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post #11 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-22-2015, 05:21 AM
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Or you could just get a Triumph TR8, with the factory-installed aluminum 'Buick' V8!
Believe me, it's under consideration! There's a guy in Dallas who makes kits for these things, for a drop-in GM V6. Those things are a dime a dozen, hot, cold, souped up, blown, etc etc, so tons of options. I'm just pausing at opening my wallet for a car that won't go up in value for a decade or more, if ever. I'd MUCH rather do something awesome with a 108 or 109.
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Believe me, it's under consideration! There's a guy in Dallas who makes kits for these things, for a drop-in GM V6. Those things are a dime a dozen, hot, cold, souped up, blown, etc etc, so tons of options. I'm just pausing at opening my wallet for a car that won't go up in value for a decade or more, if ever. I'd MUCH rather do something awesome with a 108 or 109.
The aluminum V8 BMC bought from GM in the mid '60s actually turned out to be a pretty decent engine (though don't ever overheat one). They finally got the TR8 sorted out just in time to drop it. But Triumph created a real nightmare with the V8 they cobbled together for the early '70s Stag. Where I used to work many years ago, a young lady owned a Stag in which her dad had fitted a Buick 3.8 V6 out of a late '70s Regal. But it was the old-school Buick V6 - a rough, rattly motor that hardly fitted the luxury roadster image of the original Stag. Though I'm sure it was more reliable than the original Stag's V8.
The small-block Ford V8 is probably as light, if not lighter, than the 4-cylinder diesel in my first 240D. Even with an automatic, it might have made an awesome 'sleeper' out of that tired sedan. My current 240D is a 4-speed stick, with a solid body and a factory replacement engine. So I have no plans for an engine swap.

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Sorry to go British Leyland on a MB site, but I can't resist.

I did have both a Stag and a TR7, both with engine transplants. The Stag I bought with a Ford 2.8L V6, 4 speed on the floor, and it was going nowhere fast. The Stag V8 was ahead of its time, and would have been a lot more reliable if it was offered with today's radiator technology, electric fans, and anti corrosion coolants. i guess the high mounted horizontal water pump impellars didn't help either. lol.

The TR7 I converted to TR8 spec by installing a Rover 3500S sourced V8 and 5 speed gearbox. I loved the TR7 and kept it, until in a street fight, I was thoroughly spanked by an OEM Honda Accord V6....and this was in the late 1990s.

I sold the Stag, drivetrain less, to make way for the W110 230.
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