But aren't you just asking to get cooked? My GT6 is fine during the
winter, but summer times in NJ yeild a quick sweat response. I would
imagine the V8 would be like going from a regular oven to convection.
Well done. I am curious to your solutions so maybe I could use them,
as long as it doesn't require a compressor and the sorts.....
---Tom Strange <email@example.com> wrote:
> I am getting mentally prepared to launch my V8 spit project & so
> differential thoughts have been the ford 9" ..... the alternate
being a mopar 8
> 3/4". The mopar is not as strong, but should handle anything I
throw at it & a
> lot cheaper to build.
> If you want to keep the IRS (I do) either differential will take
the mod to
> Jag axles. I think Mercedes axels would also work just as well.
> BTW, I am hoping for about 350 hp from a ford 289 (I just like
those engines &
> I've built them before ..... I know the 302 would be a better
> nostalgia) & a T-5 tranny in a tube frame with a spit tub pinned on.
> I figgure this will be about a 3 year project. That gives me
about a 3 yr
> life expectance after the start of the project. Anything beyond the
> at RA will be borrowed time.
> Comments from those more knowledgeable???????????? (sane????????)
> I'm open to any ideas, suggestions or financial
> In the corner with my nomex on.........
> Tom Strange, Classic Autosports Ltd., Appleton, Wi., 920-733-5013
> Smith, Brian wrote:
> > Being a "reformed" hot rodder, I would try a shortened american
rear end. A
> > ford 9 inch comes to mind, or perhaps, being from a smaller car, a
> > (yech) rear. I think you could probably do without the IRS and
> > soild axle to the transverse spring "the way it is". probably would
> > compramice handleing a little but....who knows?
> > Brian H. Smith
> > 1959 TR3
> > 1972 Spitfire IV
> > 1977 TR7
> > Lake Charles, LA
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Lindberg, Andrew (MN12)
> > > Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 1998 10:45 AM
> > > To: firstname.lastname@example.org; DANMAS@aol.com;
> > > Subject: Re: Your Spitfire!!!!
> > >
> > > In a message dated 98-11-17 13:22:28 EST,
> > >
> > > > How a boutthat...and me having a freind that just took
possesion of two
> > > > rover V-8's. HMMMM, talk about great in a straight line but
> > > a
> > > > sh*t in a corner.
> > >
> > > From: DANMAS@aol.com
> > > Nay, nay, my friend, it doesn't have to be so! A rover V8
weighs a LOT
> > > less
> > > than the 6 cylinder used in the GT6 (about 75 pounds), and how
bad do they
> > > handle? Not bad at all, I would suspect. If done right, a
> > > should
> > > handle quite well indeed!
> > >
> > > FWIW, Peter Cook did a little book on Spitfires and GT6s a few
> > > In it, in the GT6 chapter, he devotes about one paragraph to a
> > > equipped GT6 that some of the Triumph engineers threw together.
> > > was,
> > > as Dan says, lighter that the six and no suspension changes were
> > > It went like stink and didn't have any handling problems.
> > >
> > > I've always been intrigued by this conversion and talked to Don
> > > about it last summer at the VTR convention. Don owns a fair
number of the
> > > aluminum V8s and he said that the six to V8 conversion was
> > > in a GT6. He then went on to say, however, that it'd tear up the
> > > differential in a few weeks. He recommended converting the diff
> > > Datsun
> > > 510 unit, along with associated supension pieces and subframe.
> > > course, costs some real money. I believe he said that they had
run such a
> > > car in some type of race and done quite well. Does anybody have
> > > on
> > > this? Thinking about it now, I can't imagine what it would be
> > > for.
> > > Others said that an easier (but still not cheap) way to fix the
> > > inadequacy is with a Qaife (sp?) unit.
> > >
> > > Still on my list of things to do.
> > >
> > > -- Andy Lindberg (GT6 in Minnesota)