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Postby Shellysowner » 13 Mar 2007, 19:19

Looks like an excellent project - I remember adding these to the gallery. The Piazza axle is an interesting choice - will it really be able to handle all the torque from that v8 on a sticky drag strip?!? Good luck with it all and make sure you give us regular updates :D
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Postby V8-CHEVETTE » 13 Mar 2007, 19:39

I have read that Piazzas have been tuned up to around 300bhp and the Rover will only put out around 200bhp but the torque of the Rover maybe higher and that's what breaks things.
Just have to see what happens.
One of my friends is putting 500lbs ft of torque through a Ford T5 gearbox that is only rated to 280lbs ft. :shock:
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Postby coggers » 13 Mar 2007, 20:38

great project :)

used to be a very fast v8 engined one up here many years ago as i recall.. :D

some nice fabrication skills going on there also

keep up the good work !
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Postby V8-CHEVETTE » 13 Mar 2007, 22:06

some nice fabrication skills going on there also


Can't take the credit for the inlet manifold but everything else is my own work.
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Postby CancerWagon » 14 Mar 2007, 01:04

Looks very nice so far. Should be a fun machine to drive once it's all done.

Do I spot a VW wheel proping up the chassis?
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Postby V8-CHEVETTE » 14 Mar 2007, 07:00

Do I spot a VW wheel proping up the chassis?


Yes you do, Golf GTI mk1/2, it's just lay on the floor i've got axle stands doing the hard work.

I was going to use the 6x14 Golf wheels but now have a set of 6x15 steels off a VW Corrado G60.
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Postby Trevette » 14 Mar 2007, 14:28

Nice work. Love those carbs. They really suit the engine. Keep us updated with your progress. And keep up the good work too.
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Postby V8-CHEVETTE » 14 Mar 2007, 20:12

Nice work. Love those carbs. They really suit the engine. Keep us updated with your progress. And keep up the good work too.


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Postby V8-CHEVETTE » 15 Mar 2007, 20:00

Added a couple more pictures on the other thread.
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Postby coggers » 15 Mar 2007, 23:40

cage is looking good - pal of mine made one for his viva one afternoon when he was bored.. people like you and him really bug me cos you've got more skill and patience than i have :lol:
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Postby V8-CHEVETTE » 17 Mar 2007, 12:18

cage is looking good


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Postby Gordo » 17 Mar 2007, 12:29

V8-CHEVETTE wrote:I have read that Piazzas have been tuned up to around 300bhp and the Rover will only put out around 200bhp but the torque of the Rover maybe higher and that's what breaks things.
Just have to see what happens.
One of my friends is putting 500lbs ft of torque through a Ford T5 gearbox that is only rated to 280lbs ft. :shock:


Remember that you're using an auto', there'll be a lot less actual loading on the diff' as there'll be no shock loadings from dropping the clutch or hard gear changes. Well, maybe the latter, if you put an agressive shift kit in the auto'.
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Postby V8-CHEVETTE » 17 Mar 2007, 13:22

Remember that you're using an auto'


I'm using a 5 speed manual.
Auto's take all the the fun out of driving.
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Postby mikuni » 17 Mar 2007, 13:22

Loving the carb setup man. I'm using the same on my engine conversion too, but only half as many :P Hope they'll be easy to keep tuned aye, especially when using 8 of the little buggers.

I was just wondering if they still run sweet on a steep angle like you have them? Around 90 degrees.. I was told they need to sit at about 45 to keep the floats relatively horizontal. Obviously they are from a bike, so they will run fine being thrown around, but just for long term running at the wrong angle I thought it might cause problems?
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Postby V8-CHEVETTE » 17 Mar 2007, 13:43

I was just wondering if they still run sweet on a steep angle like you have them? Around 90 degrees.. I was told they need to sit at about 45 to keep the floats relatively horizontal.


The company that made me the manifold assured they will run perfectly, they have done the conversion before on another V8's and had no trouble.

Should be ok to keep tuned as the throttle and choke operate all for carbs together on each side and i’m going to use two throttle cables and two choke cable so each bank can be individually adjusted.
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Postby CancerWagon » 18 Mar 2007, 04:45

V8-CHEVETTE wrote:I'm using a 5 speed manual.
Auto's take all the the fun out of driving.


Nothing more true than that!
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Postby Gordo » 18 Mar 2007, 07:58

V8-CHEVETTE wrote:
Remember that you're using an auto'


I'm using a 5 speed manual.
Auto's take all the the fun out of driving.


Oops, was thinking of another conversion.
Be interested to know how the rear end holds up, in that case, as I'm using one m'self.
I presume you're going to be running on slicks - size?
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Postby V8-CHEVETTE » 18 Mar 2007, 10:25

I presume you're going to be running on slicks - size?


The car will be fully road legal so i'll be running on treaded tyres 195/50/15.
The Drag racing class i will be racing in is for street cars only and slicks are not permitted see http://www.nscc.info
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Postby Gordo » 18 Mar 2007, 11:03

V8-CHEVETTE wrote:
I presume you're going to be running on slicks - size?


The car will be fully road legal so i'll be running on treaded tyres 195/50/15.
The Drag racing class i will be racing in is for street cars only and slicks are not permitted see http://www.nscc.info


I'd like to see them trying to run an open exhaust on the street - mind you, I ran a '61 Pontiac/mild 350 for a while without an exhaust system. Never got ticketed/caught but one night I did have to hid from the Police, hehe.

There're a bunch of legal soft compound tyres around, but I'm a little surprised you're not looking at something a bit wider - there's certainly room with careful rim selection.
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Postby V8-CHEVETTE » 18 Mar 2007, 11:15

I'd like to see them trying to run an open exhaust on the street


Open exhausts are allowed for racing but not many run them in the championship because they are primarily street cars.

Sticking to 195's for now because i'd rather loose grip than brake a halfshaft. :)
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Postby V8-CHEVETTE » 21 Mar 2007, 21:37

Got the engine running this evening, sounds fantastic just through the manifolds :D :D :D

But then if decided to blow the oil filter gasket out and put a nice pool of oil on the drive :( :( :(

I suspect the pressure relief valve is sticking so out with the spanners.
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Postby Raver » 29 Mar 2007, 17:11

Colour - I'd say go for the focus ST orange :D
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Postby Doive » 29 Mar 2007, 17:21

Funny, I was going to say the same thing (not being biased towards orange at all). Either that, or a nice Audi metallic blue.
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Postby Shellysowner » 29 Mar 2007, 18:09

Just thought you guys might like to know you are posting in the wrong person's thread :wink: :lol:
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Postby V8-CHEVETTE » 11 Apr 2007, 06:10

Had the V8 Running, the carbs need setting up properly but that will get done when the engine is in the car

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