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Here is an Alpine thats worth a look

Discussion in '"Stock" Alpine' started by skywords, Jan 15, 2007.

  1. skywords

    skywords Donation Time

    I don't know if this talented fella is a member or not but my hats off to him. Clink on the links on the left and read about all the upgrades.

  2. alpine_64

    alpine_64 Donation Time

    thats brian holms car, lots of amazing mods, he was a member on the foorum before the crash, i'm sure we will see him again soon
  3. howard

    howard Donation Time

    Nice. One question: The interior is LHD but the MC for the brakes is on the right side. How does that work?:confused:
  4. Jim E

    Jim E Donation Time

    Moved it to clear the intake set up as I recall.
  5. Jeff Scoville

    Jeff Scoville Donation Time

    Right, I believe he ran a control rod through the box under the dash.
  6. RootesRooter

    RootesRooter Platinum Level Sponsor

    A Ford T-5 tranny hooked up to a 1725???
  7. RootesRacer

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    A lot of work for sure, but with the HP he is making, the stock trans would have been the first casualty. The second would be the rear end, which he has replaced with a 7.5 inch ford axle IIRC.
  8. RootesRooter

    RootesRooter Platinum Level Sponsor

    I'd have put my money on the rear end blowing up before the gearbox. Regardless, I'll bet a lot of people would like to know how he did it, and if the T-5 is possibly easier/better than the Aussie Supra swap.

  9. RootesRacer

    RootesRacer Donation Time

    I can assure you the mainshaft of the trans will twist or shear before the rear end will die.
    The allsync trans is particularly weak since it has a section of small diameter on the mainshaft that the earlier transmissions were fatter (suppose they saved 2 bits in material).

    The rootes rear end is surprisingly strong considering the small ring and pinion (6 7/8 inch ring size).

    He adapted the T5 using a machined plate between the bellhousing and the motor.

    Not sure if he had to do any banging on the trans tunnel, but my guess is that he did.
  10. serIIalpine

    serIIalpine Donation Time

    I do believe he used an adapter plate to mate the t-5 to the stock rootes bellhousing>

    Look at the series of picks that comes up when you click on the disc brake shot,

    '62 SerII
  11. skywords

    skywords Donation Time

    I like hearing the rear end is robust because my plan is to retain the stock rear end with my Quad 4/ T-5 swap. I don't plan on any tire spinning and will enjoy the extra power on the expressways. Did anyone see the crankshaft welding and regrind? Not sure exactly what the point of that is, maybe something to do with the end seals.

  12. RootesRacer

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    He did have to modify the stock bellhousing.

    IIRC he needed to do a boring operation so the housing would have an accurate guide for the plate and transmission.
  13. Bill Blue

    Bill Blue Platinum Level Sponsor

    As I remember, the bad part is he had to do the boring operation to alleviate an off-center condition that is common in Alpines.

  14. napa 1

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    In the engine photo section, the photo at the end of the previous engine...what is the header covered/wrapped with?
  15. 64beam

    64beam Donation Time

    Hi John,

    I was wondering that myself :confused: . It looks like that it may be a ceramic type coating which he has painted or possibly come in a colour of choice. Hopefully somone can confirm our query.

    Regards, Robin.
  16. napa 1

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  17. RootesRacer

    RootesRacer Donation Time

    The material is jet hot ceramic coat.
    The color is a stainless metallic.

    I happen to own that very header you see in the pics:D
  18. napa 1

    napa 1 Donation Time

    Are we talking about the header in the last engine photo that is titled: "my previous motor"? In that picture I'm almost sure it is the header wrap. It has the stainless steel clamps up by the manifold which hold the wrap on.
  19. 64beam

    64beam Donation Time

    Hi John,

    I think we are talking about different headers. Rootesracer and I are talking about the blue coloured turbo manifold (I hope anyway). I do know which one you mean though. You are right, it is the fibreglass wrap.

    Regards, Robin.
  20. napa 1

    napa 1 Donation Time

    Ahhh. My apologies, I was trying to figure out the wrapped headers in the last engine photo. Do you know anything about this fiberglass wrap? Thanks Robin.


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