This was from back in the day when Road & Track did quite a few actual road vs. track comparisons.
And people will wax poetic about the TR5 and TR6's all day long. And yes, the FHC 7's are hideous, but the DHC's are rather nice looking. But I've personally had owners of those cars come up to me and admit that when it comes to long trips, they'd rather take my car any day of the week.
Thanks for posting up. I'd love to have 170HP in my car, and the best way for me to do that is to swap in a fuel injected 3.8. But I just love the way that little 4 cylinder sounds, feels and smells.
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The TR5, or TR250 in the States, is nice but I would say the TR3 is better. Oh, and I like the FHC TR7 much better than the convertible. I also actually like TR7s.
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I also love how the racing TR7 was just a touch quicker than my stock TR8. Thankfully, they addressed the biggest fault in the production car, which was the brakes. My TR8 had the worst brakes out of anything I've ever driven in my life, including modern cars with metal on metal worn out brakes.
that a chrome bumper crossmember will pretty much bolt right in
that negative a arms are available and help a lot
that you should uprate the valves in the lever arms
that uprated springs are available for the front and the rear
that the rubber bumper has a rear sway bar that helps out a lot
that solid aluminum mounts for the front bar are available as well as a thicker sway bar
Theres nothing wrong with the plastic, its not rubber, bumper Bs. I like them better than the chrome bumpers. The pre 74.5 MGBs might look a little better but theyre no where near as comfortable and do not really have any edge, handling wise, over a well modified 75- up B.
Thanks, that's good to know. I'm having more trouble than I expected finding competition setups for this car online - I think many of the owners are "old farts" nowadays. I have my doubts about how competitive I can make this car without an engine swap but I'm taking it step-by-step.
Do you have any good links? I'm on mgexperience.net and it's a really good resource but not too competition-minded.
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It's interesting that they went with a 4 speed in the race version instead of the 5 speed in the street car. Was this for durability? Ratios? Seems odd to me.
They also kept drums on the back of the race car and they are smaller then the street car version. I guess this is for weight reduction and that you wouldn't need much rear brake for a 1950lb car.
I wish they would do some of these again with something like the Miata or Continental Tire cars that are out there.
Edit: To be honest they may do this now. I haven't read R&T for a number of years.
When you drive them, 1-4 are rifle bolt direct, with next to no lateral play in the shifter, with a really smooth, positive gear change. My only issue is the length of the travel was high.
Then you'd shift into 5th, which was off somewhere to the right, and didn't have the same directness that 1-4 had.
Triumph TR7 Drophead advert by retromotoring, on Flickr
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I've always liked the TR7/8, but I do have strange automotive taste at times. I quite fancy a tin-top, even better in rally-trim
Triumph TR7 V8 by retromotoring, on Flickr
Car 60 - David Ricketts & Richard Jones - 1981 Triumph TR7 V8 by retromotoring, on Flickr
and some others:
DSCN1057 by retromotoring, on Flickr
Triumph Triumph TR7 V8 by retromotoring, on Flickr
Car 7 - 1976 Triumph TR7 V8 - Martyn Adams by retromotoring, on Flickr
A hardtop TR7 is a much better looking car, especially in works trim as above. This is one of my backgrounds on my desktop
Besides a smallmouth TR3, a works style TR7 would be what I would mess around with.
Some V8 Wedge love:
Interesting clip on the history:
And because everyone loves Clarkson:
My TR8 was on its second transmission when it was sold with 68k or so on the clock.
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Dont forget the Janspeed Le Mans TR8
Or more well known, the Group 44 TR8
(The TR8 finished 8th while the Porsche DNF)
I don't think the tr7 is unattractive at all. Sharp, figuratively and literally. I actually like those stockers better than the racing versions posted below. But then again, most would say my tastes are peculiar.
I really wish they would have carried on with the tr7 sprint with the dohc engine!
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If i do the right mods on the factory engine I think I can make 120 hp and keep it streetable but I have my doubts whether I can compete with other modified autocross cars. Then I think that it's not much bigger or heavier than a 91 Civic Si that has all of 90 hp.
A Ford 302 swap beckons but I've always wanted a historic British car.
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If youre going to make 120 hp out of the B series, youre going to have to go scatter pattern cam and big bore (which youll have to have to go 1950cc which means there is the real chance that youre going to go straight into the water jacket) and it will not be all that streetable. If youre just going to autocross, then your rules are going to be looser than a proper racing association. If thats the case, then a Fast Cars front crossmember and a 3 or 4 link rear suspension system would put you up there with the good stuff.
You could do a 302 swap but you might have better luck squeaking a Rover 3.5 by inspection.
My very first car was a tin top TR7.
I loved driving that car, even if it broke down constantly.