The only book on Improving these classic sports cars
The book is not constrained by any originality issues & looks at the whole car from front to back.
Advice is based upon experienced TR7 and TR7 V8 trade, racing & component specialists.
Explores upgrading a four-cylinder TR7 engine
Explains how to transplant a Rover V8 engine into a TR7
Guides the reader on balanced upgrades for fast & ultra fast road or competition cars.
Book assumes readers will do most of the work themselves, but advises what jobs to subcontract.
The book is sequenced in the safest order of upgrading the car.
Explores electronic fuel iInjection for four & eight cylinder engines.
The Foreword is by Peter Cox - a very highly respected figure in the TR world.
Aided by the top racing & high performance TR7 & TR7 V8 specialists, backed by ample photographic support, his own experiences & those of owners & professional specialists, the author explains in detail how to increase the performance of these four & eight-cylinder sports cars.
Using his own wealth of hands-on experience combined with input from many owners & aided by the top TR7 & TR7 V8 specialists on both sides of the Atlantic, Roger Williams explains in great detail how to increase the performance & improve the aesthetics, handling & braking of the TR7, existing TR7-V8 conversions & the original TR7 V8. Balanced improvements for fast road, ultra fast road/rally, track-day or even more serious motorsport are all explored.
Review by David Huddleson for the Triumph Club, Ottawa, Ontario and the TR8 Car Club of America newsletter, June 2007
There have been many books published over the years documenting the history of the TR7 and TR8, and more recently there have been “restoration” books showing how to cut out those rusty bits. However, something that many of us have yearned for, has finally arrived. Veloce Publishing has released in the spring of 2007, a book from Roger Williams, titled “How to Improve Triumph TR7, TR7 & TR8”. Here we finally have an organised and comprehensive guide to satisfy those of us who want more from our wedge cars.
Roger has delved deep into the knowledge and skills of many Triumph TR7 and TR8 specialists world-wide, and with all this information he has then explained in detail how to improve many facets of these vehicles, from engine performance, to braking and handling, wheels and tires, carburetion and fuel injection, and much more. What is impressive to me is Roger’s effort to consider different communities of wedge “improvers”. He is considerate to owners of bone-stock original cars who do not want to alter their vehicles, at least not in ways that are not reversible. Roger does press the point of safety, especially where technology has jumped ahead of what our cars were engineered with back in the 70s. As I started to say, each chapter and topic that Roger covers, does take into account different aspects of improvement. Roger addresses the improvements to what he terms “Fast Road cars”, “Ultra-fast Road cars” and “Competitive cars”. In a few of my own words, these are, first, the street cars that may participate in occasional track events such as autocross, but are driven on normal roads all the time. The second class will include highly modified cars that may still be road-worthy but may not be pleasant to drive on a 300-400 mile weekend journey. The investment into this category will be significantly higher, and the originality folks will not likely be included. Finally, the out-and-out competitive category is likely very small, but we all love to watch our cars compete on the track with Corvettes and Mazda RX7’s etc. The investment on these vehicles may be massive, with custom suspension, massive brakes and highly-tuned engines with exotic internal components. But for those of us that can dream, Roger gives enough information to make us want more.
The book has been well thought out, and Roger starts with fundamentals of improving any type of automobile, as there are facets of the TR7 and TR8 that must be improved before adding massive horsepower and road speed ability. Specifically, for our cars, the braking ability has always been considered barely adequate. Roger’s chapter on braking is, to me, fantastically presented. Again, he considers those of us who want, or need to stay with 13” wheels. There are some racing classes that mandate cars to run on wheels of their original size, so racers as well as street cars needed to be considered. This was presented extremely well. And of course, beyond that, Roger whets our appetite with big ventilated brakes and exotic multi-piece racing rotors for those that just have to have them!
I could go on for pages on the aspects of cooling the engines, strengthening the body shell, and engine swaps, but I think I will leave it to you to purchase your own copy of Roger’s new