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

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Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
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02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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17 years, 3 months, 4 days and it finally done
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: March 30, 2018 11:17PM

I cut the car in half the day after Christmas in 2000 and the carpet install was completed today. I declare the project officially complete. The arm rests are missing from the doors because I misplaced the screws and need to get some more tomorrow but I'm still calling it done. Mixed myself a martini to celebrate. Since it is a roadster, I didn't think the carpet would make much difference in the mechanical noise but it is noticeably quieter inside now. Have to shine it up for the Good Guys show next weekend, I'll let you know how it does.

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

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: 17 years, 3 months, 4 days and it finally done
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: March 31, 2018 08:54AM

Awesome job, Jim! Truly a 21st Century MGB.


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

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: 17 years, 3 months, 4 days and it finally done
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: March 31, 2018 08:55AM

Or GMB. ;)


HealeyRick
Rick Neville

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Registered:
12/19/2007 05:01PM

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

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Re: 17 years, 3 months, 4 days and it finally done
Posted by: HealeyRick
Date: March 31, 2018 05:57PM

Well done, Jim. Good luck in the show!


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

Registered:
04/29/2009 11:37AM

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

Re: 17 years, 3 months, 4 days and it finally done
Posted by: lawnvett
Date: April 01, 2018 08:22PM

Truly the coolest MG?GM I've ever ridden in.

I'll have to travel to San Diego again for another ride now that it's finished..

Jim, are you sure you can't think of something else you want to improve or updated?


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

Registered:
02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: 17 years, 3 months, 4 days and it finally done
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: April 02, 2018 01:54AM

Just a set of forged pistons when I finally knock a hole in one of the cast stockers that are in there now. May even do a 383 although it really doesn't need more horsepower.


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: 17 years, 3 months, 4 days and it finally done
Posted by: Dan B
Date: April 02, 2018 08:41AM

They are never really truly done, are they?



BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5624 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: 17 years, 3 months, 4 days and it finally done
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: April 02, 2018 10:07AM

Well, let's hope so. At some point I'd like to consider retiring. Maybe go for the really sticky rubber this time...

Jim


Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
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Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: 17 years, 3 months, 4 days and it finally done
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: April 08, 2018 09:21PM

I would like to run the NT-01 Nittos but most of the events require 200 treadwear so I'll likely end up with NT05's all around. That 315-35 size isn't offered by many manufacturers. BTW Jim, what air pressures do you run in yours?



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

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Re: 17 years, 3 months, 4 days and it finally done
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: April 09, 2018 10:36AM

Currently about 20 lbs but I haven't done any checking of tread temp. These tires are old though, I need to wear them out so I can get new ones.

Jim


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

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: 17 years, 3 months, 4 days and it finally done
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: April 09, 2018 12:26PM

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I would like to run the NT-01 Nittos but most of the events require 200 treadwear so I'll likely end up with NT05's all around.

What class do you run in?

I would think that your car would be in some unlimited class. Those usually allow DOT R-comps.


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

Registered:
02/28/2009 10:01AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: 17 years, 3 months, 4 days and it finally done
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: April 09, 2018 02:06PM

I haven't run in any events other than the Good guys so I'm not sure of what the rules allow. I put the NT05's on the front after the accident so I'll match them at the rear. I am going to be driving it so I don't want to go through a set of tires every 5000 miles. The car isn't light so it will wear faster than your car.


Scott68B
Scott Costanzo
Columbus, Ohio
(527 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 11:30AM

Main British Car:
1968 MGB GM 5.3 LS4 V8

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Re: 17 years, 3 months, 4 days and it finally done
Posted by: Scott68B
Date: April 09, 2018 09:07PM

Jim, l must have missed it but what does the car weigh?

Besides the tires, was the autocross fun? Sure looked like it was.


Jim Stabe
Jim Stabe
San Diego, Ca
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Main British Car:
1966 MGB Roadster 350 LT1 Chevy

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Re: 17 years, 3 months, 4 days and it finally done
Posted by: Jim Stabe
Date: April 10, 2018 01:37AM

It weighs just under 2900 lbs full of all fluids. I've never ice raced but it was fun like I imagine that would be.


Scott68B
Scott Costanzo
Columbus, Ohio
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10/25/2007 11:30AM

Main British Car:
1968 MGB GM 5.3 LS4 V8

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Re: 17 years, 3 months, 4 days and it finally done
Posted by: Scott68B
Date: April 10, 2018 07:24PM

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It weighs just under 2900 lbs full of all fluids.

That's not bad at all. Bet it has good balance. Certainly enough horsepower there!

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I've never ice raced but it was fun like I imagine that would be.

:)



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