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joetiger
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Post by joetiger » Wed Jun 17, 2015 7:19 pm

Hi all,

I've been lucky enough to have bought a beautiful Sunbeam Tiger recently. I have wanted a tiger ever since I was a kid. My father was an AC man, but I thought they looked too showy.

One of the things I'd like to do is swap the existing 4 speed box out for a 5 speed one. Whilst I'm pretty handy at maintenance, that's beyond me and my equipment levels.

Does anyone have a recommendation for a garage/mechanic that could do this?

Hope to see you at Tiger events in the future.

-- joe.

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pushrod
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Post by pushrod » Wed Jun 17, 2015 9:27 pm

Hi Joe

Welcome to Tiger ownership.

What part of the country do you live?

Lou.
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Post by gvickery » Thu Jun 18, 2015 9:41 am

Hello Joe

Since from your membership application I know you are from London I suggest you contact: David Herning - Herning Motorsport, Hainault, Essex 07973 511432

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joetiger
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Post by joetiger » Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:07 am

Lovely, thanks chaps. Indeed, I'm in East London.

Which makes insurance on a tiger.. challenging. Fortunately I've rented a good private locked garage.

Ben, the previous owner, has added all manner of security features to the car too, which is a great help.

Thanks,

-- joe.

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Post by Brad1380 » Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:16 am

Hi Joe,
a picture of your car please ) we like photos of Tigers.

I've been looking at this lot for a 5 speed conversion.

http://moderndriveline.com/Tiger_TKO.htm

cheers
Brad
1966 Sunbeam Tiger Mk1a

joetiger
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Post by joetiger » Tue Jun 23, 2015 2:04 pm

Here he is!

Image

That driveline looks good, did you get a price for one?

Thanks,

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Post by marinerblueuk » Tue Jun 23, 2015 5:54 pm

David Herning fitted a 5 speed box in my Tiger and I've been delighted with the result - definitely makes driving on motorways etc much more relaxing.
I took advantage of the overdrive 5th gear ratio to change the rear axle ratio at the same time from 2.88 to 3.31. With a standard 4 speed the 3.31 axle ratio means 4th is just 20mph/1,000 rpm making motorway cruising (at the legal limit!) at 3,500 rpm quite busy but with the 5 speed box 70mph is only 2,000 rpm in top.

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Post by garyv8tiger » Thu Jul 02, 2015 7:52 pm

5 speed is nice but the top loader launches better on a track or drag strip . 5 speed option is nice for plodding about

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Post by Tarandy » Tue Jul 05, 2016 4:21 pm

gvickery wrote:Hello Joe

Since from your membership application I know you are from London I suggest you contact: David Herning - Herning Motorsport, Hainault, Essex 07973 511432

Graham
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I recomend David as well. Go down and meet him you won't be disappointed

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Post by bigbob » Wed Jul 06, 2016 2:27 pm

Welcome to the Club. I used an ex-TVR Cosworth T5 gearbox. Advantage of TVR version is that gear stick is same distance as original Tiger [but central]
A few years ago they were about £350-400.
Dave's done good work on my car. Worth a visit.

Pierre
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Post by Pierre » Mon Jul 11, 2016 6:08 pm

I tried to negotiate importing 2 complete T5 kits from MDL.
Emails went unanswered, promised phone calls not returned. Like trying to swim through treacle so gave up in the end.
Not sure why this was as usually dealing with US companies is a pleasure.
Perhaps you will have better luck.

Peter

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Post by alpine5gt » Tue Jul 12, 2016 5:59 am

One path adopted by the US chaps and me is to swap the narrow band gear set with a wide band set from a similar aged mustang. After that you fit a new 1st gear that gives the car a hole shot start. Coupling that with a 2.17 rear drive from a jeep late 70's and a LSD and you have a very drivable car with no body cuts and a overdrive in 4th.

If you research the CAT forum there is all the advise you need. And I am not in the states where mustang parts are easy I am in Aussie land.

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