View Full Version : …two years of tinkering!

01-06-16, 11:10 PM
It was two years ago today I went to collect my Hawk 289…now it is better than ever!
The last two years has seen the car evolve into a great car, so here's an update of what I have had done to it.
Some of these upgrades have been detailed on other threads...

It is a 1967 HAWK 289 FIA, first registered 20 June 2002.


It has rear leaf springs each side with uprated lever arm shocks and MGB GT axle and diff. The Front is MGB with uprated lever arm shocks , but has the Hawk disc brake conversion.

The original builder/owner of the car replaced the originally fitted RV8 3.5ltr he fitted with an RV8 5litre engine.
It was taken from a TVR Chimera, but is also used by Morgan +8's. The hot-wire efi was replaced with a 4 barrel carb Edelbrock 500cfm 4 Barrel.
It has been set up for fast road use, so at 70mph it revs @ 3150rpm.

The 5 litre engine was professionally stripped down and fitted with the correct pocketed pistons for the valves and stamped up 5L on the pistons. The heads are all TVR and have the largest size valves possible for the standard heads. It also had extensive work done to the inlet and exhaust ports to stage two spec. Standard valve springs were replaced with up-rated ones along with the guides and were ground back to the seats.
The 320-340bhp that TVR quoted for the engine never really existed. I understand TVR took the 3.9 RV8 engine out to 4.3 litre and also to 5.0 litre for the Chimera by fitting a "stroker" crank and high compression pistons. Bore remained the same at 94mm, but the heads were fitted with larger inlet valves and the engine fitted with a performance cam.
It was originally quoted by TVR to produce well over 300 bhp, but it's generally thought that their dyno was not calibrated correctly the day their engine was tested.
The engine fitted to this car was tested on a rolling road at Austec Racing - TVR specialists and produces 250bhp and could be tuned with the existing carb to 285bhp.

The fitted TVR swirl pot has been removed with the cooling pipes re-routed. The land rover expansion tank was replaced with a period looking aluminium one I also replaced the Rover Valve covers with "Cobra" ones. The coil, ballast, leads and OPUS 35DLM8 Lucas distributor (as fitted by TVR) have been replaced. As the OPUS type tends to give trouble with misfires, especially with a hot engine so I decided to have a Mallory Magnetic Breakerless Distributor with matching coil and ballast.
(for info: The OPUS Lucas 35DE8 was used on the Rover SD1 engines from 1976 - 1981 and then replaced firstly by the 35DM8 and then by the 35DLM8 on the last of the cars 1985/1986)


The hubs have been refurbished, seals replaced and polybushes fitted all round. It now has ant-tramp bars and a pan hard rod fitted.

http://oi64.tinypic.com/bfghuc.jpg http://oi68.tinypic.com/2s955kw.jpg


01-06-16, 11:10 PM

It now has an "AC" steering wheel centre cap, a period gear stick gaiter and "AC" foot pedals.


All the lights and fittings have been replaced with period looking rear 'coffin' lights, Lucas tripod headlights (with mesh guards) and indicators. Period Lucas fog/spot lamps were also added.



The car has splined hubs and FIA style knock off wheels fitted.
I decided to line the underside of the wheel arches with 4mm rubber to protect them from stone chips as I had the tyres replaced with sticky 225 65 15 and 275 55 15 Avon CR6ZZ. I then had new 480lb fast road springs fitted and the suspension and geometry professionally set up and lowered. The existing up-rated lever arm shocks were also checked which were all found to be good.
The car weighs in at 1032kg (full fuel tank, spare wheel and tools) with a rear bias of 46%/54%
All of this work has superbly improved the car's looks and handling.

…and so it goes on!…as I now have a new list of things to do to continue it's improvements…so I'll report back again in two years time!

corn plaster
02-06-16, 12:10 AM
A very nice looking car. Very nice indeed.


02-06-16, 07:46 AM
Lovely car, you must be very proud...I certainly would be:)

03-06-16, 05:17 PM
Great car. Clearly a labour of love - good for you.


06-06-16, 07:13 AM
I was looking at going with vintage knock-ons for my current 289 project.
Do you have any more pictures to share and did you keep the same size rim width front and back? I assume you would have not been able to go wider at the rear on the live axle.



06-06-16, 07:41 AM
You should join The 289 Register (www.the289register.com) there is a wealth of 289 specific knowledge and information amongst the members as Alan has found.

06-06-16, 09:22 AM
Thanks for all your comments.
Andy, like Paul says, join the register. None of what I did was without their help and advice - tremendous amount of information and a great bunch of people.
There are two threads on the register I can think of that talk at length about these style wheels.

The wheels are spline drive and from the states: 6.5 and 8.5 with 15" diameter. But they are not manufactured anymore. Only peg drives are available.
I believe only a few 289's were spline drive but the majority are peg drive.
Some 289's had aluminium/magnesium rims with the same width front and rears - in the kidney bean style and some had the same style wheel with slightly wider rears.

06-06-16, 12:08 PM

A fantastic looking car, a real credit to you. Good work fella!!

10-06-16, 08:19 AM
That looks superb, really authentic and just my cup of tea.

10-06-16, 05:41 PM
understated beauty, looks fantastic. 😀

10-06-16, 06:17 PM
Great looking car, really like what you did with the wheels.

btw, you need to hide those new fangled modern relays ;) :)

05-08-16, 11:57 AM
That look just about the perfect 289. If I were to have one it would look EXACTLY like yours.
Love it!

Lloyd Barnes
05-08-16, 12:56 PM
Cracking work there, the car looks a treat. :-D

05-08-16, 02:41 PM
It's not a clean car - as it does get used.
This is it clad in dirt and soft-top...

10-06-17, 09:38 AM
Thought I'd share this article from Complete Kit Car.
It was my car he had spotted!
'Unloved' is a bit harsh though!
http://i134.photobucket.com/albums/q113/nikbj68/image_zpsgtquc1jm.jpg (http://s134.photobucket.com/user/nikbj68/media/image_zpsgtquc1jm.jpg.html)

iow steve
10-06-17, 09:47 AM
HICE very

10-02-18, 11:54 PM
I just found out that my car got a mention in last August's CKC magazine!


23-06-20, 04:12 PM
...6 years of tinkering! ...and still loving it.

38752 - 2014, as bought
38753 - 2016, Avons, suspension, geometry and spot lights added and other invisible improvements!
38754 - 2020, how it is at the moment with more invisible improvements!

flew through it's MOT - again!

23-06-20, 04:29 PM
...and here's another...

23-06-20, 05:11 PM
Looks brilliant - especially the Avons!