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DIRKTURBO

2 posts

40 months

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Saturday 21st May 2011 quote quote all
Definitely a lot of custom work - but i guess the lexus v8 will require the same custom work. I've also been trying to find out what a fully dressed AJ V6 would weigh - if its lighter than the rv8 then that would be a bonus and help in the handling area to.

Jammez

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138 posts

92 months

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Tuesday 31st May 2011 quote quote all
Hi Folks

Spent the weekend working on the Tr7, I've had my first attempts at welding which worked ok until the welder packed in. Looks like we'll be able to fabricate most of the repair pannels for underneath, I have a front wing just need to track down a decent second hand one for the other side plus some arch repairs for the rear. The top of the windscreen surround is pretty rubbish but I think replacements are pretty hard to find.














Bit more info on the engine, it should be 250-260bhp with similar amounts of torque in standard form. It will have a custom exhaust & non standard induction so if they're done right it should help. The donor car has done 140k and the engine is whisper quiet and really smooth, not bad for £400! I'm sticking with the standard auto box for the time being for cost reasons but long term hope to put a supra manual box in.



Off to Le Mans shortly so wont be doing too much over the next few weeks but hope to get the repairs complete underneath in the next month or so.

Look out for a silver range rover stickered up RAF style with a green Chimera & grey Exige on the way to Le Mans.

Jammez

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138 posts

92 months

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Monday 17th October 2011 quote quote all
Hi All

It's been a while but I have been slowly making progress. Most of the welding has been done, underneath it's been a case of patching rather than new panels to keep costs down. I just need one more passenger side wing if anyone knows of a good one going cheap! Since the pics the arches have been smoothed in. The window frames been tricky as I've had to patch small pieces all the way round due to rust.

Hopefully we'll be starting on some oily bits soon. The red drop top has also been fitted with electric power steering which is a really neat install and really helps to take the weight off parking.






300bhp/ton

29,629 posts

75 months

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Tuesday 18th October 2011 quote quote all
Looking good. smile

stevie_a

129 posts

82 months

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Wednesday 19th October 2011 quote quote all
Make sure you also sand back the underside of that headlight panal

as the rust comes from underneath it upwards

worth doing at this stage.

then a good coat of under seal

Edited by stevie_a on Saturday 22 October 08:57

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Jammez

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138 posts

92 months

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Thursday 20th October 2011 quote quote all
Thanks for the tip, hoping to get one of the soda blasting kits to get as much crap off the hard to get to areas like under the nose pannel & in the engine bay.

Getting old paint & underseal off has to be the most mind numbing job going!

Bebee

2,905 posts

110 months

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Friday 11th November 2011 quote quote all
I had four TR7's in the early 90's 3 were V8's and one was 3.9 efi I love em! Best of luck with that! I will watch this space.

sparkster8

118 posts

77 months

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Monday 28th November 2011 quote quote all
What's the latest? I'm really interested in this build (first time I've chirped up mind) - these Lexus LS' look like an interesting donor choice ! If you need any odds & ends let me know as I have broken up quite a few rotten 7's over the years.

Keep up the good work !!

Y282

19,102 posts

57 months

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Monday 28th November 2011 quote quote all
Christ this brings back some memories. They were hatefully good at rusting.

How was the underside in front of the rear arches, you know the chassis where the rear trailing arms used to bolt through? Saw a lot of these just peel away from the undercarriage.

And weld that webd roof up!!

Jammez

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138 posts

92 months

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Saturday 3rd December 2011 quote quote all
Still working on this folks, spending all the time I have stripping underseal, paint & rust off. It's slow work as I'm only getting to work on the car a few days a month but it's making progress, it's the hard to get to areas that are left and it's not much fun!

Y282, the trailing arm mounts were not to bad but I have done some repairs around them. I'm also planning on putting some strengthening inside the car just behind those points to help handle the stress that goes through this area. I'll get some pics up when I get to that bit.

I've got a set of 4 pot princess calipers & vented discs all cleaned and painted up which are looking good. These are meant to be a decent upgrade, anyone had any experience of them? The red car has a conversion made up of classic range rover discs & calipers. The set up is a close fit inside the wheel but works really well. (it should do if it's designed to stop & Range Rover!)

Should be starting to strip down the lexus soon which I'm looking forward to!

Benzini

118 posts

66 months

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Saturday 3rd December 2011 quote quote all
Still watching this thread, still keen to do something with my own.. im now considering a TVR AJPv8 or the Lexus engine with a pair of Turbos! Who are you going to get to do the wiring on the lexus engine for you? the lexus is certainly a cheaper option if you got that full motor for £400!

tr7v8

4,674 posts

113 months

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Saturday 3rd December 2011 quote quote all
Jammez said:
Still working on this folks, spending all the time I have stripping underseal, paint & rust off. It's slow work as I'm only getting to work on the car a few days a month but it's making progress, it's the hard to get to areas that are left and it's not much fun!

Y282, the trailing arm mounts were not to bad but I have done some repairs around them. I'm also planning on putting some strengthening inside the car just behind those points to help handle the stress that goes through this area. I'll get some pics up when I get to that bit.

I've got a set of 4 pot princess calipers & vented discs all cleaned and painted up which are looking good. These are meant to be a decent upgrade, anyone had any experience of them? The red car has a conversion made up of classic range rover discs & calipers. The set up is a close fit inside the wheel but works really well. (it should do if it's designed to stop & Range Rover!)

Should be starting to strip down the lexus soon which I'm looking forward to!
My 7 had Princess callipers on solids. They were OK but much better after fitting the uprated master cyl/servo which I believe come from a Sherpa. The standard 7 master doesn't really move enough fluid for the 4 pots. The prinny 4 pots weigh a ridiculous amount & all unsprung! Personally these days I'd find a more modern ally callipered conversion.

Jammez

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138 posts

92 months

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Wednesday 7th December 2011 quote quote all
Haven't got as far as thinking about the wiring yet, because I'm keeping the lexus autobox I hoping that a large chunk of the electrics can be transplanted, as for the rest, well it's only wires! The Jag engine would be an awesome conversion but a bit more expensive, I managed to get the whole lexus for £400, not just the engine & there are plenty of them out there. I think a slightly later model would be better though as they have a 5 speed electronic switchable auto box and a few more horses.


I was amazed at how much the princess calipers weigh, I took a set of brembo calipers off the 7 series to service them and they weigh about as much as the pads off the TR7!

Whilst I like the princess calipers and I already have them I think I am inclined to look for a lighter option, preferably one that doesn't cost the earth either.



Edited by Jammez on Wednesday 7th December 23:34

Remagel2507

1,309 posts

77 months

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Tuesday 27th December 2011 quote quote all
OP did you fit the Range Rover brakes to the TR? We are currently restoring two of them - one already has the grooved V8 brakes but we are still looking for upgrades and currently have a battered RR classic 3.9 sat outside

Jammez

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138 posts

92 months

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Wednesday 28th December 2011 quote quote all
Yep the range rover calipers & discs are on the red sprint car. They're running on 15" mgf wheels which you need to get the clearance. I'll get you some pictures and more details on what you need to modify.

Benzini

118 posts

66 months

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Friday 20th January 2012 quote quote all
Any more updates?

I am going for the BMW engine in mine, the 4.4L 540i Engine..

after an 8yr brake i have started back at it!




Jammez

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138 posts

92 months

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Friday 27th January 2012 quote quote all
Haven't had much chance to work on the car this year but have managed to get the engine bay sand blasted which has worked really well at getting all the paint & rust out of the hard get to areas. I've cut out the battery shelf & wiper motor brackets to make it a bit easier to repair a section of the bulkhead. The Wiper motor will go back & the battery will be moved to the boot.

I now have another wing so that's all the panels sorted, hopefully next weekend I'll be getting the wings lined up & welded on. Next job is to weld in some strengthening and get the underside painted. I'll get some more pics uploaded next weekend. We also have another shell on the go, old english white softtop that's just back from the paint shop, place is getting cluttered!

Keen to see how the BMW conversion goes, we didn't go for the BMW engine in the end as we thought there might be some problems with the subframe whereas the the lexus engine seems to fit quite nicely. Must admit though the BMW engine is great in my Range Rover so it should be awesome in a TR!

Jammez

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138 posts

92 months

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Friday 10th February 2012 quote quote all
Hi Folks

Bit more of an update managed to work on the TR a little more last week, rear repair to the lower wing is welded on, bit of tidying up under the bonnet to a few rotten patches and temporary tacked on the new wing. Doors & bonnet are back on to help start lining up everything.

Got a little side tracked though as I bought this on Sunday & started to strip it down, seized brakes and in need of some tlc but should be ok in a couple of weeks.


Jammez

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138 posts

92 months

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Saturday 14th July 2012 quote quote all
Hi Folks

It's been a while, motorbikes, Le Mans, broken Range Rovers have all got in the way of working on the yellow FHC but I'm back on it again. I've managed to weld in in some strengthening at the rear & get the underneath painted with POR 15. Been looking at some MG F discs & AP calipers as a possible conversion for the front. 300mm discs & nice light alloy calipers rather than the heavy princess ones I have at the moment.

We took the red sprint engine car to the Le Mans classic & it ran great until the wheel bearing collapsed on the way to Mulsanne. Got some great pictures of Graham & Roy changing the bearing just of the track behind the armco! Ended up having to take the whole strut off to be able to get the bearing off that had welded it's self on! They got it all sorted in the end and we now have the claim to fame of completing repairs at the side of the famous 24hr circuit in Le Mans!

The 3rd car a white DHC is back from the paint shop in old english white and Graham is currently putting it back together. Brakes & suspension are on, going for the same Range Rover classic discs & calipers on the front & Graham is currently experimenting with a watts linkage for the back. I'll get some picture up in a couple of weekends as it's looking like an interesting set up.






Jammez

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138 posts

92 months

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Tuesday 31st July 2012 quote quote all
Spent the weekend working the TR. The underside has had a second coat of POR15 along with the engine bay.

We started to strip out the Lexus & have pulled out the rear subframe & are hoping to use the whole rear set up from the Lexus in the TR. We've only done some rough offering up of the subframe & diff but it looks like it could be made to fit without too much trouble. The lexus has similar rails at the back that we can cut out & weld into the TR rails.

The track is slightly wider than the original TR but there's not much in it, I have the option of either fitting slightly wider arches or cutting various bits down to keep the same track. Will know more once it's all cleaned up & stripped and I've had chance to properly offer it up to the car.

If it all goes to plan it will give a bomb proof Lexus rear end with what I believe is a 3.62 diff, independent suspension & disc brakes.

The pic below is of the whole assembly (I only remembered to take a pic once I was part way through removing the discs & hubs!)





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