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Old October 5th, 2011, 11:42 AM
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ZF Auto / Automatic Conversion - Let's see pics

I know there are a bunch of different ways to approach the whole conversion from manual to auto / automatic so if you've done the conversion, or have pics of how your truck has been converted, post them up here. I've seen some that have built a platform attached to and forward from the Tuffy console with a RRC or disco auto plate, some that utilized basically the manual stick to select your grears, and some that chop down or use a short stick, while others have sourced an original 1997 console (or bought the fiberglass one) and converted the look to be more like the 1997.

If you have converted to auto, post up your pics here, and give some feedback as to what you like appearance-wise, who did your conversion, etc.

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ead.php?t=3583

There was a white ST I want to say out of NC a year or two ago that had some wood console, but I can't seem to find it now...maybe it's on my computer at home.

Anyway, post up some pics.
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Old October 5th, 2011, 11:54 AM
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Horsey... Contact Charles. His '94 is auto.
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Old October 5th, 2011, 11:55 AM
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I know. I tried finding pics of his stalk in his LHSW gallery, but he must have moved them or something.
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Old October 5th, 2011, 12:08 PM
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Here's one with the short stick utilizing the stock boot.
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Old October 5th, 2011, 12:10 PM
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There is a guy on the board with a 110 with the auto that is built into the 5 speed stick. Looks cool as you can't tell he modified the truck. If I was converting a 90 I would get the Ashcroft console. It looks nice and factory. For your truck I would of course rhinoline it.
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Old October 5th, 2011, 12:37 PM
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I had read not too long ago that Ashcroft was no longer supplying the NAS spec center console. RDS still has the fiberglass CD tray for $120 and the console parts (sans console) for $400.

http://www.roversdownsouth.com/defender.htm

http://www.ashcroft-transmissions.co...d&productId=76
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Old October 5th, 2011, 01:11 PM
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News to me. Call and ask. Are your going to make yours auto?
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Found a few more, and the white one I was talking about earlier (Tisdale's old 90).

http://www.defendersource.com/forum/...ad.php?t=20411
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Still dirty from the MAR. It's some kind of speed shifter. The only thing I'd do differently is shorten it or change the angle so I can fit a mud console. Oh, and I guess reduce the interference between the transfer case shifter and the drive shifter when in low range as sometimes the transfer case will pop out of gear when in low and I force the tranny into a low gear. All easily fixed though.

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The arles blue truck is mine.

I am still trying to find a way to clean up the conversion on the interior, or i will convert back to a manual transmission.
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The arles blue truck is mine.
Yep, I know that. What don't you like about it? The boot? Is the shifter wayyyyy down there?
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You going to convert? How will you work your legs without a clutch?
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Yep, I know that. What don't you like about it? The boot? Is the shifter wayyyyy down there?
Shifting is not really that bad, its not too far of a reach. I would just prefer a manual. I wish I would have just bought one originally.
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Old October 5th, 2011, 08:24 PM
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I was told the guy that was making ashcrofts auto consoles for them dropped dead earlier this year. That would explain why the have been "out of stock" ever since
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I have a 95 that was converted by the previous owner using 97 OEM parts. looks just like a factory setup
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I have a 95 that was converted by the previous owner using 97 OEM parts. looks just like a factory setup
Looks good. Do you know who did the conversion and if they used the plastic or the fiberglass console?
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Wouldn't it be just as cheap and easy to buy a 97?
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It's not for my black 90.
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Josh, I'm not sure what you are after but one advantage of the zf trans and most autos is that the shifter linkage is a cable. That means that there are many possibilities regarding mounting and the type of shifter.
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