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#1 Elvis

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 05:14 PM

I have been offered 260 z with 4.4 l rover or Leyland? Motor What are your thoughts advice
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Posted 03 August 2017 - 06:00 PM

Ditch the boat anchor and go back to L-series ;)

 

In fairness this motor swap was popular in the 80s and early 90s. Quite a few received this lump. If you really want a V8 the best option now is probably an LSX.



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Posted 03 August 2017 - 06:10 PM

I didn't explain myself properly,I think v8 has de valued car.just wondering if under 15 k for two seater in very good condition is a reasonable price.Quick search on internet 25k+

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 06:11 PM

Yes I think any 2 seater in running drivable condition with minimal rust for under $25k is a very good price these days. I certainly would not sell any of mine that cheap...



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Posted 03 August 2017 - 07:40 PM

Yes atwo seater for less than $15K is most likely a good deal.
Is it as good as you are told, plenty of bogged up ones around.

The 4.4 Leyland V8, is a matter of personal choice. Some will see it as a major negative.
Is it registered, and with what motor ?
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Personally I would probably grab it, assuming the body checks out.
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Posted 03 August 2017 - 08:05 PM

even if it had a 13b in it and the body is 7/10, dont waste time , grab it.

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Posted 03 August 2017 - 08:21 PM

even if it had a 13b in it and the body is 7/10, dont waste time , grab it.

 

13B would be a huge improvement over most engine swaps done on these cars. :D Especially a bloody rover V8. haha.


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Posted 03 August 2017 - 10:20 PM

Rover V8s are awesome! Especially with downdraft carbs and straight pipes!☺
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Posted 04 August 2017 - 09:05 AM

Was registered in Victoria for last 8 years,owner has let rego expire 8 months ago,VicRoads has it registered with 4.4 l v8.Car was resprayed 7 years ago,I can't see any rust,but will be going back for proper inspection soon.Interior is in good condition,dash has cracks but its all there in original condition.Im thinking if body is ok worth grabbing even if mechanically not too good.

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 09:37 AM

Rover V8s are awesome!

 

I drove an MGB fitted with a hotted-up P76 V8 back in the day, went like a rocket !

 

All alloy V8 rocks.



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Posted 04 August 2017 - 05:44 PM

 Don't be too harsh with the rover V8  Check out this guy over here in NZ  One of the best pedalers I have seen     https     ://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAuTNa9U9Zc.  The car has done Targa Tasmania  and lots of Targa NZ  and never fails to finish  


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Posted 04 August 2017 - 05:45 PM

 

 

I drove an MGB fitted with a hotted-up P76 V8 back in the day, went like a rocket !

Not at all surprised. Back in the day it was said that the Rover 3.5L, or P76 4.4L or 5.0L, alloy V8 weighed no more - and depending on set-up often less - than the original antiquated cast iron 1800cc boat anchor slug of an engine in the MGB.

Back in the day people used to bolt those V8s into all sorts of cars, something just not permissible today.


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Posted 04 August 2017 - 06:18 PM

 Don't be too harsh with the rover V8  Check out this guy over here in NZ  One of the best pedalers I have seen .  The car has done Targa Tasmania  and lots of Targa NZ  and never fails to finish   

 

Does sound good, I just reckon leave them in P76's :D

This does look the goods however :D

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 08:51 PM

If I didnt have my zed, my next choice was going to be a Stag with a 4.4 conversion. At its release the 4.4 was mechanically superior to the agricultural holden reds 8s of the mid 1970s. Agree with the comments ^^ Very underated.

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Posted 04 August 2017 - 09:22 PM

Better yet if you can find the 5.0L version... intended for competition but I think it was only ever produced in limited numbers and used by TVR and the like.

 

As chris240 notes, back in the day the 4.4 was a popular conversion for Triumph Stags to replace their under-developed and notoriously unreliable troublesome engines.


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Posted 05 August 2017 - 06:23 AM

Does sound good, I just reckon leave them in P76's :D

This does look the goods however :D

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The same set up as Marks car.  That thing goes like a land borne missile and sounds even better from the outside of the car.  It was a works triumph from UK and he just kept developing it over the years. Yep I agree they don't belong in Zeds.  and L series ,S20 or  the O.S Giken is the only motor that should be in them.   Check out this 

 

 


Edited by gav240z, 05 August 2017 - 03:29 PM.

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 07:04 AM

If the rest of the car is in good condition removing the rover v8 and replacing it with an L series will probably be one of the simplest restorations to return it to normality.
I remember a bloke by the name of Masling who fitted a rover V8 in a Stanza rally car in the early 1980's during the group G days. Thing was a rocket. On the shire roads in the Bega valley it was frighteningly fast.

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 08:11 AM

Not having access to hoist,advice on what to look for and where (rust)or other tell tall signs.

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 01:34 PM

Have a look through the first few pages of some build threads. Have a look at KatoKids and my one and a few others you should be able to get the idea. Also have a look in the body section as there are a few examples of people's projects on specific sections in there. But basically all over the things. Dog leg each side floors slam panel each side and top of tail lights. Bottom of A pillar at the junction with the sill. Under the battery tray radiator support panel.... etc etc.

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Posted 05 August 2017 - 05:25 PM

Cheeky bugger in that TR7 above having lots of fun with V8 power, it's just not on old chap  >:D






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