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The Rover V8 engine is an eight cylinder, water cooled cast aluminium cylinder block with  aluminium cylinder heads. The cylinder bank consist of steel liners which are pressed  down to stops in the cylinder block and are set at 90° to each other. The crankshaft is  carried in five main bearings. Adn end-float is controlled by the thrust faces of the upper  centre main bearing shell. 
The centrally located camshaft is driven by the crankshaft via an inverted tooth chain.  The valves are operated by rockers, pushrods and hydraulic tappets. Distributor drive is  by skew gear from the front of the camshaft. The aluminium alloy, pistons have two  compression rings and an oil control ring and are secured to the connecting rods by semi-  floating gudgeon pins. On later 4.2L engines the gudgeon pin is offset 0.5mm, identified  by an arrow mark on the piston crown, which must always point to the front of the  engine. Plain, big-end bearing shells are fitted to each connecting rod. 

The Rover V8 engine

Rover V8 overhaul
The Rover V8 engine is an eight cylinder, water cooled cast aluminium cylinder  block with aluminium cylinder heads. The cylinder bank consist of steel liners which  are pressed down to stops in the cylinder block and are set at 90° to each other.  The crankshaft is carried in five main bearings. Adn end-float is controlled by the  thrust faces of the upper centre main bearing shell.
The centrally located camshaft is driven by the crankshaft via an inverted tooth  chain. The valves are operated by rockers, pushrods and hydraulic tappets.  Distributor drive is by skew gear from the front of the camshaft. The aluminium  alloy, pistons have two compression rings and an oil control ring and are secured to  the connecting rods by semi-floating gudgeon pins. On later 4.2L engines the  gudgeon pin is offset 0.5mm, identified by an arrow mark on the piston crown,  which must always point to the front of the engine. Plain, big-end bearing shells  are fitted to each connecting rod.

The Rover V8 engine

Rover V8 overhaul
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