View Full Version : Boring / Rebuilding my RV8

David Large
15-06-04, 08:12 PM
Started building my car in 1985 (finished in 1989) so that is when the engine was last overhauled. Maybe the time has come to take it out of the car and give it some TLC and I would like it bored out to 3.9 litres as well. Can anybody recommend a midlands engine builder who would take it all to pieces, do the rebore, and put it all back together with no oil leaks!
The block is a high compression P6. I expect people will tell me to throw it away and start with a new 3.9 block, but aren't i then going to have to spend a lot on things like new timing covers, pulleys, oil pumps and the like?
Any advice please.
David large

15-06-04, 08:27 PM
I have not used this person myself as I'm now going the american route, but I did speak to the company and they appear to know what they are doing with Rover V8's

DJ Ellis Rover V8
Unit 3
Exis Court
Veasey close
Attleborough Fields Ind Est

02476 352888

Give them a call and ask for Dave, I'm sure they had a write up in one of the kit car mags


David Large
15-06-04, 08:34 PM
It is a name I have seen at shows.
Will speak to them.

16-06-04, 07:05 AM

DJE in Nuneaton are very good & have done work on my RV8. He may not be the cheapest, but will give you a good honest opinion. Last time I contacted him was via email & had a detailed reply within the day

16-06-04, 08:02 AM
Another top guy is Jonathan Douglas at JE Engineering in Coventry (024 7630 5018) www.jeengineering.co.uk . JE specialise is developing bespoke, high performance Land Rovers and Range Rovers.
They were responsible for designing and developing the 3.9 Rover V8 for Land Rover.
Again, I doubt that they will be cheap, but you can be assured that it will be a first rate job , and as they designed the engine (notwithstanding it's original Buick origins), no one knows it better.


16-06-04, 08:09 AM
try out rpi engineering,he will tell you to throw it away but he is a very helpfull and knowledgeable guy who generally shows an interest in what you doing
run a search to get to the website,its very good

David Large
16-06-04, 09:56 PM
Thanks Guys,
I spoke to David Ellis today and I think I am going that route. Engine out next week.
I have dealt a lot with RPI over the years and spent a reasonable amount of money with them, but of course they are a long way away. Also you have to put up with Chris's passion of the moment. I rang a few weeks ago to ask a question about the Mallory distributor I had bought off him (I have to change condensors more often than I put oil in the engine or air in the tyres!) and all I got was a diatribe about how crap my Holley carburettor is, " You'll never do any good with a Holley sir you need a Weber 500".
I'm sure if you got a puncture the cure would be a Weber 500.
They do of course have a lot of good product and give a pleasant service if you can put up with the Weber sales pitch.