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Jammez

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trv8

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94 months

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Wednesday 19th January 2011 quote quote all
You will find plenty of help over on this site....
http://www.forum.triumphtr7.com/default.asp

stevie_a

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84 months

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Looks like a nice early solid car ... cool

+1 for the site that has been mentioned ... whistle

//j17

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110 months

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Wish my garage looked like that!

stevie_a

132 posts

84 months

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Sunday 23rd January 2011 quote quote all
I took the engine out my last TR7 the same way as that

With a fork lift made it so much easierbiggrin
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Hammer67

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Good luck with this. I had a 7 in my teens in the 80s, loved it. Don`t listen to the haters.

Jammez

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Just to give a bit of background, I bought this car for £150 as part of a Top Gear style challenge to get to Le Mans. After an initial failed attempt to get it to France & back in 2009 it did make last year.

I've managed to get my hands on a stalled V8 covnersion so I'm going to be converting the yellow car to V8 spec over the next few months, years, decades (delete as applicable!)

The garage is my father-in-laws, it's huge, could hold about 6 tr's! He's just having a 2 post lift fitted which will make life much easier. He's got a real mint late model tr7 DHC that's awaiting a sprint engine conversion. We also have another DHC shell which we plan to do something with too!

We might explore some different engine conversions like dropping in a lexus v8 & modifying the rear end to take a 3 series bmw suspension & drive shafts.

The next stage for the yellow car is to strip the shell and sort out the bad bits, I have to say we've been pretty suprised with the condition so far, we were expecting it to be really nasty for £150!

I'll try & keep the post going with progress pics, any comments & advice are welcome.

Jammez

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Ok car is completely stripped out and I've started to get the paint off. Uncovered some more nasty bits but in all the usual places. Going to try & repair as much as possible but will need inner & outer wings. Got one already and managed to lay my hands on a couple of doors. The cars on a spit which is fantastic for working on. (will get pics)

I've managed to get my hands on this engine, 3ltr v8 with auto box. In fact I've got the whole car for the price of a case of wine (I swapped it!)

Anyone know of any unusual conversions in the TR7's? I've seen a lexus v8 but that's about it. The engine and box are really sweet, quiet, smoooth & pulls a 2 ton 7 series really well so should be a hoot in a TR.




Jammez

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Also been working on my father in laws car. Uprating the brakes and suspension ready for a sprint conversion. The calipers & discs are off a Range Rover. They weigh a fair bit but they don't half stop it!


300bhp/ton

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Looking good.

Lots of enigne options. Just depends what you want and what you want to do. Ford and Chevy V8's and a few V6's have all been done in the past.

The RV8 is fine, just know the limits and cost you are building too. If you want 300hp then an RV8 might not be the best option.

I personally think a Lexus V8 is not a bad bet. A Jag AJV8 would make a good project too.

Lots of other options if you want something different. 2.0 turbo using Saab bits and the Triumph engine. Rover T Series Turbo or maybe a 200SX engine.

Btw - would putting e30 suspension on really be an upgrade??? I'm not sure it really would be.

Boosted LS1

13,652 posts

147 months

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Mine's been converted to take a turbocharged ls7 hybrid with auto box. The t56 does just squeeze in but the TH400 auto will be a lot stronger. All the hard works been done but I never got round to finishing it. I have rover struts, 300mm brembo's, 10 x 17 rear wheels etc etc, mostly all in a pile of bits lol. I'll get back onto it this summer I hope.

Wacky Racer

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Jammez

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Hi Folks

Latest update is the BMW v8 is going to be a bit of a hassle to fit so, if any one wants to buy a nice 7 series it's getting a reprive!

I've bought an old lexus LS400 and will be putting the 4ltr V8 from that in the yellow car. The engine is so smooth & considering it's done 150k it's whisper quiet, no rattles, knocks or any weird noises. There's a bit of info on the net about a couple of conversions in OZ and it looks a pretty nice fit. To keep it simple & the cost down I'm keeping the auto box initially although I would like to put a manual in eventually.

The body shell of the yellow car is completely stripped out & I'm currently trying to get paint, underseal, filler, rust and any other crap off to assess the real condition of the shell. It's looking like wings (inner & outer) & sills (inner & outer) & a couple of doors. I've got the doors & wings just the sills & inners. The rest is looking like needing a few patches.

I anyone has any inner wings & sills they're looking to get rid of let me know!

The red car has had the engine removed & the sprint engine has gone in but not yet running.

I'll get some pictures on showing the latest updates.

Cheers

James

PS Liking the sound of the LS7 engine in a TR7!

Edited by Jammez on Wednesday 23 March 12:49

Jammez

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Latest pics of the TR7's + the Lexus engine










300bhp/ton

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Any more updates?

Jammez

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Yep, still going!

We've started to cut out the bad metal on the yellow fhc and the first new repair to the sill/floorpan was added last week. We're trying to repair as much as possible rather than simply add new panels but some bits are too far gone.

The red conv has got the sprint engine in, new bushes, spax, springs & roll bars. It's running well, engine needs a bit of fine tunning and the ride is a bit firm but it's a lot less wobbly than before!

Haven't started to dismantle the lexus yet to get the engine out but if anyone wants a 7 series it's going up for sale!

I'll get some more pics added on soon

Cheers

James

Benzini

118 posts

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Very interested in this build.. had considered an e39 M5 Engine for mine..

What are the specification of the lexus v8? power output? is it tuneable?

300bhp/ton

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Benzini said:
Very interested in this build.. had considered an e39 M5 Engine for mine..

What are the specification of the lexus v8? power output? is it tuneable?
Depending on year I think they are rated at 250-270hp maybe a bit more if it's a newer one.

In a TR you can dump the cats though so 300'ish hp is not out of the question. Which considering the cost of the engine (£400) is good value.

As for mods. I think they are expensive if you want to stick n/a which is a shame as the stock cams are very mild. Most go forced induction though. It has forged internals and with a turbo/supercharger setup will run 450hp with no mods to the engine or a decent nitrous oxide kit if you preferred.

If you want to spend more then a Jag AJ is compact and good HP even more so with the factory blower. But it's more costly to get them running with a manual.

Next up a Chevy LS1 or LS2. 350-400hp stock and compact and light and capable of so much more.

DIRKTURBO

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Saturday 21st May 2011 quote quote all
Hi there,
I to have a soft spot for the sometimes unloved TR7. I've owned/built a couple of TR7 V8's in the past using the traditional Rover v8. I was recently talking to a mate of mine who owns/runs a rally car preparation company and he'd just finished putting an AJ V6 lump from a Jaguar S-type in a MK2 escort - all alloy duratech based v6 with variable valve timing - 240hp in the S-type probably a bit more when de-catted and does come with a manual box or will take the t5 gearbox - so i was thinking that with complete S-type available from around £1K if not less it may be an intersting lump to drop in a TR7 giving a good level of reliable horse power and while it wouldn't have the v8 sound track the MK2 did sound like a DTM racer apparently so i could live wit that! Just a thought. Any way keep the updates coming it'll be intersting to see how your lexus v8 conversion turns out.

Cheers
Dirk

300bhp/ton

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I rather like the AJV6. Although I guess it's maybe a lot of custom work on a TR7 to give only minimal HP gains over an RV8. Certainly an alternative idea though. smile
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