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

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mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
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02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: A nice milestone for Brenda's GT build
Posted by: mgb260
Date: November 17, 2014 09:11PM

Calvin, looking Good! Looking forward to the air dam and flares!


Scott68B
Scott Costanzo
Columbus, Ohio
(541 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 11:30AM

Main British Car:
1968 MGB GM 5.3 LS4 V8

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Re: A nice milestone for Brenda's GT build
Posted by: Scott68B
Date: November 18, 2014 04:39AM

Looks great Calvin! I suspected you were busy getting things done! :)


TR6-6SPD
Ken Hiebert
Toronto Ontario
(245 posts)

Registered:
04/23/2008 11:43AM

Main British Car:
1972 TR6 1994 5.7 L GM LT1

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Re: A nice milestone for Brenda's GT build
Posted by: TR6-6SPD
Date: November 18, 2014 07:09AM

The car is OK but I do like the S.S. fridge in the garage.


74ls1tr6
Calvin Grannis
Elk Grove,CA
(1150 posts)

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: A nice milestone for Brenda's GT build
Posted by: 74ls1tr6
Date: November 18, 2014 10:22PM

That Fridge is stocked up with Salmon(from this years fishing) Beer, wine & water. I don't know if anyone saw me lying on the ground under the car photo, but look in the Garage, on the wall in the middle between the cabinets, there is a LCD TV to watch Mavtv. I thought Ken would like that too. ;)

Ken Percival came by last week and dropped off a 1963 MGB Aluminum hood that is real light. He also brought over a fiberglass TR6 hood. So I gave him some parts he needed. Ken will be moving 12 hour drive away to Idaho. There is a thought move out of California?


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4411 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: A nice milestone for Brenda's GT build
Posted by: Moderator
Date: November 19, 2014 01:22PM

Have I mentioned lately how awesome this thread is? The latest photos look great, Calvin!


HealeyRick
Rick Neville

(465 posts)

Registered:
12/19/2007 05:01PM

Main British Car:
1963 Austin-Healey 3000 Ford 5.0L

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Re: A nice milestone for Brenda's GT build
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: November 19, 2014 07:44PM

This will be a beast. Always enjoy following your progress, Calvin.


mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1468 posts)

Registered:
10/17/2007 09:36PM

Main British Car:
1974.5 MGB/GT 3.9l Rover

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Re: A nice milestone for Brenda's GT build
Posted by: mowog1
Date: November 19, 2014 08:56PM

Have you thought about a removable slam panel, Calvin?

Makes installation/removal of the engine a LOT easier.

Slam Panel_4.jpg

What slam panel.jpg

Slam Panel Removed.jpg

Radiator Setup_1.jpg



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

Registered:
04/29/2009 11:37AM

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

Re: A nice milestone for Brenda's GT build
Posted by: lawnvett
Date: November 19, 2014 09:05PM

Gonna be a fantastic car, I'd love to go for a ride one day.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3727 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: A nice milestone for Brenda's GT build
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: November 19, 2014 09:14PM

A ride? Not what I had in mind. ;) Oh, Brenda.....can I pretty pleeeeese.....


74ls1tr6
Calvin Grannis
Elk Grove,CA
(1150 posts)

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: A nice milestone for Brenda's GT build
Posted by: 74ls1tr6
Date: November 21, 2014 10:50AM

Rick, I did think of doing what you did, but the bolt in cross member worked out well for me. Not as easy as your setup but easy with one swoop and its in there.


Charles
Charles Long
McDonald, TN
(177 posts)

Registered:
09/15/2013 08:54AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB V6 1994 Camaro 3.4L 60V6

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Re: A nice milestone for Brenda's GT build
Posted by: Charles
Date: November 21, 2014 08:24PM

Calvin, Thanks for sharing, and please thank Brenda for taking the pictures also. I have looked through all of the pictures now will be 4 times, GREAT.
charles


74ls1tr6
Calvin Grannis
Elk Grove,CA
(1150 posts)

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: A nice milestone for Brenda's GT build
Posted by: 74ls1tr6
Date: January 25, 2015 07:02PM

Getting some stuff done!

Centered the Aluminum fuel tank that I purchased from Curtis. Drilled the holes right at 3" over to center tank. This will allow for dual exhaust.

Couple of photos of it mounted in the car.

2015-01-05 18.06.21.jpg


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The small hole is for the fuel vent , which I'm going to install a roll over vent fitting. Then a hose will be routed out under car.
2015-01-05 18.07.06.jpg

Finished welding in metal.
2015-01-09 15.38.23.jpg


74ls1tr6
Calvin Grannis
Elk Grove,CA
(1150 posts)

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: A nice milestone for Brenda's GT build
Posted by: 74ls1tr6
Date: January 25, 2015 07:19PM

This is where the in tank fuel pump is located. It is in the front of the tank in the corner on the passenger side. Nice easy access door.
A few photos of the pump, the plumbing in a 8"x 8" box, that the return line dumps fuel back in to keep full at all times. It is about 3/4 deep in the tank. That is a Walpro 255 lph fuel pump, that I upgraded to a 340 lph Areomotive fuel pump with the same form factor as the Walpro pump. So it fits with the plumbing correctly.

2015-01-09 10.26.33.jpg


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Fuel sender unit mounted in there.
2015-01-09 10.29.31.jpg

The plumbing is all in 3/8" tubing and AN fittings.
2015-01-09 10.29.48.jpg


74ls1tr6
Calvin Grannis
Elk Grove,CA
(1150 posts)

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: A nice milestone for Brenda's GT build
Posted by: 74ls1tr6
Date: January 25, 2015 07:33PM

The feed and return are market well.


2015-01-09 10.30.08.jpg

New Aeromotive pump number.
2015-01-09 10.30.26.jpg

Pump out of tank, ready to install the new pump.
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There is a rubber seal that mounts on the bottom of the fuel pump for vibration, and noise reduction. It fits right on the half round flange at the bottom of the tank. This Aeromotive pump is good for 550 HP fuel injected engine.
2015-01-09 10.40.03.jpg

More to come soon. I have been working on the exhaust under the car too.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 01/25/2015 11:04PM by 74ls1tr6.


psmg
Paul Schils
Fredonia, WI
(84 posts)

Registered:
12/13/2007 10:27AM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB-GT, Buick 215 1971 MGB RD, SBF 302

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Re: A nice milestone for Brenda's GT build
Posted by: psmg
Date: January 25, 2015 07:36PM

Calvin,
I used the same tank but also fabricated an access panel in the trunk floor to allow entrance to the fuel tank . I had to replace a fuel guage sending unit and cut a hole in the trunk floor rather than drop the tank. Easier to do now rather than after completion. That should be one nice ride when finished.
Paul



74ls1tr6
Calvin Grannis
Elk Grove,CA
(1150 posts)

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: A nice milestone for Brenda's GT build
Posted by: 74ls1tr6
Date: January 25, 2015 11:08PM

Hi Paul,

That is a great idea to have an access hole in the trunk. I will follow your lead on that idea. I was thinking of the same when I was typing this all out. You just confirmed my thoughts.

Thanks
Calvin


74ls1tr6
Calvin Grannis
Elk Grove,CA
(1150 posts)

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: A nice milestone for Brenda's GT build
Posted by: 74ls1tr6
Date: January 25, 2015 11:44PM

Here is what I came up with to run the exhaust. The diameter of the pipe is 2 1/2" stainless steel pipe from the header collector to the exhaust tip. I was looking for some ground clearance, so here is what I came up with. I needed to add an X-pipe in there some where, so I put it across instead of front to back. I'm using the space under the seat area for two Spintech mufflers (low profile). Going to the back coming out of the X-pipe will be two 90 degree turns, into the mufflers. Then it will go under the axle then back up closer to the trunk floor into some stainless steel resonators, then to some tips. Haven't looked close enough to see if I can go over the axle. I hope I can run over the axle. I would like to hide the exhaust as much as possible.

2015-01-25 12.11.32.jpg
C-channeled the frame rail on both sides. Reinforced the rails close to the floor with steel plate to the bolt in transmission mount. Also welded in some square pipe going through the frame rail for gas line, battery cable, and wiring. I will make cover's on both sides of the frame rail on the floor boards to protect the lines and wiring.

2015-01-25 12.11.47.jpg


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That is a 3" aluminum drive line.
2015-01-25 12.13.07.jpg


74ls1tr6
Calvin Grannis
Elk Grove,CA
(1150 posts)

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: A nice milestone for Brenda's GT build
Posted by: 74ls1tr6
Date: January 26, 2015 12:14AM

Here is the pass through for the fuel line etc.
2015-01-25 12.13.17.jpg

Some have been asking where is Brenda with this build, so here she is getting excited about the engine going in. # 1
2014-10-12 11.12.57.jpg

#2 Polished up the bell housing some!
2014-10-12 11.13.04.jpg

#3
2014-10-12 11.13.19.jpg


74ls1tr6
Calvin Grannis
Elk Grove,CA
(1150 posts)

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: A nice milestone for Brenda's GT build
Posted by: 74ls1tr6
Date: January 26, 2015 12:28AM

The shifter was set pretty far back, so I got a shifter that moved 1" to the left, and 3" forward to put it in the right place.

2014-10-12 15.53.45.jpg


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Had to cut the hole back some, put some access holes for the allen screws, for the top plate. Installed a short shifter on there, should work just like the TR6.
2015-01-06 06.59.34.jpg


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2623 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: A nice milestone for Brenda's GT build
Posted by: rficalora
Date: January 26, 2015 12:36AM

Looking good Calvin - great progress.
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