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coupe  948 downunder Avatar
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia   AUS
If I had a bottomless wallet I would be ordering a brand new engine quicker that you could blink Peter but like most of us I have to watch my pennies and spending on my car very much falls into "discretionary"spending that has to come after so many other family commitments so I have to try to firstly make the most of what I've already got (like the head and carbs off my existing 948 engine) and that which I can get for as little money as possible and I have a brother has three 1200 engines in his shed that rises up the list of things that I can contemplate doing with my resources.
With regard to the oil filter the 948 engine uses a different set up to the one in your link and while there is an adaptor available its $170 AUD it does not alter the fact that the early engine does not have a full flow oil filtering system like the later iterations of Triumph's engine

I would likewise love to have extractors but as I have made up several sets of headers over the years I may just have a go ant making some for this car too the most tedious /difficult part is cutting out the flange as I did on another project which took ages with drills and files but worked out well in the end

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Phil C Philip Chapman
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand   NZL
New member here. I have a rear coupe tub to dispose of. Good condition. No roof. What would this be worth.? I live in New Zealand. Phil C

coupe  948 downunder Avatar
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia   AUS
Its been a while since I last posted here and a lot has changed since then. Firstly I got my Triumph legal for use on the road which was nice until I worked out that the original engine is utterly woeful it is so weak and anemic performance wise that it struggled to get up the mountain where I live. I tried really hard to get myself a bigger triumph engine but there are simply none to be had in my part of the world, well not at a price I could afford anyway
In the end I found a Toyota 4k engine and after some hard work with grinder and my Mig welder , including making a new oilpan I have made it both fit and work to make my coupe a viable daily driver. Further to that I have added a brake servo and a good coating of Beeswax polish of my own recipe to protect the patina she now serves me very well .

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Tonyfixit Tony M
Duncan, BC, Canada   CAN
Glad to hear it's back on the road. Please post some more pictures, the last was a bit close-in.

coupe  948 downunder Avatar
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia   AUS
As requested here are some more pictures


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coupe  948 downunder Avatar
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia   AUS
Here are a few more pictures .
The 4K engine came with a five speed box which is actually a a few inches longer than the original but it is also a bit lower in height this necessitated the making of a new transmission tunnel and of course a new custom tail-shaft that set me back $350aud I also had to make a new oil pan and pickup which was frustratingly difficult to make leak free Experience with engine swaps has taught me that speedos are seldom accurate afterwards even if you adapt the cable to work the existing head unit so I have fitted a GPS speedo which is in MPH and has a matching white face $90aud from Ebay I also made a new accelerator peddle that swings from the top like teh other foot controls because the original design is frankly awful. Once finished it has a pad the same the brake and clutch and it certainly looks the part


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