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I've owned two Alfas in past, and am considering getting another. At risk of offending purists, does anyone out there have experience with putting a small V8 engine into a Spyder (1978 model year). Am in the San Francisco bay area - any specialists round here?
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hey Georgio,
Contact "alfasax" here on the BB. He's got one that he drives a lot down here in SD.
 

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Have a look at the Engine Conversions chapter

I've owned two Alfas in past, and am considering getting another. At risk of offending purists, does anyone out there have experience with putting a small V8 engine into a Spyder (1978 model year). Am in the San Francisco bay area - any specialists round here?
Thanks,
Georgio
Hello Georgio,

Have a look at the 'Engine Conversions' chapter and you wil find the information you are looking for.

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hey Georgio,
Contact "alfasax" here on the BB. He's got one that he drives a lot down here in SD.
ok, thanks - if you would be so kind, what's the process for contacting another BB member? (I'm brand new to this forum and haven't done that yet.)
 

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ok, thanks - if you would be so kind, what's the process for contacting another BB member? (I'm brand new to this forum and haven't done that yet.)
No worries, Georgio.
  1. Basically, just go the link User CP (that's the User Control Panel).
  2. Then scroll down to the link Private Messages.
  3. Then click the link Send Private Message. Put in Alfasax as the recipient.
 

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Don't know which V8 you were considering. But here is one that might be a good elective:

In the very early '60s, GM had a small aluminum V8 that they designed for their Olds and Buick compacts. Olds had one turbo-charged version in their F-85 Jetfire... 215 CI/215 HP! The Buick version had hemi heads and a 4 barrel carb... 200HP!

Oldsmobile V8 engine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

As these aluminum motors were very compact and light-weight... you may have a chance of cramming one into a Spider engine bay, and not throwing off the weight distribution too much? 320 pounds.

Since the GM versions were only available in 1961-63, it may be a bit tricky to find one. However... this motor was considered very desirable. When GM discontinued it, Rover of England bought the design and tooling from GM. The Rover V8 is still in production today. So you may have a better chance of finding a fresher aluminum Rover V8.

Apparently, given all the good things about these engines, and the Olds/ Buick/ and Rover variations... hot-rodders had a field day playing withe best arrangements. So, there is likely a ton of input from past experimenters on which part swaps got the best results.

Many years ago, I had a Lotus Europa that had a lunched motor, and a 215 Olds engine. I was hoping someday to marry these together, but ended up selling both to help pay for my college education. The Lotus was mid-engine, so the weight distribution would have been only mildly affected. Had no idea of how how i was going to work out a transaxle replacement for the Renault R-16 unit it had in it? But I knew the Renault unit would not handle the 215HP from the Olds engine.
 
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