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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
(5624 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: February 23, 2018 02:57AM

I think I might know what happened with the plugs. Since we were running low compression and a cam that is warmer than stock the DCR was probably down some, plus other factors made the 5 heat range plugs a bit cold. I seem to recall maybe we had some early issues with plug fouling and had decided to go one step hotter. So my guess is whoever changed the plugs did that, and not knowing about TA heads just bought plugs for a BBB. Then went the extra mile and got platinum. Pretty logical you would think. Anyway I have a set on the way and they aren't platinum but the Buick guys agree that they are about the best choice.

Couldn't see any bubbling in the surge tank today but the level is down a bit. I'll get some distilled water tomorrow and add a bit of coolant and re-check. So far, so good. Another week or so and I start trying to schedule another work weekend.

Jim


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5624 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: March 03, 2018 01:49PM

The plugs came in finally. I had to go buy a special small diameter spark plug thread chaser and I have to chase all of the threads because they have a buildup at the bottom and the plugs won't go all the way in.
Thanks Obama.
I'm halfway done. the easy half.

Jim


lawnvett
PJ Lenihan
Winston-Salem, NC
(461 posts)

Registered:
04/29/2009 11:37AM

Main British Car:
74 MGB-GT 3.4 V-6 crate, 5 spd

Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: lawnvett
Date: March 04, 2018 02:33PM

guess this will fix the spark plug auto removal events ha ha

Or maybe it's a hex on ME. I drive RM and spark plugs like to remove themselves from the head!

sure is LOUD when they pop out while motoring just ask Kelly.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5624 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: March 04, 2018 07:31PM

Yeah, I think having the right seat will make that problem go away. Got the rest of the plugs changed and went on a short drive. Seemed fine, I couldn't tell if it ran any better. Gas mileage could go up a little. Need to drive it about 30 more miles then put it on the lift and swap out the fuel tank sender. Easy job once the gas is used up.

Jim


lawnvett
PJ Lenihan
Winston-Salem, NC
(461 posts)

Registered:
04/29/2009 11:37AM

Main British Car:
74 MGB-GT 3.4 V-6 crate, 5 spd

Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: lawnvett
Date: March 12, 2018 10:03PM

It's always fun using up gain that car, I remember filling it three time in WVA last summer.

Havefun.


lawnvett
PJ Lenihan
Winston-Salem, NC
(461 posts)

Registered:
04/29/2009 11:37AM

Main British Car:
74 MGB-GT 3.4 V-6 crate, 5 spd

Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: lawnvett
Date: April 03, 2018 10:08PM

HI JIM

HAVE YOU BEEN ABLE TO ENJOY ANY SPRING DRIVES IN RM


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5624 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: April 04, 2018 11:46AM

Not really any drives, though I have taken it on a few errands. Ran out a tank of gas and swapped out the fuel tank sender, the old one had the float filled up with gas. New one in there now.

It's running probably the best it ever has. No more work has been done on the A/C. I pulled a vacuum on it last time we worked on it but haven't checked if it's holding yet. Have given some thought to how to make the control panel, that should be simple enough. Dan tells me he won't be free for another work session until after his daughter's wedding the 9th of June. We need to install the wiring and whatever ductwork we are going to do and then charge the system.

It still attracts attention where ever it goes.

Waiting on dry weather now, I suppose we are *finally* done with winter.

Jim



MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3471 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: April 05, 2018 10:25AM

Maybe after this weekend. You be looking at snow Saturday.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5624 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 13, 2018 06:04PM

Good News everyone!

The MG-Roadmaster now has a working air conditioner system. Steve and I went for about a 1/2hr+ test drive this morning and it blows out a good quantity of nice cold air. After awhile it began to ice up so we cracked the heater valve to de-ice the evaporator and restored operation. It left a large puddle on the floor when we parked it from condensate, it's been very humid here today (85%). It could use one more eyeball vent for the driver's side, right now both tubes just dump on your right leg, but I figure anyone can add that later. We do have an eyeball vent on the passenger's side, which can be directed towards the driver.

Do we have any plans to get it to Dayton?

Jim


mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1450 posts)

Registered:
10/17/2007 09:36PM

Main British Car:
1974.5 MGB/GT 3.9l Rover

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: mowog1
Date: July 19, 2018 09:33PM

Follow-up from the above post.

The Roadmaster made it to Dayton...shout out to our "Mule", PJ Lenihan for driving to Jim's house to pick it up.

I brought the car home with me (PJ caught a ride with one of the Blackwoods to retrieve his car in Florence).

The Roadmaster drove flawlessly throughout the 220 mile trek to Illinois.

The EPS is a definite plus.

The a/c is nice....but I agree with PJ in that we need a little more ducting to the driver's side of the cockpit.

I got about 18 mpg (based on the car's odometer, which I have not verified against a GPS).

Oil pressure, operating temp, and charging system was all good.

There is a bit of a shimmy in the wheel.

I will be campaigning the car at local Cars & Coffee, street rod shows, and will be driving it to East Peoria, IL to a........Fiero National....to let them see where all of their seats are going. If I still have the car in SEeptember, I would consider taking it up to Chicago to the all-Brit show and down to St.Louis to their all-Brit show.

Stay tuned.
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Edited 3 time(s). Last edit at 07/20/2018 02:06PM by mowog1.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5624 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: July 20, 2018 08:57AM

Rick, also it might be worth taking in the GS Nationals in Bowling Green, KY this fall. It was quite a lot of fun when Matt and I took it down there, and they really did like it:

[www.gsnationals.com]

I'm not saying take it on the dragstrip, but if you wanted to they'd be fine with it.

Jim


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3471 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: July 20, 2018 10:38AM

Don't take it down the dragstrip. The timeslip will be embarrassingly slooow for a car that looks like that. NO ONE will be impressed.


mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1450 posts)

Registered:
10/17/2007 09:36PM

Main British Car:
1974.5 MGB/GT 3.9l Rover

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: mowog1
Date: July 21, 2018 01:15PM

Took the Roadmaster to a local Cars & Coffee this morning....low turnout due to intermittent sprinkles....but still a good time.

The Roadmaster drew a crowd most of the morning. Also had several children sit behind the wheel.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3471 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: July 21, 2018 05:35PM

Pics?


mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1450 posts)

Registered:
10/17/2007 09:36PM

Main British Car:
1974.5 MGB/GT 3.9l Rover

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: mowog1
Date: July 21, 2018 10:40PM

Look on my FB page. It's a pain in the arse to resize every pic prior to posting here.

I didn't take too many.



mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1450 posts)

Registered:
10/17/2007 09:36PM

Main British Car:
1974.5 MGB/GT 3.9l Rover

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: mowog1
Date: August 13, 2018 10:11PM

I put about 200 miles on the Roadmaster on Saturday.

Took it to Peoria, IL to.........a National Fiero Meet.

Got a lot of looks and answered a lot of questions.

Plan on taking it to Cars & Coffee in Champaign, IL on Saturday morning and to "Motor Muster" at Frasca Field in Urbana, IL later Saturday morning/afternoon.

The car is running well....and getting about 17mpg combined mileage.
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