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Has anyone here successfully converted an old Land Rover successfully? Are there any EV kits available? How hard would it be? It is probably the same effort as converting an old Jeep or Land Cruiser

Any help is really appreciated.
 

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Hello,

Has anyone here successfully converted an old Land Rover successfully? Are there any EV kits available? How hard would it be? It is probably the same effort as converting an old Jeep or Land Cruiser

Any help is really appreciated.
Hi I am working on an 1970 series 2a 88" Landie. I have some struggle with the choice of transmission right now. In case you want to ask or share something?
 

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I’m resto-modding a 1960 SWB and here are some options I’ve come up with…
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I like the LT230 transfer case because it is very versatile - hi/low, locking diff, many ratio options. But then again a dual motor would be nice 😊
 

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Hi,

I converted two Series III Land Rovers into Electric, both with Oneton Transferboxes and without Main Gearbox (the all over ratio is 7,1 long and 15,5 short and it works really good). If You like, You can get more informations on my little Website:

blackcockatoos.wordpress.com

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I’m resto-modding a 1960 SWB and here are some options I’ve come up with…
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I like the LT230 transfer case because it is very versatile - hi/low, locking diff, many ratio options. But then again a dual motor would be nice 😊
Hi Chris, thanks for sharing!
I also like the double motor version but I think you get very short prop shafts if you mount them in a row. I think it is possible to mount them with longer if the rear axle is turned upside down. One on the right side facing forward and on the left side facing backwards. Like a cross.
The LT 230 transfer also looks nice with upsides as you mention + handbrake. What reduction gear are you planing to have? (1,9:1, Torque box?)
I am also looking at changing the stock Leaf gear ratio from 8:1 to 4:1 or even 3:1 as an option, With an reduced diff if possible. I am trying to find a company interested and able do the work.
If not possible I think I go for the LT 230 with Torque box in between. (I am also hoping to fit the Leaf battery in one box under the hood. It will be tight, I know...)
 

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Hi,

I converted two Series III Land Rovers into Electric, both with Oneton Transferboxes and without Main Gearbox (the all over ratio is 7,1 long and 15,5 short and it works really good). If You like, You can get more informations on my little Website:

blackcockatoos.wordpress.com

jens
Hi Jens, nice work and thanks for sharing!
I see in the 1.0 that you connect the motor direct to the transfer box. A few questions pop up in my head that you might be able to answer.
How wide is your motor? It must be pretty slim to fit to the transfer case I guess? (My Leaf motor doesn't fit to the original gear box but maybe to a LT230)
Do you have any reduction gearbox in between motor and transfer box or do you run it direct? How high can you rev it in that case?
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I’m resto-modding a 1960 SWB and here are some options I’ve come up with…
I like the LT230 transfer case because it is very versatile - hi/low, locking diff, many ratio options. But then again a dual motor would be nice 😊
Hi again Chris,
Your torque table really helps allot! 🤩
When looking at it again I understand you might not have any reduction gear in between and limit the max rev instead, right? (about 5500 rpm) It should give enough or same torque as original 4479 at 1 low. This is great even though I love torque. But maybe I shouldn't worry to much about it... ? See also that you are planning to use the newer 150hp 320Nm Leaf motor? Right?

I was dissing the two motor solution because I thought I had to wait for the 3:1 Torque box, they are currently working on. But looking at your figures and calculating with 2*250 Nm *1,9*4,7 I end up with 4.465 which should be enough?? Or what do you think? 3:1 =7050 Nm is madness!! maybe?? 😵 (Please correct me if I am wrong, I am not an mechanical engineer...) And a top speed of 168 km/h @ 10k rpm, which I will never use. I will not run it at higher revs than 6000 rpm (100 km/h) most likely. Then maybe I can use the Black box which is cheaper... Thinking loud now.... 😏
 

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Hi again Chris,
Your torque table really helps allot! 🤩
When looking at it again I understand you might not have any reduction gear in between and limit the max rev instead, right? (about 5500 rpm) It should give enough or same torque as original 4479 at 1 low. This is great even though I love torque. But maybe I shouldn't worry to much about it... ? See also that you are planning to use the newer 150hp 320Nm Leaf motor? Right?

With the LT230 and the 1.6 gears and 4.7 diff it gives you ~ 8:1 final drive ratio which is near to stock Leaf plus you get low for crawling. Yes I’m planning on a newer motor. A Leaf Plus would be nice 💪

I was dissing the two motor solution because I thought I had to wait for the 3:1 Torque box, they are currently working on. But looking at your figures and calculating with 2*250 Nm *1,9*4,7 I end up with 4.465 which should be enough?? Or what do you think? 3:1 =7050 Nm is madness!! maybe?? 😵 (Please correct me if I am wrong, I am not an mechanical engineer...) And a top speed of 168 km/h @ 10k rpm, which I will never use. I will not run it at higher revs than 6000 rpm (100 km/h) most likely. Then maybe I can use the Black box which is cheaper... Thinking loud now.... 😏
That model is with drive shafts in stock position. I think there is plenty of room….
The thing you have to watch also is axle strength. Series are well known for snapping them🤔
 

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Hi Jens, nice work and thanks for sharing!
I see in the 1.0 that you connect the motor direct to the transfer box. A few questions pop up in my head that you might be able to answer.
How wide is your motor? It must be pretty slim to fit to the transfer case I guess? (My Leaf motor doesn't fit to the original gear box but maybe to a LT230)
Do you have any reduction gearbox in between motor and transfer box or do you run it direct? How high can you rev it in that case?
Tor
I don’t have a motor yet but do have a LT230 with 1.6 output so I can’t confirm fit. My plan is to mount the motor through the PTO so there is no centre tunnel and put the motor under the seat ( nice and clean)?

I think the LT230 has a 5,000 RPM limit so I might need the 1.2 gears if I want drive it on the highway?
 

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Hi, I have bought a LT230 box now and made a rough line up in my old chassis. (I have a new waiting but I do all the mock-up work in the old one.) When putting the motor behind the transfer case it ends up close to the middle seat. I think it needs to be lowered even more. Did lay it down even more but it is still very tight. After all it seems like the old 88" isn't as roomy as I first thought... :rolleyes: Off cause it gets a little better if I remove the hand brake drum and replace it with a disc brake.
I will try to find a company who is able to change the Nissan gearbox from 8,1:1 to 3,5:1 or similar if possible?? This can be followed on the new thread I will start now. LR 88" series 2A.
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Wow, it looks like you’re really going for it 👍👍

Really interested in the mating of the EM57 and the LT230
Does the motor fit on the front input? Thought it would be really close…
My LT230 didn’t come with a drum brake so I would go with a disc anyway. Wondering if the motor could be rotated 90 degrees to give you more room?

Anyway, I’ll be following your posts with great interest…
 

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Nice work so far, I'm about to start a build thread for converting my 1961 Series 2! It already has an LT230 transfer box / permanent 4WD which it has been running for years now, I'm going for a Hyper 9 setup i think.

I 3D printed a Hyper 9 motor at 1:1 scale so i can poke and throw it about:
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Here's a pic with the 'wrong end' stuck into the LT230 - the correct face also fits but i don't have a pic. I'm in the process of drawing up a shaft adaptor and a miniature adapter plate to connect the two together and can get them machined then.

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in fact, i may start my build / design thread tonight.
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My plan is to mount the motor through the PTO so there is no centre tunnel and put the motor under the seat ( nice and clean)?
I saw that in the drawing and thought it was an interesting approach. If the space between the frame rails in the middle of the wheelbase wouldn't fit any of the battery anyway, this is a clever way to free up space in the engine bay and transmission tunnel.
 

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I saw that in the drawing and thought it was an interesting approach. If the space between the frame rails in the middle of the wheelbase wouldn't fit any of the battery anyway, this is a clever way to free up space in the engine bay and transmission tunnel.
Thanks Brian. I makes it nicer for middle passenger too, but unfortunately I can’t take all the credit…
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Hi Jens, nice work and thanks for sharing!
I see in the 1.0 that you connect the motor direct to the transfer box. A few questions pop up in my head that you might be able to answer.
How wide is your motor? It must be pretty slim to fit to the transfer case I guess? (My Leaf motor doesn't fit to the original gear box but maybe to a LT230)
Do you have any reduction gearbox in between motor and transfer box or do you run it direct? How high can you rev it in that case?
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Hi Tor,

the Siemens Motor is 245mm wide and yes, hence it was really tricky to fit on the transfer case. There is no reduction gear between, but the one ton transferbox comes with 1,53:1 ratio (long). At 100 km/h the motor turns a little less than 5000 rpm. I think, the combination of the leaf em 57 and a lt230 (with 1,667 ratio) will run smoothly. Yet according to Germany ´s street legal rules it is not allowed to use a electric motor with more permanent power than the original petrol engine...
Jens
 
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