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

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Brownwood
Keith Montague

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01/25/2014 08:08PM

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1st Drive complete MGB 5.0 Ford with T5
Posted by: Brownwood
Date: September 06, 2014 12:53PM

At last the car moves under its own power. The new clutch matser cylinder was installed and bled out nicely and the fender flares are finally bonded to the car. Lots of little things to sort out and then bodywork begins in earnest. The car feels like she will be a beast once i get her fine tuned. She did want to run a little hot when sitting at idle and the idle would sometimes flare for 900rpm to 2000rpm. Lots of tuning and maybe a new Edelbrock carb in her immediate future.

Thanks to all of you on these forums. I could not have done it without you.

Here she is resting comfortably in the driveway after her maiden voyage (Sans windshield and passenger side door :) )
http://i1118.photobucket.com/albums/k618/Brownwood1/20140906_114127.jpg


74ls1tr6
Calvin Grannis
Elk Grove,CA
(1145 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: 1st Drive complete MGB 5.0 Ford with T5
Posted by: 74ls1tr6
Date: September 06, 2014 10:14PM

Congrats Keith on your first drive. The first drive is always an adrenalin rush! Did your hands shake some and have a big grin on your face :-).


pspeaks
Paul Speaks
Dallas, Texas
(698 posts)

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07/20/2009 06:40PM

Main British Car:
1972 MGB-GT 1979 Ford 302

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Re: 1st Drive complete MGB 5.0 Ford with T5
Posted by: pspeaks
Date: September 06, 2014 11:04PM

Great going Keith, can't wait for a ride!!!


Paul


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

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: 1st Drive complete MGB 5.0 Ford with T5
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: September 07, 2014 08:59AM

That will get the juices flowing for the next phase!


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2546 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: 1st Drive complete MGB 5.0 Ford with T5
Posted by: rficalora
Date: September 07, 2014 09:05AM

Congrats! If it were me, I'd put the door and windshield on and drive/tune it while the weather's nice. You'll have all winter to fi ish the body.


Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
(687 posts)

Registered:
02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: 1st Drive complete MGB 5.0 Ford with T5
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: September 07, 2014 11:51AM

I know how good it feels after all the work. I just had mine a couple months ago. The sorting work can now begin, good luck.


Brownwood
Keith Montague

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Re: 1st Drive complete MGB 5.0 Ford with T5
Posted by: Brownwood
Date: September 09, 2014 09:18AM

Rob, that's exactly what I'm gonna do. Drive it while the weathers nice and get it ready for Spring panting.



Brownwood
Keith Montague

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Re: 1st Drive complete MGB 5.0 Ford with T5
Posted by: Brownwood
Date: September 17, 2014 09:01AM

OK, door and windsheld are back on and I continue to sort the car. I made my 1st high speed run. The Hurricane run because it was done to the Scorpions song "Rock me Like a Hurricane (Not that you can hear the stereo at WOT). I ran the car from about 15MPH in 2nd up to 100MPH in 4th. WOW it got their fast! The motor runs better at WOT than it does driving around town, probably running a little rich at part throttle. The car tracks flat, no shakes or vibrations and handles nicely. It still wants to run a little hot and wont hold temperature but there are lots of ideas on this forum for solving that.

Was all the work, sweat, cussing cuts, burns re-dos etc, worth it? HECK YES!


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2546 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: 1st Drive complete MGB 5.0 Ford with T5
Posted by: rficalora
Date: September 18, 2014 02:15PM

Congrats Keith. As we say around here, it's "the most fun you can have with your boots on."


mowog1
Rick Ingram
Central Illinois
(1455 posts)

Registered:
10/17/2007 09:36PM

Main British Car:
1974.5 MGB/GT 3.9l Rover

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Re: 1st Drive complete MGB 5.0 Ford with T5
Posted by: mowog1
Date: September 18, 2014 04:07PM

Kudos!


classic conversions
bill guzman

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01/09/2008 01:58AM

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Re: 1st Drive complete MGB 5.0 Ford with T5
Posted by: classic conversions
Date: September 21, 2014 12:52AM

Well done !!!


Charles
Charles Long
McDonald, TN
(171 posts)

Registered:
09/15/2013 08:54AM

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

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Re: 1st Drive complete MGB 5.0 Ford with T5
Posted by: Charles
Date: September 21, 2014 07:24PM

Just from your description I can almost feel the wind and hear the rumble. "Kick the fires and lite the tires" and come on over to Townsend. I bet we won't even notice the paint work.


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

Registered:
04/29/2009 11:37AM

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

Re: 1st Drive complete MGB 5.0 Ford with T5
Posted by: lawnvett
Date: September 21, 2014 07:43PM

hope to see you in Townsend


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