"dave" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> excuse my ignorance,,,but what do stage 1 axles have on? and on what
> vehicles were they fitted to, from what year to what year.
> still leaf?
> maybe worth grabbing some if they turn up for sale.
Indeed. They were fitted to Stage 1 Series III's. Stage 1 being the name
given to the first constant 4x4 Series vehicles though technically some may
argue they aren't series IIIs at all but just Stage 1's.
They look to all intents like a SIII but have the grill flush with the
headlights and the longer bonnet later found on 110's and 90's. They came
with the contstant 4x4 gearbox also found in the early rangies and had 3.5
V8's. Good ones are quite sought after and there are a few SWB ones knocking
around but these can be counted on one hand if my memory serves me right.
The Stage 1 Axles have the 3 inch wide brake pads or is it 2 1/2 inch wide?
I forget, 11 Inch Diameter drums and the front Axle is a rover type diff at
3.56 Ratio and the rear axle is a Sailsbury type Diff at 3.56 Ratio again
with the larger drums brakes. Indeed the same Brakes are fitted to the 101.
To fit them to Percy (SWB) I had to relocate the rear leaf spring pads and
fabricate a new rear prop as the sailsbuty diff has a longer casing and
hence a shorter prop is required... that and the fact my gearbox etc was
alot closer to the axle anyway.
If the higher ratio is a problem then Stage 1 Axles may not be for you.
Percy is Automatic and did until recently have a 4.2 Jaguar lump fitted so I
needed the extra braking and the strength offered by the Sailsbury Diff and
halfshafts. That said the Auto box tends to dish out less punishment.
More info on my site linked below.
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