Mocking up the front subframe | Sunbeam Tiger engine swap project – Ep. 8

In episode 8 of the Sunbeam Tiger engine swap and Brad takes on a lengthy list of little jobs that will actually put him on the path to having a running lorry. In light of making fantastic progression, Brad determines to mock up the front subframe and is extremely happy with what he sees.

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29 Replies to “Mocking up the front subframe | Sunbeam Tiger engine swap project – Ep. 8”

  1. The Sunbeam Tiger is more engine than the car, I beat it’s a lot of fun to drive, it’s an average guy cobra.

  2. You are so right. This IS getting exciting. Love watching your progress. Can’t wait to see the smile on your face on the first drive.

  3. Love what you are doing but yes, longer videos would be great. That 289 is a beast compared to the original, anemic 260. I am sure that it will be a ton of fun but don’t kill yourself trying to get accustomed to it.

    1. Some folks absolutely do that. We’ll see what it needs. There are also other mechanical fans that people have tested over the years, this stock Tiger 4 blade fan might have it’s work cut out for it…

  4. Great video as always. Your video salved a problem I’m have on my 64 Falcon Sprint. I’m putting in a hydraulic clutch master cylinder and need to put in a hydraulic slave cylinder but didn’t know quite how to mount it and the your video solved that. Ford made just what I’m looking for on the Sunbeam Tiger. Also you have the wrong Bell housing Separator Plate. The one you have is for an auto trans. But yours will work it just won’t keep the road grim out. If you need the right one just yell. I have a few 5 bolt manual trans ones laying around. Keep up the good work it’s going to be a blast to drive.

    1. You are 100% right. The plate was put on the motor before we knew for sure it would go in this car- it was good for the test stand, but not exactly right for the Tiger. I’m going to make a little block off plate that should seal it up. Thanks for the offer of the correct one, really appreciate it.

    1. I believe the 289 turns clockwise if you’re staring at the engine and the drivers seat is through the windshield in front of you. Pretty sure I used the witness marks to line up the fan and the pulley, but I’ll double check it.

  5. one thing i will always say is a good thing to do on a classic car, even if youre trying to preserve its antiquity or w/e, do a fan delete. remove the crank fan and replace it with an electric fan mounted to the radiator. its far better at cooling and reduces load on your engine which gives you better performance and efficiency.

    1. @John Farr the load to run the alternator that extra bit is nothing compared to the load and inertia the crank fan has. there is noticeable throttle response and those fans that “flex” at higher speeds to reduce load have been proven ineffective countless times.
      Not to mention electric fans are based on newer understandings of fluid dynamics and have much higher CFM at a given rpm than crank fans, weigh less, and generally dont explode or cause harsh vibrations over time.
      I much prefer most analogue and manual mechanics over new tech but fans are on another level. no one will be upset about having a carb and an electric fan on the same build.

  6. I lined up the four cross member bolt holes with the body by using threaded rods to align the suspension, then jacked the cross member up into position…Worked like a charm as a solo effort! PS Thanks for sharing your progress!!

  7. Why are you using the stock 4 blade fan? Why not a 6 blade aftermarket. It’s a proven to do a better job. Re TEAE cooling tricks. You spent a ton on the radiator why stop short by not using a better fan and block off the horn holes to each side of the radiator????

  8. I don’t comment much, I really enjoy your enthusiasm, as I too am working on a project. I look forward to seeing it started up!

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