1980 TR8
March 19, 2017
 

 

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I have kept this off of the site for over two years now, as this site is devoted to the TR6.

With that being said and after many guys have asked me for different pictures of the TR8, since I started modifying it,
I thought it would be good to share what it looks like now and some of the things that I've done over the past two years.

**** Viewers are warned that if they attempt any mechanical repairs or modifications,
or follow procedures referred to here, they do so at their own risk, and no liability will attach to me.****



As any purist will readily see, this is not a stock TR8 any more.   I hated the rubber bumpers on this car even more than on the TR6.

 

The front and rear bumpers have been replaced with custom fiberglass units by MorSpeed Performance in western PA.

They specialize in fiberglass special affects for MGB's and several other lines.

Alan at A&E Auto in Pawtucket, RI handled all of the custom body fitting and perfectly match the Lava Red Pearl paint.

These are 14" Panasport wheels which replaced the 13" stock units.  Along with the big brake kit on the front end,
it handles and stops quite well.  There is a full matching spare in the trunk.  The stock seats are gone too, as you shall soon see.

In fact the entire plaid interior is gone as well.

I am the third owner and the previous owner had installed the headers and the custom exhaust system.

A nice sedate street rumble and lots of sound at wide open throttle.

These cars have a much bigger trunk than the TR6, but I still like the luggage rack.

Just like the TR6, this car now has Miata seats.  These covers were custom made in Florida at Mr. Mike's who specializes
in custom Miata and Fiero seat covers in just about any kind of material and trimming options.

A fellow TR8 owner, Darrell Walker used his fabrication talents to come up with a great set of seat brackets for his car and mine.

The stereo is wired through these speakers in the seats, which are upgraded Millennium speakers from up here in Mass.

Much wider that our TR6's and with factory A/C too.  I have it disconnected, but it works.

The five speed is also great for highway cruising.  It is truly sad that Triumph folded and never got to develop these cars further.

The engine that came with it sadly had some internal issues about 1,200 miles into my ownership, so this is a newly built 3.9 litre
custom built for me by Woody at the Wedge Shop in Taunton, MA.  It puts out over 185HP and 188 ft lbs of torque at the rear wheels
with a greatpower and torque band, which is just what I wanted for good street driving and plenty of power if I want to play with it.

A nice big Holley 4bbl that was jetted and tuned on the dyno at New England Dyno after the engine was broken in, along
with an electronic ignition and numerous goodies hidden inside, including a really nice cam grind specified by Woody.

You can see the new aluminum radiator and the big electric fan to cool it.  What you can't see is the 95 amp alternator,
which happens to be the same one as on my TR6.  Just a different wiring hook up.

 

That's about it for now until the spring of 2014.  Probably a few more things to do then.

 

 

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