The BritishV8 Pub

general notices, announcements, invitations, & social stuff (like meets & car shows)

Go to Thread: PreviousNext
Go to: Forum ListMessage ListNew TopicLog In
Goto Page: PreviousFirst...1718192021222324252627
Current Page: 27 of 27


kstevusa
kelly stevenson
Southern Middle Tennessee
(943 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 09:37AM

Main British Car:
2003 Jaguar XK8 Coupe 4.2L DOHC/ VVT / 6sp. AT

authors avatar
Re: Introduce Yourself Here!
Posted by: kstevusa
Date: April 16, 2020 03:43PM

Great looking car and SLICK* install.

Slang for custom.


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2672 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

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

authors avatar
Re: Introduce Yourself Here!
Posted by: rficalora
Date: April 16, 2020 06:58PM

Welcome Don. Nice looking car!! Have always liked them.


PhilT
Phillip Trusty

(3 posts)

Registered:
04/18/2020 10:05AM

Main British Car:


Re: Introduce Yourself Here!
Posted by: PhilT
Date: April 18, 2020 11:09PM

Greetings from Nashville Tn.
Guess I am the classic lurker. Owned LBC's since 1968. My football buddy and I needed transport to practice so we collected our earnings and had his older brother buy a very tired Bugeye Sprite. Retired as a aero engineer and pilot who spent the last decades as an air safety investigator.
Current or recent cars included a 73 MGB GT, 67 Alpine, Jag, Tiger, another Alpine, MGB, several Lotus. and recently a brace of classic Thunderbird's. I consider myself a capable wrench but as you age you face limitations and motivations. Sometimes it is worth the money to just shop it out. May have seen my last restoration project.
The reason for taking your time is I recently bought a fresh, nicely restored 73 MGB GT. The Gt was important for the added head room and it was equipt with overdrive and a a/c system for her comfort. Drove it 700 miles home an it was a pleasure. A few weeks ago, was returning from a visit to a car buddy when a freeze plug departed. By the time I realized there was trouble the car was very hot and missing badly. A few superficial repairs and it runs but knocks. Compression is still good, kept its oil and pressure.
Looks like at least a wrist pin and maybe pushrods and hope the bottom end survived. But if the engine needs to be pulled then seriously thinking a V8 swap might be a viable choice. Rover engine with a 5 speed. Not looking to race, ( her Mazdaspeed Miata is a great Solo II car). If I am in for a couple of thousand for a fresh engine, maybe an opportunity something more interesting.
Is a budget of 6-8 k reasonable for the Rover 5 speed exchange in a already very nice 73 GT? Anyone recommend a kit ?
Phil
pwtrusty@yahoo.com


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2672 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

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

authors avatar
Re: Introduce Yourself Here!
Posted by: rficalora
Date: April 21, 2020 11:21AM

Hi Phil & welcome! Sounds like you'll fit right in. If you go with a Rover that doesn't need to be rebuilt same with the T5, do the work yourself, and you shop for deals, you should be able to do the project for $6-8k. Most likely the upper end of that range. The big items are pretty easy to estimate. Little things like hoses, clamps, hardware, etc is where you'll spend more than you think. No matter what, you'll be happy with the result!!


kstevusa
kelly stevenson
Southern Middle Tennessee
(943 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 09:37AM

Main British Car:
2003 Jaguar XK8 Coupe 4.2L DOHC/ VVT / 6sp. AT

authors avatar
Re: Introduce Yourself Here!
Posted by: kstevusa
Date: April 21, 2020 04:12PM

Welcome Phil, from a bit further souht than Nashville. You can google the subject and get tons of info. This site plus others can provide all info you need. The Rover was not my cup of tea, but a tired and true conversion. Use the MG Sports link and post your questions there. Others will chime in. Rob & I did the Blue Oval thing. :-)


PhilT
Phillip Trusty

(3 posts)

Registered:
04/18/2020 10:05AM

Main British Car:


Re: Introduce Yourself Here!
Posted by: PhilT
Date: April 22, 2020 10:14AM

Hello Kelly
Thanks for responding. Monday the oil pan comes off, remove the caps and look over the bearings. A spun main will mean the engines comes out and I will start collecting numbers about a swap. If the bearings are still good then the head comes off and I pull the pistons, rods, tappets.
Since I have some knowledge about the Ford 5 liter, a modern EFI and HEI motor with tons of aftermarket parts has some appeal.
When you change one system, you always change a couple more so the diffy and probably the rear suspension, motor mounts, some sheet metal mods to firewall. So not a weekend bolt-up even with the Rover iron.
Ever entered the Huntsville British Car Days show? I took a couple of Lotus ( 1 Europa and a Elan +2) several times a few years ago.
Will keep you posted.
Phil in Nashville
pwtrusty@yahoo.com


kstevusa
kelly stevenson
Southern Middle Tennessee
(943 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 09:37AM

Main British Car:
2003 Jaguar XK8 Coupe 4.2L DOHC/ VVT / 6sp. AT

authors avatar
Re: Introduce Yourself Here!
Posted by: kstevusa
Date: April 22, 2020 03:03PM

Yes, member of North Al British Motoring Society. We are inclusive of European and other car. Maybe see you at a show. You should plan to attend our V8 gathering in June at St. Louis and 1st weekend in Oct. in Townsend Tn. at Tally Ho Inn. You NEED to meet up with our group.... Dream it and generally we got it.
Loved the EFI and Ford Drive Train. In process of Learning Jaguar now :-)


PhilT
Phillip Trusty

(3 posts)

Registered:
04/18/2020 10:05AM

Main British Car:


Re: Introduce Yourself Here!
Posted by: PhilT
Date: April 22, 2020 04:08PM

Kelly
My wife's daily driver is a 03 XK8. Prior was a 03 S Type R. We are active with the Nashville British Car Club. Last entry with the Huntsville Show was a Lotus Elan +2. Which I eventually sold to a Martin- Marrietta engineer. Took a trophy or two and met the club pres. ( Dan?) a local independent shop owner. Nice guy.
Excellent show but the "European" part included Ferrari and Lambo which made everyone else look lame.
Just finished rebuilding a second Sunbeam Alpine. Nice enough but I miss the Toyota 5 speed that was in the previous one. Will need to install a Laycock, a 5 speed or just sell the car and make room for the MGB GT. Still grieving over selling the Tiger..one I should have kept.
We relocated to her "forever " retirement house and I lost my lift in the move. Have become a major nuisance to my friends who do have lifts.
Happen to have any pictures of the tranny cross member and engine mounts for your 5.0 conversion ? Dont make a special effort..
Phil
pwtrusty@yahoo.com


lightblue
Steven Garrett

(3 posts)

Registered:
05/09/2020 01:43PM

Main British Car:


Re: Introduce Yourself Here!
Posted by: lightblue
Date: May 09, 2020 01:50PM

Major newbie here. Am interested in the MGB GT V-8 (factory original). Main question is whether these cars make good daily drivers under todays driving conditions? Are they reliable? Do they handle well? Where would be the best source to find a good one? I live in the Boston area, is there a way to search for members in my area? Thank you.


Moderator
Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4463 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

authors avatar
Re: Introduce Yourself Here!
Posted by: Moderator
Date: May 10, 2020 05:18PM

Welcome to BritishV8, Garrett!

The factory MGB GT V8s were reliable and handled great by the standards of their day. You can read a huge archive of articles about them here: [www.britishv8.org] - and if you do, I think you'll see even the least generous reviews criticized only their harsh leaf-spring rear suspension and their high cabin noise levels.

In retrospect, the factory V8s didn't exactly have an excess of cooling capacity - better radiators and fans are readily available now. Conversions often have better fan shrouds, etc. The factory V8s had weirdly complicated induction systems - obviously a four barrel carburetor is easier to tune or rebuild than a pair of SUs. The factory iron exhaust manifolds were restrictive and surprisingly fragile. The factory-installed engines easily could have been tuned to produce more power, but for various reasons the factory chose conservative specifications. (Example: low compression ratio meant you could run them on very low grade gasoline. MPG was a big concern at the time because the factory V8 was introduced just after the Arab oil embargo.) If sales had been better, perhaps the factory would have offered higher-spec options later.

Only eleven left-hand drive factory V8s were produced. (Some might quibble about a 12th or 13th.) And, I think only one of those eleven is located in North America. FWIW, I personally wouldn't consider any right-hand-drive car suitable for daily use in a North America urban setting. I'd instead recommend you consider a well-sorted converted MGB V8 complete with electronic fuel injection. If you're patient and lucky, one will come along.

Good luck!
Goto Page: PreviousFirst...1718192021222324252627
Current Page: 27 of 27


Sorry, only registered users may post in this forum.