Rover V8 CAD

The BW35 bellhousing for the Rover V8 hasn’t arrived, so I’ve started drawing up other parts of the engine.

This may look like just another rocker box, but in fact it is actually a sign that I’ve decided to draw the Rover V8 engine.

I reckon, long before the drawings are finished, the engine will be in and running. However, I feel compelled to get it drawn up.

Why is that? HELP!

The CAD drawings will take quite some time. First on the list will be the EFi and the timing chain cover.

So why bother draw the engine up?

The dimensions of all the other parts have been very useful and so far every component has just bolted up.

Also, I’m planning on modifying the front chassis section.

The standard McSorley 442 is 2 inches too tall for the standard nosecone (ignore the v6 shown below!).

Haynes Roadster Nosecone

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If I lower or angle the top chassis rails down towards the nosecone (to fit inside), then will the lower bonnet clear the Rover engine?

The reason why I’m generating the CAD drawings is, I don’t want to raise the nosecone. The engine is actually quite tall, so getting all the Rover V8 dimensions and a bit of 3D CAD could help solve the problem. I don’t want this car to look out of proportion or as if the nosecone was an after-thought. All the lines must flow.

I don’t want to get to the bonnet fitting stage only to find I need a huge ugly and avoidable, bonnet bulge. Within Autocad I can move things around all day; wheels, engines, steering – everything. To do the same in steel, fibreglass and aluminium is days / months of work that could result in the damage or rare or expensive parts.

If only my school Technical Drawing instructor could see me now! It’s not all about throwing compasses and flicking erasers!