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Preperaing for the EFI Conversion

B y Richard Truett

My TR7 Sprint, despite my best efforts and a new oil pan from Rimmers, continues to have a minor oil leak. This is very disheartening. I can't find the source of the leak but it is coming from somewhere near the right front of the engine. In any case, I won't have long to worry about it because my TR7 soon won't be motivated by a four-cylinder engine. I am currently having a Land Rover Disco 4.0-litre V8 rebuilt and that is going to be transplanted into the TR. I want to do an authentic and professional conversion and so have been picking off the original factory TR8 parts needed on eBay for the last nine months. I have the subframe, PAS system, bellhousing, instrument pack, exhaust and cooling systems and all the other parts. I am planning to yank the Sprint engine out sometime in early September. There will be a full feature article on that job later this year.

This Discovery 4-litre V8 engine block (and all the rest) is about to be shoehorned into Richard's TR7.

My TR7 Sprint, despite my best efforts and a new oil pan from Rimmers, continues to have a minor oil leak. This is very disheartening. I can't find the source of the leak. But it is coming from somewhere near the right front of the engine. In any case, I won't have long to worry about it. Because my TR7 soon won't be motivated by a four-cylinder engine. In for a rebuild at this writing is a Land Rover Disco 4.0-litre V8 that is going to be transplanted into the TR. For the past nine months, I have been picking off the original factory TR8 parts I need on eBay to make a professional conversion using authentic, original parts. I have the subframe, PAS system, bellhousing, instrument pack, exhaust and cooling systems, and all the other parts. I am planning to yank the Sprint engine out sometime in early September. There will be a full feature article on that job later this year.

I've done this job once before on TR7 VIN 408366, the 168th to the last car off the line. The job was so well done, not even the sharpest eyed TR8 fanatic could tell it was a conversion. Over the years, I have come to regret selling the car. Earlier this year, I asked the buyer if he'd sell it back to me but he said no and so now I am planning to do the job one final time.

My Rover V8 is being built by Mark LaGrue, one half owner of D&D Fabrications in Almont, Michigan north of Detroit. D&D is North America's headquarters for the Rover V8. Dan LaGrue, the other half owner of the business, is a former GM engine engineer who pioneered much work on the Rover engine. D&D sells rebuilt high performance Rover V8s in any state of tune and with whatever horsepower is wanted to customers all over the world. A full feature on the business is upcoming but, if you want to see what D&D is all about, check out the company's website at www.aluminumV8.com.

I guess that, with my Dolomite off to spend its retirement years in the warm Georgia sunshine, the TR8 conversion scheduled for this summer and with my Rover Sterling tamed and a pleasure to drive, things are going pretty well. My bank account is back to normal and I should be fine – as long, that is, as I stay off eBay and continue to ignore that beautiful 1997 Jaguar XJ6 Vanden Plas in Pennsylvania with just 45,562 original miles.

Thing is, I can have that car for the Buy It Now price of just $9998...
Mark LaGrue of D&D Fabrications and a completed cylinder head for Richard's TR8 conversion.
Here is my newly rebuilt 4.0-litre Land Rover Disco engine for my 1981 TR7. Horsepower is around 250...