[ROVERNET - UK] Re: V8 Engine Questions

Kent Kinard kkinard at wcc.net
Wed May 16 03:13:11 BST 2007

Hi Aidrian,
I would love to have all the details on the ZF conversion. 
 The only bellhousing I have ever seen for the ZF/Rover V8 
does not mount the trans "straight up", but has it clocked 
to the left so as to clear the front drive shaft on Range 
Rovers.  This bell housing is very deep to allow for the 
dual flex plate setup used on ZF equipped engines.  To use 
this bell housing in a saloon it is necessary to section 
the oil pan and oil pickup tube.  The 4wd and 2wd 
tailhousings for the 22/24 HP Rangies are interchangable 
with Jag, BMW, and Volvo tailhousings without 
disassembling the transmission.  I have several of these 
transmissions but haven't been able to figure out how to 
fit one in a P6B.  Maybe it's not as hard as I'm thinking.

The LT77 conversion seems simple by comparrison.

Kent K.

On Tue, 15 May 2007 17:39:56 -0700
  "Aidrian Bridgeman-Sutton" <smokeandsteam at gmail.com> 
> On 5/14/07, Kent Kinard <kkinard at wcc.net> wrote:
>> Hi Adrian,
>> Have you actually done the P6B/ZF HP22 installation?
> Not yet, will see what the BW35 looks like when I pull 
>it out and make
> my mind up then. I'm torn between originality and daily 
>usability and
> that may help me make my mind up - the LT77 also remains 
>an option.
> However I corresponded at some length with someone who 
>has done the ZF
> conversion.If you don't want to mess around with 
>widening the tunnel
> the trick is to grind away some material from the 
> external stiffening
> ribs on the transmission case ; the propshaft needs to 
>be shortened by
> about 3" (definitely a professional jobrather than a 
>home mechnics
> project) and the BW gearbox mountings moved rearwards 
>for the ZF.
> Aidrian
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