I built this one with a ton of help from my friend John White in 2007 and have kept it, it’s just a great driving little truck. 1960 Series II 88 powered by a Mercedes-Benz 240D engine.
The adapter plate from Jim Young of Series Trek. This mated the Series transmission to the Mercedes motor plate. The rusty metal square is a template used as a guide to narrow the Mercedes oil pan so it doesn’t interfere with the Rovers’ front diff.
The donor engine. It was a Mercedes reman with only 33k miles and a 4 speed tranny. The old 240D had rusted out around a perfectly good motor…….out it came.
Material for making the motor mounts. The footings were fabricated by Tri-Angle Metal Fab in Milton, VT……..they’re exact copies of the alloy Mercedes mount footings, but made of a weldable mild steel
Motor mounts roughed out
It’s in! Now the details……..plumbing, wiring, and exhaust
A custom stainless exhaust bent up by Vermont Custom Auto, Mean Green starter mounted, radiator hose found that work
The bulkhead finished up. It got new footwells, center tunnel, and a few repairs of the upper section. Time to prime & paint.
Fits like a glove and runs like a champ. A great combination…….one of the best four wheel drive trucks ever made, and one of the best small diesels ever made. This truck will outlast me by a long shot.