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MG MGB GT V8 Factory Originals Technical - 70 MGB-GT + Mazda Rotary engine?

I have been cosidering transplanting a rotary engine into my 70 MGB-GT and am wondering if anybody has any advice. I know most will tell me to go with a V8 but I am a big fan of the little W*nkels. I saw an article about this swap in a Roadster in an old issue of Grassroots Motrsports Magazine (great publication!!) but it lacked detail. If anybody has any advice please let me know, I live in the Midwest and would love to beat the local Ford and Chevy boys at their own game!
Thanks for any info.
Brad Wolfe


I've seen one done, so it is possible. Awesome engine that cam be reved ski high and sounds like a pissed-off bumble bee. As I had heard that the engine and frame rail interfere, I was curious to see how his problem was solved. To be honest I could not tell how or if the frame rail had been modified everything was packed in very tight. I hear this is a easy swap in a midget. There is a website on the subject. One big downside to this swap is that the rotary and all its hardware is one ugly thing to look at: I find the stock MG engine compartment to be cluttered, the rotary did not help. Just my thoughts!

Pete 67gt
peter plouf

rapid rotary in seaattle does this but not cheap
the guy I talk to said "how fast do you want to go"
he had taken a 'GT" down to 13 sec in the 1/4 mile and
said he had a fiat down to 11 sec
But like I said about 4-5k not cheap
ps rapid rotary has changed name if intrested will find it for you
RJ baldwin

This thread was discussed between 13/11/1999 and 17/11/1999

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