Stag victory or TR8 victory?

Last week, the poor souls crying and gritting their teeth in Hell’s Garage had to choose one of a pair of very difficult lotus projects. Well, all of Lucas Electric’s “low, flicker, choppy” jokes and “go home before dark” never really got old, then Hell Demons remember we promised to follow up on the Jensen Interceptor versus the Rover 3500 British V8 Edition with a sequel that included the original Triumph sports car V8.

A year has passed, and we have found examples of this Both Triumph’s V8 convertibles from the darkest days of Britain’s Leyland era.

In some ways, the Triumph Stag was right…the problem is that the ways in which it was wrong outweighed its positives.

When it comes to machines hitting the garage hell, there are some that will challenge the restorer with difficulties up to a basic level one can think of. fractions Infernal This means that you can randomly choose any small component of that car – in fact, any SubComponent of any small component – and the level of pain associated with solving that component’s problems will seem just as excruciating as the pain of the entire project.

The Triumph Stag is such a car. Its engine alone — a troublesome V8 overhead cam developed for reasons that didn’t make sense even in the allergic context of a declining British factory in the late 1960s — set new standards for mechanical misery. But when this engine was in a rare mood and the 700-foot timing chain remained unbroken, it made Italian engineers cry tears of envy.

At this point, a perfectly understandable The disappointing percentage of surviving Stags had Triumph V8s replaced with Rover V8s, Buick V6s…really all that happened to come in handy when he tapped into the Triumph engine ntime th. Finding the right engine-powered Stag these days will cost you a lot, but once we put the word “running” out of that requirement, things get a whole lot easier!

In fact, just because the Hell’s Garage Devils are their heart, they found a 1973 Triumph Stag in (where else?) Florida (go here if the list goes away). Check it out: new paint! New seats! Sadly, but not unexpectedly, it “needs engine work” (which should send a weak-hearted buyer flee Florida ASAP, but not you!) and you’ll need to chase down some Triumph V8 parts ranging from 5% to 99% of the total.

Suspension, brakes, electric? Who can say? what we were Can say that you have Mind ruin and lack of origins Beautiful daily metallic green deer driver when the dust settles.

The TR8's saving grace is a reliable and relatively popular Buick/Rover aluminum V8 engine.

The TR8’s saving grace is a reliable and relatively popular Buick/Rover aluminum V8 engine.

Less car manufacturers may have abandoned the V8 sports car concept entirely after being burnt down by a painful marketing debacle like the Stag, but Triumph execs (and British Leyland emperors) must have been distracted by the constant beatings by BL line workers in the 1970s that else The V8-powered machine made perfect sense.

Why not take the fairly successful TR7 and throw in the good old Buick 215 (aka Rover V8), they asked themselves. And so the TR8 was born, and most would-be buyers overcame the quick retreat to the nearest Datsun showroom and bought 280Zs instead.

You’ll find a lot of fake TR8s these days, made of TR7s with Range Rover engines plucked from the nearest U-Wrench-It switch, and you’ll also find a lot of real TR8s with Ford Windsor V8s, various flavors of General Motors V6s, and possibly Toyota 1UZ- FEs and Studebaker 289s – In fact, whatever V-configured engine was fell into the Triumph owner’s field of view at the right moment. We despaired of finding the original Rover-powered TR8, but then the 1980 Triumph TR8 debuted in Kentucky (go here if the list is gone).

This vehicle appears to be in good condition, and the seller would like you to know that it is “……..rare!……..fast……V8.” Only 6500 mph, No rust, it even has original plaid fabric upholstery! Manual transmission, operation and driving, business. The thing is that TR8 suffers from the same fractal difficulty syndrome as its predecessor Stag, and therefore there is nothing like complete TR8 project. only getting a one scale Working properly will feel just like restoring the tire to a ’59 Olds Dynamic 88…and by the time you fix that, six more components will fail.

so what? It’s a classic British V8 sports car!

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