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  1. #1 Clint Cooper's Turbo 3.5 Rover V8 Project 
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    As some of you may know, or not know, I am have been in the process of building a Single Turbo setup for my 1977 TR7 FHC. Some of you may know the car it was formerly Joe Moroski's. It had a supercharged Buick v6 in it back then with a T5 transmission. All of that is gone and I am going back to all triumph/rover parts.

    The motor will be a stock rebuilt 3.5 Rover with std compression which is ideal for the turbo application. I will be using Cometic head gaskets,in which the heads have been shaved down to accommodate the extra thickness of these gaskets. Erson cams has designed a special grind pattern for the application that will be suited for the turbo application with power from 2500-6500. A Holley 650 blow thru carb from The Carb Shop setup specifically for my setup. The Holley will sit on top of a harcourt single plane intake manifold. The setup will be intercooled with 2.5in piping. I will be mocking up custom exhaust manifolds that will push a single Garret To4b turbo designed to run efficiently at 10-15lbs of boost

    The transmission will be a stock rebuilt Rover trans LT77. The cars already has The Wedge Shop Mustang rear end conversion and all the other goodies.

    I have acquired most of the parts for the build expect a few major things like the turbo, front timing cover, rad supports and all the intercooler and exhaust plumbing.

    I will update the thread over time with my progress. I plan on making the turbo setup into a kit in which anyone can bolt on their stock 3.5 with no modification and push 250Hp to the wheels.

    P.S. The end goal for this car is to become a GROUP 44 Replica

    Here are some more specs on the setup.

    Specs on Driving
    Street car
    1 -5 drag passes a year
    Driven to cars shows 600+ miles
    6300k Redline
    Drive ability is important
    300-350WHP Target

    Quick specs on Motor:
    215 cubic inch
    Aluminum Block
    Aluminum Heads
    Fresh rebuild
    ARP hardware
    Cometic Headgaskets
    Makes 210hp in NA form

    Specs
    Rover 3.5 (215 cu in)
    8:1 compression
    93 Pump Gas
    ARP head studs, main studs
    Stock Heads
    Erson TQ20 on a 112 (478 lift, 214 duration at .050)
    Cast pistons, rods
    Single plane intake
    Blow thru Carb (Holley 650)
    10-15psi max
    Mallory 6 Box (Boost timing retard functionality run off MAP sensor 1* timing pulled per 1LB of boost)
    Intercooler Core Size 11"X12"X3" Overall Size 18"x12"x3" 2.5" Inlet & Outlet 3" Core
    3 in Mandrel bent exhaust from Downpipe back
    160* thermostat
    Mallory SS distributor 24* advance with 10* static advance
    1 PTE 46mm External Wastegate
    1 Tial 50mm BOV
    Garret to4e 60 trim .58 A/R O Trim T4 exhaust housing with 3in Vband outlet

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    Thanks
    Clint
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    Nice!! Look forward to seeing the progress!
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    Sounds like something to watch, always interested in new builds especially when they are a bit radical.

    Keep the updates coming.

    Paul
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    Clint are you trying to keep up with the Lanochas?
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    In pure rover fashion, yes. haha

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    Just spreading around some love!
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    very cool...sweet car- seen it up at BI a few years, I see a FHC in my near future....keep the pictures coming!!!!
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    Very interesting Clint. I'm glad you didn't tell me about this when I picked up the bracket that Saturday. I would have hours late getting home and you never would have finished the brake job on time.
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    Paul,

    Next time I am around and you swing by we can chat about it. It should be very interesting. I have some more pictures to take and post up.

    The car should be completed by next spring. I already have the short block and everything to put the long block together except a few odds and ends.

    I am very very interested to see what the 3.5 can put down for power in this form. As always I am building for power with reliability in mind. We drive these cars hundreds of miles to shows and what is the point of tons of power if you can't drive it around without being scared something is going to break.

    Thanks
    Clint
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    Clint,

    The only problem with that is you'll start giving me ideas.......

    I'm trying to keep this one a simple down to earth driver. Woody already has a to do list while it's in storage for the winter. I'm trying to keep it small, but the more I drive it the longer it's getting.
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