Own a car powered by a Rover V8 and need a new distributor? Here’s the knowledge you need.

Posted: July 18, 2017 by goodshoutmedia in Reference

The Rover V8 was fitted to a variety of vehicles in it’s lifetime, and we supply distributors to suit all applications of this mighty powerplant… But how do you know which distributor you need?

We split the Rover V8 into two eras, classed as ‘early’ and ‘late’. This is based on what sort of drive gear is used to drive the oil pump at the base of the distributor shaft.

< Early – Pre 1976 – Uses a Male Drive Gear to drive the oil pump.

 

 

< Late – Post 1976 – Uses a Female Drive Gear to drive the oil pump.

 

 

 

The problem with this classification system is it is not an exact science. Rover V8 engines are popular for transplants into other vehicles and kit cars, so it is not always easy to identify whether an engine is early or late.

If you aren’t sure, please give us a call… the engine can be identified by the engine number to determine which distributor you need.

We offer both Early and Late electronic distributors for ‘plug and play’ fitment. These can be bought with either our own ignition module or a genuine Lucas ignition module.

All four of these ELECTRONIC IGNITION distributors can be found here:

Our Product SKU D29 & R5 Early Rover V8 Distributor with Powerspark Ignition Module

Our Product SKU D29M11 & R5 Early Rover V8 Distributor with Genuine Lucas Ignition Module

Our Product SKU D2 & R5 Late Rover V8 Distributor with Powerspark Ignition Module

Our Product SKU D2M11 & R5 Late Rover V8 Distributor with Genuine Lucas Ignition Module

All of these cars are powered by the Rover V8 in different forms:

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