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I found on the net a fitting kit to put a V8 in a series 3 that included a bell housing adapter, engine mounts to fit it without cutting and welding the new galv, chassis ,spigot bush etc. I contacted the company M D Engineering but unfortunately they no longer make that kit. Anyone know another supplier please?

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Used to be Steve Parker conversions but no idea these days.

In the UK at least, adapters come up 2nd hand but being in Canada I'd guess your options are more limited. The other bits are fairly easily made, or plenty of people use more of the donor drivetrain (gearbox + transfer case) to cut out the adapter and gain a stronger transmission with more speeds (or an auto). The only real issue is length in an 88.

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 I don’t think anyone has made the kits for years. As fridge says they turn up used from time to time.

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I've never seen many complete kits come up when I've been looking, but the adaptor rings used to appear on ebay. Seemed like people would forget about the other bits, but good hunting :)

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Agree. They always seem to get separated. Learn what the components look like individually and keep your eyes peeled.

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You will also have to get the flywheel redrilled to take the smaller series clutch. Standard V8 one will not go in the series bellhousing.

You can fairly easily make the engine mounts and the spigot adaptor (lathe)

Attached is a bad photo to help.

I believe a friend of mine has got a complete kit in his barn somewhere, I will try and find it when I am there. No promises though, there is a LOT of stuff.

series V8 adaptor kit.jpg

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Thanks smallfry for your help, as you said engine mount can be fabricated. I did once join a v8 to a Bettie transaxle using Ali plate and spacers but it was a real pain to get lined up.If you do find one I would be happy to buy it !      Kelvin

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Posted (edited)

Hi 

i sent you a message, I have a bellhousing adapter to fit the 

v8 engine to series gearbox. 

Where in Canada are you. 

let me know. 

Edited by peachy

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Hi peachy,

sorry got your message but my computer refused to open it. I would be very interest in buying it if it's for sale . I live in Fredericton NB  506 472 9895

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