ROVER SD1 V8.

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Re: ROVER SD1 V8.

Post by Gavin RS » Fri 10 Oct 2008, 10:54

Hi John

Thanks, something different for now...should hopefully be fun as the Rovers actually handled very well for the size.The rear axle setup is quite good as it has trailing links,torque tube with support, coil springs and a watts linkage. could almost call it a 3 link rear end :D

I was on your site this morning, had to get a new password. had a message from a guy in the UK asking details on the Perana that I had.

Hope you are well
chat soon

Gavin
1984 Rover Vandenplas V8 (Historic Race car)
1986 Rover 3500 Vitesse with 4.6lt from V8 Developments (UK Import Ex London Police Car)
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Re: ROVER SD1 V8.

Post by Gavin RS » Fri 07 Nov 2008, 15:45

Some pics of my parts all ready to be fitted, this weekend...

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1984 Rover Vandenplas V8 (Historic Race car)
1986 Rover 3500 Vitesse with 4.6lt from V8 Developments (UK Import Ex London Police Car)
1982 Rover SDS V8 manual
2009 Ford Territory ST,
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Re: ROVER SD1 V8.

Post by Hi-Fi » Fri 07 Nov 2008, 19:23

Work on it Gavin. We are waiting. I will expect pictures at precisely 12 noon on Wednesday to see the finished product :D

Good luck!

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Re: ROVER SD1 V8.

Post by Gavin RS » Mon 10 Nov 2008, 09:37

Hi-Fi wrote:Work on it Gavin. We are waiting. I will expect pictures at precisely 12 noon on Wednesday to see the finished product :D

Good luck!
Ha ha

I am really keen to get it running so I can get it back to my house, I want to fit the manifold and carb so I can send it for the exhaust.

It needs to be on the wheels as I need to measure the distance between the front rim and the strut so the Superlite wheels can be specced.

next is to figure out how much weight I can take out legally, the car weighs 1460kg and I am sure I can remove 100kg.If I was going the full historic touring rout I could easily remove 200kg.
1984 Rover Vandenplas V8 (Historic Race car)
1986 Rover 3500 Vitesse with 4.6lt from V8 Developments (UK Import Ex London Police Car)
1982 Rover SDS V8 manual
2009 Ford Territory ST,
2006 Ford Fiesta 1.6 Auto, daily driver

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Re: ROVER SD1 V8.

Post by Killarney Racer » Mon 10 Nov 2008, 10:25

Gavin - we see you have the bits. But do you have the car? :lol:

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Re: ROVER SD1 V8.

Post by Gavin RS » Mon 10 Nov 2008, 15:13

:lol: ha ha ..watch this space.
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1986 Rover 3500 Vitesse with 4.6lt from V8 Developments (UK Import Ex London Police Car)
1982 Rover SDS V8 manual
2009 Ford Territory ST,
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Re: ROVER SD1 V8.

Post by j1autotech » Sun 18 Jan 2009, 02:25

What's the latest Gav ???

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Re: ROVER SD1 V8.

Post by SA_XW_GT » Tue 20 Jan 2009, 14:20

Great lookin' series 2 there Gavin. You'll love it when it's finished.

I had a series 1 VDP years ago (manual) with the 3.9 stroker conversion - what a car!
If yours is a manual gearbox make sure you change the hydraulic clutch hose to a braided one, I had two burst before I changed over.

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Re: ROVER SD1 V8.

Post by Gavin RS » Wed 25 Feb 2009, 16:26

Hi Guys

Been busy with other my Cosworth doing some new upgrades and maintenance for a while.will be fitting a Ford Motorsport 9 inch LS diff and uprated sideshafts with Motorsport CV joints as well as uprated rear trailing arms to the Cosworth.I nearly sold all this stuff as I was told the diff ratio was a 4:4-1 when I bought it, no good in a road car. I opened it up and was pleased, it is the same ratio as the standard Cossie 7.5inch LS diff. crown wheel and pinion looks new, oil is spotless and it has no play....very pleased with that, its a bullet proof setup. I priced these diffs in the UK and the cheapest I can find used is +-£1400...I will rather keep it all


Also work has me involved with Aircraft so I have been busy trying to get an Auction going for March, 7 planes to sell.

My Rover had to wait for a while. I could not get discs for the front.

I had a different make of vente disc converted to fit the Rover hub, collected them yesterday, Now have decent vented discs and 4 pot calipers so now the rest can be assembled.

I am hoping to get the car up and running before end of March so I can get it to the track for a shakedown. Once it is running I must still send it in for the exhaust.

The 8 x 15 Superlites will have to wait for a while. i will be fitting 14inch semi slicks to the std wheels for now.

I will update with pics soon.
1984 Rover Vandenplas V8 (Historic Race car)
1986 Rover 3500 Vitesse with 4.6lt from V8 Developments (UK Import Ex London Police Car)
1982 Rover SDS V8 manual
2009 Ford Territory ST,
2006 Ford Fiesta 1.6 Auto, daily driver

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Re: ROVER SD1 V8.

Post by Gavin RS » Wed 25 Feb 2009, 16:33

SA_XW_GT wrote:Great lookin' series 2 there Gavin. You'll love it when it's finished.

I had a series 1 VDP years ago (manual) with the 3.9 stroker conversion - what a car!
If yours is a manual gearbox make sure you change the hydraulic clutch hose to a braided one, I had two burst before I changed over.

Nick
Thanks

I have had 5 Rover V8's since my 1st in 1985. never had any problems with any of them, I really like these cars, Now with Rimmer in the UK being able to supply any part it makes it worthwhile to restore them.

I will be fitting braided hoses everywhere, mine is a manual, fortunately the whole braking system is renewed.The hydraulic clutch system will also be all new.

I had a flexible hose burst on me once on my one car and it was not fun.

My Triumph TR8 had a 3.9 V8, awsome converion as it pumps out good torque.

I might consider going to 3.9 on my car later. Rimmer offer a brand new 4bolt main 4.0L engine at the moment on special for £2000. not a bad price, a friend of mine is considering importing one for the Westfield Seight which currently has a 3.5...
1984 Rover Vandenplas V8 (Historic Race car)
1986 Rover 3500 Vitesse with 4.6lt from V8 Developments (UK Import Ex London Police Car)
1982 Rover SDS V8 manual
2009 Ford Territory ST,
2006 Ford Fiesta 1.6 Auto, daily driver

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