Braveheart Build -R2.8

dkemm

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I decided to finally begin my build thread. I wanted to wait until My Cummins R2.8 arrived….but still waiting.
My wife named it BraveHeart (her favorite movie) because the 90 first sold in Scotland, was originally Blue, now repainted White.
I purchased my ‘88 Ninety, RHD in late February. It had 171K miles on it, but body was IG good condition, and the previous owner had invested in coils, shocks, tires and interior refinish.
Knowing the 19J had lots of miles on it, I had figured on a 200/300TDI swap - that quickly turned into placing my order with QuickDraw on March 12th.
There were a “few” things that needed to be addressed (other than the engine), so I set out learning and ordering parts.
Clutch - previous owner had noted the ‘weeping clutch’ - a new master cylinder and bleeding - now I can shift gears! I noticed the brake fluid reservoir had the appearance of broken tempered glass, I figured I would replace that prior to it giving out completely.

Doors - passenger only opened from inside, driver only opened from outside, latching was a problem and neither locked. I connected a few linkages, replaced a few clips and latch - work like champs now.

Lighting - I quickly learned about Lucas - prince of darkness, as well as fixing incorrect connections and bad grounds. After troubleshooting, I decided to upgrade to all LED - I can see at night now!

Steering - lots of play!!! I began by replacing (probably original) bushes - this helped but while under the 90, I noticed torn boots on tie rods. I figured these were likely just as old and replaced all tie rods and linkages, including steering drop arm. All this helped, but still had play so dig into the swivel balls - full bearing and seal overhaul. It’s amazing how much more relaxing it is to drive when your vehicle maintains its lane.

Engine - still waiting on the r2.8, I figured I should keep the 19j running. After my turbo was spewing “oil”, I stumbled on some articles about boost diaphragm - turns out it was diesel as the diaphragm had a hole in it - explained the pressurized fuel tank at full up and (some) smoke issues. Engine now running noticeably better, went into limp mode…fine idling, didn’t like any acceleration- turns out the intake hose had collapsed, so I replaced that

I will add to this with some of the other items I have been working on, but will leave you with the most recent photo - r230 in 1.2, with Ashcroft ATB and HD goodies, in blue.
 

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dkemm

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Did you paint that LT230 yourself or did they do it for you? Looks nice!
Thank you! I did it myself - just took alot of time to prep and cover bolts heads. I wasnt planning to paint - but got tired of just looking at it while I wait for my 2.8 to arrive.
 

dkemm

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Just finished today - new to me center console (had to repair some cracks and fill a gauge hole. Wrapped it in deer leather to match some of the other leather parts (Steering Wheel, customer cubby lid, custom grab bar, brake handle).....that R2.8 needs to arrive SOON! I also updated my fuse box to a 300TDI blade style - gave me some dedicated slots for accessories (Pwr Windows, Locks/alarm, switches, USB and ligher sockets)
 

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