Stage 1 TDi Station Wagon

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Finn1
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Stage 1 TDi Station Wagon

Post by Finn1 » Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:28 am

Hi Everyone,
I recently acquired a 1982 Stage 1 Station Wagon in Marine blue - well the bits which have paint on them are mainly blue. It has a 300TDi with an R380 gearbox fitted. My plan is to back to a V8 with LPG & a 5 speed box, but that is realistically a year or so off.
I ran a very early series 3 when I was Living in NZ and have always missed it. The timing wasn’t quite right on this one but it came up and seemed like a reasonable deal so I took the plunge. Plunge indeed.
I’ve had it about 6 weeks & I’m busy Un-upgradeing it! Actually it’s been a bit of a saga to be honest :roll: I took the train to pick it up in Solihull and drive back to Surrey, only covering about 7 miles before Smoke started pouring out of the dash to fill the cabin. After a bit of road side inspection it seems that some extraneous cables had be left after the engine conversion and shorted on the chassis, burning the insulation off a number of cables and their neighbours. And, as I found out later, the contacts in the ignition switch. With limited tools I had to concede defeat and it made the trip home on the low loader.
I’ve removed half a shopping bag worth of wiring, replaced the starter motor as the solenoid had shorted, a new battery for good measure and swapped the fuse box for more modern blade fuse item with fuses for every circuit! I have a little wiring to tidy up but its all working now.
I’ve made a fibreglass transmission tunnel, bought some sound deadening and rubber matting to tidy up the interior.

I’d attach a photo or two but getting the file size small enough seems to be a challenge.

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Geoff
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Re: Stage 1 TDi Station Wagon

Post by Geoff » Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:19 pm

Hi and welcome. Good luck with it (I saw it listed on ebay)- nice to see an abused Stage One to be returned to a proper V8. If you open a free flickr account and upload your photos there, you can choose the size of photo you post on here when you copy and paste the BB Code for the photo from there to here - you can't post any size of photo here directly - they have to be posted via a photo sharing account such as flickr, which is the one I use.
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Cliff4WD
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Re: Stage 1 TDi Station Wagon

Post by Cliff4WD » Fri Jun 21, 2019 11:32 pm

I use postimage.org for my photo uploads. A stage 1 with a 300tdi and an R380 is no longer a stage 1! It needs a V8 in it.
Cliff

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disco2hse
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Re: Stage 1 TDi Station Wagon

Post by disco2hse » Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:01 am

Hi welcome aboard.

Depending on what you want to do with it, you might want to think going back to LT95 too. Changing the hi-ratio to RRC gives you a higher top speed.
Alan

1983 ex-army FFR 109 Stage 1
2005 Disco 2 HSE TD5

Finn1
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Re: Stage 1 TDi Station Wagon

Post by Finn1 » Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:00 pm

I'm pretty much going to use it as a car 99% of the time. There will be some motorway driving involved so something like a 0.8 top gear makes sense. The previous owner said it felt really under geared with the V8 & LT95. I'll also have to see what the availability of a LT95 is like. I have the cross members for the V8/LT95.

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Re: Stage 1 TDi Station Wagon

Post by disco2hse » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:22 pm

The RRC gearing does provide what you are asking for and frankly, I think it is a better box than the R380.
Alan

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Alicerover
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Re: Stage 1 TDi Station Wagon

Post by Alicerover » Mon Jul 01, 2019 8:32 pm

Hi and welcome.
You'll find lots of things to do if you have a look through the pages on this forum and lots of help. Alice is currently running an R380 mated to a RR classic transfer box, gives you a viscous diff in the centre and ups the gearing still. You have to stir the stick a bit when towing, but makes for a very relaxed drive and reasonable economy if your gentle with the right foot!!!

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