Good point, Tom.
I praise well-kept original cars with original motors.
I think it's a neat idea to make engine conversions among similar breeds
(putting a Triumph six in a spit).
As Tom pointed out, corporations have sometimes chosen "small car, big
motor", over "purity of breed". Something about speed and money.
I've been interested in the genetic misdeed of placing a V8 in a TR6. I've
built up a few TR6 motors and taken them to their limit of power (based on
my pocket book). I started looking at Tigers, but still like the ability to
change all spark plugs without a visit to the chiropractor.
When I look at the TR6 engine compartment, I can envison a nicely fitting,
sounding, driving, V8 that, in my mind, should have been placed in there by
A well tuned-miata is much more sensible, but I perhaps its my genetic
instinct and my own poor breeding that causes me to enjoy screwing-up classy
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tom Gentry [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Friday, October 16, 1998 9:03 AM
> To: 'Eric A. Yates'; email@example.com
> Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: RE: Engine conversions
> >>If I wanted a Triumph with more power than my Spitfire, I'd get a TR6 or
> So what if I already have a highly modified TR-6 and want more power?
> >>On the other hand, a conversion like sticking a Chevy V8 in a TR6 seems
> strange to me.
> Yeah, kind of like putting a Ford small block V-8 in a Sunbeam Alpine, or
> an AC Ace. Or maybe even a Buick V-8 in a TR-7! Gosh, who would do that?
> No flames intended or solicited, just poking a little fun.
> Tom Gentry
> Life is too short to drive boring cars!