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mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1915 posts)

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02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Sunbeam Alpine swap suggestions
Posted by: mgb260
Date: August 19, 2012 08:25PM

Joe, Google Sunbeam Grassroots Motorsports challenge. Ford Ranger front 5 lug Hub/Rotor. My threads on MGExperience explain how to narrow a 83-92 Ranger rear by shortening one side and using another short side axle(also Mustang rear disc).
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MGB SS
Joe Schafer
Central Michigan
(140 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 06:46AM

Main British Car:
1971 Mgb 1991 5.0 Ford

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Re: Sunbeam Alpine swap suggestions
Posted by: MGB SS
Date: August 19, 2012 11:28PM

Jim

I will do that I like the front hub conversion as that is in the plans not so sure about that Rack Pinion setup:(

I have seen the rearend trick done a couple times was thinking the S-10 year as I am trying to do the swap off of one donar vehicle but if the ford front hub is a good swap it may have to be a Ford in the back as well.



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mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1915 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Sunbeam Alpine swap suggestions
Posted by: mgb260
Date: August 20, 2012 12:01AM

The rack is similar to the Tiger(bad Ackerman) Alpine steering is much better. The early S-10 hubs will probably work also(same bearings as Ranger). Don't know about newer ones.. You would need to shorten both axle tubes though on the S-10 and use custom shorter axles. I posted on SAOCA board on the Ford Fiesta tie rod ends. That is what Jose uses in his V6 kit.

Tie rod info: [www.sunbeamalpine.org]



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MGB SS
Joe Schafer
Central Michigan
(140 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 06:46AM

Main British Car:
1971 Mgb 1991 5.0 Ford

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Re: Sunbeam Alpine swap suggestions
Posted by: MGB SS
Date: August 20, 2012 09:18PM

Jim

I will check into the tie rod ends After reading some of that I think I am going the correct direction
Thanks for the info on the S-10 bearings being the same, I have shortened a few Rear Ends so thats not really an issue, but just getting a second short side axle does keep cost and labor down, something to think about when I get to that point.

Last week and this week so far have been swamped haven't even looked at the car

Joe


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3498 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Sunbeam Alpine swap suggestions
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: October 17, 2012 09:15PM

Reconsider what you are about do, Joe. I think the value of the would be much better in the long run with a Ford V8. I can't believe I just said that.

Put a low power 260 in it. After all, some day you will need to get every penny you can for it when you have to buy her that Lexus SC 430. ;)


bashby
Bill Ashby
Colorado, USA
(26 posts)

Registered:
12/18/2009 09:46AM

Main British Car:
1967 Sunbeam Alpine Series V Nissan CA18DET, 1850cc's

Re: Sunbeam Alpine swap suggestions
Posted by: bashby
Date: March 26, 2013 08:56PM

I have a Nissan CA18DET (1.8 liter. dual overhead cam, turbocharged, intercooled and 238 RWHP) with a Nissan 5-speed and Ford 8" in my Alpine, no cutting, dropped right-in but fabrication of the turbo exhaust manifold was necessary due to the steering box. If you went with the normally aspirated (NA) motor you would have about 140HP and probably get in the mid 30's for economy (depending on gearing) with a 7,000RPM redline; you most likely not have to fabricate the manifold (?) These motors are 20-years old but still available. Another option might be the Nissan KA24E or DE motor (155HP, 160lb-ft), these engines and transmissions are readily available and are 10-15 years old. The Toyota 4A-GE motor could also be an option but these motors were used in the 80's for the AE86 Corolla.


Tiger2Dan
Dan Richardson
Greenwood, SC 29649
(7 posts)

Registered:
02/04/2018 12:16PM

Main British Car:
1967 Sunbeam Alpine Series V ST Colour Code 106 FORD (Cologne) 2.8 V6

Sunbeam Alpine swap suggestions
Posted by: Tiger2Dan
Date: September 01, 2018 10:35AM

A new kid on the block (Actually an Old Goat) has designed and sells a complete line of components for the Sunbeam Alpine SI thru SV's.

DanR, started a Jose conversion back in 2009 in one of his Alpines (SIV), soon becoming dissatisfied with the design of the kit components, made a decision to build a better mouse trap:)

Engine mounts were the first to take a new look. Instead of sittin' on the backside and nearly hanging off the rear edge, DanR's are firmly fix'd the the crossmember.

Next work began fabricating "new" Headers. The "kit" headers stuck out the side of the Alpine right behind the front wheels causing me trouble routing the exhaust back under the car. I did not like the side pipes sticking out. After about three years "straight back"
headers were finalized, they are tucked inside the framework running along side the engine and transmission, similar to the Tiger system. Road clearance is "Not" a problem, they do not hang down:)

The conversion components developed by DanR have proven to be well designed and durable. Here are a couple of the components available.
V6 engine mounts with Anchor 2424 rubber biscuits and  mount bracket for T5 Mustang transmission  20170507_203253.jpg
Various components for V6 Conversion Modified Thermostat housing Water neck engine and tranny bracket crosslink etc  20161227_182114.jpg
Blue Boy's 2.8 V6 Straight back headers Right Bank with emission port filled - drilled - tapped as recommended by DanR 20180301_145545 (1350x810).jpg

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