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

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MrPie68
Nicholas Lewis
Oklahoma
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Registered:
05/05/2014 12:24AM

Main British Car:
Spridget

Spridgets
Posted by: MrPie68
Date: May 03, 2016 10:15PM

Hello Gentlemen, I am in the deciding stage of my build where it's time to pick an engine... so many amazing swaps have been done, but I haven't read a lot of personal reviews after the swaps. How has it affected the handling and fun of these cars? These forums are smothered in "B's" but are lacking in the Spridgets. I'm considering an Oldsmobile Quad 4, GM 60* V6 or Buick 215 V8? What are some of the experiences?


spridget
bill green
Maine
(55 posts)

Registered:
03/22/2008 01:29PM

Main British Car:
3 1980 TR8, 1 TR7 2 Bugeye Sprite 1 MG midget TR8 3.5 and 5.0, Sprite 1098 and ?

Re: Spridgets
Posted by: spridget
Date: May 04, 2016 06:52PM

I have been collecting parts
for a Ford Zetec bugeye swap.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3792 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
1979 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Spridgets
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: May 04, 2016 07:58PM

Here's my fav.

[www.britishv8.org]


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

Registered:
02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: Spridgets
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: May 05, 2016 02:21AM

That's got to be a quick Bugeye


DiDueColpi
Fred Key
West coast - Canada
(1259 posts)

Registered:
05/14/2010 03:06AM

Main British Car:
What if the Hokey Pokey really is what it's all about?

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Re: Spridgets
Posted by: DiDueColpi
Date: May 05, 2016 02:43AM

It's pretty dated tech by today's standards. But back in the late 70's my 65 Midget ran a bored and stroked Datsun 6.
3 liters of big cammed, high compression, triple webered gloriousness.
Not many cars since have sounded that good or been that much fun.
Swapped in a TR4 rear end as it was the perfect width. And unlike a whole string of stockers, it managed to stay together.
Spent the rest of my time figuring out brakes.
Never did get it to stop well, but times have changed so braking these days should be no problem.
That spindly little folded paper front suspension proved to be surprisingly durable. A proper rebuild and custom valving in the lever shocks was all it needed.
The shifter came out in the trunk so a remote linkage was made along with a 13" driveshaft.
Some good old 13 x 10 Keystones and BFG's and it was good to go.
I really miss that car. I should build another one. But the memories are probably better!

Live like you mean it
Fred


RMO 699F
Mike Maloney
SW Ohio
(525 posts)

Registered:
12/09/2007 12:28PM

Main British Car:
1974 MGB Sebring GT, 3.9 Rover V8

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Re: Spridgets
Posted by: RMO 699F
Date: May 05, 2016 04:10PM

If you google "third rail sprite" there is a guy in new york who runs a very nice bugeye sprite with a 60* V6 and T5...


MrPie68
Nicholas Lewis
Oklahoma
(2 posts)

Registered:
05/05/2014 12:24AM

Main British Car:
Spridget

Re: Spridgets
Posted by: MrPie68
Date: May 05, 2016 11:32PM

That Bugeye is a beast! I wonder if it still rides on rails or if he's pushing it around corners...



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