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Doug Rowe

(50 posts)

07/04/2012 05:09PM

Main British Car:

Rover / Buick V8 dimensions
Posted by: Sidecardoug
Date: February 25, 2019 12:35PM

I'm exploring the idea of using a Rover/ Buick V8 in stead of a Camaro/Firebird 3.4 V6 in my 1958 Volvo PV444 - with the 3.4 and variants, I would have to do some surgery on the body to fit the A/C compressor, which fits low on the right side. Since I'm set up with a power steering rack & pinion, I can't relocate the A/C unit to the left side.
After helping a friend's Mom with a Land Rover Discovery, I find the engine package to be narrower than the V6, with the alternator and A/C unit mounted closer in.

Now for the big question - what is the length of the Rover/Buick from the rear surface of the block to the front surface of the pulleys ? I'll be using an electric fan regardless of which engine ends up powering the car.

I believe the R/B will bolt up to the 4L60e, which is a variant of the TH350/ 700R4 .

Thanks for any info !


Jim Nichols
(2049 posts)

02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Rover / Buick V8 dimensions
Posted by: mgb260
Date: February 25, 2019 07:44PM

Doug, Rover/Buick 215 has a unique bellhousing. Won't bolt up to the 4L60E. D&D has an adapter that bolts to the 60 degree V6 700R4. Art on this board is working on a bellhousing for the Toyota (will also fit Jeep AW4) automatic.

Joseph Padavano
Northern Virginia
(134 posts)

02/15/2010 03:49PM

Main British Car:
1962 F-85 Deluxe wagon 215 Olds

Re: Rover / Buick V8 dimensions
Posted by: joe_padavano
Date: March 03, 2019 04:21PM

I think you are mistaken on a number of points. As noted, the BOPR motors use a unique bellhousing bolt pattern. Nothing bolts up without adapter plates except the OEM transmissions. Also, the 4L60E has zero in common with the TH350. The 700R4 is the non-computerized version of the 4L60E, and was actually called the 4L60 (sans "E") towards the end of it's production run.

The pushrod 3.4 V6 has a 60 degree bank angle. It is narrower than the BOPR V8, which has a 90 degree bank angle. The DOHC version of the 3.4 is wider, but that was never installed in the F-body cars.

Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5920 posts)

10/23/2007 12:59PM

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

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Re: Rover / Buick V8 dimensions
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: March 04, 2019 12:22AM

Also, the V6-60 is relatively tall compared to similar V8 engines because the banks are more upright. Although the 215 and Rover variants all share the BOPR bellhousing pattern, the SBB engines (300 Buick etc) use the much more common (and much cheaper) BOP bell. The GM 2004r transmission was the best automatic used in the Buick line and had a 2 pattern bell with both the BOP and Chevy patterns. The V6-60 used the small corporate GM pattern (700r4) in common with the genIII Buick V6 3800.


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