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Wedge List / Re: Wooo Hooo!
« Last post by Bill on September 24, 2018, 02:27:27 PM »
Yes it is the stock size 3.5.B  I think the came is a Crower 231? around

.440 lift I think.B  I will have to look it up.

I took 11 lbs out of the flywheel too.

I have some sexy bits.B  An original set of the homologated 'factory' AP/

Lockheed monobloc calipers that came off the TR7 run by 'The Winners

Circle'.B  Also some heim jointed adjustable Bilstein coilovers for the

front.B  I have been collecting odd bits for 25 years.

What I don't have is time to build what I want the way I want it...
Wedge List / Re: Wooo Hooo!
« Last post by Mark Elbers on September 24, 2018, 09:58:58 AM »
Bill,  nice set of parts you have there.  Once youbve put it all together it

should be something.  Will be watching to read your impressions of the

finished project.

Question:  did you retain the stock 3.5 engine displacement and you mentioned

a mild camshaft.  do you recall the specs on the cam shaft?



Wedge List / Re: Wooo Hooo!
« Last post by Bill on September 23, 2018, 11:33:34 PM »
Thanks Chris.B  It should be interesting.B B  It started out as an

autocross trackday build but since I have two 8's & the other is a coupe

i decided to sell this one and keep the hardcore goodies for the coupe.B  

So the motor is pretty built but in the end I kept the cam mild so I

could put the stock carbs, manifolds & exhaust back on.B  So motor has

shotpeend rods with ARP bolts, forged 9:1 pistons, balance, mild port

job & head cut, single valvesprings (I cant recall, may be double),

vernier roller chain, oil system mods, larger oil pickup, new water pump

etc. Plus clutch & pressure plate, clutch slave & master, reshimmed the

trans mainshaft etc

The suspension is all spax, hard rubber bushings, poly crossmember

mountsB  lowered springs etc.B  I took off Teds swaybars as it doesn't

sound like he will be making more any time soon.B  I will probably swap

rear ends with the coupe to save the factory(?) LSD, it is a gear type.B  

I don't think I would get money out of the special bits so I might as

well save them.B  Most folks want to DIY some things anyway.B  Bolt a

4-barrel manifold & some headers on it and it should really go.

Car is still in original paint and very serviceable original top.B  I

have had the car since '91 and with kids going to college soon it is

time to thin the heard, but likely not until spring when drive it a

little.B  But till then I gotta keep on wrenchin'...
Wedge List / Re: Wooo Hooo!
« Last post by Chris Sharp on September 23, 2018, 09:51:59 PM »
Good on you, Bill.  Always seems to take longer than you think.  Glad to

hear of the progress.  That first drive will make it all worthwhile.
Wedge List / Wooo Hooo!
« Last post by Bill on September 23, 2018, 08:44:20 PM »
Finally got the motor & trans installed in the 8.B  I had thought it had

only been off the road about 3 years, but when i got the body home I saw

the plates expired in 2012.B  Yikes!B  That was some motivation.B  Given

current life status I hope to have it driving before the snow flies, but

no guarantees...




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Wedge List / Re: Steering rack swap?
« Last post by Triplesn8s on September 17, 2018, 10:51:26 PM »
Weren't the early racks a different housing?  I think i have one but never put

it in because the supposedly had more bump steer, maybe a different inner

pickup point?

Todd, you race them, have you ever checked bump steer differences between the



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Wedge List / Re: Steering rack swap?
« Last post by Mark Elbers on September 17, 2018, 09:45:54 PM »
Other than counting the turns on the pinion,  does anyone know a sure fire way

to identify the early racks? Any identifying marks?

What year or VIN number did they stop using them on the TR7?

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From: Todd Kishbach

Sent: Monday, September 17, 2018 7:51 AM

To: Mark Elbers

Cc: WWWedge

Subject: Re:  Steering rack swap?

If your 7 rack is an issue, check the white teflon/plastic cup the inner tie

rod sits in. B I keep finding cracked ones. B There are also shims that go

behind it. B If you have the rack out of the car, the inners should be tight

enough to hold the arm straight out without flopping down, but be easy enough

to move by hand. B Think shower head. B You want it to stay when you lift it

up and not flop straight down. B You also donbt want it so tight that you

bend the arm trying to reposition it. B I believe they are cracking as a

result of other shimmy causing issues. B Fix everything else in the front end

and shimmy is still there. B Its the cups in the rack. B Someone was building

and selling quick racks in the UK a while back. B I believe they used gears

from a Spitfire rack along with TR7 gears to get the quicker ratio. B Lots of

spare TR7 racks, but never put hands on a Spitfire one to check it out. B The

TR7 racks came in 2 different ratios. B Early ones were 3.9 and later ones

were 4.7. B I prefer the 3.9 racks in my TR8s over the numb power steering.

Wedge List / Re: Steering rack swap?
« Last post by Todd Kishbach on September 17, 2018, 10:52:14 AM »
Wedge List / Re: Steering rack swap?
« Last post by on September 17, 2018, 10:49:05 AM »
The TR8 most certainly does have the problem. Maybe yours doesn't, but mine

sure did.

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From: William Parris

Sent: Monday, September 17, 2018 9:54 AM

To: Bill


Subject: Re:  Steering rack swap?

Yes. Flaming river can do custom units. Ibm also looking for something

modern, I believe that the TR7 rack is part of the shimmy problem, as the TR8

does not have that issue.


Wedge List / Re: Steering rack swap?
« Last post by Mark Elbers on September 17, 2018, 10:06:04 AM »

 google bsteering quicknerb.

It installs between steering wheel and the rack.

Multiple ratios seem to be available..


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