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Turbo Coupe BRG

Post by scotty2 » Wed May 15, 2019 2:43 pm

I have had to admit that I have have an itch for a manual 800 Coupe turbo (or Vitesse ) in BRG to complete the set.
It will involve me getting rid of one of my other non rover cars but I'll just post this to tempt fate...

From AR Online:

In addition, the two-door coupe could now be specified with the 200hp turbocharged T -Series engine.

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Re: Turbo Coupe BRG

Post by scoobyh123 » Thu May 16, 2019 9:56 am

The only Vitesse Coupes were the turbos, rough rule of thumb is pre-96, 180PS, post 96, 200PS although there is a changeover period.
That should fit nicely with the rest of your fleet though, a 98 V reg BRG Vitty coupe. :wink: :D
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Re: Turbo Coupe BRG

Post by scotty2 » Thu May 16, 2019 10:11 am

I'll need to check the book (Rover 800 Story) for how many were made but I'm working away this week. Yes it would be great to have "the set". Yup, a post 96 Vitesse Coupe sound a plan.

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Re: Turbo Coupe BRG

Post by scoobyh123 » Thu May 16, 2019 10:22 am

Might be better to check "howmanyleft" to see how many are actually left if you're determined to find one!

I've got a pair of green coupe doors going begging if you do find one. :wink: :D
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Re: Turbo Coupe BRG

Post by scotty2 » Sun May 19, 2019 1:01 pm

Book says about 1000 820 Coupes produced from 96 to 98. Doesn't break it down to turbo or non turbo models.

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Re: Turbo Coupe BRG

Post by scoobyh123 » Sun May 19, 2019 1:15 pm

scotty2 wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 1:01 pm
Book says about 1000 820 Coupes produced from 96 to 98. Doesn't break it down to turbo or non turbo models.
Allegedly there are only 97 left, 14 taxed, 83 SORN :

https://www.howmanyleft.co.uk/vehicle/r ... esse_sport

That figure hasn't changed much over the past couple of years so you might be in with a chance of finding one. It doesn't say how many of those 97 are coupes, Fastbacks or saloons though. Then there's your colour choice - narrows the field even more although BRG was a popular colour.
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Re: Turbo Coupe BRG

Post by scotty2 » Sun May 19, 2019 5:01 pm

Thanks for that. Keep your ears open...

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Re: Turbo Coupe BRG

Post by scoobyh123 » Sun May 19, 2019 5:11 pm

Will do - are you prepared to travel and would there be any compromise on the colour?
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Re: Turbo Coupe BRG

Post by scotty2 » Mon May 20, 2019 11:34 am

Travel not an issue but it has to be BRG and not a complete project as I have a couple of cars to sort out this year. Ambassador and Scimitar projects are now due to be started!

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Re: Turbo Coupe BRG

Post by scoobyh123 » Mon May 20, 2019 11:41 am

I'll keep my eyes peeled etc. :wink: :D

Ambassador project eh? Nice! Are you sticking with the "O" series engine or thinking about a T-series conversion?
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Re: Turbo Coupe BRG

Post by scotty2 » Mon May 20, 2019 3:44 pm

I was planning on putting a 2.0 "O" instead of my 1.7 as it has a low oil pressure issue which I need to check out and tidy up the front end ready for some fresh paint - it's really solid but just starting to go and has marks from storage. I have heard that the T series being a derivative of the "B" block e.t.c. can be made to fit but I think driveshafts and end on gearbox would prevent a quick swap. Do they just mod the head onto the "O" or a complete swap? I did search for T series into Ambassador but didn't come up with anything...
I think a T series turbo Ambassador would be a bit scary!

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Re: Turbo Coupe BRG

Post by scoobyh123 » Mon May 20, 2019 5:45 pm

I forgot about the "Mini-style" gearbox in the sump. :roll: :(

I converted a 2.0 "O" series Montego to 16v M-series power about 20 years ago - that was a beast! Would have knocked spots off the MG Montego Turbo that i'd previously owned. Also scared a Porsche 928 on the M27 just with sheer acceleration! :lol:

The M dropped straight into the Montego with only an engine mounting needing to be fabricated. I ran it on the "O" series EFI set up as i never had the chance to rewire it for the M series ECU but it still went like stink. The "O", M and T series blocks are all very similar so you could just swap the backplate and sump for gearbox in theory, might be a bit more involved but you'd be left with the original 4-speed unit from the Ambassador then. Next paragraph is an alternative route giving a 5-speed box.

Do you know the PCD on the Ambassador wheels? Seem to recall it's something a bit odd but that might be the Montego i'm thinking of. What i would suggest, if you can find a donor 16V 820 (assuming you want to do this of course) is to transfer the engine and box complete, make any engine mounts you might need (from memory it was the one on the timing belt end of the head i had to make) and use the Rover driveshafts. I do happen to know of a late 820Si/SLi (can't remember without trawling through some emails) that hasn't moved for about 7 years, might be a prime candidate for a donor vehicle while yielding some useful spares for your other beasts.

As for a Vit Sport powered Ambassador - scary! :shock: :wink: :lol: :D
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