[Vwdiesel] Diesel projects wasRe: Rear wheel drive not quitediesel

Patrick Dolan pmdolan at sasktel.net
Mon Dec 22 10:18:22 PST 2008

Unlike the MGB-V8, we DID get the TR8.  Both used the ubiquitous Rover 3.5 (Buick 215).  Of course, they had to put some idiotic SU carbs on top, and both the MG and TR being ox-cart suspensions, they didn't work all that well, but they WERE really neat cars none-the-less.  I have a '76 B roadster (all MGB from mid '74 on have the correct firewall to fit the V8) with that in mind, but it occurred to me that the engine (I  have the Olds block and 300CID alumunim Buick heads with very large valves) would be much more at home in my Miata.  Just have to make enough money to buy a 230SLK for my youngest girl to get her out of the MX5.  What's a father to do.......

Getting back to the original topic:  Why bother adapting a TDI to a front engine, rear drive arrangement?  It makes so much more sense to install it in the rear of a genuine mid-engined chasis and use the appropriate VW transverse 6 speed gearbox.  While the X1-9 may look neat, it is an orphan of monumental proportions even before making it into a mongrel.  Better off to look at the first gen Toyota MR2 if you want to use a production-based car.


----- Original Message -----
From: LBaird119 at aol.com
Date: Monday, December 22, 2008 11:31 am
Subject: Re: [Vwdiesel] Diesel projects wasRe: Rear wheel drive not	quitediesel

> In a message dated 12/21/2008 7:45:49 PM Pacific Standard Time, 
> mark at shepher.fsnet.co.uk writes:
> > The Triumph TR7 was 
> > another cheese wedge.
>  "The shape of things to come"  I remember those ads!  "Fun" 
> thing about the TR7 is the head bolts ar notorious for sticking 
> or snapping half way once they're a turn or two out.  To make 
> it even more fun, they're in at different angles so snap two 
> (not uncommon) and it's hacksaw forever until you cut them off 
> below the head THEN work them out.  Can't lift the head off the 
> stubs due to the interference angles.  :-P
>  Don't think we ever saw the v-8 version.  Like with the MG.
>    Loren
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