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Drew Ledet

(4 posts)

03/14/2019 05:08PM

Main British Car:

Need help with oil system
Posted by: DrewLedet
Date: June 05, 2019 05:27PM

Hello, I am in dire need of help with my v8 swap. I have a rover 4 l with a buick 215 front cover, does anyone know what oil pan I will need to make everything work? Thanks!

Dave R
Northern Virginia
(129 posts)

04/07/2016 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB 4.6L Rover V8

Re: Need help with oil system
Posted by: RDMG
Date: June 10, 2019 01:31AM

You’ll need an oil pan from a Buick 215, Buick 300, or an older 3.5L, 3.9L, or 4.2L Rover engine.

All the above are stamped steel, but some applications are “deeper” than others. Pans from the Buick cars and early Rover SD1 have the lowest profile, while Land Rover pans hang lower but hold more oil.

I don’t know the other details of your engine, but you likely will also need an oil pickup tube that matches whatever pan you find, and maybe a camshaft from one of those engines to drive your distributor on your 215 front cover. There may also be an alignment issue for the V-belts, because the 4.0 and 4.6 engine cranks have a longer nose than the 215 and earlier Rover engines.

Todd Kishbach

(372 posts)

12/04/2009 07:42AM

Main British Car:

Re: Need help with oil system
Posted by: tr8todd
Date: June 11, 2019 06:14AM

Drew, I can still help you out with the Buick pan. Got tied up with work and forgot about you. Still not sure if I have a pickup tube or not. I'll look later today.

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: Need help with oil system
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: June 11, 2019 10:32AM

If not, use the pickup from a V6 Buick. 5/8" diameter tube.


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