Triumph TR7 projects

The need for an engine upgrade probably goes without saying. The Dolomite sprint engine is, perhaps, closest to the car's original DNA. However, I wanted to fit a Rover T-series turbo (I already had one) but the car I bought came with a 3.5 V8 and I decided to stick with that. I upgraded to SD1 Vitesse spec with a Holly, tubular manifolds, Megajolt lost spark ignition and a Davies Craig electric water pump etc. On a good day that might make 170 – 180 hp which is plenty for me. Anyway it makes a nice sound which is the main thing! There are a couple of custom mods: a cold air intake and an automatic cold start device. More about these later.


Chassis mods are modest and include Spax shocks, polybushes and Rimmer's front brake upgrade which involves a ventilated disc and a slightly modified SD1 Vitesse 4-pot calliper. This requires slightly bigger wheels to clear the calliper. I went for 15x6 inch 5 spoke Revolutions which look reasonably period and are quite cheap. (They do require a 5mm spacer to clear the calliper.)


This car is LHD (from California, I think, so less rust). LHD because I wanted to go on a Continental road trip but so far, after ten years, I have still failed to achieve this!


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Cold air intake

Interior

Instruments

Megajolt ignition

Cold start

Cooling

Headlights

Towbar

Front spoiler

V8 swap

V8 swap

For most people, classic Triumphs end with the TR6 so as far as I'm concerned it's not a serious crime to customise a TR7 a bit. Don't get me wrong, I love the Wedge and wouldn't want to turn it into something it's not – so I'm not aiming for Grinnall  Ramstein style body kits (although I do think Grinnalls are fine looking cars). I'm also trying hard to suppress any subconscious  Max Power tendencies.

TR7 upgrades - intro

Electric bonnet release

Electric bonnet release

Main lights, electronic relays

Main lights, electronic relays

Fuel pump

Fuel pump

Cold start device TR7 big brake upgrade.

Front brake upgrade

Rear bumper

Rear bumper