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Dave
David Gable
Jax
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Buick / Rover Engines, Parts
Posted by: Dave
Date: October 30, 2007 09:21AM

1980 SD1 engine. ~40k miles, stored inside since removed from car. Complete long block with accessories, turns freely, 8.13 CR. Should be taken down and cleaned prior to starting due to dusty storage, $400.

Jetfire heads, one has corrosion and seized valve, $50.

Buick Skylark 215 block, crank pistons, rods, $50.

Buick Special 215 block, crank, pistons, rods, $50.

TR-8 block, crank and main caps, $75.

Nice assembled TR8 heads, $100.

TR8 pistons, rods, $50.

215 oil pan, $50.

Buick 215 heads, $50.

Original MGB GT V8 cast iron exhaust manifolds, one has been repaired at end, some broken studs, $150.

1995 Rover 3.9 with 42k on it. No manifolds or accessories. This an interim engine with heavy mains like a 4.0, comes with an SD1 timing cover for installation in a B. 9.35:1 compression and is clean internally, spotless water passages with absolutely no corrosion. The coolant was bright green in this motor, $1250.


All above items minus 1995 engine will be sold as a lot for $600.



All items located in Jacksonville, Florida. The small items I will, of course, ship. The engine and blocks are local pickup only.

904-887-3250


Dave
David Gable
Jax
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Re: Buick / Rover Engines, Parts
Posted by: Dave
Date: November 08, 2007 12:33PM

Help me clean out my shop! Make me an offer. The 3.9 stays, though.


StagByTriumph
Glenn Merrell
Colorado
(37 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 12:11PM

Main British Car:
1973 Stag Rover SD1 3.5 w/ 3.9 EFI

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Re: Buick / Rover Engines, Parts
Posted by: StagByTriumph
Date: November 10, 2007 05:01PM

Hi Dave,
By any chance can you send me a few good photos of the exhaust manifolds?? Please include the repair and broke areas.

Send them to me at tscusa.org

Thanks!


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4456 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: Buick / Rover Engines, Parts
Posted by: Moderator
Date: November 10, 2007 06:00PM

Actually Dave... could you please post the MGB GT V8 exhaust manifold photos here? Or e-mail them to me?

For the December issue of the Newsletter we're going to have a Special Editorial Section all about the factory MGB GT V8 program. I've got eight articles completed so far, and more coming!

The hardest part has been finding high quality photos to document Abingdon's design. If you would be so kind as to set up and take some pretty pictures and measurements, I'll bake that into one of the articles!


Dave
David Gable
Jax
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Re: Buick / Rover Engines, Parts
Posted by: Dave
Date: November 14, 2007 02:12PM

Hey, Curtis. I'll send you some photos and measurements.

BTW, I have a bunch of factory press releases with photos of various cars - original GT40, MGB's, Triumphs, etc. They were given to me by a neighbor who was in charge of training for BL/JRT in the seventies and also worked for Ford in the sixties. He also gave me the huge BL flag that flew in front of the headquarters here in Jax.

Included in my junk is a press release for a Rover concept car witha mid engine 3.5. I've never read anything about it anywhere. Do you want to use it? I could mail the packet to you. I might be able to get the engineers here at work to scan them.


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
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71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: Buick / Rover Engines, Parts
Posted by: Moderator
Date: November 14, 2007 04:52PM

Quote:
Do you want to use it?

Of course I do! Thanks for offering, Dave. At least in principle; we've got a ton of disc space and "bandwidth". Why not get all this interesting historical stuff online!?!

I'm up to my eyeballs at the moment (and it doesn't help that my computer has crashed six times already today.) It may be awhile before I can process everything. Let's get together off-line or by e-mail to figure out how to move forward.

Re: the Rover mid-engined concept car... just last night I was working with an article for the next newsletter issue that also mentions what I'd guess is the same car.

Quote:
There were any number of variations for the V8 in those early days. It was fitted to the revolutionary P6 BS mid-engined sports car prototype, designed by Spen King and Gordon Bashford, and killed off in the Leyland merger. This was a most interesting version of the engine. It ran facing the rear of the car with the final drive case into the sump, driven by a small prop shaft running from the gearbox at the front of the engine. Power was transmitted to the gearbox from the end of the crankshaft by Morse chain and a modified Rover 2000 gearbox was used lying on its side. Rover devised a new exhaust system for the car which gave equal pulses without the need for cross-over pipes. They also fitted 2" SU carburetors, with none of the usual complicated silencing air cleaner trunking. The result was a very quick car indeed, topping 140mph, accelerating from 0-60 mph in 7.0 seconds. The engine was mounted on one side, resulting in extra weight on the front and rear wheels on the right hand side. However, with left hand drive, and the driver only on board, the car would be perfectly balanced.

Did the press release include a photo? I really need a photo of that thing!


castlesid
Kevin Jackson
Sidcup UK
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Registered:
11/18/2007 10:38AM

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1975 MGB GT Rover V8 4.35L

Re: Buick / Rover Engines, Parts
Posted by: castlesid
Date: January 31, 2008 12:51PM

Curtis,

Here is a link of the Rover V8 P6BS Coupe killed off by internal politics at British Leyland.


[austin-rover.co.uk]

Kevin Jackson.



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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
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71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: Buick / Rover Engines, Parts
Posted by: Moderator
Date: January 31, 2008 03:50PM

Thanks Kevin - some very interesting photos there!

Most MG fans know that MG didn't get much respect from the Triumph-centric management of British Leyland...

Something that may be less well known is that Rover didn't get much respect either. One could argue that Rover doomed the prototype itself when they named it "B.S." (What on Earth were they thinking!) Still, to me it seems incredibly rude that the car was shown at the New York Motor Show as a "Leyland" prototype, not as a "Rover" prototype at all.

Thanks to David, here's the link to the original press release and press photos from that unveiling: [www.britishv8.org]

Notice how the press release completely blows off Spen King and Gordon Bashford and instead babbles about a dead guy who had absolutely nothing to do with the car, "the great Perry Thomas" (Leyland's chief engineer, decades before). Leyland management was so incredibly and pathetically disfunctional!

RoverPR-X-J.jpg


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

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1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Buick / Rover Engines, Parts
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: January 31, 2008 05:52PM

Do I see a bit of Olds Cutlass in there?


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
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71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: Buick / Rover Engines, Parts
Posted by: Moderator
Date: January 31, 2008 06:02PM

Maybe. I was thinking Nissan Pulsar NX (from the rear) or early Mercury Lynx (from the front.) I wrote a couplet about this car, but thought better of including it earlier: "It's so hideous, it ought to be amphibious."

Seriously though... doesn't it look like it ought to be amphibious?


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
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10/23/2007 12:59PM

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1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Buick / Rover Engines, Parts
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: February 02, 2008 06:56PM

Or maybe a submarine, with that bubble.

Jim


Phillip G
Phillip Leonard
Kansas City
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Registered:
02/03/2008 04:12PM

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1992 MG RV8 Rover 3.5

Re: Buick / Rover Engines, Parts
Posted by: Phillip G
Date: February 20, 2008 09:51PM

Dave Gable,

I would like to buy your Rover 3.5 oil pan @ $50.00.

Please let me know that it is still available.

Phillip G


Phillip G
Phillip Leonard
Kansas City
(395 posts)

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02/03/2008 04:12PM

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1992 MG RV8 Rover 3.5

Re: Buick / Rover Engines, Parts
Posted by: Phillip G
Date: February 22, 2008 10:49PM

Dave Gable,

Are the TR8 pistons cast or forged ? I really have never heard, other than "rumors" on good TR8 pistons.

I need a set of inexpensive forged 3.5 Rover pistons. I thought the SD1 engine was a 3.5, but I also thought the TR8 used a 3.9 Rover engine.

What do you think ?

Do you know anything more about the TR8 pistons & rods for $50.00 ?

Phillip G


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3878 posts)

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10/23/2007 11:32PM

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1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Buick / Rover Engines, Parts
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: February 23, 2008 02:12PM

The only factory engine for the TR8 was the 3.5L.


Phillip G
Phillip Leonard
Kansas City
(395 posts)

Registered:
02/03/2008 04:12PM

Main British Car:
1992 MG RV8 Rover 3.5

Re: Buick / Rover Engines, Parts
Posted by: Phillip G
Date: February 25, 2008 09:45AM

Thank you, Carl,

Have you ever heard the rumor that TR8 stock pistons are forged and not cast ?

What do you think ?

Phillip G



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