Your Projects: Reviving a Turbo TVR

A few weeks ago, GRM Associate Publisher Joe Gearin spotted this 1973 TVR 2500M for sale across the street from his house. It had a turbocharged engine which was no longer in working order. It needed to be saved. Forum member “USERNAMETAKEN” jumped in and had the car shipped to his garage where he’s starting the rehabilitation. Follow along as he brings it back to life with a restomod approach.

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purplepeopleeater
purplepeopleeater Reader
3/14/18 2:36 p.m.

How big is Joe? Those are interesting cars to get in & out of. You can however sweat some weight off.

 

Joe Gearin
Joe Gearin Associate Publisher
3/14/18 2:55 p.m.

I'm about 5'8" and 165 lbs......but I didn't buy the car!  

 

The new owner lives out West. He purchased the car from my neighbor who had owned it since.......gulp.......1978!    He was sad to see it go, but is very enthused it found a great new home!  

kb58
kb58 SuperDork
3/14/18 5:03 p.m.

He's getting his car cover dirty...

USERNAMETAKEN
USERNAMETAKEN New Reader
3/14/18 6:49 p.m.

The circle is complete.  The car is back in the features!

Turbo and manifolds came off this afternoon.  Found a sweet huge crack in the exhaust manifold...

Scott in Denver

USERNAMETAKEN
USERNAMETAKEN New Reader
3/14/18 6:50 p.m.
te72
te72 New Reader
3/14/18 8:55 p.m.
USERNAMETAKEN said:

The circle is complete.  The car is back in the features!

Turbo and manifolds came off this afternoon.  Found a sweet huge crack in the exhaust manifold...

Scott in Denver

Awesome just can't be contained Scott... I found a hole in the one exhaust manifold on my Supra, sized and tapped for the EGT probe the engine came with (yet, somehow, I missed why it wasn't plugged in, oops), and drove like that for years. I knew it *sounded* like it had an exhaust leak somewhere, but I never did track it down.

 

Given how well it ran anyway, I wasn't particularly bothered by it, so... yeah.

 

Good luck with the restoration, very cool car!

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