Tiger Engine Study

Ron Fraser has been studying all the stock Tiger engine group configurations from the Ford part number point of view. Hopefully this study will add some details to the collective knowledge base of Tigers and eventually clear up some details about the Tiger engines.

C46 – Solution to Faulty Valve Spring Design

At the basic core of the problem is an original bad design of the single spring arrangement used in the very late model Alpine heads; in our case, it was a head from a 1970 GT.

C45 – Tiger Flywheel Bolts

by Ron Fraser in the February 2007 RootesReview: Flywheel bolts for the Tiger are Ford part number: B8A-6379-A; 7/16″ x 1 1/16″ These are high strength bolts; buy a package from a good source such as Ford or ARP.

C44 – A Check on Your Tiger’s Engine Number

Originally published as “Your Tiger’s Other Serial Number” by Keith Bettencourt in the January 1993 RootesReview: Keith sends this, noting “it is a way to determine the approximate assembly dates of the Tiger at Sunbeam and the engine at Ford-it can’t guarantee the engine in the Tiger is the right one but it can guarantee (more…)

C43 – Why All That Horsepower?

by Jim Anderson in the January 2002 RootesReview: The Economist magazine had an interesting article recently (Dec. 8, 2002) on the physics and economics of automotive aerodynamics. It seems that open-wheeled Fl and CART racers have the approximate aerodynamic quality of a barn door – twice as much drag (because of the exposed fat tires) (more…)

C42 – Baffling Your Tiger Oil Pan

by Bill Barnett in the April 2002 RootesReview: For Tigers that experience a loss of oil pressure while braking, cornering, or accelerating hard, the cause is the oil sloshing away from the oil pump pick up screen. As your clattering valves will tell you, air is not a good substitute for oil. The cure is (more…)

C41 – Series V Oil Filter

from the July 1979 RootesReview Are you paying top dollar for a tin can with toilet paper from your local friendly just because his book lists some weird part number for an Alpine? Now you can go to your local supplier and buy the same thing for less,. Just ask for a filter that will (more…)

C40 – A Prime Cause of Failure of an Alpine Engine

by Dave Lawler in the May 1979 RootesReview While having some discussions about maintaining oil pressure in a racing configured engine it became apparent to me that many people may be missing a serious problem. As a result of many forages to junk yards looking for parts I always remove the pressure regulator in what (more…)

C39 – Installing a Ford 2.8 Liter V6 in an Alpine

by Bob Sharkey in the July 1996 RootesReview The project begins with the desire to have an Alpine with a little more zip than original 1725cc engine could provide. At the Sunbeam United in Charleston, South Carolina a few years ago, I met Joe Rodriquez of Tacoma, WA. Joe and his brother Frank, who arrived (more…)

C37 – Alpine V6 Conversion

by Gary Schotland with Larry Atkisson & Joe Rodriguez in the May 1996 RootesReview Imagine an Alpine with performance that will blow the doors off a stock Tiger and embarrass more than a few modified ones: 300+ reliable horses, 0-60 in 5 seconds, and under 12 seconds in the quarter mile, all with the more (more…)