Triumph Sports Cars

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

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flyinlow
Kevin .
Elko NV
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01/25/2011 04:52PM

Main British Car:
1964 Spitfire Ford 5.0

SBC TR7
Posted by: flyinlow
Date: June 03, 2015 12:49PM

I have a 1964 MK1 spitfire in my shop that I am converting to a 5.0 T5 combo but ran across a car that I couldn't resist and will be a fun toy to play with while I'm building the spitfire.
I found a rust free 1980 TR7 convertible with a 350 chevy and turbo 350 trans. , clean body, decent interior and new canvas top for $1,000 couldn't resist it. It will need paint since it has a replacement hood that is a different shade of green but fortunately is really straight.

I'll post pics if anyone is interested.


Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
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02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: SBC TR7
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: June 03, 2015 03:45PM

We always want pics


flyinlow
Kevin .
Elko NV
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Main British Car:
1964 Spitfire Ford 5.0

Re: SBC TR7
Posted by: flyinlow
Date: June 04, 2015 01:17AM

Here are a couple pic's I should be able to get some engine pic's tomorrow

tr7-1 (2) (800x600).jpg
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MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: SBC TR7
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: June 04, 2015 10:16AM

$1000?! I don't think anyone here could have passed on that one!


flyinlow
Kevin .
Elko NV
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Registered:
01/25/2011 04:52PM

Main British Car:
1964 Spitfire Ford 5.0

Re: SBC TR7
Posted by: flyinlow
Date: June 04, 2015 12:41PM

Here's an engine pic, no custom headers and needs some cleaning up but it has a really nice four core radiator with burp tank and drivetrain is solid so for the money I'm really happy with it. Wish my spitfire had this much room in the engine bay.
It's pretty nice for $1,000
It was an A/C car originally and just about everything but compressor is still there. I do A/C on heavy equipment and have everything needed to build hoses etc. so I may fix the A/C and make it a comfortable hotrod cruiser.


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

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

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Re: SBC TR7
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: June 04, 2015 01:42PM

That's a score. Now if only it had some bigger wheels/tires. Do you know if it has the 4 cylinder axle? (though it seems I heard the 1980s had the TR8 axle)

Jim


flyinlow
Kevin .
Elko NV
(84 posts)

Registered:
01/25/2011 04:52PM

Main British Car:
1964 Spitfire Ford 5.0

Re: SBC TR7
Posted by: flyinlow
Date: June 04, 2015 02:47PM

Yes it has the original small tires and wheels but does have the same differential as the TR8 with a different gear ratio.



flyinlow
Kevin .
Elko NV
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Registered:
01/25/2011 04:52PM

Main British Car:
1964 Spitfire Ford 5.0

Re: SBC TR7
Posted by: flyinlow
Date: June 04, 2015 09:45PM

I'm undecided on what to do with this car, I should just paint it and fix some small details then drive it. Another option is to use a 9" ford diff out of a 65 Econoline that I have laying around, convert the front to five lug and mustang GT brakes then build a stronger engine. Using front wheel drive offset wheels will allow use of the 9" without needing to narrow the rear end and buying custom axles.

I was already offered $2,000 for it as is and probably should have since it's probably the only way I would ever make money on it but I'm addicted to small convertibles with big engines, it's a sickness I tell you.


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

Main British Car:
What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?

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Re: SBC TR7
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: June 05, 2015 10:48PM

Other than the choke lead that goes from the carb, down the strut tower, to Mexico and back. It looks like a decent install.
If it was me I'd detail it up, put some wheels on it and sell it. It's a perfect money maker for the Spitfire project. And you get to drive it until it sells.

Live like you mean it.
Fred


flyinlow
Kevin .
Elko NV
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01/25/2011 04:52PM

Main British Car:
1964 Spitfire Ford 5.0

Re: SBC TR7
Posted by: flyinlow
Date: July 05, 2016 05:11PM

I sold the TR7 for a profit and replaced it with a little newer British V8 convertible.
The Jaguar may not be as unique but it is way nicer to drive and is still British.
Jag 2 small.jpg


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