Posted by Erik Bodin-Ek Mon, February 06, 2012 11:14AM
The original engine was mounted out of the car, here the engine bay of the car can be seen in the condition it was then we bought it. Original damper mass is still in the engine compartment, which is not common among Panteras due to the fact that almost all have been restord one or more times over the years. You can also see the gearbox manufactured by ZF. It is 5 speed with limited slip differential and gearbox, all-aluminum with steel reinforcements on each side of the differential where the drive shafts going out.
The second important thing to inspect when buying a Pantera is that the gearbox is in good condition and do not need rebuilding as it is very expensive. Admittedly, these gearboxes are considered "bullet prof" as when in good condition can handle four-digit torque numbers.
There are still new transmissions to buy from the U.S. and also a newly developed 6-speed version, but these will set you back over 100K (Sek) in the standard version and a lot more for the 6-speed.
ZF gearbox was originally designed to be used in the Ford GT40 in both street and race versions. And these cars as many people know, won the Le Mans several times during the 60:ies. An enhanced version of the gearbox even used in the BMW M1.
The BMW engine was at the same time being taken apart, washed and inspected.
A dissasembled V8 takes up a lot of space especially if it is a twin cam engine and since the garage is full of other "crap" it can be difficult, like the bonnet of a Lotus Elan -64 hanging on the wall or the inline 4 cylinder engine under the bench (under the BMW head covers) from a Lotus Esprit - 81 (this engine is for sale by the way)... but there is a saying...the one with the most things when he dies win...=).
Here are the pistons and rods from the BMW V8. The rods have a nice design, however, they are made by powder metallurgy, which gives lighter rods but unfortunately with lesser mechanical properties then forges units.
Here we see the the original Cleveland heads made of cast iron and weighs enormously compared with the aluminum heads of the BMW in the picture below.