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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
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10/12/2007 02:16AM

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71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Big Block Power for a Big Cat (new photo gallery addition!)
Posted by: Moderator
Date: September 25, 2008 01:00PM

Another batch of photos from Colorado Conclave 2008...

Check out this awesome car:
Bob Burge's 1976 Jaguar XJ12 with Chevrolet Big Block V8 (454cid) (14 photos)

here's a preview:
http://www.britishv8.org/Other/BobBurge1/BobBurge1-BC.jpg

I really enjoyed talking to Bob, and hearing about earlier Jaguar engine swaps that he did way "back in the day"... As I understood him, Bob put high-performance American V8's in an an XK120 and in an XKE back when those cars were still relatively easy to come by. That would make a very interesting story for a future edition of British V8 Magazine! I can already hear the prissy purists groaning, but really nice hot-rods are made from really nice parts.


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Richard Harrold

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08/31/2010 11:38AM

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Re: Big Block Power for a Big Cat (new photo gallery addition!)
Posted by: dadhadaroverp63500s
Date: September 01, 2010 05:37AM

Come on, surely people don't still fall for that anaemic-and-unreliable bu11sh1t over Jag engines? The XK straight-six is a marvellous engine and as reliable as any when properly set up, and it'll push LOTS of power and torque. Like a V8, only smoother. The V12 is similarly reliable, and will push a HELL of a lot of power. There's an XJS V12 here in the UK, with a 7.5 litre engine built by Lister in the small market town of Leatherhead, Surrey (which is, incidentally, where I live), pushing enough power to send it north of 225mph... it used to belong to Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, but ended up in the hands of KWE in Newbury, who had to do everything short of actually re-shelling it, it was so rusty.


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Stephen DeGroat
Lugoff, SC
(367 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 09:43PM

Main British Car:
1970 MGBGT V6, 7004R, AC, matching trailer 3.1 liter

Re: Big Block Power for a Big Cat (new photo gallery addition!)
Posted by: Citron
Date: September 01, 2010 01:55PM

I have an 85 Jag XJ6 with a chevy V8. I built it in 91 for a dentist in Columbia, SC. The car had 67000 mile and was blowing oil from every gasket it could. The good cylinder has 90 psi. It went down hill from there. The Chevy I put has over 100000 miles is starting to burn alittle oil now.
i do not like the Jag six that was in those cars.
My wife had an 88 Jag and the six in it, went over 100000 and was still good. That was a completely different engine though.

Steve


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Fred Key
West coast - Canada
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05/14/2010 03:06AM

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I really thought that I'd be an action figure by now!

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Re: Big Block Power for a Big Cat (new photo gallery addition!)
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: September 01, 2010 07:53PM

I'm with you Richard. Jag unreliability is a non issue. My shop services tons of them and the vast majority have no problems. You have to really abuse them to cause a significant failure.
In my opinion,a Jag needs a Jag motor. It just doesn't seem quite right with an american v8. Most don't seem to realize the huge power potential of the Jag engines
However, nothing sounds like a big v8 and just idling my Interceptor makes me grin. So I get the attraction for the big engine in theJag.

There, I think i'm sitting squarely in the middle of the fence.

Cheers
Fred


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Art Gertz
Winchester, CA.
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04/24/2009 11:02AM

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74' Jensen Healy, 79 Huff. GT 1, 74 MGB Lotus 907,2L

Re: Big Block Power for a Big Cat (new photo gallery addition!)
Posted by: roverman
Date: September 04, 2010 12:24PM

Fred, "picket fence" ? lol.


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Fred Key
West coast - Canada
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I really thought that I'd be an action figure by now!

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Re: Big Block Power for a Big Cat (new photo gallery addition!)
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: September 07, 2010 05:56PM

Nope. Chain link with the pointy things. Keeps the mind from wandering.


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Graham Hill

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Re: Big Block Power for a Big Cat (new photo gallery addition!)
Posted by: Argatoga
Date: September 23, 2010 12:37PM

I like Jag engines. They seem to be the only British car company who could make competent engines back in the day. The main problem the Jag engines had was with the Lucas (and Magneti Marelli for the later V12 *shudder*) ignitions and gaskets. Replace those and their engines will run until the end of time. I have an AJ16 in my XJ that is still running strong after 154k miles and I've run it hard.



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Bernard Holzberg

(59 posts)

Registered:
07/18/2008 11:12AM

Main British Car:
1975 TVR M series Ford 331

Re: Big Block Power for a Big Cat (new photo gallery addition!)
Posted by: slow_M
Date: September 28, 2010 01:48AM

I love Jaguar engines. They are beautiful in every sense. They require people who care to be their caretakers and will reward the owner in return. None the less, this is the British V8 forum and one of my dream cars has for long been a short wheel base convertible E with a Donovan Aluminum big block Chev with series III hood and series I headlamp covers and series III rear fenders. Add to that a Kinsler injection and I may briefly stop thinking about sex.


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noel foreshew

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Re: Big Block Power for a Big Cat (new photo gallery addition!)
Posted by: dinkitoy
Date: December 05, 2010 07:47PM

Hi There,
No what the motor is if it goes well enough to keep then stay with it..
Saves worry about what might be...Good luck ...Noel


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