Thanks for confirming that.
I went on a course at Land Rover a few years ago (through the RRR) to learn how to rebuild the ZF autobox and was quite impressed at how simple the drive train actually is to work on. I think the planetary gear mechanism is brilliantly, ingeniously simple in principle, as are all good engineering concepts! The bit that was a bit scary was the valve block and tuning/repairing the little springs on the pistons that affect the engagement and disengagement of the clutches. A copy of the service manual was a useful take-away from that course! However, ZF in Nottingham are utterly unhelpful, arrogant and have always refused to deal with me for parts.
I have a GM 3-speed auto box with transfer box that came out of a Chevy Blazer and was designed to fit the GM/Chevy/Goodwrench 350 (5.7l) gasoline V8. However, I don't know that box at all, so wouldn't know how to change the valve block settings.
Ashcroft always look bloody expensive to me and I don't fancy a mortgage for a gearbox!
I'm most tempted to get a flywheel for the GM diesel and fit it to a GOOD OLD LT95, as they seem pretty bullet proof. I also have a Chevy small block 350ci V8 sitting around that came out of a Range Rover, and it's got the flywheel and clutch to fit the LT95. Any idea if that's the same as the 6.2 diesel? I should probably count the teeth and measure the size, then do a bit of research.
The car will be used more for heavy towing and load lugging then anything else.