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Old March 22nd, 2006, 06:39 PM   #21
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do you have that in your house or something?

Ive never seen paneling in a garage before

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Old March 22nd, 2006, 06:45 PM   #23
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what color u painting it
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this has a brand new soft top for it too, still in box....


There are 3 plans, and I'm trying to keep it all lightweight. The stock motor only weighs about 220 lbs. I'll have to do some measuring...

1- 3.8L thunderbird supercoupe powertraiin if I can cram it in.... supercharged 3.8L V6, 210 hp, 315 ftlb, but close to 520 lbs dressed (iron block)

2- 2.3L thunderbird turbo coupe- 4cyl turbo, 190hp, 195 ft lbs, just over 400 lbs fully dressed (iron block)

3- newer ranger 2.3L, all aluminum block/heads, 143 hp, 153 ftlbs, and closer to 300 lbs

Right now I'm leaning towards #2
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Old March 22nd, 2006, 06:47 PM   #25
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u going to make it an auot or keep it a stick
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Old March 22nd, 2006, 06:47 PM   #26
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do you have that in your house or something?

Ive never seen paneling in a garage before

neato

ha, actually it is still at the sellers...

He has it stored in his basement.... he has a walkout basement and it actually fits out his double door walkout... lol... these things are small
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Old March 22nd, 2006, 06:49 PM   #27
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u going to make it an auot or keep it a stick

probably auto, not sure where the shifters would line up on a 5 speed... need to start measuring once I get her home...
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i would keep it a stick but your car your choice

looks like the floor boards are new
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i can't wait for a ride
i'll probably get a ride in this before the scrambler!

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My friends dad used to have one, probably not the same model though. It had a small block Chevy 350 in it. Thing would blow 'Vettes away.
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My friends dad used to have one, probably not the same model though. It had a small block Chevy 350 in it. Thing would blow 'Vettes away.
probably wouldn't handle at all though.... I would like to keep the vehicle somewhat light and not too front-end heavy for handeling...
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Old March 22nd, 2006, 07:19 PM   #32
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probably auto.

Auto in a classic sports car/roadster!?! That's like going to a renowned steakhouse and asking for ketchup to put on your steak.

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it will be depend where the shifters line up...

oh, anyone know how to stop this thing? the brakes are tiny and I can't find any aftermarket kits lol

EDIT- your erespect is through the floor after your excuse for missing Cladaggs
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have you thought of a neon 2.4 srt engine ? ( i think i hears all the srt mods work on the old blocks from the early mid 90s so you could get a some nice horse power cheap.) Those SRT neons make a ton of torque and horse power. That seems like way to really make that triumph rip and keep its handling balanced.

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There are 3 plans, and I'm trying to keep it all lightweight. The stock motor only weighs about 220 lbs. I'll have to do some measuring...
Who told you that? That engine is base on an early 60's TRACTOR motor and has been bumped in displacement over the years up to the 1500cc max. It weighs more than 220, for sure.

My ex-wife had one when we met, here are some things to keep in mind:
1. Victoria British has just about every part for these cars.
2. The brakes suck. Period. After a M/C rebuild, new calipers, pads, rotors, wheel cylinders and shoes - guess what - THEY STILL SUCKED. I could not find anything that would bolt in to replace the crapshit stock brakes.
3. I hope to hell (for your sake) someone along the line replaced the lucas engine electrics with delco. (while you keep the stock engine for awhile)
4. The rear end will still sag with a new spring - don't buy a new one like we did.
5. CHECK YOUR TIMING CHAIN if you plan on driving it with the oem motor - these things are "interference fit" and will be happy to break valves.

Those are an absolute blast to drive and we came really close to a motor swap after the timing chain broke.

Here's my suggestion for an "option 4" for an engine:

Mazda 13B rotary with an adaptor kit to the stock transmission. Mildly ported with a 44mm dellorto /header can get you in the 175 hp range with an 8000 rpm redline. Rotaries are also stupid-light. I've owned two and they are reliable and fast.
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If you want 3 more of these beauties, get ahold of Jeepmann, he'll make you a real good deal I'm sure.
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Mazda 13B rotary with an adaptor kit to the stock transmission. Mildly ported with a 44mm dellorto /header can get you in the 175 hp range with an 8000 rpm redline. Rotaries are also stupid-light. I've owned two and they are reliable and fast.
I'm not putting a dime into the stock motor.

Can the stock trans/rear end hold 175HP?

Is the 13B from the old NA RX7?

The Victoria parts book is already in the mail.

I have read on numerous websites that the stock engine is ~220 lbs... but I doubt that is with front acc and flywheel.

An SRT motor would cost me way too much...
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i'll probably get a ride in this before the scrambler!

Maybe you can do some welding on it, too! :tonka:
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My dad used to have one of those as well.

Awesome looks, terrible reliability.


I'd get shot down by most of the torque loving rednecks on this site, but I'd go with a NA 4 cyl myself.

The trick, is what one?

No matter what, you are in for all kinds of swapping details and wiring work.

It appears you are looking at EFI swaps, so we'll stay EFI.

In that car, I'd love to see something ~2.0 liters, around 180 hp or so, 8000 rpm redline, close ratio 5 speed.

A honda F20 S2000 setup would rock, but very pricey.

A Nissan SR20DE motor with new cams and the good bolt ons would really be nice. True, you could just get a half-cut Silvia and pick up the SR20DET and go turbo, you'd have engine/trans/wiring, be all set, really.

Hmm, build a nice little Toyota twin cam from the AE86 corolla (think 1985)..

Or the easy easy thing, to grab a wrecked miata and swap it all over. Both the 1.6 and the 1.8s are nice, would compliment the car well.



Depends on what you want. Those cars, little roadsters, are about singing through the gears, light and nimble. I'm kind of sick of the Turbo throttle response, compared with a lightweight rotating mass 11.5:1 NA engine.


With high-revving power, you have less torque, but less torque stress, can use lower weight. If you go with something 200-300 lbs of torque, you now need to look at beefing up the suspension, rear diff, axles, and are gonna really twist that chassis which isn't known for torsional rigidity.

The t-bird engine is no lightweight. Iron block, add the weight of the turbo, heavy cast manifold, intercooler plumbing...

All those choices are slow revving low rpm turds. At least get a SVT Focus motor in there, if you are determined to waste time with a Ford engine...(with something other than the stock flywheel..)
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My dad used to have one of those as well.

Awesome looks, terrible reliability.


I'd get shot down by most of the torque loving rednecks on this site, but I'd go with a NA 4 cyl myself.

The trick, is what one?

No matter what, you are in for all kinds of swapping details and wiring work.
*snip*
I was looking at doing something like this/another swap on an import. Bottom line, I simply didn't really have the interest in doing it again with my limited time/budget.

in the long run, it was actually cheaper to spend more (if that makes sense) and simply bought a '01 Miata LS, 6 speed.

last year when I bought it, it booked at $16,900 according to my credit union. I paid $11,900.

Having rock solid reliability, a water proof top, AC, and a bose sound system to compliment the leather interior, close ratio 6 speed manual, with LSD out back have made it so much fun that I didn't even park it on the worst days this winter.

no wonder my jeep hasn't seen 1,000 miles of use in the past year and a half or so.

have fun with it Bill, and make sure you borrow it to take Kristen for a cruise in it over the summer :)
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