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MG MGB GT V8 Factory Originals Technical - Price for Rover V-8 engine
|I have met an individual who has a 3.5 liter Rover V-8 engine which came out of a carburetored Triumph TR8, complete but in need of rebuilding, which he is willing to part with. How much? "Make me an offer."|
So I am here for some advice: What is it worth/what is a fair offer?
|I paid $350 for an engine similar to that in 1998, and I wouldn't pay more then that today. In fact, I wouldn't pay that at all. I'd go find a nice 3.9L v8 or bigger and use that. |
|Hmm......guess I got taken when I paid $1700 CDN for my 3.5 & 5-speed + bits and then went and spent $4800 having it rebuilt.|
I've seen the same engine with FI intact going for about the same price.
|Well lets take a closer look. $1700 cdn was typically about $1,100 US for the last half decade or so. If you gave $350 US for a motor. $300 US for a 5 speed trans and $300 US for a bellhousing, then you're darn close to in the ballpark. $4800 CDN for a good quality rebuild of a rover v8 with all the ancillaries probably isn't a horrible deal. Not great by any standards, but not horrible.|
|Last year I bought a Rover SD1 car complete with V8 (100,000 miles & needing a rebuild) and 5-speed manual tranny. The complete car was £250 - what's that? say $400 US.|
|Yep that's about right.....I paid £400 for a running Sd1 Vitesse in 1997 without MOT, but it had only done 70000 and everyting was in working order.|
The best bargains in the UK at the moment appear to be crashed TVR's, I would go down that route next time (if there is a next time) or buy a rebuilt engine from Rimmers or RPI)
|I turned down a complete SD-I with less than 40K on it for $350. I ended up a year later buying the complete engine, injection, bellhousing, flywheel, gearbox, etc. from the man who eventually bought it for about $500. I saw a 4.0 go for less than $1000 on e-bay. Here is the link... |
You shouldn't pay much for a carb 3.5 with unknown miles and running status. I paid $700 for a 3.9 EFI, with all the ancillaries, from a RR rollover with 70K on it. After selling off the EFI for $500, I only have $200 into it before a rebuild.
|Here's an example that just arrived at my house. Actually, I went to the trucking terminal to pick it up.|
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