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MG MGB GT V8 Factory Originals Technical - You Gotta see THIS!! jpg
|The B is starting to take shape. Check out the link, it's well worth looking at.|
Now why doesn't that paste as a hyperlink? Definite shortcoming there.
|Hey Jim, Wow!! is that a full tilt front end like the e type jag (what I'm doing to my 5 litre MGA V8)? See your fitting flares as well...better take the sedatives for the purists with you when you go to any classic MG car club shows which I hope you do!!|
|Nice. Are you going to fuel injection or a carburetor?|
Best regards, David Walworth
|Hey Jim,It looks great nice metal working,Now Lets see that motor!!!|
|Here's a shot of the engine:|
Sorry, it's a fairly large file, about 200Kb.
But here's another one:
As you can see there are a few custom touches. Anyway, thanks for the kind remarks. I've been at it for awhile now. The hood is indeed a front tilt assembly, the 2nd or 3rd one that's been on the car and the mechanism has evolved nicely, but more about that later. As you can see, it is fuel injected, or will be once I get it wired and the fuel pump and lines installed. There are a few other tweaks there as well. Guess I might as well add a shot from the front:
The dryer duct is just for mock-up purposes. There are a few other shots in that directory if anyone wants to look at them. Oh, and the purists? Yes they do tend to get a bit out of sorts, but I understand that. My brother has a beautiful TR4A-IRS that it would be a crime to do something like this to. For perspective, consider that I only paid $1100 for the car back in 1980 and that was what good rust free cars were bringing back then. They weren't quite as common as Chevys but they didn't seem to miss it by a whole lot either. Within a year I was irreversibly deep into the modifications, and the first front end bore little resemblance to anything that ever came out of Abingdon. Eventually I grew weary of saying "No! It's not a stinkin' Porch!" but the second design (in fiberglass) was no better. Then I had a brainstorm playing around with some scrap body parts, and liked it well enough to reproduce in new metal. I think it'll be pretty sharp when it's finished, and will follow the original lines faithfully enough to just look like an old MGB on steroids. Sorta reminds me of some of those old hot rod drawings. Well, let's see if these links will work.
|Nice Job Jim,Thats one wicked motor!!!!! and I like the future color of the car and keep workin on her!!! It will get done...|
Real nice, anything but subtle, I like it. What are the specs on the engine. Keep us posted.
|Michael S. Domanowski|
Oldsmobile 215? What’s the intake, a Rover? The alternator looks well tucked out of the way, but what’s the nearby squirrel cage fan for? What water pump uses a flat pulley or is that to compensate for the lower drive belt?
|That's one mean machine. |
PS Don't let your insurance agent see the car!!!!!!!!
|Jim, have you a picture of the forward tilt mechanism your using? |
|I'm quite sure the only thing that will get in the way of finishing it is driving it, but there you go...|
Anyway, it is an original Olds 215 Turbo engine (The turbo is in the background with a 2" SU on it)the intake is a much modified Offenhauser, the water pump is Buick 300, FI is 4.6L Ford mostly, along with the modular ignition system and cruise control. Buick pistons are fitted, but the heads were shaved .040 for around 8.5:1 compression (Olds Turbo heads have smaller chambers), the alternator is Geo Metro, the heater has an International Harvester 3 speed blower, and the water pump pulley is I-H also. Headers are 1-3/8 x ~36 ± 1/8" into 2-3/8. Tranny is a close ratio Warner T-50 and the diff is stock. Braking: 11" ventilated rotors on 5x4-1/2 lugs and stock drums on 5x4-1/2, with a cockpit adjustable brake balance bar. The squirrel cage blower? Oops... well I guess it had to come out, that's to force air through the intercooler which uses heat pipes. It's a stock MG unit but I'll probably want to upgrade it. I haven't taken any shots of the tilt mechanism yet, and it isn't quite finished, but I'll see what I can do.
|Mike, here's a shot that may help you some. Or not. Wasn't really ready to do photos of this part yet. Here it is but it's only about half of the mechanism.|
Any chance of getting a rear view of the car?
What size rims and tires do you have on the car?
I'm also building a car along the lines of what you've done but haven't flared the fenders yet. How did you pattern and make the rear flares?
|265-50x14 on 8" Centerline Classics. The rear flares were about the earliest bodywork done. Made by forming conduit around an oil drum, anchoring them in place, and then adding the sheetmetal and matching it up where it looked the best. Still a bit of work to do there.|
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