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

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REO
James Andrews
Siler City, NC
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Flathead Ford 60 in TD
Posted by: REO
Date: April 18, 2019 10:43AM

Is there a How To for this retro swap ?
I have seen a couple online, but details are sketchy.
One said they 'slightly modified' the MG bell housing bolt holes to bolt to the V8 60.
Another used a modern 5-speed w/OD manual tranny.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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Re: Flathead Ford 60 in TD
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: April 19, 2019 09:58AM

I have never seen one, James. These were done back in the day when enthusiasts just went out & did it best they could. No DIY guides, Instructables, or YouTube.

Your best bet would be to find one & ask the owner (if they were the one that did the swap).


88v8
Ivor Duarte
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Re: Flathead Ford 60 in TD
Posted by: 88v8
Date: April 20, 2019 01:31PM

Yes, it's a DIY thing.
Here's one
[forum.britishv8.org]

Very nice car, I would imagine.

Ivor


REO
James Andrews
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Re: Flathead Ford 60 in TD
Posted by: REO
Date: April 24, 2019 04:56PM

Thanks, Ivor.
I PM'd Scott to see how he likes his TD.
I would like to find a TD 60 V8 driver (not show car) as a retirement ride a few years out.
That flathead V8 tone in the little roadster would be sweet music to me.
James


ruben
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Re: Flathead Ford 60 in TD
Posted by: ruben
Date: April 28, 2019 10:12PM

It's called a Ford 60 because it has 60 HP. There a better choices


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
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Re: Flathead Ford 60 in TD
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: April 28, 2019 10:38PM

That was actually a very popular period upgrade. The HP may not be that impressive but the torque is. It would really benefit a lot from a blower.

Jim


RMO 699F
Mike Maloney
SW Ohio
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Re: Flathead Ford 60 in TD
Posted by: RMO 699F
Date: April 28, 2019 10:40PM

REO...sweet music indeed....my first car in the 50's was a 1936 Ford pickup with a '41 Mercury flat head...I would argue the sweetest sound ever!



RDMG
Dave R
Northern Virginia
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1979 MGB 4.6L Rover V8

Re: Flathead Ford 60 in TD
Posted by: RDMG
Date: May 31, 2019 06:26AM

The photo gallery write up on this site for the pre-war MG J2 with a flathead 60 mated to a modern T5 transmission mentions a “Flathead Jack” bellhousing. There used to be a stand-alone webpage about that car that had a bunch of in-progress pictures.


RDMG
Dave R
Northern Virginia
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Re: Flathead Ford 60 in TD
Posted by: RDMG
Date: May 31, 2019 06:28AM

Here’s the J2 v8 builder’s incredibly detailed write up:

[www.lainefamily.com]

He used a lot of later MG T-series parts, so this might be really helpful to you. As an aggressive surfer of all webpages relating to MGs and v8s, I think his blog is perhaps the closest to a v8, T series “how-to” manual you will find. The TD chassis is in many senses the final evolution of the J2, so I think a lot of the work would be the same, with only a few measurements being different.

The Flathead Jack bellhousing is apparently a direct fit for Ford-spec T5s to Flathead 60s.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 05/31/2019 06:40AM by RDMG.


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