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Land Rover Series 2 was the the first upgrade to the original Land Rover Series 1. The body shape specifically was a significant change and created the iconic Land Rover shape that most people are now familiar with and was to remain largely unchanged right up until the last Defender production in 2016. The other changes were also quite an improvement to the comfort, interior and the general mechanics, including the drivetrain and engines. The series 2 was still very solid and utilitarian with their full metal interiors with very little to no plastic and upholstery at all.

Engines
2l IOE petrol, 88" only during 1958
2.25 petrol, 109" from launch (not 1 ton), and 88" following the 2l being discontinued. 1958-1971 CR7:1 standard, with 8:1 optional on later utility models and standard on station wagons (home market at least).
2.6 IOE 6cyl petrol. 109" only 1966-1971. 7:1 CR standard, with 7.8:1 optional on later utility models and standard on station wagons (home market at least)
2l diesel, 88" and 109" (except SW) 1958-1961
2.25 diesel 88" and 109" 1961-1971
For the USA only there was also a short lived 2.6 with an uprated head, 8.8:1CR, and about 30% more power thanm the standard 2.6, although it did lose out in the torque stakes at low revs
(Comments by Mark Rumsey)
Series II Series IIa
Date of manufacture 1958 - 1961 1961-1969 and 1969-1971
Dimensions
(track, width, length, mass)
SWB (88 inch)
(1.31m; 1.68m; 3.62m, 1318kg)

LWB (109 inch)
(1.31m; 1.68m; 4.44m, 1500kg)
Angles
(approach, departure, clearance)
SWB (88 inch)
(49deg; 32deg; 203-248mm)

LWB (109 inch)
(49deg; 24deg; 248mm)
Engines
(Type, cc, stroke, compression ratio, power/torque & period)
2l 4cyl petrol
(IOE - 1997cc - 77.8x105mm - 7:1 - 39Kw@4000rpm, 137Nm@1500rpm - 1952-1958)

2.25l 4cyl petrol
(OHV - 2286cc - 90.5x88.9mm - 7:1 - 3 bearing - 50Kw@4250rpm, 157Nm@2500rpm - 1958-1979)

2l 4cyl diesel
(OHV - 2052cc - 85.72x88.9mm - 23:1 - 39Kw@3500rpm, 118Nm@2000rpm - 1957-1961)

2.25l 4cyl petrol
(OHV - 2286cc - 90.5x88.9mm - 7:1 - 3 bearing - 50Kw@4250rpm, 157Nm@2500rpm - 1958-1979)

2.25l 4cyl diesel
(OHV - 2286cc - 90.5x88.9mm - 23:1 - 3 bearing - 46Kw@4000rpm, 140Nm@1750rpm - 1961-1979)

2.6l 6cyl petrol
(IOE - 2625cc - 77.8x92mm - 7:1 - 62Kw@4500rpm , 173Nm@1500rpm - 1967 -1979)
Fuel system
(carburettor/injector & pump)
2.0 petrol
(solexl)

2.25 petrol
(solex or Zenith - mechanical)

2.0 diesel
(CAV DPA distributor type - mechanical high pressure)

2.25 petrol
(solex or Zenith - mechanical)

2.25 diesel
(CAV DPA distributor type - mechanical high pressure)

2.6 petrol
(SU HD6 - electric, Later 2.6 models used the Stromberg 175CD)
Gearboxes
(name, type & year)
Single helical constant mesh, 3rd & 4th syncromesh
Gearbox ratios (all given to 1)
(4th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st, reverse)
Up to gearbox suffix B
(1, 1.377, 2.043, 2.996, 2.547)
From gearbox suffix C
(1, 1.5, 2.2, 3.6, 3.02)
Transfer box ratios
(high, low)
Upto suffix 'B':( 1.148, 2.888)
Suffix 'C' onward:: (1.48, 2.35)
Clutch
(size & type)
(9.0" , hydraulic)
All other engines used a 9.5" diaphragm clutch
Axles
(differential, Type & ratios)
Front(Rover)
(spiral bevel, enclosed UJ's, 4.7:1)

Rear (Rover)
(spiral bevel, floating shafts, 4.7:1)

1 Ton used ENV axles
Suspension Semi eliptic understrung
Steering
(Type & ratio)
Recirculating ball worm and nut, 15.6:1 straight ahead, 23.8:1 full lock)
Brakes
(Type, drum, shoe)
88"
(hydraulic, 10", 11/2")

109"
(hydraulic, 11", 21/4")
Max speed & consumption) 2.25 petrol
110 km/h, 13-17 l/100km

2.25 diesel
105 km/h, 10-15 l/100km

2.6 petrol
110 km/h, 16-21 l/100km
Body style and ID characteristics Headlights between the wings
Steering arms are above the axle not below
No chassis suffix
Steel dashboard
Protruding door hinges
Early SIIA has headlights between wings, later SIIA after 1969 has headlights in wing
More Series 2 Resources
Land Rover Buyers Guide
Land Rover Series - Wikipedia
Land Rover Series FAQ
Land Rover Series 2 versions and types
Land Rover Series 2 club
Series Land Rover Sales Brochures

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