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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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10/23/2007 11:32PM

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79 MGB, Buick 215

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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
Gloucestershire UK
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1974 Land Rover Lightweight V8

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
rick maroni

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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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10/23/2007 12:59PM

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1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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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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12/09/2007 12:28PM

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1974 MGB Sebring GT, 3.9 Rover V8

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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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1979 MGB 4.6L Rover V8

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.


302GT
Larry Shimp

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11/17/2007 01:13PM

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1968 MGB GT Ford 302 crate engine

Re: Flathead Ford 60 in TD
Posted by: 302GT
Date: June 28, 2019 08:19AM

T-5 conversions are available for all versions of the flathead. Be aware that early flatheads (including the 60) had most of the bell housing cast as part of the block. later flatheads had a more conventional bell housing arrangement.

It would be neat to put a Lincoln V12 Flathead in but it probably would not fit...


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