[ROVERNET - UK] V8 Timing Chain Question

Glen Wilson glenwilson at cavtel.net
Sun Jul 2 00:40:43 BST 2006


I received a question about a timing chain set I'm selling on eBay ( 
http://stores.ebay.com/EasyAuctionServicesPA ). I stated that the chain and 
gears are a direct replacement for the older Rover parts, but that the 
manufacturer was unknown. The part came to me with an SD1 that I bought years 
ago. I assumed that it would fit the 1970 3500S, 1980 SD1, 1980 TR8 and 61-61 
Buick engine. Beyond that, it's buyer beware and check your own applications.

Could Rovernetters confirm my application assumptions? I am going to re-word 
the ad and would like to be sure what I say is accurate. Browse below...


Question from potential buyer:

Item: Timing Chain Set Buick 215 Rover V8 (3500S, SD1, TR8) (160003525210)
This message was sent while the listing was active.
licon44 is a potential buyer.
I checked out the part numbers in your ad and discovered that the 3 pieces 
were originally sold for the 61 Buick Special 215V8. They are not original 
Rover parts. That means they may/may not be suitable for the Rover, 
especially the later models. You may end up with an unhappy customer if they 
turn out not appropriate for the later Rovers. 


Full text of add follows: 

This auction is for a Timing Chain & Sprocket Set for the Rover V8 engine.

It will definitely fit the 1970 Rover 3500S, 1980 Rover SD1, and Triumph TR8 
engines.  Perhaps you can cross-reference the part to your application from 

A number of other cars used the Rover V8 including the Morgan Plus 8 and Land 
Rover Range Rover.

It should also fit the Buick / Olds / Pontiac 215 cubic inch aluminum engine 
from the years around 1961-63. (It may also work with later GM V6 engines, 
but I am much less certain of this.) 

Please examine the pictures closely.

To the best of my knowledge, this is a direct replacement for the stock timing 
set on the Rover V8 engine. It may be superior to stock because it is an 
all-steel casting whereas some of the stock sprockets had a fiber wheel.  I 
think  this would be described as a duplex chain.

This item is brand new and in excellent condition. It was purchased some years 
ago from Rovers West who are Rover specialists out in Arizona.

This item is NOS (new old stock).

Manufacturer: unknown

Part #: bag marked RWE 359, large wheel stamped S334,  small stamped S323

Description: Timing Chain & Sprocket Set

Applications: Rover 3500S, Rover 3500 SD1, Triumph TR8, others.

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