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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
(5830 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 15, 2015 10:01AM

I think all the gages should be made to work. It almost seems ridiculous that we've had this problem for so long. It seems to me that the sender was changed. If it has not been, then there is a replacement still in the boot. But I think it may be a stock sender, and I doubt that would be much of an improvement. We may have changed that out the last time the car was here. Curtis donated the replacement.

Those gages may be just fine, I don't know. Nobody has ever been able to get them to work. But if we can put in a set of stock gages the gas would work at least. That is probably the most important one. A stock tach should work wired to one coil pack. And isn't it possible to hook up a regular speedometer cable to the T5? Is that the way yours is Carl? The rest are simple by comparison and can be picked up for at most $30 each just about anywhere. Ammeter, voltmeter, water temp, oil pressure, whatever. Black face, white numbers, and chrome bezel is just about the most common combination there is. Browse ebay. Pick 3. Buy a speedo cable. A weekend's effort and done.

Jim


Dan B
Dan Blackwood
South Charleston, WV
(972 posts)

Registered:
11/06/2007 01:55PM

Main British Car:
1966 TR4A, 1980 TR7 Multiport EFI MegaSquirt on the TR4A. Lexus V8 pl

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: Dan B
Date: May 15, 2015 10:26AM

I think I have some spare 2" gauges from a TR4A, black face white numbers. Oil Pressure (mechanical), ammeter, probably fuel and water temp,


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3789 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: May 15, 2015 10:33AM

My T-5 has a 90 degree box with speedo correction gears (still not correct) and cable to the stock speedometer. The electronic VSS in the Roadmaster T-5 is interchangeable with my mechanical speedo drive. The two units are interchangeable in Camaro T-5s.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5830 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 15, 2015 01:27PM

I have tach, speedo, fuel and temp, circa '71 mainly, with the rounded bezel, a few pieces with the angled bezel, also a rectangular oil gage and sender, not that we'd want that. They should be cleaned up but there should be enough of them to get a working set, with Dan's oil pressure gage though I'm not sure the bezels will all match.

I think that leaves the volt/ammeter. Where is that in the Roadmaster? We also have the spot where the air pressure gage is for the removed air suspension if we want to use it, maybe it could go there? I've forgotten if that's in the console or in an add-on mount.

I'm not sure if it's even possible to over-rev that big block before the power falls off a cliff. Probably the least in need of a tach of any car in the fleet.

I'd be happy to box up the lot of these gages and send them out, use 'em or lose 'em sort of a deal, they're just sitting in a box taking up space.

Jim


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3789 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: May 16, 2015 09:46AM

From Hap Waldrop
Quote:
Also screw VDO, go with Autometer Sport Comp, or Pro Comp, it's well worth the extra money, VDO and Stewart Warner are not what they used to be.



mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1478 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 14, 2015 08:47AM

The Roadmaster will be going to Indianapolis this week (July 15-18) for BritishV8 2015.

PJ Lenihan will take over as its caretaker...the car will be going to North Carolina and will be campaigned on the East Coast.

I've noticed telltale signs of a rear differential leak on the garage floor.

I put the car up on the lift and check the level of lube in the diff. It required about five ounces to top it off. There is a whine in the differential...I used 85w140 Hypoid which seemed to quiet it somewhat.

While the car was in the air, I greased the jerks on the rear suspension.

The oil has not been changed on the car this year....but still looks clean and really does not have that many miles on it since the last change.

As for funding....we currently have about $720 in the checking account at a local Champaign (IL) bank. We changed banks due to monthly fees being charge by the previous bank. We are NOT being charged fees at the current bank, nor are we receiving interest on the account.

We will be "passing the hat" at BritishV8 2015 to bump the account somewhat. We will have insurance and licensing fees coming due which will eat about half of the account...should something catastrophic happen to the car, we would not be able to reimburse those who bankroll the repairs at this time.

Related....kudos to those of you who stepped up to the plate with donations this year to the Roadmaster. It is much appreciated....and as the British American Deviant Automotive Sportscar Society is a Not-For-Profit, LLC...your donations are tax deductable.

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lawnvett
PJ Lenihan
Winston-Salem, NC
(472 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: November 01, 2015 06:13PM

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I'm at a car show on the golf course at Hilton head South Carolina. Modified British cars were invited
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kstevusa
kelly stevenson
Southern Middle Tennessee
(932 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 09:37AM

Main British Car:
2003 Jaguar XK8 Coupe 4.2L DOHC/ VVT / 6sp. AT

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: kstevusa
Date: November 01, 2015 07:37PM

PJ, you making us drool!. thanks for your efforts. See you in May at Townsend


lawnvett
PJ Lenihan
Winston-Salem, NC
(472 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: November 15, 2015 10:33AM

the oil and filter where changed, rear tires to be replaced soon. I completed a few cleaning tasks Clay bar, polish, wax, carpet cleaned, seat covers cleaned and moisturized, glass cleaned.

I continue to show the car at many local events including a slide show presentation last week at a all European car club named Corsa Rosa.

I continue to encourage young kids to sit in the car. I've picked up a few Moss Motors Challenge points during the just right Fall weather these last few weeks. And RM was on display in Hilton Head.

Carl plans to drive over from TN to help me attend to a few issues: leaking heater valve, heater blower fan, interior lights, possible exhaust system rattle, water leaks into passenger footwells & spare tire area, gauges, etc.
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danmas
Dan Masters
Alcoa, Tennessee
(575 posts)

Registered:
10/28/2007 12:11AM

Main British Car:
1974 MGBGT Ford 302

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: danmas
Date: December 31, 2015 03:05PM

Jim Watson and I have agreed to take the Roadmaster to the Street Rod show in Knoxville May 6, the V8 meet May 8-11, the local British/European car show May 13-14, and then to MG 2016 in June. We'll pick it up in NC, and hand it off in Louisville for the next leg.

We'll probably pick it up in late March or early April and tend to some of the needed maintainence.

If that's agreeable to every one.


lawnvett
PJ Lenihan
Winston-Salem, NC
(472 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: January 06, 2016 08:29PM

Two rear tires were installed today
Fusion UMP SPT 99W XL BW
FSPT245 45 17 BWXL

Should be good for a few more long road trips

All fluids were good, one small engine oil leak at the former site of the distributor.
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lawnvett
PJ Lenihan
Winston-Salem, NC
(472 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: January 13, 2016 10:25AM

Next RM work party tentatively 2-8-2016 in Jonesville, NC


all interested petrol heads invited to assist

primary task to do:

pull the dash and fix a few things like gauges,

controls for heat/demist,

map light,

radio antenna,

change the steering shaft for one with electric power steering,

plan for future A/C,
remove cooling system surge tank for mods by Jim Blackwood


Lexington style BBQ provided
wear appropriate garage attire

start at 10 am finish no later than 7:00 pm

Ya'll come
PJ Lenihan
aka Lawnvett
aka: Roadmeister director of transportation BADASS


lawnvett
PJ Lenihan
Winston-Salem, NC
(472 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: January 14, 2016 08:14PM

Let me know if you can come, I want to have enough food

I may tNOT o be able to reply btw JAN. 21-FEB2, 2016 as I will be in CUBA

wifi and cellular not readily available for USA phones.

Leave a message I'll get caught up when I return


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3789 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: January 15, 2016 08:59PM

I'll be there. Going back to Flying Circus that weekend.

Have fun in Havana!


lawnvett
PJ Lenihan
Winston-Salem, NC
(472 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: February 03, 2016 06:35PM

Cuba was great

my photos are not organized yet, but some are on Facebook

we are having a RM work party Monday Feb. 8, 2016 at 10;am

134 Bluff st
Jonesville, NC

ya'll come we will pull the dash and try to get some gauges working and defrost etc



lawnvett
PJ Lenihan
Winston-Salem, NC
(472 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: February 05, 2016 08:18AM

looks like we've got a couple volunteers to attend the Roadmaster work day Monday 2-8-16; we will pick up where we left off last month fixing the little bits such as demister, fuel gauge etc.

I'm buying lunch so ya'll come, the bonus is to see Ken's excellent car collection.
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After a 3 week slumber while I was visiting Cuba, Roadmaster fired right up yesterday and attended a Triumph Club car club meeting last night.

We spent 3 nights in Santa Clara, Cuba last week it was not a hectic or crowed like Santa Clara, CA.

PS Just got the word that Alen Hendrix, Hendrix wire wheels Greensboro, NC is in ICU with internal bleeding after his Jeep was T-boned by a a speeding ner-do-well on Tuesday night.



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MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3789 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: February 05, 2016 03:19PM

Not gonna work out for me this time, PJ. Sorry. I was looking forward to hearing about your Cuba trip.

If you want to put a 31" antenna behind the dash it will help with local strong stations. I would it slide in some clear tubing so it won't touch any metal & zip tie it loosely behind the dash crossbar.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/05/2016 03:20PM by MGBV8.


danmas
Dan Masters
Alcoa, Tennessee
(575 posts)

Registered:
10/28/2007 12:11AM

Main British Car:
1974 MGBGT Ford 302

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: danmas
Date: February 05, 2016 03:37PM

Another option for the antenna is to mount it on the A-post as shown in this thread on the MGE forum. I had mine mounted there before I took it up to Ted, and it worked very well yet wasn't obtrusive. I didn't mention this before because I didn't have a picture of it. I think they are still available.

[www.mgexp.com]


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2636 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: rficalora
Date: February 06, 2016 12:15PM

I like that. Where were those available?


Dan B
Dan Blackwood
South Charleston, WV
(972 posts)

Registered:
11/06/2007 01:55PM

Main British Car:
1966 TR4A, 1980 TR7 Multiport EFI MegaSquirt on the TR4A. Lexus V8 pl

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: Dan B
Date: February 06, 2016 03:43PM

I gave Jim the chrome chinese Sanden I had used on my TR7 for almost one summer, until the engine blew. So, that is one step towards AC for the car. Have you sent him the surge tank yet?
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