Rover V8 Timing Chain Cover Part 3

What is a Serpentine Front Cover?

Will it save me the room I need?

The Rover V8 serpentine timing chain cover was fitted to ‘interim’ Land Rovers, long after the demise of the SD1 Rover.

The engine I have, is from an SD1 Vitesse and unfortunately I am having problems fitted the front Sierra 4×4 diff and prop-shaft so that it clears the prop-shaft.

Unlike the SD1 and earlier P6 models the Serpentine had a built in oil pump. Unlike later models it still has a distributor. Some may say ‘loose the distributor and run a Mega-Squirt’, and normally I would say OK, but I also have a early tweaked ECU for no money.

In the drawings the SD1 timing chain cover and oil pump are shown in silver. The Red is the Serpentine Timing Chain Cover with internal oil pump.

Rover V8 Serpentine Front Cover

Vitally for me, the fitting for the oil filter is fractionally lower and 9mm closer to the crank pulley. There is also an extra space saving from the internal oil pump and pressure switch.

Rover V8 Serpentine Timing Chain Cover

I hope is going to be a case of adding this new part to the engine in my CAD model and everything being well. However, I know there is little chance. The trouble with building this type of One Off Kit Car, is nothing ever works to plan. What you spend hours on, will probably end in the bin.

Rover V8 Inlet Trumpets

Many people modify the length of the Rover V8 Inlet Trumpets within the plenum. However, until I get my Rover V8 up and running I keep mine as Land Rover intended. The first job for me was to get it drawn up into CAD. - Basically an excuse not to ...

Rover V8 Timing Chain Cover - Part2

Is this a Timing Cover Issue? or Is it a Front Diff Issue? It's definitely a space issue. After drawing up the standard Rover SD1 style timing cover housing, I found that the oil pump was trying to occupy the same space as the front prop shaft and Sierra Front ...

Rover V8 Plenum Chamber

Rover V8 PlenumThis might just look like a Rover V8 Plenum Chamber, but in fact it will enable me to judge bonnet height. The Rover V8 engine is quite tall compared to others I've looked at and I am determined not to have a huge bonnet bulge that looks like a hideous ...

Rover V8 Timing Chain Cover

Rover V8 Timing Chain Cover for short water pump. What's the shortest water pump assembly that can be fitted to the Rover V8? The Rover 3500 SD1 had a very similar front timing cover to that of it's predecessor, the P6. The P6 timing chain cover always suffered from a poor ...

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 ...

Rover V8 Dimensions

Rover V8 Dimensions are often misquoted on the web. The weights given are often on the light side too. The dimensions suggest an engine with exhausts, fans and torque converters. The weights however suggest a completely stripped engine without inlet manifold, exhausts ancillaries etc. A running unit, with oil and ...

Rover V8 to MT75 Adaptor Plate - part 3

I've been having fun converting my Rover V8 to Sierra Cosworth MT75 4x4. When you find  the correct solution to a problem, sometimes it makes previous efforts look like a waste of effort. Rover V8 to MT75 gearbox using LT77 bell-housing - Part 1 Rover V8 to MT75 gearbox using BW35 ...

Rover V8 Lifter Valley

This is my Rover V8 3.5 Vitesse engine. I was planning upon stripping every last nut and bolt, but...... When the outside is covered in ¼" of thick oil, I was not expecting this! I've not cleaned it, that really is golden aluminium. No doubt, with a quick rub, it would sparkle ...

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