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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
(5521 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: September 18, 2014 12:55PM

Very good!

I do have the registration card, along with 3 others to take care of this month, but since the sticker will have to be mailed out I'll try to get that done in the next few days. (Things have been quite busy here of late.) Rick, could you send me a jpg of the insurance card please? I'll need that.

Jim


mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1423 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: September 18, 2014 01:55PM

Coming at you in a few minutes.


mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1423 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: September 20, 2014 05:36PM

I took the Roadmaster to the Orchard Days Fesitval Car Show in Savoy, IL today.

Small show of about 60 cars.

Great day...the rain held off until I got home!

The Roadmaster drew a crowd all day. I answered a lot of questions, and allowed a lot of smaller children to sit behind the wheel.

The car placed 2nd in class - Best Import Pre-1990.

It was a small class.

Orchard Days - Savoy IL.jpg

2nd in Class Import pre-1990a.jpg

Through the windscreen.jpg



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lawnvett
PJ Lenihan
Winston-Salem, NC
(457 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: September 20, 2014 10:31PM

Glad to see RM out on the road again.

Curtis and I were talking about RM while dining on NC BBQ Friday night in Kernersvillle, NC.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5521 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: September 23, 2014 01:05PM

Registration has been renewed, so it's in the computer at least. I should be able to get the sticker and new registration card mailed out tomorrow.

Jim


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4366 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: Moderator
Date: October 23, 2014 01:52PM

Ref: Roadmaster in the BritishV8 Photo Gallery

Today I wrote a new introductory paragraph for the top of the Photo Gallery page, and shifted the old intro to the bottom of the article. In the new intro, I gave Pete's name and contact info. I also moved the list of project participants lower on the page... It's all still there, but I figured someone interested in buying Roadmaster might want to get to the features and specifications list - and to the photos - a bit quicker. I think the article is a bit dated though. I guess I should add a note about the new ignition system, eh? I think it's a big selling point! What else? (Please p.m. me the specific details.) Nice photos of upgrades would be good. All the significant improvements could be grouped together in one section. Let me know what you think.


mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1423 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: October 23, 2014 04:55PM

License tag sticker received and installed on car.

Insurance policy paid up, but I need to receive the Proof of Insurance card to keep in the car. (The current one expires in about a month.)



mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1423 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: December 27, 2014 02:50AM

We have moved the BADASS (Roadmaster) checking account to the Marine Bank in Champaign, IL.

There are no fees involved with this account. It is set up as a NFP LLC Business account.

Pete Mantell and my name is on the account.

It has a current balance of $325.xx.

We will obviously need to boost this amount somewhat before insurance, license tags, or any repairs are needed.

The car is currently residing in my garage.

If you would like to make a donation....

1) Check payable to BADASS and mailed to: Rick Ingram - P.O.Box 746 - St.Joseph, IL 61873

2) PayPal payment to: mowog1@aol.com (PLEASE specify BADASS donation so I can keep this separate from my Pieces of Eight account)

Thank you!


mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1423 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: January 27, 2015 02:23PM

I'm bumping this post....we could REALLY use some cash donations to the Roadmaster's operational fund.

We will be having some annual expenses (license, NFP filing, insurance) coming due.

If you would like to make a donation....

1) Check payable to BADASS and mailed to: Rick Ingram - P.O.Box 746 - St.Joseph, IL 61873

2) PayPal payment to: mowog1@aol.com (PLEASE specify BADASS donation so I can keep this separate from my Pieces of Eight account)


Thank you for your consideration!


mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1423 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: January 29, 2015 11:29PM

Thank you, Dan Masters!


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Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1423 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: February 14, 2015 04:56PM

Thank you, Mark Weitzman!!!


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Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1423 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: February 18, 2015 10:27PM

Thank you, Calvin Grannis!


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Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1423 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: April 11, 2015 01:31PM

Took the Roadmaster out for a short drive today after its hibernation of 6 months.

She started right up....and put grins on the faces of three out of town enthusiasts who were visiting Mantell Motorsport. They all got rides/drives.....and REALLY like it.

This car is for sale......

4-10-2015_b.jpg

4-10-2015_a.jpg


mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1423 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: April 17, 2015 07:16PM

I just finished installing a gas strut kit on the rear deck of the Roadmaster.

A single strut works fine and allows for the use of a larger spare tire.

(I only installed one strut on the Roadmaster.)

A dual strut kit is available for those who REALLY want it.

Pieces of Eight!

GT deck lid kit_1.jpg

GT deck lid kit_2.jpg

GT deck lid kit_3.jpg



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mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1423 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: May 13, 2015 08:48PM

Note to self.

Fuel gauge is not accurate.

Oops.



BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5521 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 14, 2015 10:09AM

Yeah, we should fix that. Is there any reason we couldn't go back to stock gages? I mean, if it's the tach, a stock one will work by just hooking it to one of the coil packs. We'd need a round oil pressure gage to match of course, but I sort of favor the old dual gage, oil pressure and water temp, and that would leave us with an extra slot I think. Can't have too many gages... long as they work. Was the sender ever changed out?

Jim


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3374 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: May 14, 2015 10:17AM

Fuel sending unit. That is what I was wondering. the fuel gauge worked perfect for the month I had it. Drove it home from Charleston, West By God Virginia. The gauge read F to E as I drove it from full to fumes. Pumped in well over 12 gallons when I made it to Kinsport.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5521 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 14, 2015 12:21PM

Yeah, but Carl, if you'll recall it had a big ole band-aid on it in the form of a huge capacitor in parallel with the sender to take the surges out of it. Dan M and Jim W removed that when they were working on the fan wiring and who knows where it went? It's never been the same since, and I never felt like it worked completely right even then.

I probably have some OEM gages I can donate, though maybe not the full set. I can look though if anyone thinks this is a good idea.

Jim


mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1423 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: May 15, 2015 06:34AM

The sender needs to be matched to the gauge for resistance in order for the gauge to read correctly. Not overly hard.

It would be REALLY nice to have a tach.

I use my GPS as a speedometer.

On a positive note (pun intended), the voltmeter works as does the water temperature gauge.

Larry Norton, MG enthusiast out of Atlanta, drove the car on Wednesday. He really enjoyed it. He commented on the hard steering and the whine from the differential. Said the brake pedal was fine.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3374 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: May 15, 2015 09:20AM

And now for a dissenting opinion. ;)

Personally, I have no need for a tach in the Roadmaster. With the torque on tap, there is no need to wind it tight enough to even look at a tach. Just me, though.

Gas gauge, yes! This running out of gas is getting ridiculous.
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