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TVR

GRIFFITH 500

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TVR 
GRIFFITHS 
500

Well here is my car. This is a 1996 5.0 litre Griffith that has been rebuilt from the ground up. Absolutely no expense spared and the end result is probably the cleanest most perfect Griff in the world.

Here is the technical specification and some back ground.

Engine

Standard 5 Litre Block with modified oil return holes for

extra cam chain lubrication.

TVR 500 steel crank, Corrello steel conrods

8 x new TVR pistons and Clevelite piston rings

ACL Silicon Hi performance main & big end shells

Flywheel, crankshaft, piston assembly dynamically balanced.

New crankshaft oil seals front & rear.

AP Racing clutch plate

New clutch release bearing

ARP main bearing studs

ARP cylinder head studs

Competition head gaskets

New hydraulic cam followers

TVR 435RM Cam (404 derivative)

New duplex cam chain

New front timing cover and oil pump.

All steel components shot blasted and stove enamelled

Valve seats re-cut and ground

New rocker shafts

ARP exhaust header bolts

Exhaust system ceramic coated

All alloy castings roller ball burnished

ARP inlet manifold bolts

Red silicon water hoses

Ported inlet manifold

Carbon “Griffith 500” plenum badge

New distributor cap

Magnecor KV85 ignition leads

New spark plug suppressors caps

New performance coil

New ignition amplifier

Mark Adams Tornado ECU chip

Modwise lambda sensor switch

New battery

New alternator

New water pump

New drive belt

Polished stainless ACT radiator pipes

Reconditioned Radiator

Leven:Oil Filler Cap

Header Tank Cap

Aux Starter Plug

Modwise adjustable cooling fan controller

New thermostat and sender unit.

New TVR oil pressure switch

New throttle cable, and 2 new springs

Steve Heath swirl tank plug and cap (red)

Stainless silicon hose clips

All nuts and bolts replaced with stainless polished fittings

New TVR rocker cover badges (black)

ACT silicon inlet pipe (red)

New air filter

Here is the technical specification and some back ground.

Interior

 

Re-trimmed in black, heavy duty, heavy grade carpet.

Piped edges in light grey

Cerbera Recaro seats, re-trimmed in

light grey Connolly hide

Interior panels re-trimmed in light grey,

Connolly Silver Calf hide:

Centre console

Bolster cushion

Door surrounds

Door cards

Roof head lining

Rear of hood hoop

Gear lever gator.

Dashboard renewed with American Walnut,

along with heater control panel.

Work carried out by “London Carriage Craft”

New dashboard Perspex instrument legend

Clarion CD, MP3, Tuner with 6GB hard drive.

Modwise aerial

Infinity Capper speakers. 5.25” front, 6.5” rears

Leven:Steering wheel screws

Indicator stalks

Gear knob

Gear lever surround

Ash trays

Cigar lighter

Handbrake lever

Heater control panel knobs

Steering column adjuster knob

Panel light adjuster knob

New pedal rubbers

Black floor mats, gold TVR logo embossed

All rubber seals renewed

Stainless TVR kick plates

specification and some back ground.

Body shell and Exterior

 

Body shell re-sprayed Imperial blue

Inner wheel arches and inner bonnet area re-sprayed

satin black.

Underside of shell also re-sprayed satin black

New German double duck mohair roof

New plastic rear window

New driving lamps

Smoked headlight covers

Spare bonnet, painted imperial blue. Has “Elise” cut-out for

extra cooling and super aggressive look. Only a few ever

made, very unique !

Alloy window frames, door buttons professionally polished

Stainless kick plates TVR logo etched on.

New bonnet rollers

New front indicators

Gold TVR bonnet badge

Gold TVR 500 rear badge

Wheels shot blasted and stove enamelled silver

New wheel centre caps and TVR badges

Leven stainless centre cap fixings

TVR tyre valve caps (purple logo0

Toyo T1 Proxy tyres (standard Griffith sizes)

Unused spare space saver wheel

New wiper arms, blades and washer tubes

Leven wiper washer system

New heated door mirror glasses and wiring

New passenger door window motor assembly

All new bulbs throughout

Blue, super bright headlight bulbs (Phillips)

New Meta M99 & 35 Alarm and immobiliser.

(Thatcham 1 approved)

nical specification and some back ground.

Chassis, Suspension & steering

 

Chassis, shot blasted, phosphated, zinc powder primer, satin polyester powder finish

All steel components throughout the car have been shot blasted, and stove enamelled

New front wishbones and bushes top and bottom, Finished similar to chassis

New upper and lower ball joints

Refurbished steering rack, new gators

New track rod ends

4 new wheel bearings

Polished stainless bolts throughout

New anti roll bar drop links, urethane bushes, front and rear

Nitron adjustable shock absorbers, rose jointed top and bottom

Brakes

 

New EBC Spotties front and rear

EBC Green Stuff pads on the front

Ferodo DS2000 pads on the rear

Goodrich braided brake pipe throughout, stainless fittings, (similar to F1 car)

New AP front brake calipers

New Cosworth rear brake calipers

New hand brake cable

AP Racing brake fluid.

Transmission

 

New drive shaft Lobro bearings

Differential input seal replaced, Syntran 5 synthetic LSD lubricant installed

New prop shaft joints (heavy duty GKN)

Borg Warner T5 gearbox replaced with a new one with 6000 miles only

Modified stainless gearbox mounting plate, new rubber mount

Fuel System

 

Stainless braided fuel pipes throughout

New Bosch fuel pump

Fuel tank cleaned, new filter / strainer

Leven Fuel cap

New fuel filter

New pressure regulator

Carbon purge system removed

This car has been build to a concourse standard, with no expense spared. It has cost over £40k to complete, and is without doubt the best Griffith 500 you will ever see. It has every conceivable modification both inside and out, to make the vehicle perform to its best. The interior is without question the best I have ever seen, and even a clean newer car won’t be anywhere near this good.

Under bonnet shots

Interior shots

The car being delivered to Alexandra Palace for the Classic Sports Car show. It displayed on the TVR stand.

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