for a fully rebuilt unit with warranty). The guy was a real rocket scientist. They can be had for less.

Installation is negotiable but for a quality execution with parts I was about $6k all in.
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