Triumph Sports Cars

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

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88v8
Ivor Duarte
Gloucestershire UK
(804 posts)

Registered:
02/11/2010 04:29AM

Main British Car:
1974 Land Rover Lightweight V8

350/350 combo - undergeared?
Posted by: 88v8
Date: August 22, 2015 04:16PM

This TR6 ticks many boxes for me, chiefly that it's all done and it's a right-hooker. Not quite true that there are no other TR6 V8s in the UK, but there certainly aren't many. Unmodded bodywork other than a raised rear edge on the bonnet, nicely trimmed.
It has much to commend it.
[www.carandclassic.co.uk]

However.... it's pretty clear from the Info Sheet created by the previous owner that it was built on the cheap. It has a standard TR6 rear end, and a TH350 or 400 box, seller couldn't say which. He seemed not to know that a B&M Quicksilver isn't a gearbox....
And he was rather evasive abut the overall gearing, but I reckon it's got to be about 21mph/1,000rpm.
This seems awfully low.

Now, I know I can put in an R200 rear end with a Goodparts kit. I want an autobox and I could convert it to a 700R4, but that will cost, and the price isn't exactly keen.

A crate 350 sitting at an 80mph cruise of 3,800rpm is going to eat fuel. How happy would it be at those cruising revs?

Ivor


Anarchy99
Jim Purdy
Memphis, TN
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Registered:
12/06/2013 03:54PM

Main British Car:
61 austin healey sprite LS6

Re: 350/350 combo - undergeared?
Posted by: Anarchy99
Date: August 22, 2015 08:50PM

A th400 and a 2004r are roughly the same dimensions and you only have to modify most trans mounts a little bit to make them fit. It'll get you overdrive and if you already have a th400 it's a fairly straight forward swap, just a TV cable.


Sidecardoug
Doug Rowe

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07/04/2012 05:09PM

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Re: 350/350 combo - undergeared?
Posted by: Sidecardoug
Date: August 22, 2015 10:21PM

Ivor-
Basically the same issue as with my TR6/Ford/C4. Rear gears are a no-go. The TR6 comes with 3.69:1, the best the GoodParts can do is 3.54:1, IF you get a diff sourced from the Z car. The 700R4 or 2004R is probably your best bet. If the exhaust runs alogside the driveshaft, a GearVendors overdrive almost certainly won't fit. Without the exhaust in the way, you might be able to fit one with a bit of sugery to the tunnel cover. The GearVendors overdrive is about $3000 US with the tailshaft adaptor.

One thing to watch for with the 700R4, is that they don't like to be run in overdrive below 45-50mph, as the pump doesn't spin fast enough to maintain best pressure. There are kits available to fix this, probably found
through Summit Racing or Jeg's.


Doug
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