Rick Vandenberg's 1972 Triumph TR6 with Chevy 350 V8 and 700R4 transmission

Rick Vandenberg's '72 TR6 with Chevy 350 and 700R4 transmission

as published in British V8 Newsletter, Volume XV Issue 3, December 2007

Owner: Rick Vandenberg
City: Arvada, CO
Model: 1972 Triumph TR6
Engine: Chevy 350 V8, stroked to 405cid
Conversion performed by: Owner

Engine: Chevy 350 with four-bolt mains, bored and stroked to 405cid. Berg cam. 560HP at the flywheel.
Induction: Air Gap intake manifold, and Edelbrock Performer 750 carburetor.
Exhaust: home-made headers into a single 3.5" pipe to behind the axle, into dual stainless mufflers.
Electrical: GM HEI ignition, Delco-Remy alternator, Painless wiring harness.
Cooling: V8 conversion radiator for a Jeep Wrangler, Corvette water pump, 180 degree thermostat. It'll run 185-190 all day.
Transmission: 700R4 4-speed automatic with overdrive. B&M 2400 stall converter. 23 5/8" long driveshaft from A1 Driveshaft.
Rear Axle: GM 10-bolt with 4.10:1 ratio.
Front Susp.: forged one-piece spindles and hand-made A-arms.
Rear Susp.: trailing arm suspension with Triumph springs and Panhard bar.
Brakes: GM 13" vented front disc brakes. GM 11.5" vented rear disc brakes.
Wheels/Tires: 3-piece Centerline wheels with Mickey Thompson "Sportsman" tires.
Gauges: modified Smiths gauges.
Body: a custom driveshaft tunnel has been fabricated from 1/8" steel, and parts of the frame and subframe have been substantially reinforced. The entire firewall and footboxes have been fabricated from 1/8" stainless steel, ceramic coated with "Lizard Skin". All suspension mounts have been fabricated from 1/4" steel. A fourteen gallon fuel cell has been installed.
Performance: 0-60 in 2.9 seconds. Quarter mile in 10.4 seconds. (Estimated top speed is 194mph at 5800rpm.)
Completed: September 2006. It was about a 4 year, 3 month job. So far, it's been driven about 1100 miles, as of Colorado Conclave 2007 (in September).
Comments: the car is surprisingly well-balanced in cornering. I drive it to work daily and it's very reliable. I'm preparing to spend the winter giving it proper body and paint work. Future plans include a GM 671 supercharger, which will bump it up to nearly 900hp. My wife says: "Not until I get my new living room furniture and drapes!" Rats!!!

Chevy 350 with four-bolt mains

stainless steel firewall

V8 conversion radiator for a Jeep Wrangler

Edelbrock Performer 750 carburetor

Delco alternator

Air Gap manifold

Odyssey battery

GM HEI distributor

modified and reinforced TR6 frame

Panhard rod

custom trailing links

Chevy 10-bolt differential

dual stainless mufflers

B&M shifter?

modified TR6 interior

modified Smiths gauges in a TR6

roll hoop

Corbeau racing harnesses

Chevy third brake light

TR6 with customized grille

TR6 with hardtop

Le Mans style fuel cap

The tail lights say Chevy, don't they?

Mickey Thompson Sportsman tires

3-piece Centerline wheels

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