Triumph Sports Cars

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

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epeppy
Ed Peppard
Woodlawn, TN
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08/04/2008 08:35PM

Main British Car:
1975 TR6 Ford 302

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Finally Coming Together
Posted by: epeppy
Date: October 22, 2013 07:23PM

Well, I'm finally starting to put this thing together. It's been a slow process but hopefully will be worth it in the end. I appreciate all the information that has been posted on this website. A lot of what I have done has been gleened from the builds that are shown here. Shooting to be finished (whatever that is) by early spring. Have started wiring and would like to get that completed in the next week or so. We'll see.
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74ls1tr6
Calvin Grannis
Elk Grove,CA
(1151 posts)

Registered:
11/10/2007 10:05AM

Main British Car:
74 TR6 / 71 MGB GT TR6/Ls1 71 MGB GT/Ls1

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Re: Finally Coming Together
Posted by: 74ls1tr6
Date: October 22, 2013 08:50PM

Nice color! It's coming together and getting closer to drive!


88v8
Ivor Duarte
Gloucestershire UK
(799 posts)

Registered:
02/11/2010 04:29AM

Main British Car:
1974 Land Rover Lightweight V8

Re: Finally Coming Together
Posted by: 88v8
Date: October 23, 2013 03:25AM

That's a very clean engine bay.
It's too easy to end up looking like a How Much Can We Cram In Here competition.
Now, all you need is to hide the wiring like the Custom guys do :}

Ivor


epeppy
Ed Peppard
Woodlawn, TN
(61 posts)

Registered:
08/04/2008 08:35PM

Main British Car:
1975 TR6 Ford 302

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Re: Finally Coming Together
Posted by: epeppy
Date: October 23, 2013 08:47AM

Thanks Calvin. The color is Dodge Viper Blue. It came out looking pretty good. It's not perfect but it will be fine for a driver. Ivor, the engine bay now looks like a bowl of spaghetti fell in it. Plan on putting the relay panel on the shelf at the firewall. Hopefully it won't look too bad when finished.


kstevusa
kelly stevenson
Southern Middle Tennessee
(945 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 09:37AM

Main British Car:
2003 Jaguar XK8 Coupe 4.2L DOHC/ VVT / 6sp. AT

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Re: Finally Coming Together
Posted by: kstevusa
Date: October 23, 2013 09:09AM

Ed, you could plan to visit us at the Blount County Brit Car Show in May 2014, Early May. Townsend is a great place to visit and try out a Sports Car. SAFETY FASTER !


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Dan Masters
Alcoa, Tennessee
(577 posts)

Registered:
10/28/2007 12:11AM

Main British Car:
1974 MGBGT Ford 302

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Re: Finally Coming Together
Posted by: danmas
Date: October 23, 2013 12:13PM

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Plan on putting the relay panel on the shelf at the firewall

Here's a good example:

http://www.britishv8.org/Triumph/TedLathrop/TedLathrop-E.jpg


epeppy
Ed Peppard
Woodlawn, TN
(61 posts)

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08/04/2008 08:35PM

Main British Car:
1975 TR6 Ford 302

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Re: Finally Coming Together
Posted by: epeppy
Date: October 23, 2013 01:21PM

Kelly, that definitely sounds like something to shoot for. Have been camping in Townsend and it is a beautiful area. Dan, that is good example of a clean wiring layout. I've got my relay panel where the MSD ignition box is located in the picture. I will probably try to put it in an enclosure. Might help to hide some of the mess.



dwtr6v8
Don Watson
West Virginia
(289 posts)

Registered:
12/07/2007 07:45AM

Main British Car:
1974 TR6 Ford 5.0 HO

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Re: Finally Coming Together
Posted by: dwtr6v8
Date: October 24, 2013 07:58AM

Great Color and every time you fire it up, take it for a spin, you will know it was all worth it!


Med72
Art Medrano
Austin, Tx
(50 posts)

Registered:
01/31/2012 09:25PM

Main British Car:
1972 Triumph TR6 GM 350

Re: Finally Coming Together
Posted by: Med72
Date: October 24, 2013 03:33PM

Ed:

Very nice color. Can you share with me the specs on the radiator?

Thanks

Art


epeppy
Ed Peppard
Woodlawn, TN
(61 posts)

Registered:
08/04/2008 08:35PM

Main British Car:
1975 TR6 Ford 302

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Re: Finally Coming Together
Posted by: epeppy
Date: October 24, 2013 07:40PM

Art,
The radiator is from KMJ Performance. [www.kmjent.com]
Because of the width, there was quite a bit of cutting and welding to get it to fit. Made some pockets for the bottom of the radiator to slip into just on either side of the body mounting bolts at the front of the frame. Had to modify the radiator shield below the radiator and also the bumper brace to accept the new width.


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epeppy
Ed Peppard
Woodlawn, TN
(61 posts)

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08/04/2008 08:35PM

Main British Car:
1975 TR6 Ford 302

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Re: Finally Coming Together
Posted by: epeppy
Date: November 01, 2013 08:56PM

Put some finish on the steering wheel today. Now if I just had the dash finished to install it in. Plan to cut a dash from walnut to match the steering wheel. Wiring is coming along, a little slower than expected like everything else.
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epeppy
Ed Peppard
Woodlawn, TN
(61 posts)

Registered:
08/04/2008 08:35PM

Main British Car:
1975 TR6 Ford 302

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Re: Finally Coming Together
Posted by: epeppy
Date: November 04, 2013 05:08PM

Some pictures of the steering wheel fabrication. A guy on mgexp.com made a wheel like this and did a pretty good job documenting what he did.
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Six sections glued up with splines between the butt joints. The sections are 1/2" thick walnut
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Six sections of 1/8" oak glued to one side
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Cutting the groove for the spoke ring
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Spoke ring setting in one half


epeppy
Ed Peppard
Woodlawn, TN
(61 posts)

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08/04/2008 08:35PM

Main British Car:
1975 TR6 Ford 302

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Re: Finally Coming Together
Posted by: epeppy
Date: November 04, 2013 05:16PM

Some more photos of the steering wheel.
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Cut OD and ID of each half
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Used a roundover bit in a router table on the OD and ID
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Used a cove bit to cut the fingergrooves


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5949 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Finally Coming Together
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: November 04, 2013 05:33PM

Looks pretty darned good!
(Of course an MG wheel would have to be made with 8 sections...)

Jim


epeppy
Ed Peppard
Woodlawn, TN
(61 posts)

Registered:
08/04/2008 08:35PM

Main British Car:
1975 TR6 Ford 302

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Re: Finally Coming Together
Posted by: epeppy
Date: November 04, 2013 06:31PM

Thanks Jim. The work you are doing on the TR7 with the Lexus V8 is amazing. You guys are making great progress considering the few weekends that you have worked on it. Keep going. Looking forward for more posts from Dan.

Ed



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Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2686 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Finally Coming Together
Posted by: rficalora
Date: November 05, 2013 12:20AM

Ed - I've done a lot of woodwork but that pic showing the jig and cutter used to route the groove has me scratching my head. Do you have any pics from a bit further away - showing more of the cutter head and whether it or the jig table is what rotates? I have a jig I made to route circles, but it blocks my view of what I'm routing. I'm interested in seeing your set-up so I can borrow the idea!


epeppy
Ed Peppard
Woodlawn, TN
(61 posts)

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08/04/2008 08:35PM

Main British Car:
1975 TR6 Ford 302

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Re: Finally Coming Together
Posted by: epeppy
Date: November 05, 2013 09:13AM

Rob, I cut the steering wheel on a 3 axis CNC machine. I built the machine a couple of years ago to be able to accurately cut the dash. I've cut a lot of stuff with it but have yet to cut the dash. That's next since the dash area is what wiring I have left to do.

There are quite a few plans on the web to build a CNC router. These came from Solsylva.com. Mine is the 24" x 48" version. There are a couple of more pictures of it in the gallery towards the end. Really wasn't very difficult to make as the plans were very detailed. Purchased the stepper motors and controller online also. Runs off of the parrallel printer port on just about any PC.
I would highly recommend building one, it will add another dimension to your woodworking skills.
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epeppy
Ed Peppard
Woodlawn, TN
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Registered:
08/04/2008 08:35PM

Main British Car:
1975 TR6 Ford 302

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Re: Finally Coming Together
Posted by: epeppy
Date: November 10, 2013 08:45PM

Have made some progress on the wiring. Have the engine compartment pretty well completed. Taking longer than anticipated but I've come to realize that is the norm for me.

It started out looking like this:
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And ended up like this. Still thinking about putting some type of cover over the relay panel. Either that or spend some more time trying to tidy it up.
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epeppy
Ed Peppard
Woodlawn, TN
(61 posts)

Registered:
08/04/2008 08:35PM

Main British Car:
1975 TR6 Ford 302

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Re: Finally Coming Together
Posted by: epeppy
Date: November 10, 2013 09:24PM

Fabricated a Bob Danielson style hood release. Think I'm just going to use this and not use the cable. Used the hole in the firewall where the cable came through for some wiring. Never did like the cable. Broke the plastic T handle trying to get the hood open many years ago. Haven't driven this car since 1998.
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Made a walnut T handle to attach to the rod.
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Addicted
Mike Hagadorn
Warren PA
(132 posts)

Registered:
09/27/2013 03:46PM

Main British Car:
1976 TR7 Victory Edition Ford 302

Re: Finally Coming Together
Posted by: Addicted
Date: November 11, 2013 12:51PM

That steering wheel fabrication is fantastic! I may have to look into this CNC router idea. hmmm, need more shop space.
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