Australian Ford Member
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Melbourne, Australia
FTE fan & non-Ford history trivia
Further to your comment in Regretted Purchases about a Triumph project car, here is your dream machine already finished.
Triumph 2500 T.C. auto, fitted with stag V8, restored to superb condition, reg to Jan 02, OTL-252, with engineers report + RWCert, $6000, (03)95468393, Springvale
Melb Trading Post
For those of you who don't know what a Triumph was, it was a poor man's Jag in the 60's and 70's, and the 2.5 PI (petrol injection) version was bloody potent in its day. Unfortunately the marque suffered under BMC/Leyland Australia in the days when the things were just thrown together by apes and died in 1978 in Australia, when Leyland distinguised itself by junking some hot V8's they'd built, thereby immediately making the ones that went out the back door of the factory vastly more valuable than anything they'd ever built when they were operating.
The advertised car is remarkable because it combines the problems inherent in the 2500 sedan with the unbelievable range of problems carefully designed and built into the 3litre V8 Stag engine, which is often confused with the 3.5 Rover V8, which was actually a very good donk. If you think any Australian designed car had overheating problems, you wouldn't believe what they managed to do to Stags, which had legendary overheating problems in their home country, England. As for repairing them when they seized, which they did fairly frequently, removing the heads was a considerable problem as they corroded onto the block and the studs were at an angle that sort of skew-nailed the head on. One method of removal involved lifting the whole car by a head off the ground and hitting the block with airhammers in the hope that it would separate. Neat, huh? The Stag engine was an unnecessarily expensive boat mooring.
I think I'll ring the bloke up. If he's had the V8 professionally rebuilt it's an 8 grand job at least, and the car's worth about 3.