March 4, 2017
We have an appointment to meet Lee Day, owner of Mad Engineering, to discuss rebuilding, blueprinting and the performance modifications to the 3.0 liter Ford Essex engine that was the power plant in my TVR Taimar. Stock from the factory, the engine does not have a ton of horsepower at 138 bhp, but for a car weighing in at 2,200 pounds, it is reasonably quick. My plan was to build up my engine to a performance level similar to the highest performing TVRs of the 60’s and 70’s.
For the TVR aficionados, everyone is familiar the history of some of the performance models. Most famous and most sought after is the mid-60’s Griffith. Jack Griffith had equipped the TVR with a Ford 289 cubic inch 271 horsepower V-8 engine and was designed to be the “Cobra Killer” of the time. Recently, a 1965 Griffith was auctioned on eBay and reached a bidding price of $170,600, but did not reach the buy it now price of $175,000. Overall, the car was in good condition, but would require a significant investment to become a concurs show car.
With the help of Martin at Car Clinic in the U.K. and Lee Day of Mad Engineering in Warrenton, we are putting together the components needed to build an engine of roughly 250 bhp. Once the engine is complete and broken-in, we will be using the dyno at Mad Engineering to ensure we have met our goal.
During my visit at Mad Engineering, we watched this 5.0 liter Ford that posted 423 bhp and 418 foot pound of torque on the dynamometer.