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

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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: Rover 4.0 & Megasquirt
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: August 21, 2014 12:13PM

Isn't that the yellow GT? In that car if I am not mistaken he used the 300 Buick engine, the late model crossmember, and was able to get the engine to fit below the RV8 hood. Does that sound right?

Jim


mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1911 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Rover 4.0 & Megasquirt
Posted by: mgb260
Date: August 21, 2014 02:32PM

Nope, It's the roadster with 4.0 and serpentine belt. Looks like he slotted the mounts to set engine a little further back and modded the steering rack mounts for clearance.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3471 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Rover 4.0 & Megasquirt
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: August 21, 2014 02:50PM

Jim Stuart has built a lot of these Buick/Rover MGV8s over the years. At Annapolis in 1998, he had a blue '74.5 GT w/Rover 4.2L. He let me drive it even though he had just met me (my 1st V8 Meet). Years later, he practically made me drive the yellow GT. What a guy. :)


galotis
George Van Horn
Collegeville, Pa
(34 posts)

Registered:
05/13/2014 05:40PM

Main British Car:
1980 MGB 1.9L Supercharged, Microsquirt EFI, ESDI.

Re: Rover 4.0 & Megasquirt
Posted by: galotis
Date: August 22, 2014 08:12PM

Found a flywheel that was factory for a 4.0 Manual. it has the timing teeth set in, saving me a lot of time.
20140822_134156.jpg


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4371 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: Rover 4.0 & Megasquirt
Posted by: Moderator
Date: August 22, 2014 09:20PM

Very cool! What does that thing weigh?


galotis
George Van Horn
Collegeville, Pa
(34 posts)

Registered:
05/13/2014 05:40PM

Main British Car:
1980 MGB 1.9L Supercharged, Microsquirt EFI, ESDI.

Re: Rover 4.0 & Megasquirt
Posted by: galotis
Date: August 22, 2014 11:12PM

22 lbs


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3471 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Rover 4.0 & Megasquirt
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: August 23, 2014 07:53AM

Seriously? Very good.



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: Rover 4.0 & Megasquirt
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: August 23, 2014 10:02AM

Shouldn't be too hard to take a couple more pounds out of it too.


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4371 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: Rover 4.0 & Megasquirt
Posted by: Moderator
Date: October 11, 2014 02:52PM

I've improved my tune quite a bit since August, so I thought I'd upload the updated tune file.

This one is much more fuel efficient: My-Buick-Rover-V8-MS3-EFI-Tune.msq

http://www.britishv8.org/MG/CurtisJacobson/AFR-Table-Rover-V8-or-Buick-215.jpg

http://www.britishv8.org/MG/CurtisJacobson/AFR-Map-Rover-V8-or-Buick-215.jpg

http://www.britishv8.org/MG/CurtisJacobson/VE-Table-Rover-V8-or-Buick-215.jpg

http://www.britishv8.org/MG/CurtisJacobson/Spark-Advance-Table-Rover-V8-or-Buick-215.jpg

Comments welcome.


mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1911 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Rover 4.0 & Megasquirt
Posted by: mgb260
Date: October 11, 2014 03:01PM

Curtis, Looks good. I have heard that 12.5 AF for full throttle,13.5 for acceleration and around 14 at idle, but what are you gaining by going over 15 at cruise RPM?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/11/2014 03:04PM by mgb260.


galotis
George Van Horn
Collegeville, Pa
(34 posts)

Registered:
05/13/2014 05:40PM

Main British Car:
1980 MGB 1.9L Supercharged, Microsquirt EFI, ESDI.

Re: Rover 4.0 & Megasquirt
Posted by: galotis
Date: October 15, 2014 07:35PM

Any one know if a Rover pressure plate will work with a Mustang disk? I am using a T5 with a 10 spline input shaft. If I have to will drill new mounting holes to mount a Mustang plate, but would love to know if I can get away with not.

Curtis, nice looking msq.


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: Rover 4.0 & Megasquirt
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: October 15, 2014 11:17PM

Should work fine, most clutch discs are about the same thickness.

Jim


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4371 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: Rover 4.0 & Megasquirt
Posted by: Moderator
Date: October 16, 2014 12:57PM

Quote:
what are you gaining by going over 15 at cruise RPM?

Fuel economy to/in/from "The Blacklands" averaged ~2.1mpg better than my cross-country trip on the old tune.

I'd hoped for more improvement! I averaged 24.1mpg, running E10 the whole time and mostly driving "normally" rather than trying to get good mileage. All sorts of roads and speed limits, including 35mph park roads and 80mph highways. Some rushing to get to Moss Motoring Challenge destinations before sunsets. So maybe 24 isn't "bad", but I believe I should be averaging 28 or 30mpg (U.S.) overall on road trips.

As I read up on the subject, it seems I've been overly cautious. Apparently, "cruise" AFRs in the 16-17 to 1 range are common. Even the most conservative articles I've found suggest a target around 15.7:1. But I'm not sure exactly how they define cruise.

A few words about the maps above: The y-axis correlates almost directly with MAP sensor measurements (of manifold vacuum). I only get into the bottom "25% load" row when completely off the throttle and decelerating hard (i.e. engine braking). Touching the throttle or clutch pedals will immediately lift me out of that row. Typically, if I'm in the 30 or 35% rows, it's because I'm feathering the throttle pedal to slow my rate of deceleration. I can generally maintain speed on flat ground in the 40, 45, or 50% rows (depending on speed, gear, wind, etc.) When my engine is warm, it idles at 40% load and ~870rpm. If it's cold, higher. Acceleration at wide open throttle will put me into the 85% row. I wonder if a better flowing exhaust system might help me get into the 90% row. (Boost from a supercharger or turbo lets some people go way beyond 100%.)

So, to my way of thinking, cruise means 40-50% load at 1700+ rpm.

One reason I've been cautious about going leaner is higher temperatures. I don't have a way to measure combustion or cylinder head or even oil temperature. Just based on coolant temperature, it seems I have a long way to go. On both trips (and in fact ever since I installed EFI) my coolant temperatures tend to run in the low to mid 160s while I'm driving. I should replace my 160 degree coolant thermostat with a 180 degree thermostat.

I logged data on three different stretches... 25-35mph on a twisty road, 55mph on the main Black Hills park road, and 75mph on an Eastern Wyoming byway. If anyone is interested, I could extract a few screen shots from MegaLog Viewer.


mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(1911 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: Rover 4.0 & Megasquirt
Posted by: mgb260
Date: October 16, 2014 01:28PM

Thanks, Curtis! I had no idea you could run that lean. There might be a gauge diesel truckers use to monitor exhaust temps when they upgrade their Turbo's. I would look at my spark plug insulators(bright white instead of tan) and exhaust pipe tips (frosty white)as too lean indicators. Speaking of spark plugs a lot of guys are switching from AC to NGK projected nose for wide heat range. I think they are gapped at .040.


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: Rover 4.0 & Megasquirt
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: October 16, 2014 09:00PM

I use an EGT gage plugged into one of the headers where the O2 wideband sensor is on the other side, in the collector. I Shoot for temps approaching 1500* that far from the ports. I think you can go to about 1800 at the ports. On a long upgrade you can watch EGT and water temp to dial in the timing advance. You want to keep the heat in the engine instead of the pipes but not make the coolant start creeping up on you as you go up the hill. Once that's sorted it's easier to lean the mixture. That will usually show up as elevated EGT readings without much effect on the coolant to the best of my recollection.

Jim



MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3471 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Rover 4.0 & Megasquirt
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: October 20, 2014 06:56PM

Just for the record, my Innovate wide band tailpipe sniffer with 17" extension says I am at 15.6-15.8 at cruise. At cruise to me means 2600-2900rpm (75-80mph) on level Interstate on cruise control. Changes about a point either way if going up or down hill. This yields 25-26mpg on E10 with a carburetor. I can live with that.


galotis
George Van Horn
Collegeville, Pa
(34 posts)

Registered:
05/13/2014 05:40PM

Main British Car:
1980 MGB 1.9L Supercharged, Microsquirt EFI, ESDI.

Re: Rover 4.0 & Megasquirt
Posted by: galotis
Date: October 20, 2014 08:51PM

4.0 Block ready to assemble
20141020_163856a.jpg


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Curtis Jacobson
Portland Oregon
(4371 posts)

Registered:
10/12/2007 02:16AM

Main British Car:
71 MGBGT, Buick 215

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Re: Rover 4.0 & Megasquirt
Posted by: Moderator
Date: October 21, 2014 01:32PM

re: "4.0 Block ready to assemble"

I'm envious! Surprised to see the black finish though.


re: "...my Innovate wide band tailpipe sniffer with 17" extension says I am at 15.6-15.8 at cruise...."

I may get there or beyond yet. For the time being, I've installed a warmer thermostat and adjusted my AFR table 2 baby steps leaner. I'll be curious to see if fuel economy changes noticeably. Just one more roadtrip planned this year...
http://www.britishv8.org/MG/CurtisJacobson/AFR-Table-Rover-V8-or-Buick-215-rev02.jpg
(I adjusted the VE table too, using VE Analyzer.)


galotis
George Van Horn
Collegeville, Pa
(34 posts)

Registered:
05/13/2014 05:40PM

Main British Car:
1980 MGB 1.9L Supercharged, Microsquirt EFI, ESDI.

Re: Rover 4.0 & Megasquirt
Posted by: galotis
Date: October 22, 2014 10:27PM

Here is the next step, The flywheel with 10" Mustang clutch plate mounted and balanced will be back from shop Fri. Should have motor/trans mounted in car by end of weekend. The plenum Bottom plate is being cut down and we will be test fitting to see if we can clear the hood.
20141022_140012a.jpg


galotis
George Van Horn
Collegeville, Pa
(34 posts)

Registered:
05/13/2014 05:40PM

Main British Car:
1980 MGB 1.9L Supercharged, Microsquirt EFI, ESDI.

Re: Rover 4.0 & Megasquirt
Posted by: galotis
Date: October 22, 2014 10:29PM

Side view
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