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Rookie question

Discussion in 'Sunbeam Tiger' started by kiwichris, May 15, 2021.

  1. kiwichris

    kiwichris Donation Time

    Did the Tiger use the Alpine suspension and rear axle. Hard to believe a Husky rear axle would survive a 260/289 engine
  2. RootesRacer

    RootesRacer Platinum Level Sponsor

    Yes and no.

    The tiger used the alpine front suspension with its own coil springs and a thicker sway bar.
    The answer to the rear axle is however negatron. Rootes chose to use a Salisbury 4HA IIRC (Dana 44) which has stronger axles and a larger R&P.
  3. kiwichris

    kiwichris Donation Time

    Ok that makes sense. I’m learning
    Think I may go with a Ford 8” narrowed to suit
  4. SIVAllan

    SIVAllan Gold Level Sponsor

    "Ok that makes sense. I’m learning
    Think I may go with a Ford 8” narrowed to suit"


    The stock Dana 44 and axles setup is pretty strong.
  5. husky drvr

    husky drvr Platinum Level Sponsor


    Think it's because he's starting down the "cut and paste" path to hi-performance. Kiwichris has a complete '61 Alpine drive train listed in the for sale forum.
  6. 260Alpine

    260Alpine Silver Level Sponsor

  7. Aladin Sane

    Aladin Sane Gold Level Sponsor

    Well that is a different way to get three peddles to fit.


    I don't think it would work with my long legs however.
  8. 260Alpine

    260Alpine Silver Level Sponsor

    Looks like he could have moved the brake pedal over like the Tiger and put the gas pedal down and further forward. I think the tunnel didn't have to be as wide.
  9. kiwichris

    kiwichris Donation Time

    Are they 400 hp strong.
  10. kiwichris

    kiwichris Donation Time

  11. 260Alpine

    260Alpine Silver Level Sponsor

    Dana 44 has been used over 500hp but the Jeep one piece 30 spline axles are stronger than the Tigers separate hub/axles. Look for a Postal Jeep or 72-75 CJ5 axle. Or Jag or Corvette IRS which uses a Dana 44.
    Last edited: May 16, 2021
  12. 260Alpine

    260Alpine Silver Level Sponsor

    If you go Coyote you should use these valve covers: coyote valve covers.jpg
  13. watisit

    watisit Platinum Level Sponsor

    3A96FFC9-D424-4DCA-A8CA-277BA06815B6.jpeg A little off topic bu Ive not long finished my 63.5 falcon with a coyote conversion. It was a massive amount of work! I can’t imagine it fitting in a alpine..... 3A96FFC9-D424-4DCA-A8CA-277BA06815B6.jpeg
  14. volvoguys

    volvoguys Donation Time

    Gotta disagree here.

    Unmodified stock Alpine and Tiger front suspensions are very different, as is the steering. The only front member components that are common are the spindles, calipers, rotors, hubs and upper control arms.

    Mark ..... volvoguys
  15. kiwichris

    kiwichris Donation Time

    Are you saying the Tiger had IRS like the jag and corvette???
  16. 260Alpine

    260Alpine Silver Level Sponsor

    No, But the IRS I mention used a Dana 44.

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