Inside the Cannibal’s Head
(engineering) To remove parts from one piece of equipment and use them to replace like, defective parts in a similar piece of equipment in order to keep the latter operational.
Being apart of North America’s largest Land Rover recycling operation has taught us much over the last 12 years. The exposure to daily tear downs, reconstructions and bashing, both on and off-road, will offer you an entire different perspective on how and why these incredible vehicles can just lay down. Experimentation is at an entirely different level when you have in bins every part imaginable in bins and on shelves down to the nut and bolt.
Our experiment started early on with the basic overall of the V8 engines from Discovery, Range Rover, and Defender. The earlier models (Classic, D90 & DI) seemed to have their own quirks but the later (P38, D90 & DII) brought about a new set of challenges that quite honestly, still has the majority of the technicians and owners scratching their heads. For us, it wasn’t about thinking like a Cannibal any longer in that the harvesting of good parts to put back into a flawed design wasn’t working long term. We needed a better design and we needed better parts! It was very simple, the Rover owner wanted to taste something different.
CANNiBALV8 was to be the grand experiment for us and a few of our engineering peers. Could we properly identify all of the issues plaguing these once Buick aluminum blocks and then implement a process to solve? Or, do we go a completely different direction? The answer was to be both.
The requirements set forth would be threefold. 1. Adequately engineer robust solutions for the identified problems 2. Design changes had to be plug & play back into the Rover 3. Give the customer more than they had before, which would be the giddy part of the experiment.
The CV8 project to date has carried us through many interesting “Classic” trials and mind blowing “Discoveries” all the while planting a smile on both a customer and his technician’s face.
A good portion of our research and development came through our decade plus relationship with Dan and Mark LaGrou of Michigan. Without their insight, tireless hours of design changes, component testing, and mentoring, we would not have turned the experiment into the market ready product we have today.
More interesting facts about the Buick V8 history and the LaGrou’s projects can be found by visiting their website www.aluminumv8.com.