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Old 03-06-2010, 01:30 PM   #1
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Im planning on buying a 1976 triumph tr7?

im seriously thinking of dropping in a ford 5.0 HO from an 80's mustang or lincoln mark 8. the engine will fit with some minor modifications but im concerened that it might offend every single person who like imports.
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Old 03-06-2010, 02:27 PM   #2
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If you like the wedge-shaped design of the TR7, and want more power, I'd recommend finding a TVR Tasmin-series, sold in the US as the 280i between 1981 and 1987.

The TVR's are much better built than the TR7's and the 2.8 liter Ford V-6 engine can be replaced with a V8 and still have well-balanced handling because these cars were designed as a front-mid-engine so the engine weight is behind the front wheels.

European versions used Rover (Buick-licensed) 4.5 liter V8's, so upgrading to the Ford 5.0 V8 should be fairly easy, though it might take some searching to find a good 280i for the type of conversion you describe.

If you're set on having a V8 TR7, you'll likely have alot more work in the car than just the engine swap. You'll probably need to completely rewire the car and fabricate a new interior in order to have a comfortable and reliable ride.
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Do what you gotta do.
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Old 03-06-2010, 03:39 PM   #4
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Who gives a flip what other people like or dislike. The only thing I see that could be a problem is the crappy electrical system on the triumph.
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Offend them? The TR7 was junk from the start. Neat looking, especially as a convertible, but mechanically a joke. The best thing Triumph did to it was make it into a TR8, which was a TR7 with a Rover 3.5 V8. No one is going to care if you put a Ford V8 in this thing. In fact, I think it's an excellent idea. Think about it. The Sunbeam Alpine was a slick little British sports car with a 4 cylinder motor. The Sunbeam Tiger was an Alpine with a Ford 283. If not for Carrol Shelby, the AC would have been just another in a long line of British sports cars. The Ford V8 he wedged in it made it a legend, and possibly one of the most sought-after and copied cars on the planet. Remember, though, that once you have a Ford V8 in this car, you will have a dangerous machine that will break loose both when you accelerate and when you downshift, especially in the rain. This is how the one kid who died in my senior high school class was killed. Big motor, lightweight car, downshift in a curve in the rain, cut the car in half around a utility pole. The TR7 is very light, and has a very short wheelbase. With a big motor that has at least twice the power as the stock one, and weighs twice as much as well, when this car breaks loose you will not be able to control it. Don't say no one warned you.
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Old 03-06-2010, 04:44 PM   #6
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The nickname for the TR7, was TR-Lemon. With very good reason. The engineering was horrible.

Dropping a big block V8 is going to make the thing even more of a pig.

Look for a TR8 if you need something like that.
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