Triumph Sports Cars

engine swaps and other performance upgrades, plus "factory" V8s (Stag and TR8)

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Spin Out
Mark Lasota

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$2011 GRM Challenge TR8
Posted by: Spin Out
Date: October 11, 2011 04:17PM

We built a TR7 for the Grassroots Motorsports Magazine $2011 Challenge. The links below are from their site, scroll around a bit to see the car.

I found a rusted out TR8 with a hole threw the block, my buddy found a clean '75 TR7 coupe, and we scored a 4.2 litre Rover V-8 for only $200 on Craig's list. (Oh, and a wet shot of Nitrous Oxide for $125.)

We aded lowering springs, Poly bushings, new brakes, used race tires, A ton of welding, Paint,
And almost exactly 1,000 of labour .... and there you have it.

The rules let you do whatever you want as long as the car is basically street legal, and you don't spend more than $2011 in total. Things like seat belts, and stock brake parts do not count in the budget.


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
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71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: $2011 GRM Challenge TR8
Posted by: Moderator
Date: October 11, 2011 06:24PM

Cool!

Those tires look so small and skinny. What size are they?


Bill Young
Bill Young
Kansas City, MO
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'73 MG Midget V6 , '59 MGA I6 2.8 GM, 4.0 Jeep

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Re: $2011 GRM Challenge TR8
Posted by: Bill Young
Date: October 12, 2011 08:01AM

Look like 205 13 Hoosiers on a narrow 6" rim. Plenty of tractrion with those slicks even for the V8. That last photo is pretty gory, those poor cones being crushed. LOL
Definitely a nice car. Well done.


Spin Out
Mark Lasota

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Re: $2011 GRM Challenge TR8
Posted by: Spin Out
Date: October 12, 2011 08:52AM

Thanks.
Yes, 205 on factory 13". Very good eye. The car weighed in at 2018 pounds, so 205s were plenty.
More photos. (I'm the taller guy, Tod is the ..... person of correct height.)
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Spin Out
Mark Lasota

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Re: $2011 GRM Challenge TR8
Posted by: Spin Out
Date: October 12, 2011 02:50PM

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Sorry for all the photos, but This is the only forum I can actually figure out how to use.


tr8todd
Todd Kishbach

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Re: $2011 GRM Challenge TR8
Posted by: tr8todd
Date: October 13, 2011 06:17AM

Car looks great. Looks very similar to a Dolomite powered TR7 Sprint track car I used to have. Thru the use of fiberglass bumpers, hood, and trunk, and some serious metal and glass removal, the car was under 1800 pounds. That was with a full cage. Your next investment should be some coil overs on the front. They help a ton with the corner weighting and general overall handling.


Spin Out
Mark Lasota

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Re: $2011 GRM Challenge TR8
Posted by: Spin Out
Date: October 13, 2011 08:30AM

Hi Todd,
You had sent me an email (and photos) when I was doing the sell off on evil bay.
I saved that email because you had a lot of good ideas in it, but we were out of time.
We now have some time before $2012, and an additional dollar to spend. :)



bsa_m21
Martin Rothman
Vancouver, Canada
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01/06/2009 11:41AM

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1980 TR7V8 Rover 3.9L

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Re: $2011 GRM Challenge TR8
Posted by: bsa_m21
Date: October 13, 2011 08:59AM

Mark

Can you provide some additional photos of the brake cooling shrouds? They look interesting.

Martin


tr8todd
Todd Kishbach

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Re: $2011 GRM Challenge TR8
Posted by: tr8todd
Date: October 13, 2011 04:58PM

Those are stock TR8 front brake shrouds. The TR7 ones are flat and right up against the back of the rotor. Mark, you can shoot me an email whenever you want. I'd be happy to help any way possible. In fact, I'm getting ready to do another run of fiberglass bumpers, but I had to make new molds first. I laid them up last weekend, and the new molds should be ready to go in a week or so.


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