Honestly, the fuel system itself isn't that complicated. I'm sure the tank and carbs are full of varnish, but a good drop of the tank, flushing to make sure that there isn't any rust (which would get into the lines), I'm not sure if this car had any mechanical or electric fuel pumps, but those are low pressure, and a good going over of the massive SU carbs (Any British car guy worth his salt could help you there) and you should be fine.
The SU HIF7 is fairly common, Jags used them as well.
but seriously, theres a reason there arent tons of these with v8 swaps rolling around. itd be nothing like putting a v8 into an old jag.
maybe bears repeating, but i swear ill swap , but the car is built around that brake system and engine. the only swapped ones ive seen have been those wild SEMA builds with tube frames, because it would require major surgery to reconfigure. and that point youve spent more than it would have taken to make it right with stock parts, and i bet itd be worth all of the $4k you bought it for.
whereas fixing it back to working factory spec youd end up with a $25k bentley. it just doesnt make sense...
An LSx swap is hogwash. This motoring carriage deserves propulsion from a quality Humphreys & Tennant triple-expansion steam engine fueled by only the finest South Wales coal. With such a powerplant it could reach the East Indies Station from Portsmouth Docks in a matter of mere days. To do otherwise would be sheer simple-mindedness.
Originally Posted by Boyz in da Park
UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!! UPDATE!!!
M Roadster has been seen and driven by me and titleist1976. We even cruised on the highway for dudes and saw a Peruvian supercar. Bentley should be seen by Monday/Tuesday since the place is closed on weekends.
I really thought the M Roadster was going to be a pile before I went to Eurotrash motors. However, I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't put together from 3 different cars after 2 bottles of Stoli.
The body on that car is straight and i didn't find any evidence of frame damaging accidents. It looks like it was just daily driven by a heavy set person(driver seat is pretty gone) that didn't flog it.
Trans felt great, clutch and brakes were tight and engine revved and behaved just as good as the 64K mile S52 in my M.
It does seem that the top is compromised and with the recent rain we got in Sac the interior was drenched and possibly had a bit of standing water in it.
I am not going to write a 2 page report about this car right now because my 4yo is yanking me from my computer but overall it is a pretty solid, not mechanically abused sample of an M Roadster. On the East Coast it would be bought up by Vinnie from Southern NJ in no time.
It got a 10 footer paint job by Eurotrash which looks pretty good RIGHT NOW.
Car needs heavy interior cosmetic TLC.
Has Bilsteins. They look like HD units and definitely don't feel as tight as Sports. Pretty sure they are non-adjustable.
I am not a mechanic so look at pics and maybe you can spot something I didn't.
CURRENT VERDICT: nm+, titleist and I agree that it is too nice for Vad. I think it is worth close to the asking price considering what some forum lunatics are asking for their regular Z3s.
Interesting Top situation:
East Coasters will cry when they see this rust free pic:
Front bumper plastics got a Euro Star motors special 200mph wood screws.
Top needs new seals since they are either completely missing or about to go missing.
Looking pretty good over here:
Hey, that's pretty good:
A bit of a rats nest behind teh tight "halo" lights:
Master brake cylinder and booster look new and brakes feeel really good:
Temps were fine but the traction button was flashing once went i went WOT in 3rd gear and car just sat there. Maybe because oil temps were still low?:
No rear view for u:
OG Business(?) Sytem:
Titleist started yelling Peruvian supercar from a block away and it took me a second to spot it:
Does the stitching pattern still matter when its no longer there? Leather is gone from most of the wheel:
Either Eastern yuropean jizz or some kind of agressive mold on bottom of the seats:
Here is you behind the seats look:
I might need to see a respiratory therapist after riding in this thing:
Bodyman Boris had some stoli and went chiki briki with the flat head:
Looks like PO backed into something with the exhaust:
More updates to follow next week.
Last edited by EuroAtomic; 03-17-2017 at 09:12 PM.
On the door... a few chips in the paint.
A little more mold.
Someone loved this shifter. A LOT.
Is there supposed to be a subwoofer in there?
Weird clearcoat thing going on in the trunk lid
The car was interesting. It needs a lot of tlc. The wheels need some new clearcoat, too. A bunch of the vin numbers matched up. Good times. Two dudes driving down the highway in this thing got some looks.
Last edited by titleist1976; 03-17-2017 at 09:58 PM.
FWIW, of all the decent quality engine swaps I've seen in these cars (from GM V8's to Toyota turbo diesels); they all found a way to retain the hydraulics by replacing the cam driven pumps.
Several cars used electric pumps, while one had a belt driven pump.
Shows that even with slick engineering, it's still easier to just (mostly) keep what's already there.