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02-07-2012, 09:12 PM
Evening Folks!!!! New member here, from Tampa Bay, FL. Proud owner of an '86 TVR 280i Series 2 and an '85 280i Series 1. Getting ready to do some conversions (which is actually how I stumbled across this site) and thought if anyone was interested, I would share the details. First off, I'm sticking with the original 2.8 V6. I know the 2.9/4.0/4.0 SOHC are direct swaps, but I don't feel like messing with too much for right now, so here's what I've come up with.

Swapping cylinder heads for better flow. Getting rid of mechanical F.I.
Swapping in a T5 tranny from a 2005 Mustang 4.0 V6.

As of right now, I've got a ton of info on the cylinder head issue. As for the tranny swap, I only have what I've found on this site, along with a few extra tips I've come across while searching around and also physically going to the yards and pulling parts.

Also, if anyone is local to this area, drop me a line. Would love to talk TVR with someone who actually knows what they are!!! :smile:

02-07-2012, 11:31 PM
Welcome sir, I'm sure someone will help you out.

02-11-2012, 07:55 PM
Welcome, We are in much the same boat TVR-wise. Running 86 and a barn find 85. All type of conversion have been done and I wish they were written up. Grady

02-15-2012, 07:38 PM
Thank you. What type of conversions have you done?

03-27-2012, 05:19 AM
What happened?? Where'd ya GO, Mocephus?!?

04-13-2012, 06:52 PM
Still here!!! Moved recently, been really busy.

04-14-2012, 09:57 AM
We're practically neighbors. I'm in th' slums of Brandon.

05-14-2012, 07:57 PM
Hi Mocephus, Welcome to the forum. The TVR Southeast representative lives in Tampa. His name is Ted Smida. I have a couple of old numbers I hope work for you. I will PM you his numbers. Rick

05-16-2012, 08:03 PM
Mocephus, did you get in touch with Ted? Did you get my message? Rick

05-20-2012, 06:05 PM
A mustang engine and a t5 will be easier.... And so much more fun!!!! Just saying!