C38 – 2300cc Bobcat / Sunbeam Alpine

by John Thompson in the December 1978 RootesReview Like so many cars whose production end opened the door to a classic automobile, the Sunbeam Alpine develops more and more interest each year. Unfortunately, like many classics, repair parts are becoming scarce and an engine rebuild can set you back 600 dollars. Tommy Stanbro, North Carolina (more…)

C36 – A 351-Windsor in a Tiger – Impossible, So They Said

by Joe Mazzei in the May 1978 RootesReview Appeared first in The Cats Whiskers, Issues 4 and 5 The Club Publication of The Sunbeam Tiger Owners Club, England I have always been the kind of person that, if told something was impossible my attitude was, and is, that you don’t want to do it badly (more…)

C35 – Displacement – 221, 260, 289?

by Tom Calvert in the May 1978 RootesReview If the Tiger owner is lucky, he is looking at an unmodified car. If that is true, he can use the engine identification codes found on page 3 of the Ford Off Highway Only Parts Book and in various Chilton or Motor’s manuals. The engine code is (more…)

C34 – Alpine Engines and Lead Free Type Cylinder Head Valve Seats

by Eric Gibeaut in the January 1996 RootesReview According to Rex Funk-who has authored several Alpine articles in the TEAE newsletter, as long as the engine is apart, go ahead and update the cylinder head to use unleaded fuel. Valves may be used from a Datsun 510 while lead-free seats are pretty much an off (more…)

C33 – Ford Motorsport GT40 Engine Swap

by Paul Silva in the September 1995 RootesReview I have just purchased a Motorsport GT 40 engine assembly. As with all things Tiger, this is not a simple bolt-in operation. The bell housing, damper, distributor, oil pan, water pump, timing cover and dozen other things are threatening my sanity. We will let the story and (more…)

C32 – Oil Filter Hoses Strike Back

or, It’s Not Nice To Fool With Mother Nature, or, Quality British Technology by Stu Brennan in the August 1996 RootesReview How many times have we pursued a lofty goal, only to have the complications grow, and the direction change, before we struggle to a barely acceptable end? Long time members may recall an article (more…)

C1 – Adapting an Oil Seal to the Timing Chain Cover of the Sunbeam Alpine Engine

The evolution of oil seals has progressed from no seals at all to modem elastomeric lip seals, which stop oil leakage for very long service periods. In between these extremes, attempts have been made using leather, rope, cork, felt, canvas, string, rags, etc. Most set-ups had a short useful lifetime or had a mechanism of springs or threaded nuts which required periodic tightening.

C2 – Alpine Low Oil Pressure Revisited

by Fred Mistr and Tom Ehrhart The December 1981 newsletter (Vol. 6, No. 9) contained an article about that dreaded Alpine disease LOP, or low oil pressure. In that newsletter, Sunbeamites were coached on how to nurse your engine back to a healthy life. One area not covered in that Tech Tip was how to (more…)

C3 – Adapting an Alpine Oil Cooler to a Tiger

OIL FILTER LINES Use 1/2 ” ID air conditioner hose, available at your local auto parts store, to replace those leaky oil filter lines, or to hook up your oil cooler. Use the fittings from your old hoses and some quality stainless steel hose clamps. Editors note: I recommend 1/2 ID “Aeroquip” hydraulic hose with (more…)

C4 – Making the Small Block Ford Even Smaller

Ford lovers have, for years, been trying to find ways to make the small block (289/302) Ford engines fit into the confines of early vehicle engine compartments without butchering the firewall. The most obvious and often used approach has been to shorten the stock water pump, and while this does work, it leaves the car owner with he distinct disadvantage of not being able to buy an “over-the counter” replacement.