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

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

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: April 10, 2008 11:21PM

Besides that I need more funds for my own MG? ;)


V6 Midget
Bill Young
Kansas City, MO
(1337 posts)

Registered:
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: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: V6 Midget
Date: April 11, 2008 07:53AM

That's right Carl, we have to keep our priorities in the right order. ;-) Looks like "Frank" is going to need a new set of tires this year, so my cash contributions to the project my have to suffer a bit. Got to keep the midget on the road though. I'll still figure out at way to get a shirt or two and some patches when the time comes.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5901 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 11, 2008 05:35PM

Here are the photos of the fender flares:

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You can see in the photos that the red ones are from the front and the white ones are the rear. They have the indentation for the rear door, and on the back side you can see that while the fronts are attached to the inner fender by removable fasteners, the rears are welded together, meaning a bit more work to use them. You can also figure out which rear one is right or left by the indentations but I don't know how to tell the front ones apart.

You guys have been doing great on the t-shirts and all. My compliments. About all I can think to add right now is for Steve: Yes, we will need two wheels for the front.

Jim


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5901 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: April 20, 2008 09:04PM

Ok, it's taken me awhile, but here are the photos of the car with my roadster's wheels and tires sitting in the wheelwells. I reckon we can use these for layout and to display the car at the summer meet, but after that I'll have to reclaim them. The size is 315/35-17" and as we discussed using 275's for the Roadmaster that would leave us 40mm of extra clearance and I think that will be right handy. Although it looks like the flares will cover them, we're tight against the inner fenderwell.

Jim

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Bill, does that look like the way those fender flares are supposed to attach?

Rob, I haven't had a chance to look at the pedal boxes yet, I've got to flip the car body over so I can see if we'll have any issues with clearance using the later box. I'll try to do that tomorrow.

J


Citron
Stephen DeGroat
Lugoff, SC
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Registered:
10/23/2007 09:43PM

Main British Car:
1970 MGBGT V6, 7004R, AC, matching trailer 3.1 liter

Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: Citron
Date: April 20, 2008 09:30PM

Jim,
Wheels and tires do look good. Also the flares.
I will bring the two jag rims with me Thursday.
I have e-mailed Dale to see if I can pick up the engine stuff. Hope I can. That would get it up there easily.
Are we still on for this weekend?

Steve


V6 Midget
Bill Young
Kansas City, MO
(1337 posts)

Registered:
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: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: V6 Midget
Date: April 21, 2008 08:56AM

Jim, the flares look good. I never realized how well they fit the profile of the MGB body until I saw these photos. Most of the time you only see the job after it's done or at least the trimming and welding is done. I also just had a "duh" moment, I just realized that you hadn't managed to find a way of alterning the rule of gravity with the tires, but that the car was still upside down and the photos just inverted. It was some thing in the background that caught my attention and then "Duh" a V8 moment. Hope you guys have a good time and get a lot accomplished.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3873 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: April 21, 2008 09:21AM

Pro Streeter City!!

Looks awesome & worthy of a BBB.

Sorry to say that I'll be at my cousin's wedding this weekend. Only fair since he was at mine 19 years ago. Besides, it's high time he joined the misery at age 43. :)



rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2666 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: April 21, 2008 10:46AM

V6 Midget Wrote:
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> I also just had a "duh" moment, I just realized that you hadn't managed to find a way of alterning the rule of gravity with
> the tires, but that the car was still upside down and the photos just inverted. It was some thing in
> the background that caught my attention and then "Duh" a V8 moment.

And I was just thinking hanging the spare wheels fromt he ceiling was a great idea -- out of the way & they don't get scratched up...


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5901 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 22, 2008 12:47AM

Well is That what happens when you turn the camera upside down? I think you guys give me too much credit. How about this?

One side,
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And the other side.
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OK, dumb. But I thought it was kinda fun anyway.

Steve, we're still on and I've been cleaning up the place. Been great weather for it. I noticed that I do have a vacant engine stand (the one Dan left) so if you want to leave yours home that would be OK. Is Margaret coming, and when do you plan to arrive? I understand that Dale bought a set of rings and bearings so we may be able to begin assembly while you're here.

Jim


74ls1tr6
Calvin Grannis
Elk Grove,CA
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Registered:
11/10/2007 10:05AM

Main British Car:
74 TR6 / 71 MGB GT TR6/Ls1 71 MGB GT/Ls1

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: 74ls1tr6
Date: April 22, 2008 09:50AM

Wow!!
That is some "Wide as in BIG" rubber and makes that GT look Bad A-- :-)



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/25/2008 01:53AM by 74ls1tr6.


Citron
Stephen DeGroat
Lugoff, SC
(367 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 09:43PM

Main British Car:
1970 MGBGT V6, 7004R, AC, matching trailer 3.1 liter

Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: Citron
Date: April 22, 2008 05:46PM

Jim,
I sent you an e-mail.
Margaret is not coming with me, she will be in Paducah from Wednesday to Sunday. Separate vacations?
I can bring the engine stand or not. You tell me if you will need it.
I have the two Jag wheels and will get the 455 stuff from Dale.
To all concerned we have $449.46 in the account as of the end of March. Might be a little short to finish the project?
Are there any tools that I should bring to help with the assembly?

Steve


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5901 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 22, 2008 09:46PM

Steve, I don't think we need the engine stand. As far as tools, I believe I should have about everything we need, but if you have a favorite....
Looking forward to seeing you.

Jim


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
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Registered:
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1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: April 23, 2008 10:26AM

Here's some photos of the machine work in progress, courtesy of Motion Machine in Danville, Va (Dale Spooner)

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Jim


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Stephen DeGroat
Lugoff, SC
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Registered:
10/23/2007 09:43PM

Main British Car:
1970 MGBGT V6, 7004R, AC, matching trailer 3.1 liter

Re: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: Citron
Date: April 23, 2008 02:08PM

Jim,
I should get there in the late afternoon or early evening. I hope to be in Danville by 9:30. It is over 500 mile from there to you.

Steve


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
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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: April 23, 2008 10:13PM

That will be fine Steve. I sent you an email with my cell phone number, and also mentioned that we have a spare bedroom if you would like to use it. See you tomorrow.

Jim



MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3873 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: April 23, 2008 10:19PM

V6 Midget Wrote:
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> Jim, the flares look good. I never realized how
> well they fit the profile of the MGB body until I
> saw these photos.

Yes Sir! Makes me want a set! And some super sticky 225/50-15s.

Y'all have fun this weekend. I'm leaving tomorrow for sunny Florida. Shucks, gotta go to my Cuz' Disney wedding.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
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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: April 24, 2008 11:07PM

More photos: First, more of Dale's shop.

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Steve got here around 5 or so and we unloaded and laid out the engine parts for assembly. Dale is one very fine individual for sure. He put all new valves in the heads, bought us a set of rod bearings and rings, did all that machine work and cleaned everything up nice and even installed the galley and freeze plugs.

Tomorrow we will pick up a set of main bearings, head gaskets, rear seal and timing gears and begin assembly, and we hope to have the heads on by evening. Saturday we plan to inventory our parts.

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Jim


Dan B
Dan Blackwood
South Charleston, WV
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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: April 25, 2008 12:36PM

It looks great, all laid out on that table in your shop. Wish I was there!!!


V6 Midget
Bill Young
Kansas City, MO
(1337 posts)

Registered:
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: MGB Roadmaster
Posted by: V6 Midget
Date: April 25, 2008 01:52PM

Jim, kudos to Dale for his fine work. That's going to be one beautiful BADASS big block Buick! (Try to say that several times quickly) I think we ought to paint it in a nice MG maroon engine paint so it looks "stock" don't want to lose any coucours points do we?


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5901 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 25, 2008 11:52PM

Oh lordy no Bill! Everything must be factory original!! So we're going with the original Buick Red for the engine.

Steve and I took care of the main bearings, head gaskets, timing gears and neoprene crank seals. Steve bought the wire wheel axle for $100 and I bought 1-1/2 300 heads for $100 and then spent about another $40 on the seals. We should be bumping up the treasury a few bucks, maybe enough to get some better springs for the heads if we end up using them. The bearings and head gaskets should be here tomorrow. So we took inventory today and then put the front suspension together.

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Sorry about the wobbly pictures.
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We also marked the cut lines for the flares
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Jim
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