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engine swaps and other performance upgrades, plus "factory" and Costello V8s

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BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5198 posts)

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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: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: May 21, 2017 09:21AM

Job done.
The car is back together and the test drive reveals that all is well. The howl from the rear end is gone and the handling is essentially neutral, brakes work well.

If you listen very carefully at speeds below 45mph you can just barely detect a very slight whine on coast but it is dead quiet when on the gas. We did absolutely nothing to the diff other than opening it, inspecting, and refilling with synthetic gear oil. Dan says there is an additive that Ford recommended for their Explorers which had issues with gear noise. If someone can get that we will add it.

Curtis, please contact me Re: driving RM to 2017BritishV8 and your schedule.

Jim


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5198 posts)

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

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: May 28, 2017 10:34AM

Unfortunate news, it looks like work will prevent Curtis from making the annual BritishV8 meet this year.

For us this means we do not have a driver to bring the Roadmaster to the meet. I would do it, but it looks very much like my car will be back on the road in time for the meet. Hard to believe but apparently it's been down for 9 years, and I guess that makes it 10 years since I've had it at a meet. If there is any chance of driving it to Lewisburg, you know what my first choice is going to be. The driveshaft should be back Tuesday and then there is insurance, testing and tuning.

Dan suggested Carl could drive it but that would be a huge detour from what is now a pretty short trip.

I offered it to Matthew and he countered by saying that maybe he could trailer it behind his Jag. He has no experience with trailers and I'm not really comfortable with that option. I'll probably exercise my veto power on that one.

So I just wanted to let you all know that is where we stand. Maybe someone else will have an idea or two. If there was more time I could shuttle it to Milton at least, but it's too late for that now. Luckily almost everyone has seen the car recently, and while only a few have driven it in its latest condition, I can assure you that a drive in the Roadmaster is best described as, "Effortless". Were we to finish the airconditioning install and add a cruise control I firmly believe it would become the very definition of a true GT sports car. It is now so very close.

But personally, I prefer a roadster. If for some reason I can't get there with mine (there is still a question about clutch travel) I can drive it, but I'm really, really hoping that doesn't happen. More news in a couple of days anyway.

Jim


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5198 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

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

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: May 31, 2017 11:51AM

Well, unless someone else particularly wants to drive the Roadmaster I'll be bringing it to Lewisburg. Sorry for all the confusion but that's just the way things have shaken out. There have been a cascade of issues with putting a T5 in my car and the schedule is now too tight to allow for any shakedown before the trip. When I was younger I would have disregarded the problem, but today, not so much. See you all in Lewisburg.

Jim


lawnvett
PJ Lenihan
Winston-Salem, NC
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04/29/2009 11:37AM

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74 MGB-GT 3.4 V-6 crate, 5 spd

Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: lawnvett
Date: May 31, 2017 02:32PM

I'm glad it will be there.

I'd like an opportunity to drive it on one of the outings.

I will be arriving in a civilian car, as my V6 is still on jack stands and I do not have time to get it road worthy in time for our event.

See you guys soon.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5198 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

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

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: June 01, 2017 10:43AM

We'll have to make sure that happens PJ.

Jim


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5198 posts)

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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: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: June 01, 2017 11:41AM

There was a thread somewhere that Charles mentioned a condensed that he has. I can't seem to find it so I'm posting here. The dimensions of the condenser that we have is: 14 x 15 x 1-1/4" and it is a double pass.

There is room for up to a 26 x 16" condenser.

Jim


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3106 posts)

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10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: June 01, 2017 02:13PM




BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5198 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

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

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: June 01, 2017 03:33PM

Nope. He posted a photo of it and I replied that I'd get sizes.

Jim


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3106 posts)

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79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: June 01, 2017 04:06PM

Paste this into Google Images & see if you recognize the pic.

condenser site:forum.britishv8.org


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5198 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

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

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: June 01, 2017 10:57PM

Nope, didn't see it.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5198 posts)

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

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: June 16, 2017 07:40PM

So, I'm trying to post a report for the B.A.D.A.S.S. meeting that we had in Lewisburg and I'll be as complete as I can remember but bear in mind I had other things going on so feel free to post corrections and amendments.

We met in the hospitality room, Rick presiding. Attendance was good but I do not have the numbers. I also did not take notes, sorry. Might want to elect a Secretary next meeting. I'm sure we could find someone who would do a competent job.

Anyway, we passed the hat and collected money. Seven hundred or so I think? Also collected enough to finish the A/C install I would think. I have that in an envelope and can count it again tomorrow, I think it's something like $275. We discussed establishing dues and tabled PJ's motion until Townsend to give everyone a chance to consider it.

I'm sure there was a good bit more of interest, I just can't seem to think of it at the moment.
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Thanks to Max, we discovered that the 455 is starving for air. Dyno results were abysmal but when we went for a drive with the air cleaner off it was like we doubled the power. So I have modified the air cleaner housing to allow more air in, and made a new air cleaner base to properly support the housing so we do not collapse the new air filter.

We also discovered that there is an issue with the timing advance signal coming from the MegaJolt and Max and I did some work on that but there is more to do.

Graham has found what looks to be a good candidate for a replacement brake master cylinder, more on that as it develops. New spark plug wires will be installed, one headlight ballast has come loose and needs reattached, and then we can get back on installing the A/C.

That's sort of the way things stand for now. The idea with the brakes is to get more room for spark plug access. It looks like we can do that by installing a smaller (physically) unit and using a smaller bore so we don't need the booster, both of which will help.

Jim
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