Rover V8 Engine Numbers

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Rover V8 Haynes RoadsterIf it ain’t broke don’t fix it!

Unfortunately, In this case it may need some fixing.

I’ve got a Rover V8 for measuring and set-up purposes. I’ll strip it down, see what it needs and if it’s not too far gone, rebuild it.

It looks like a late SD1 block and it was a manual. As to it’s capacity and true condition I’ve got some reading up to do. – I’ve started below…

The injection system seems to suggest that it was from a Vitesse. The heads however do not have any stamped markings, just casting numbers. So the injection maybe a later addition. It looks like it’s been standing for quite some time.

The later large capacity Range Rover V8’s have twin plenum injection systems and distributor-less ignition, this one is only a single and has a distributor. That suggests it is only a 3.5 or 3.9litre.

The big capacity Range Rover motors don’t have huge bhp figures as they mainly benefit from higher torque. With the car hopefully weighing in at around 700Kg’s, torque is not my priority.

I have a couple of old magazine articles with mildly tuned Westfield Seights and they were both around 3.5seconds 0-60.

If I can get this beast to turn, I’ll try rebuilding it with pretty much standard internals. – maybe?? Surely 190bhp is enough??

Identifying A Rover V8

The photo below shows the engine number stamped into the face where the block and head meet.

Rover V8 Block Numbers

The top row of the stamping shows the compression ratio (9.75:1)

The second row has 3 numbers blurred out but starts 30A0xxx7  – This means that the engine is a 3528cc EFi engine from a SD1 Vitesse with a manual gearbox, Made between 1982 & 1987.

See the table below:

Engine No. Application cc Compression
Ratio
Approximate
Year
Rover P5 Coupe
84000001A 3500 3528 10.5:1 1967 – 1973
84100001A 3500 3528 10.5:1 1967 – 1973
84300001A 3500 3528 10.5:1 1967 – 1973
Rover P6
42500001A 3500 Auto 3528 10.5:1 1967 – 1976
42700001A 3500 Auto 3528 8.5:1 1967 – 1976
43000001A 3500 Auto 3528 10.5:1 1967 – 1976
43200001A 3500 Auto 3528 8.5:1 1967 – 1976
45100001A 3500 Auto 3528 10.5:1 1967 – 1976
45300001A 3500 Auto 3528 8.5:1 1967 – 1976
45500001A 3500 Auto 3528 10.5:1 1967-1976
46600001A 3500S Auto USA 3528 1967 – 1976
48100001A 3500S manual 3528 10.5:1 1967 – 1976
48500001A 3500S manual 3528 10.5:1 1967 – 1976
Rover SD1
10A00001A Manual 3528 9.35:1 1976 – 1987
11A00001A Auto 3528 9.35:1 1979 – 1980
12A00001A Manual EFI USA 3528 8.13:1 1979 – 1980
13A00001A Auto EFI USA 3528 8.13:1 1979 – 1980
14A00001A Auto Sweden 3528 8.13:1 1976 – 1987
15A00001A Auto Australia 3528 8.13:1 1976 – 1987
16A00001A Auto Japan 3528 8.13:1 1976 – 1987
17A00001A V8S Manual 3528 9.35:1 1979 – 1980
17A00001A Vanden Plas Manual 3528 9.35:1 1981 – 1987
18A00001A V8S Auto 3528 9.35:1 1979 – 1980
18A00001A Vanden Plas Auto 3528 9.35:1 1981 – 1987
19A00001A Manual Australia 3528 8.13:1 1976 – 1987
20A00001A EFi Australia 3528 8.13:1 1982 – 1987
21A00001A EFi Australia 3528 8.13:1 1982 – 1987
23A00001A SE / Vanden Plas Manual 3528 8.13:1 1982 – 1987
24A00001A Vanden Plas / SE, Manual + Air Con 3528 8.13:1 1982 – 1987
25A00001A Vanden Plas / SE, Manual + Air Con 3528 8.13:1 1982 – 1987
26A00001A Vanden Plas / SE, Auto 3528 8.13:1 1982 – 1987
27A00001A SE, Manual + Air Con for Hot Climate 3528 8.13:1 1982 – 1987
28A00001A SE, Auto + Air Con for Hot Climate 3528 8.13:1 1982 – 1987
30A00001A Vitesse, Manual 3528 9.75:1 1982 – 1987
31A00001A EFi, Auto 3528 9.75:1 1982 – 1987
32A00001A Vitesse, Manual 3528 9.75:1 1982 – 1987
33A00001A Auto, Air Conditioning 3528 9.75:1 1982 – 1987
34A00001A Switzerland 3528 9.35:1 1982 – 1987
36A00001A Switzerland 3528 9.35:1 1982 – 1987
38A00001A Factory Recon 3528 9.35:1 1982 – 1987
39A00001A Factory Recon 3528 9.35:1 1982 – 1987
Triumph TR8
10E000001A Manual 3528 8.13:1 1980
11E000001A Auto 3528 8.13:1 1980
12E000001A EFi Federal, Manual 3528 8.13:1 1980
13E000001A EFi Federal, Auto 3528 8.13:1 1980
14E000001A Manual 3528 8.13:1 1980
15E000001A Auto 3528 8.13:1 1980
MG
48600001A GT V8 3528 8.26:1 1973-1976
Morgan
30A0000 Plus 8 EFi 3528 9.75:1 1983-1991
37A0000 Plus 8 EFi 3528 9.75:1 1983-1991
486001333A Plus 8 Carburetor 3528 9.35:1 1968-1983
47A00001 3.9lt Plus 8 EFi 9.35:1 1968-1983
S46D0000A 4.6lt Plus 8 EFi 9.35:1 1968-1983
TVR
37A0000 350i 3528 9.75:1
37A40P0000 3.9lt Chimaera EFi 9.8:1
47A40P0000 3.9lt Chimaera EFi 9.8:1
47A43P0000 4.3lt Griffith EFi &nsp;
37A50P0000 5.0lt Griffith/Chimera 500 EFi 10:1
47A50P0000 5.0lt Chimera 500 EFi 10:1
Range Rover
35500001C
35500001D
35500001E
Carb 3528 8.25:1 1970-1983
35500001F Carb 3528 8.13:1 1970-1983
34100001 Carb 3528 8.25:1 1970-1983
35900001A Carb CDK 3528 8.25:1 1970-1983
39800001A Carb 8 Australia 3528 13:1 1970-1983
11D00001A Carb Pulsair 3528 9.35:1 1970-1983
13D00001A
13D00001B
Carb Auto 3528 8.13:1 1981-1985
15D00001A
15D00001B
Carb Pulsair Auto 3528 9.35:1 1981-1985
16D00001A
16D00001B
Carb Pulsair Auto 3528 9.35:1 1983-1985
17D00001A
17D00001B
Carb Pulsair Manual 3528 9.35:1 1983-1985
18D00001A
18D00001B
Carb Manual 3528 8.13:1 1983-1985
19D00001A
19D00001B
Carb Pulsair Manual 3528 9.35:1 1983-1985
20D00001B Carb Pulsair Manual 3528 8.13:1 1983-1985
21D00001B Carb Pulsair Auto 3528 8.13:1 1983-1985
21D00001B Carb Pulsair Auto 3528 8.13:1 1983-1985
22D00001 EFi Disc Manual 3528 8.13:1 1986-
23D00001 EFi Disc Auto 3528 8.13:1 1986-
24D00001 EFi Disc Manual 3528 9.35:1 1986-
25D00001A EFi Auto 3528 9.35:1 1986-
26D00001A Carb Manual 3528 9.35:1 1986-
27D00001A EFi Auto 3528 8.13:1 1986-
28D00001 Carb Manual 3528 8.13:1 1986-
29D00001A Carb Auto 3528 8.13:1 1986-
30D00001 Carb Manual 3528 8.13:1 1986-
31D00001 EFi 3528 8.13:1 1986-
35D00001 3.9lt Discovery EFi Manual 9.35:1 1988-
36D00001 3.9lt Discovery EFi Auto 9.35:1 1988-
37D00001 3.9lt Discovery EFi Manual 8.13:1 1988-
38D00001 3.9lt Discovery EFi Auto 8.13:1 1988-
42D00001A Series 2, 4.0lt EFi, High Compression 9.34:1 1994-2002
44D00001A Series 2, 4.0lt EFi, Low Compression 8.13:1 1994-2002
57D00001A Series 2, 4.0lt EFi, Low Compression 8.13:1 1998-2002
58D00001A Series 2, 4.0lt EFi, High Compression 9.34:1 1998-2002
92D00001A Series 2, 4.0lt EFi Canada 8.13:1 1998-2002
95D00001A Series 2, 4.0lt, EFi NAS 9.34:1 1998-
40D00001 4.2lt EFi 8.94:1 1992-1994
46D00001A 4.6lt Series 2 EFi 9.34:1 1994-2002
46D00001A 4.6lt Series 2 EFi 8.12.1 1994-2002
59D00001A 4.6lt Series 2 EFi 8.12.1 1998-2002
60D00001A 4.6lt Series 2 EFi 9.34.1 1998-2002
93D00001A 4.6lt Series 2 EFi, Canada 8.12.1 1998-2002
96D00001A 4.6lt Series 2 EFi, NAS 9.34.1 1998-2002
Land Rover Series III
10G00001 Stage 1 3528 8.13:1 1982
11G00001 Stage 1 3528 8.13:1 1982
12G00001 Stage 1 3528 8.13:1 1982
Land Rover 90/110
14G00001 90/110 3528 8.31:1 1983-
15G00001 90/110 3528 8.31:1 1983-
19G00001 90/110 Saudi 3528 8.31:1 1983-
20G00001 90/110 3528 8.31:1 1983-
21G00001 90/110 3528 8.31:1 1983-
22G00001 90/110 Australia 3528 8.31:1 1983-
24G00001 90/110 3528 8.31:1 1983-
Land Rover Discovery
27G00001 Carb Manual 3528 8.13:1 1990
22D00001 EFi Manual 3528 8.13:1 1990
23D00001 EFi Auto 3528 8.13:1 1990
24D00001 EFi 3528 9.35:1 1990
30G00001 3.9lt EFi Japan 9.13:1
31G00001 3.9lt EFi 50LE 9.13:1
Sherpa
47G50P0000 3.5 3528

The cylinder heads only have the casting numbers visible:

Rover V8 SD1 Cylinder Head Castings

These heads have the markings

  • ERC 0216
  • Y 5 E 652
  • 28F84N

This unfortunately does not tell me whether they are standard SD1 or the Vitesse SD1 heads that featured, flowed valves; with a 30° back cut and wasted stems on the inlet valves.

The only way to tell this engine’s true condition, is to take it down it it’s last nut and bolt.

A long term project I think.

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