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DiDueColpi
Fred Key
West coast - Canada
(1266 posts)

Registered:
05/14/2010 03:06AM

Main British Car:
What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?

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I need professional help!
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: December 16, 2010 10:42PM

OK,
I've just sold my 511cu.in. Interceptor. And my ultra rare, 4th to last made, one previous owner, 82 TR8 convertible, to a good friend. Who is going to do a nut and bolt restoration on it.
Which is good because I can't.
The temptation to modify it is WAY too great.
So the question is, what to buy to fill the void?
It needs to be British or British-esque.
Must look cool or be ugly enough that it automaticaly becomes cool.
Needs to be able to house at least a V8. Bear in mind that I built a mid engined Jag V12 Mini.
Must be affordable. Nothing made out of unobtainium.
Any ideas?
I've been out of the dog house and off the sofa for a while now so time to dive in.
Cheers
Fred


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4476 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: I need professional help!
Posted by: Moderator
Date: December 17, 2010 02:16AM

So many great projects to choose from.

I think someone around here should build "The Ultimate Jenson Healey".

Not sure what engine it should have though...


Dan B
Dan Blackwood
South Charleston, WV
(973 posts)

Registered:
11/06/2007 01:55PM

Main British Car:
1966 TR4A, 1980 TR7 Multiport EFI MegaSquirt on the TR4A. Lexus V8 pl

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Re: I need professional help!
Posted by: Dan B
Date: December 17, 2010 10:14AM

Hey Fred,

Since you had that TR8, and you know what you would like to modify, you could get a TR7 for cheap, and do about anything to it. Nobody would bust your chops for destroying a Wedge...(well, a few might)

Dan B


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5936 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: I need professional help!
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: December 17, 2010 12:45PM

Here's one for you Fred, I've been reading up on zero point energy and there's way more out there than just Nikolai Tesla. A fella with your talents could really run with that and just about any car powered that way would become cool automatically. (That's a sort of pun actually since most of these systems get colder as power is drawn from them.) I can supply a link if you like...

JB


ex-tyke
Graham Creswick
Chatham, Ontario, Canada
(1113 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 11:17AM

Main British Car:
1976 MGB Ford 302

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Re: I need professional help!
Posted by: ex-tyke
Date: December 18, 2010 10:06AM

How about some Chevy powered Brit iron......sky's the limit for combinations!

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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4476 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: I need professional help!
Posted by: Moderator
Date: December 18, 2010 05:05PM

Along the lines of Graham's idea, sort of: [www.britishv8.org]

http://www.britishv8.org/Triumph/DaveShoemaker-Triumph-Mayflower/DaveShoemaker-Triumph-Mayflower-3.jpg


DiDueColpi
Fred Key
West coast - Canada
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Registered:
05/14/2010 03:06AM

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What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?

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Re: I need professional help!
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: December 21, 2010 03:24AM

I like the Jensen idea Curtis. If I could find a GT it would be a go. Could put the lo-ver motor in it when it's done.
Have been looking around for a Hillman Imp. It could take a 6L.v12 that I have with a gm 325 trans axle thats under the bench.
I have found a Herald localy. It would be a good home for a 4.6 with a blower or turbos.
As odd as it sounds I like my cars to look like they came from the factory that way. They gotta stop and handle well. Be comfortable and able to drive anywhere. The wheels and tires need to fit inside the wheelwells and the car needs to sit at stock height or lower. Under the skin almost always a custom chassis and suspension.
But still on the hunt.........

Cheers
Fred


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4476 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: I need professional help!
Posted by: Moderator
Date: December 31, 2010 12:41PM

Three words:

Humber

Super

Snipe


tr8todd
Todd Kishbach

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12/04/2009 07:42AM

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Re: I need professional help!
Posted by: tr8todd
Date: January 03, 2011 02:33PM

Just go buy an all ready modified not so rare TR8. Done, fast, reliable, much easier to work on than a stock one, familiar, fun, no guilt. I just finished doing a platinum vert over for my wife that I'd sell for the right number seeing as how she'd rather have a TVR again. Here's pics from this past summer right after I painted it BMW space grey metallic, and installed the new canvas top.

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rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2683 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: I need professional help!
Posted by: rficalora
Date: January 03, 2011 02:58PM

Fred, if you don't subscribe to the BaT (Bring a Trailer) daily email, you should. Lot's of interesting cars come across there -- 2 to 3 a day (www.bringatrailer.com to subscribe). There's a pair of Jowett Jupiter's listed there currently. May not be what you're after but probably fit the "ugly enough they automatically become cool" criteria.


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4476 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: I need professional help!
Posted by: Moderator
Date: January 03, 2011 03:46PM

I know next to nothing about Jupiters... but I noted that one of the Jupiters has its original engine and I'm thinking it would probably make economic sense to restore that one. The other one might be more fun. It was reportedly converted to a four cylinder Jeep engine a long time ago. I figure that can't be a good thing... except that it would give you a fine excuse to replace the Jeep engine with something much more powerful. Here's what the original Jowett Jupiter engine looks like:

JowettJupiterEngine.JPG

Is it time to consider boxer engine swaps? Porsche? Corvair? Honda Goldwing? Subaru? (400hp and 4WD in a Jupiter!?!)


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3953 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: I need professional help!
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: January 06, 2011 10:00PM

Ha. Todd, I'd rather have a TVR, too! :-)


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04/13/2010 08:13PM

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Re: I need professional help!
Posted by: BWA
Date: January 08, 2011 12:58AM

Fred I don't know which part of Canada you reside in, if you are on the west coast you should check out
USED VICTORIA.COM and check out the specialty cars that are for sale. Victoria area is the place to check out for odd, ugly "cute" British cars. I just checked and I found the following available at reasonable prices:
1949 Anglia
1956 Morris Minor
1960 Ford Zodiac ( I would grab this one as it would look real cool lowered with fat tires and nice wheels with an LS engine under the hood)
1967 Austin
1958 Austin A55
One car that would be cool would be a 1960 Vauxhall but I am sure that to find such a car would be difficult. I remember seeing many of these when I was a kid and I hated them because they looked so ugly.

Cheers
Byron


gt40mk1
Pat Cargan
Biggin Hill, Kent, England
(18 posts)

Registered:
12/30/2010 03:22PM

Main British Car:
1949 Jowett Javelin 318 cu. in. Chrysler

Re: I need professional help!
Posted by: gt40mk1
Date: January 09, 2011 01:03PM

Hi Fred,

What you want is a Standard Vanguard ( the one with the round back, not the saloon ) or a Volvo pv544...

cheers,
Pat.


DiDueColpi
Fred Key
West coast - Canada
(1266 posts)

Registered:
05/14/2010 03:06AM

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What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?

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Re: I need professional help!
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: January 19, 2011 02:30AM

Thanks for all the great ideas guys.
Ive been laid up from eye surgery for a bit.
Now that I'm back in the game here's what I've found locally so far.
1964 Anglia 105e
1980 TR7 vert with 56,000 miles
1966 Hillman super minx
Wolseley hornet of unknown vintage

I also have some of my own cars for doing up
1975 Lotus Elite
1982 Delorean
1972 Citroen SM
1975 Mercedes 450 SL
1968 Volvo 122S
1975 Volvo P1800ES

After some thought the engine is going to be a rover 4.0L compound charged with an Eaton blower and twin Garret turbos
Megasquirt or SDS injection will be used
Porsche 928 trans axle or Toyota 6 speed depending upon the vehicle.
This is all stuff thats lying around so I'll just drop it in the magic blender and see what comes out.

I'm still working on my TGB so there's no rush, and I guess thats why I can't seem to make a decision.

Any ideas from the crew?

Cheers
Fred



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alana
alan atkinson
10567
(232 posts)

Registered:
06/19/2008 08:06PM

Main British Car:
68 TR250 LS2

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Re: I need professional help!
Posted by: alana
Date: January 19, 2011 09:16PM

105E - that would be awesome.

Second choice would be an LS3 powered 122S.

I'd covet either.


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4476 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: I need professional help!
Posted by: Moderator
Date: January 19, 2011 11:23PM

Such great options!

A spectacular Hornet Mk3 raced at the Watkins Glen Vintage Grand Prix in September. I felt compelled to take 107 photos of it - quite a lot for a dolled-up Mini. So many hot Minis still competing should put trick parts and advice close at hand... but packaging a V8 in a Mini will be tough. Maybe you'd prefer something with bigger tires. Article coming "soon". Preview:
HornetMkIII.jpg
(Can you spot an MGB part that has been cleverly added by the current owner?)

The 105e is, I believe, what Ron Weasley drove. That's fun. The original engine was absolutely brilliant for its day... (and it should have high value to a vintage "monoposto" racer.)


Scott68B
Scott Costanzo
Columbus, Ohio
(548 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 11:30AM

Main British Car:
1968 MGB GM 5.3 LS4 V8

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Re: I need professional help!
Posted by: Scott68B
Date: January 20, 2011 07:25AM

"(Can you spot an MGB part that has been cleverly added by the current owner?)"

Would it be the air intake grill at the base of the windshield?


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4476 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: I need professional help!
Posted by: Moderator
Date: January 20, 2011 02:41PM

Yes sir! Cowl induction on a Mini:
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DiDueColpi
Fred Key
West coast - Canada
(1266 posts)

Registered:
05/14/2010 03:06AM

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What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?

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Re: I need professional help!
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: January 20, 2011 10:19PM

Yeah I feel the same about the Anglia Alan.
I used to service one back in the seventies when I was an apprentice. It was the sorriest thing I had ever seen. The engine bay was just a mass of undulating black goo.
My ride back then was a 10 second mid engine Datsun PU, so the Anglia seemed kinda silly. Now it would be the coolest thing ever! The 122 would be nice too as I'm an old Volvo tech and the VOX rendering makes me go all squidgy.
Then Curtis put up the Hornet pictures ( I thought he was a nice guy) and now I'm starting all over again.
Yeah I feel the same about the Anglia Alan ............

Cheers
Fred
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