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bobgod
bob goding

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Sunbeam Alpine and Tiger: width increase
Posted by: bobgod
Date: July 11, 2008 09:46PM

I owned a couple of Alpines,way back in the late 1960's,a series one,red with wires and a black hardtop--looked great ,but a P.O.S. and then a series 4 into which I fitted a new 1725 engine. lots of great memories there.[and broken gearboxes!]
When I saw the article in the magazine about Randy Schultz's TR3,I had always felt that that was what an Alpine needed.
A few inches in the middle.
Heres a couple of pics of Rob Wiseman's car with a 10% width stretch---looks good and think of all the extra space for a big engine.
RobWiseman-E.jpg
RobWiseman-G.jpg

Or this one with 15% stretch
DavidPetrikas-RA.jpg
DavidPetrikas-RA.jpg



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 01/10/2009 10:56PM by Moderator.


Moderator
Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
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10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: width increase
Posted by: Moderator
Date: July 12, 2008 11:47AM

I agree. Adding width could make almost every 60's vintage British sports car better in terms of corner-carving, and probably appearance. It's not an easy job though! Plus, to get the maximum benefit, it would be nice to keep the transmission/driveshaft tunnel narrow so that the driver would have more elbow room for BOTH elbows.

Incidentally, did you see the other widened cars in this latest edition of our online magazine?
Gerald Kannenberg's widened GT6
Steve Wayne's widened MGA


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
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10/23/2007 12:59PM

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

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Re: width increase
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: July 19, 2008 05:32PM

I just want to know where they're getting their wider windshields.

Jim


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

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79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: width increase
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: November 07, 2008 09:15AM

Quote:
I just want to know where they're getting their wider windshields.

Exactly what I was wondering!


Bill Young
Bill Young
Kansas City, MO
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10/23/2007 09:23AM

Main British Car:
'73 MG Midget V6 , '59 MGA I6 2.8 GM, 4.0 Jeep

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Re: width increase
Posted by: Bill Young
Date: November 07, 2008 11:17AM

That's one of the things still to be done on Randy's TR3. For a flat glass such as the TR3 or early Sprite it's not too much a problem, just have to weld up the frame and have a glass cut, but for curved glass then you're into another area.


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Mark Pebler
MI.
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01/24/2009 10:11PM

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66 MK1a Tiger, my first tiger!! Ford 260 c.i.

Re: Sunbeam Alpine and Tiger: width increase
Posted by: old hp 260
Date: January 25, 2009 03:14PM

wow steve's waynes car is a work of are!! nice job.


Mr. T
Tony Andrews
Kent Island, Maryland
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10/23/2007 03:59PM

Main British Car:
'75 mgb, '74 grille, morspeed bumpers Rover 3.9

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Re: Sunbeam Alpine and Tiger: width increase
Posted by: Mr. T
Date: January 25, 2009 07:23PM

Steve Wayne's MGA: I'd take that over a cobra any day! That custom scoop really integrates well with the hood and overall body style - might look nice on a b/gt.



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