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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:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: What to do with a 71 dash
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: June 27, 2018 11:14PM

Not sure Joe. May be okay. Guess we will compare them in Dayton. I was just tickled that I could swap mine with a 72-76.


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Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
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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: What to do with a 71 dash
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: June 28, 2018 11:42AM

Joe, I cut down the pillow foam to form a brow all the way across but I don't recommend doing it that way. The brow foam is a different density from the pillow foam and doesn't stick out quite the same distance once you get it contoured the same so there is a slight discontinuity where they join. Instead I would suggest a dense closed cell plastic foam, maybe something like a pool noodle but denser if you can get it. Plenty of companies around that sell that stuff in about any density you could want and it'd basically be scraps. I'd try to go above 6 lb density. Maybe 8 or 10 would work, you'd just have to see how hard it is to compress.

I used the cans off the Jag speedo and tach, they are the same diameter as the early MGB gages (4" I think). So the lugs were already there. Probably farther away from the bezel than Carl's are. What his dash has for stops and detents are what I'm curious about, I imagine his spring to be a sort of flat wavy washer under the edge of the bezel but that's just a guess. Something behind the metal panel would do a better job of snugging the bezel down to the dash.

Jim


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Joe Schafer
Central Michigan
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10/23/2007 06:46AM

Main British Car:
1971 Mgb 1991 5.0 Ford

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Re: What to do with a 71 dash
Posted by: MGB SS
Date: August 09, 2018 09:52PM

I now have a 72 dash thanks to Carl and Jim Watson, thank you very much guys,I will get pics put in when I get it all put together with my new gauges



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