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SD1 Foolery - ROVER 2600 SE - coming on the market for sale

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#451 OFFLINE   somewhatfoolish


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Posted 18 May 2017 - 05:07 PM

I think ARONLINE goes into a little detail about the detuning done to avoid embarrassing the V8. A bunch of bananas exhaust manifold shouldn't outrageously spendy, although an injection inlet manifold would be spenner unless you have workshop skilz and the patience to wrangle a Megasquirt into functionality; Perhaps the advent of affordable additive manufacturing will allow dedicated BL lickers to find out how much OMGBHP a 24V 2.9 would have put out. An OMGTURBO!!! 2.6 would be more practical if rather less OMG!
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Posted 18 May 2017 - 07:19 PM

The engine could have been developed for the 80s and 90s, but wasn't.  A twin cam head, 24 valves, fuel injection, and all that sort of thing.  In the event it never went beyond its initial incarnation. 



Rumour has it, there is DNA from this engine in my TD5. Solihulls legacy?

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 08:07 PM

In the late 80's piper made a cam for this engine and GDS exhausts also made a performance system.

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Posted 18 May 2017 - 09:42 PM

Those engines never fail to amuse me.  Such a large block, such restrictive intake and exhaust manifolds.

I broke a valve spring on mine many years ago and decided to investigate the head, a Dave Vizard article on "How to gas flow your head for beginners" was my start point.

It is a 2300 so not a powerhouse by any measure and I wanted enough power to beat my work colleagues Capri 2.0S.


So I bought a full set of springs and valves and set about the head with a 3000rpm Black&decker and a grindstone on a flexi drive.

I never worked out if it was the better springs, the number of casting defects I smoothed out or the six cans of Stella I went through whilst grinding away but the finished article was night and day difference. 

Solid front discs suddenly became  a huge liability but my friend had a drive of it and within weeks had chopped his Capri in for an Xr4x4i


The shims are a pain in the arse though, still remember that bit, it was made easier by having a bloke in a brown overcoat at Hartwells that could dissapear into the stores with a list of shim sizes and just come up with the goods.


Its still in the garage, with rebuilt carbs needing a tune and I too would like to see how it runs with mega-squirt.

I just need to come up with a clear plan of what I need to do make it run squirted rather than aim for a fantasy wish list and build from there.

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