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It's a personal dream of mine to do something, anything, like this but with small-chassis Triumphs (Spitfires & GT6s).
There's no money to be made in modifying such cheap cars, but as a platform they've got some really cool options.
There's the fairly standard TR6 6-cylinder swap (which I'm doing at the moment). Then there's the Dolomite Sprint I4 which is a little monster of an engine, or the featherlight K-Series.
Then we've got my favourite idea. Looking at the dimensions of the Saab B234R (a distant relative of the Triumph slant 4), it should be possible to make one fit with some modification. Those engines can be easily be brought up to circa 300bhp with truly minimal modifications (making for a power-to-weight ratio of ~350bhp/ton in a featherweight GT6), and up to 500bhp on stock internals (far too much power to be putting onto the ground in a sub-ton car).
Certainly lots of potential there :)
5 months ago on Rocky Auto: Where The Magic Happens
@kayjaypug205 I remember seeing one at a show. You did pretty much sit with your knees resting on the block :S
Must have been an utter monster :)
9 months ago on V8 Swapping: Choose Your Weapon
@J45ON Came here to write that. Old RV8s are even more compact than an LS, and weigh even less. They were the LS before the LS was invented ;)
Lower power, you're looking at 220-250bhp for a low budget-build. You can get higher (up to around 400bhp NA I think), but it starts to cost more and more money at that stage.
People stick these in MGBs, TR7s, Escorts, Firenzas, ADO16s, Stags, Midgets, Spitfires, Defenders, pretty much anything you can squeeze them into.
Personally, I'd like to get really good at building 220-270bhp 3.5l/3.9l RV8s and drop them into a whole host of cars. An SD1, a P6, a TR7 and an MGB GT with Jag IRS are the prime candidates (although an Austin ADO17 would also be a cool choice).
The other V8 swap I really want to do is a Jaguar AJ-V8 into a Triumph Stag. One of the early 4.0ls would be ideal as I don't want a massive power build. 300bhp and a killer soundtrack would be ideal, and it weighs all of 2kg more than the stock engine :)
The main issues that I can think of would be size (although it's not a colossal engine) and engine management. I'd have to run a standalone system as all AJV8s have their engine management tied into the auto-boxes and I'd definitely want a row-your-own...
I must say that I absolutely love the new ride-height. I know people like it low, but I much prefer functional. Yours finds an excellent happy medium between the two I think :)
10 months ago on Drive Your Dream
Is Luca Di Montezemolo's displeasure with the current state of F1 entirely due to the fact that Ferrari are doing literally nothing of any note at the moment?
I'd be willing to bet it is.
10 months, 1 week ago on Ferrari: Goodbye F1, Hello Le Mans?
@CSFrace Excellent :) thanks man
10 months, 1 week ago on CSF Race On Your Cooling Questions
Drat, missed the question session.
Should be a quick one, which is preferable for a fan setup, a push-fan or a pull-fan? All else being equal.
10 months, 2 weeks ago on CSF Race On Your Cooling Questions
Thanks for asking my question, and great response :)
11 months, 1 week ago on You Ask, Aston Martin Answer: <br/>Marek Reichman On Your Questions
Oh, and what's your best car-related story? Always a good one :)
1 year ago on Question Time For The Century Man:<br/> Ask Mr Aston Martin
First and foremost I have to congratulate you for creating some of the most beautiful cars of the modern era, if not of all time. I truly believe that the V8 Vantage is the modern E-Type in style, performance and sheer desirability.
Now, the question. What plans are afoot to replace the V8 Vantage, and provided there will be a replacement, what sort of design direction are you taking it in? Will it be a subtly altered version of the current design, much like the Vanquish is to the DB9, or will you be treading new ground?
Also, do you see Aston's current design language enduring and evolving over a good few years, or can you see a departure in the not-too-distant future?
Both. It takes a lot of balls to overtake at Monaco, and every single overtake is riskier than on any other circuit. It worked because no-one was expecting it.
Kudos for giving it a go, but probably not wise to try it 3 times in a row.
1 year, 11 months ago on DISCUSSION: PEREZ - HERO OR VILLAIN?
Any chance of getting a high res of the close-up picture of the front? Definitely my favourite.
2 years, 1 month ago on Dream Drive: The Joy Of Muscle Car
Borked link. Here's a better one: http://tinyurl.com/a8cxo6n
2 years, 3 months ago on Poll: 2013 Automotive Resolutions
I'm going to finish my Triumph Spitfire 6 project. I've only had it a couple of months, but it's coming along nicely. I'm nearly done on the welding, then I'll strip down the chassis and re-rust proof it. Then I need to rebuild the 2.5PI Triumph inline 6 I have. Then a full respray, lots of go-fast bits and I'm away.
Progress album here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/81749070@N07/sets/72157632321362411/
I can't wait to finish my Spit6 project so I can properly enjoy a light, RWD sports car.
2 years, 5 months ago on Why We Drive
I only tend to like swaps if they're for the right reasons. A Chevy V8 into a V12 Jag annoys me in particular. It's nothing to do with performance, as the Jag V12 can be brought to silly-high horsepower. It's all to do with lazyness: 'it's easier/cheaper to maintain'.
Also, if an engine swap is detrimental to the character of a car, then I tend to be repulsed by them too. This means that almost all LS swaps are out. You just end up with a generic engine in a slightly different shaped body. Exactly the same as every other LS-swapped car: boring.
2 years, 7 months ago on Poll: The Engine Swap Debate
What about 914/6s? They had 911 engines...
2 years, 7 months ago on We Want Your Porsche 911s!
@tenpennyjimmy @Jonathan Moore @speedhunters_dino I've been pondering that too. If my current mechanical trend continues I might give it a go on mine. Maybe swap a transaxle drivetrain from a rusted out 75.
2 years, 7 months ago on It’s All In The Mix: Interclub Series In Tsukuba
@speedhunters_dino Excellent. Love the shots, especially the Giulietta Spider. I've seen a couple of these in real life and they're so pretty they've stopped me in my tracks each time. This is one of the few pictures I've seen that gets close to showing how pretty they are.
@ComJive Pretty sure it's a Cobra Daytona Coupe (or a replica of one).
Halleluja, something that's not a Hakosuka Skyline.
I kid, but it's great to see some of the cars I like the most featured. Any chance of wallpaper sizes?