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Superb, didnt realise it was gonna be Rover powered!!

Gets better everytime i read this thread!!

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i have to say i'm surprised by the Rover V8 route - was thinking you where going to stick the original engine and make a real screamer - kind of an e36 take on the original M3

Impressive work though!

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Interesting...how's that going to handle with no weight in the rear and a Rover V8 up front?

About the same as it would of if it had the BMW anchor up front - the RV8 is lighter than the cast iron 4 pot I removed :mrgreen:

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looks like a tvr in the making LOL what size engine are you fitting??,them rover engines are so reliable tweenty years on,and car company are still using them,if you can help it put the 4.5 litre in , go on you know you want to :twisted:

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Another day another update.

Even with the absolutely torrential downpours (anyone get a feeling of de-ja-vous?). Decided to drop the oil on both the engines and have a check the bottom ends - both looked good, but the engine from an SD1 when drained, the oil stunk of petrol - so that engine was chucked in the corner :cry: The disco engine will be used instead.

So the task was on to swap the bottom of the engines over - sump, windage plates, baffles and pickups - this was a major drain to do but luckily I have an engine stand and a crane so it wasn't too much hassle :)

I also bought a new toy to help with general spannering - a Clarke Cordless 24v Impact Driver - £83 from Machine Mart and it comes with 2 batteries that and a 1-hour fast charger :king: I also bought a new vice as my old one exploded and fell in half after being tightened too much :cry:

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Also notice that the Disco engine is lower comp than the SD1 unit - the SD1 is 9.5:1 the Disco unit is 8.13:1 - anyone for boost? :donkey:

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And my AP 6 padel clutch turned up too :king:

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In order to fit the disco engine to the SD1 box, the input shaft bearing needed to be changed - this is an easy operation - just bray the poo poo out of the soft bronze bearing and pull it out then gentally tap the new one home - easy done.

Old:

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New:

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Now to get the longer release bearing as the one that is in is too short and doesn't provide enough fore/aft movement for this clutch :(

Happy times tho :king:

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My apologies - the engine is from a RR Classic so definately a 3.5 :oops:

Anyway, Nice little update for a thursday afternoon.

Decided to get myself out of my sick bed (bloody Noro Virus :( ) and get on with a bit of work on the track car.

Started by doing a final fitting the chosen engine and gave it a new filter and a drinki of oil :cry:

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Now the engine is in place, I can concentrate on putting the bits I want onto it - in this case a lovely adjustable 36:1 toothed pully, Crank sensor bracket and sensor :king:

Bracket went on first ready for final adjustment.

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Then the main pully was removed and split to allow the 36:1 wheel to be fitted to it. Perfect fit - left slightly loose to allow addjustment so that the 5th tooth before the missing tooth is in the center of the crank sensor.

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Perfect fit. and with a slight adjustment and tightening of all the nuts and bolts, the wheel, sensor and bracket are positioned perfectly, with the sensor head being 0.75mm from the toothed wheel :king:

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A nice closeup picture from under the engine showing the 5th "tooth" and the sensor head alignment :D

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Once all that was done, I could then fit my heat proof clutch hydraulic pipe - this cost me £25 to have made up at a local hydraulic specialst - the hose is heat proof rubber compound with braided inner and then some fancy chemical/oil resistant pipe for the fluid to travel in - total internal diameter is 5mm - just like the original BMW pipework was :king:

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Not much left to do now really - A quick list of work in no particular order.

Fit suspension

Fit brakes

Fit new tyres/wheels

Get propshaft made

Relocate battery to boot

Make engine wiring loom and install MS2 ECU other bits (the wiring loom is

in progress as we speak)

Refit front of car/radiator

Buy some road tax and testdrive :cry:

Hopefully I will have it done in good time before the trip to the 'Ring in August :king:

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Getting a bit too technical for you Ret? ;)

Just wait till I do the "how to fit aftermarket management" update :lol:

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Another day another little update :king:

Mainly a wiring job again this one - the Rover V8 came with a loom, it was useless. So an order to Ryan for the multiplugs I needed was soon made and they arrived ready for me to crack on with making the loom.

A few snaps of the loom being fitted etc.

Loom laying on the engine to check to make sure all my measurements were spot on :)

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Once I was hapy with that, I cable tied it down and plugged into all the engine sensors etc (not very technical way of doing it, but it will surfice for now)

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Loom secured and showing the plenumn which has had an intake air temp sensor fitted.

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Making a mounting for the EDIS-8 wasted spark triggor module :king:

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And the ECU mounted in position - easy access to hook it upto the laptop etc etc :king:

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The only thing left to do with the loom is fit some convoluted tubing when it arrives to keep it fresh and happy and keep all the wires together :)

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got to ask but whats the :king: emoticon supposed to be - its driving me mad!

will be watching the M/S install with interest as i have one in a box here!

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The :king: is an icon on Passionford - a little man with a crown on giving the thumbs-up :lol: - I just copy and paste my updates from there to here :oops:

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Got knocked off my bike last week and am at home nursing my poorly ribs - so have had the chance to have a look thru all the threads I normally haven't had time for .... for the last 15 minutes I've been properly hooked, so thank you for not only doing all the work but finding the extra time to photograph and document it.

However I do, now, have a bit of an issue ..... I hope to make it back to work on Monday and as far as I know, at 10:10 pm on Wednesday the 6th of August, you've not been anywhere near the car since last month !

Pull your bloody finger out ! I NEED to know what it looks, sounds and goes like ........ please ?!

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Indie - Sorry to hear about your bike incident - not nice, been there myself :( hence not owning a bike anymore :oops:

As for pulled my finger out - I've not had time to even scratch my arse unfortunately :( I've got work piling up etc etc.

But however, the engine does run :D A little video link below, but that is as far as I have gotten (altho I have plumbed in the cooling system yesterday aswell so I can run it for a little longer than 5 seconds lol)

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:D

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awesome! I am toying with the idea of a track car myself. have found a MkII Golf 16Valve GTI that is for sale and is quite tidy. Have also found a 1.8 20 valve Audi engine that can be fitted if the Golf engine blows up, and that engine is going for free.

Got to find somewhere to keep it etc first though...

cheers and good luck

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