Rocketeer Jag 3.0 V6 conversion

Rocketeer Jag 3.0 V6 conversion

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PushedDover

2,495 posts

13 months

Saturday 24th October
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Ooooh it is definately one of those "fk it why not" upgrades, and tbh once the Suspension is done in mine this winter "if" the engine ever let go - I would look at writing a cheque to have it done by the guys at Rocketeer (especially if the retention of value)

( I may have just been watching : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RM7qfje__U&ab...

simonrockman

6,019 posts

215 months

Monday 26th October
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PushedDover said:
simonrockman said:
There is one for sale in Classifieds and I'm tempted.
£12k is a lot dough isnt it..- I'd want a V6 Mk1 personally
Yes, quite. I guess the pre-conversion car is worth about £2k, the cost of the conversion is about £8k, and generally, mods to cars lose half their value so that's a £6k car for £12k but I'm still tempted. Agree about wanting the pop-up headlights.

Simon

Sway

16,720 posts

154 months

Monday 26th October
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simonrockman said:
PushedDover said:
simonrockman said:
There is one for sale in Classifieds and I'm tempted.
£12k is a lot dough isnt it..- I'd want a V6 Mk1 personally
Yes, quite. I guess the pre-conversion car is worth about £2k, the cost of the conversion is about £8k, and generally, mods to cars lose half their value so that's a £6k car for £12k but I'm still tempted. Agree about wanting the pop-up headlights.

Simon
Having had multiple examples of both - I'm all over the mk2/nb as being the better option in virtually all cases.

Better suspension setup, stiffer shell, nicer interior, better roof, better gearbox and diff (if you pick the right spec mk2).

Downsides are looks (although I do think a nb can look really bloody nice when done subtle) and lack of childish (which is not to insult it!) glee when flashing headlights. Oh, and chassis rails - but I long ago resigned myself that to own a MX5 is to commit to treating sills and rails as being five year lifed components...

Super Josh

19 posts

179 months

Monday 26th October
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I hear that they are in the process of making a V6 conversion for the NC now smile


Josh

PushedDover

2,495 posts

13 months

Monday 26th October
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simonrockman said:
Yes, quite. I guess the pre-conversion car is worth about £2k, the cost of the conversion is about £8k, and generally, mods to cars lose half their value so that's a £6k car for £12k but I'm still tempted. Agree about wanting the pop-up headlights.

Simon
Hmmm, cost of conversion is 8k all in ? (inc. engine for example?)



And an NA with a Mohair / roof with glass back window is a good compromise too to the NA v NB wink

SpeedWeasel

16 posts

133 months

Thursday 29th October
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Those ITBs look cool as

I'm currently in the final stretch of a Rocketeer conversion and I don't think the maths stack up if you are looking to rationalise it but I have enjoyed every moment of the conversion.

Mine is one of the last UK MK1s and I've also taken the time to refresh all of the running gear during the process. I can't wait to get it on the road and take it to some events.

PushedDover

2,495 posts

13 months

Thursday 29th October
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SpeedWeasel said:
Those ITBs look cool as

I'm currently in the final stretch of a Rocketeer conversion and I don't think the maths stack up if you are looking to rationalise it but I have enjoyed every moment of the conversion.

Mine is one of the last UK MK1s and I've also taken the time to refresh all of the running gear during the process. I can't wait to get it on the road and take it to some events.
Want that ^^^ please share more / thread ?

SpeedWeasel

16 posts

133 months

Thursday 29th October
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PushedDover said:
Want that ^^^ please share more / thread ?
I don't have a build thread on here but I do have a blog here on Wordpress (I hope the link is OK Mods!?)

PushedDover

2,495 posts

13 months

Thursday 29th October
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SpeedWeasel said:
PushedDover said:
Want that ^^^ please share more / thread ?
I don't have a build thread on here but I do have a blog here on Wordpress (I hope the link is OK Mods!?)
thumbup


ETA - that is fking amazeballs. A beauty and I want mine doing. Now.
To that meticulous detail.

My hat truly doffed.

And all seriousness - I don't have the skillset / space to do it to that level. Do we think outsourcing that to Rocketeer would have a full resto ?Is this somthing you 'do' for you and fun? or for work ?

Must resist drinking any beer tonight before a rash decision...... But I love what I see in that Blog.

Edited by PushedDover on Thursday 29th October 18:22

PushedDover

2,495 posts

13 months

Friday 30th October
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Speedweasel your blog has had me in great envy and full of Want.
That is how I would love to have my Resto'd. So much so some phone calls today.

To do properly - my man maths calculator was hoping I could chid myself that it could be circa £7.5k or so.
Seems I am wide of the mark to have as thorough a job and circa £15k all in for mechanical and running gear (the car is solid bodywork wise)
I'd understand if you'd rather not add it all up - but am I close ?


Still envious and thinking how I can validate the expense biggrin

SpeedWeasel

16 posts

133 months

Saturday 31st October
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PushedDover said:
Speedweasel your blog has had me in great envy and full of Want.
That is how I would love to have my Resto'd. So much so some phone calls today.

To do properly - my man maths calculator was hoping I could chid myself that it could be circa £7.5k or so.
Seems I am wide of the mark to have as thorough a job and circa £15k all in for mechanical and running gear (the car is solid bodywork wise)
I'd understand if you'd rather not add it all up - but am I close ?


Still envious and thinking how I can validate the expense biggrin
Risking derailing the OPs thread here so apologies in advance

I am just an enthusiastic amateur but I do have an engineering back ground. I have just taken my time.

Regards to cost. I do know how much mine has cost so far and I'm not going to divulge that here but the conversion kit was ~£7000 and on top of that I purchased a fully rebuilt engine from Rocketeer. What you spend (from a DIY or a turnkey perspective) on top of this is entirely up to you and I guess depends on the state of your donor car. As I said before, financially it's not a hugely rational decision. Your 7.5k is too low but I imagine you could be on the road for less than 15k

PushedDover

2,495 posts

13 months

Saturday 31st October
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Thanks.
Yours looks to be lovely
Surely the 15k end if outsourcing the work tho

PushedDover

2,495 posts

13 months

Monday 9th November
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The want has not disappeared for this myself.
Just helped a mate pick up his 718 / Boxster S.

Rather pleased with himself and the performance we established that a decent rocketeer would pip it in the power/weight of 260 v 240 bhp / tonne.

Accelerates the Want !!
Thank heavens for Lockdown or I'd be off to see and visit my elderly parents (who live about 10 miles from Hungerford wink )

rossb

Original Poster:

553 posts

181 months

Friday 13th November
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SpeedWeasel said:
I don't have a build thread on here but I do have a blog here on Wordpress (I hope the link is OK Mods!?)
Great build thread - bookmarked! Ohlins...v.exotic - drove mine gently for a brief shakedown - dampers were shot tbh - got me thinking


Anyway video of car on first drive here - still work to do but first impressions are v.encouraging!

PushedDover

2,495 posts

13 months

Tuesday 24th November
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SpeedWeasel said:
I don't have a build thread on here but I do have a blog here on Wordpress (I hope the link is OK Mods!?)
just checked in on the Blog.

Lovely jubbly - and great job on the graphics / sliding image !



When can you do mine ? ? whistle

Drive it fix it repeat

513 posts

11 months

Wednesday 25th November
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I called in at basset down balancing (rocketeer guys) a couple of days ago for them to inspect my turbo mk1 and also for me to have a nosey about. Lovely guys and very knowledgable and friendly. Gave me 40 mins of their time and experience FOC and some good advice. Had a look over a fully built up rocketeer v6 on their engine dyno and had a chat about it, lovely engineering and over all quality. I only live a couple of miles from them and see their mk2 test car around semi regularly. Hopefully I’ll get out in their test car at some point.

PushedDover

2,495 posts

13 months

Thursday 26th November
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I (read: wallet) am frightened to try the test car as I know it will be an instant "must have"




Still want to pry and drive. The folks live dangerously close to them.

tawt

144 posts

198 months

Friday 27th November
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PushedDover said:
I (read: wallet) am frightened to try the test car as I know it will be an instant "must have"




Still want to pry and drive. The folks live dangerously close to them.
laugh