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My Rover VTEC Coupe

Discussion in 'Motors Archive' started by Jonnycoupe, 30 Apr 2003.

  1. Jonnycoupe

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    Hi,

    As some people may be aware the early Rovers had the 1.6 D16 engines in. I have a Rover Coupe which only ever came with the 1.6 SOHC Honda engine, (not twin cam as ths would probably show up the 2.0 litre NASP Rover lump)

    The car was bought as a project, nice bodywork but a blown engine, well close to blown, 5 miles up road it through the conrod through the block, was a legit RAC call out at least

    I fitted a DOHC D16 from a Concerto too it (D16A9, just like in the CRX) Managed to make 154bhp from that engine with breathing mods and lots of ignition advance, after looking into more power there was little for D16 engines. B16 tuning mods seemed in abundance, as did the high power output storys. I found a CRX VTEC for sale with front end accident damage, and my mind was set on making a VTEC powered Rover Coupe with huge tuning potential.

    Well after lots of research head scratching and good 'ol engineering the engine is fitted and working perfectly. All done by myself on my driveway

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    And looks OEM fit, just as i intended.

    All i can say is VTEC is awesome, 8000rpm is quite sublime and im sure many Rover have gone off the speedo clock before (mainly the Rover 220 Turbo's) but very few have hit the 8k mark on the tacho.

    I was at CCC Action day last week in it, after getting some nice brakes on it, he real search for power will begin

    Hope this is of interest to some of you guys

    Jonny
     
  2. Gilly

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    Great work guy :D

    That really looks sweet. And I'd love to hear a rover putting out 8000 revs :p
     
  3. Simon

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    You wanna see the flames

    Sounds well nice though. Very Fast and furious exhaust note to it. And it revs forever :D

    Jonny, Get the birdkill off your radiator ;)

    Si
     
  4. [TW]Fox

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    Thats a pretty nice job :) Do you have photos of the rest of the car?
     
  5. Jonnycoupe

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  6. [TW]Fox

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    Nice :) Whats that behind it, a Rover 600?

    Oh, you'll need to make your sig smaller or it'll get removed :(
     
  7. Jonnycoupe

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    Cheers for comments :)

    The car behind is a Volvo S40.

    Ill get my sig reduced in size, you have to admit it looked good at that quality ;)

    Jonny - VTEC addict
     
  8. Batf1nk

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    Looks very tidy. I really like it.

    Its a shame I dont have any space because I'd love to give somthing like this a go. Or at least teach myself a bit about engines etc.

    /thumbs up.
     
  9. moss

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    a very nice looking car there, not really a fan of rovers myself except a few of there models, the coupe being one of them :)
     
  10. -Mike-

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    Looking very nice, bet that engine sounds mean as at 8krpm :D
     
  11. volospian

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    Nice, very nice:)

    That fit looks superb, excelent job. Now, what was that about power mods??
     
  12. Sharknose

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    Very nice, good choice of engine sah!! :D

    Muuwaaahhh VTEC, love it!!
     
  13. Lopéz

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    Nice to see an interesting conversion for once. Was there much jiggery-pokery required to get VTEC itself to work? Did you have to use a thrid-party VTEC controller at all?
     
  14. kaiowas

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    Very nice work. This is the kind of modding I can truly appreciate rather than all this cosmetic* stuff that passes as 'modding' these days.

    *And I include 'zorsts, induction kits and lowered suspension in that as well seeing as the majority of people primarily do those mods for the looks/sound
     
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  15. Lowe

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    Great conversion. Very neat! :)
     
  16. Dogbreath

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    Excellent work, looks very neat. Does the engine pretty much drop in or is there a lot of work engine mounts, exhaust manifolds, clutches etc..?
     
  17. IainB

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    Very nice conversion mate
    One to look out for at Santa Pod ;)
     
  18. MajikNWA

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    That is awesome. Very nice sir. I've seen a few engine swaps, but that must be one of the neatest ever - and considering you did it yourself, my titfer comes off to you.

    Majik
     
  19. GJUK

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    Being a rover coupe fan and a owner of a 92 220 coupe

    that one nice little engine you got there

    wish I had played with engines more - I know where the oil/water goes :D
     
  20. R220

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    looking good :)