JOHN LU­CAS

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Living With Classics -

John built his first TR7 V8 coupé in 1988; since then he’s con­verted a drop­head too. He says: ‘When the tim­ing chain snapped on the orig­i­nal en­gine I de­cided to fit a Range Rover 4.6-litre V8 with stage three heads and 4.0-litre pis­tons to raise the com­pres­sion ra­tio. To rein things in the front brakes are SD1-based; I’ve also con­verted to discs at the rear while the up­rated mas­ter cylin­der is taken from a Sherpa van and it bolts straight on. The 2.84:1 diff is from an SD1 Van­den Plas EFi while the sus­pen­sion fea­tures GAZ and AVO coilovers, low­ered springs and poly bushes. Fit­ting a roll bar and front strut brace mas­sively stiff­ens the bodyshell up.’

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