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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 21st December 2017, 18:47 Thread Starter
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Has anyone converted their antara 4wd to 2wd.
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 21st December 2017, 19:09
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What's your problem with your 4 WD?

Nothing to stop you removing the propshaft which effectively reduces it to FWD only. Trouble is if the internals of your transfer box are worn / breaking up it could still go bang. The subject's been broached before eg <!--if gte mso 9>
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I was wondering if it would save the transfer box from the failure that they are prone to. It is my 1st 4wd.
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post #4 of 26 (permalink) Old 21st December 2017, 20:32
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I don't know whether it would save the transfer box from failure. Removing the propshaft still leaves the transfer box turning over its internals although I'd imagine there would be less strain on them.

If you look at this thread you'll see where a member called Matti (a time-served mechanic apparently) says he removed the internals of the transfer box to save any trouble and he can put them back in when he comes to sell it. Trouble is, if you had to pay for that work to be done it might be cost-prohibitive.
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post #5 of 26 (permalink) Old 27th December 2017, 23:00
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Thanks Victor,
Just to update i have Done 6 for local owners up to now, to remove the internal gear , refit casing , driveshaft ect and new oil it costed at £200 , had two out of the six that need the casing repaired , havnt got an alloy welder so outsouced the casing to a local welder and that added £50 approx,
The cars drive normal afterwards just fwd only with no warning lamps.
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post #6 of 26 (permalink) Old 28th December 2017, 10:15
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Hi Matt, that's interesting to know, I reckon if I owned one of these I'd be round to see you, at 200 notes it seems like s steal. Of the ones you've done, have they all been manual transmissions? Just wondered what oil they used because the earlier Series 1 Antara used automatic transmission fluid in the whole transaxle and it seems a bit contentious whether EP gear oil or ATF goes in the later ones.

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post #7 of 26 (permalink) Old 28th December 2017, 22:09
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I am in the same boat tbh. Antaraless , wife fancied a mini convertible....in the winter. . I order the oil from the reg number from vauxhall Victor, the vauxhall trade club works out cheaper than the local factor tbh. What comes goes in.
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Sorry , all have been manual so far
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post #9 of 26 (permalink) Old 29th December 2017, 00:10
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That was funny Matt when the words Vauxhall and Victor appeared the forum tried to turn it into a hyperlink (I remember the Vauxhall Victors quite well in fact I was going to use Victor101 as my ndp when I joined but decided against it in case nobody knew what I was talking about. Thanks for the tip about Vauxhall batteries, I'll bear that in mind.








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post #10 of 26 (permalink) Old 29th December 2017, 11:41
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With removing all the gears and components within the transfer box seems a good idea.
But then I start thinking with all gears and components removed to stop any damage happening with a costly repair is this the correct way
It's a known fact that the transfer box internal oil pump cuts through the casing letting oil leak out causing catastrophic damage (only when vehicle is moving) so the leak is very hard to identify when vehicle is parked up.
But once oil has got so low all the gears start to run dry and bang goes the Transfer box.
I think that on removing all gears and components does this include the internal pump being removed and if so this will mean the oil inside the T box will just be sitting there when vehicle is moving and then surely both wheel drive shafts prop shaft seals and barrings will run dry and be damaged in the long term
Plus by removing gears making vehicle which is a 4WD to a 2 WD is a major modification and insurance should be informed of the change to transfer box. Yes it may not be visible from outside that transfer box is empty
Again I feel that the only way to stop this damage happening is the ( pump rub ) kit. But finding the correct kit for the Antara T box something like link below

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.co.uk%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F 322018348146Edited by: Bigjohnsparky

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