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Wilitrun
David M

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Re: 300 Stroker questions?
Posted by: Wilitrun
Date: February 07, 2022 08:11PM

Hey JN,
Thanks very much for helping chase down my manual approval on v8buick, it's very much appreciated.
I'm very motivated to use cast exhaust manifolds on my build, do you have any input on whether the 1st set of Rover manifolds fit better on an MGB, and where to find them? My understanding is the second set pictured is for the GTV8 and are quite rare.
I can't see my stock 300 manifolds fitting unless I flipped them upside down and backwards, and fair-play I guess but it's not the look I'm going for. Cheers.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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10/23/2007 11:32PM

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1979 MGB Buick 215

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Re: 300 Stroker questions?
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: February 07, 2022 08:25PM

Not that difficult to get 300 RWHP from the 300 & forget all the time, money, & headaches with the stroker build.


mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(2270 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: 300 Stroker questions?
Posted by: mgb260
Date: February 07, 2022 09:17PM

David, You're welcome. I have no idea on the Rover exhaust fitment . They look like you would have a better chance with them. Still would require fender massaging and that pesky steering shaft may be an issue.


Airwreckc
Eric Cumming
RTP, North Carolina
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05/28/2020 10:10AM

Main British Car:
1972 MGB-GT (working on a Sebring project) Buick 300-4 V8

Re: 300 Stroker questions?
Posted by: Airwreckc
Date: February 08, 2022 09:24AM

Carl, yeah, it's a conundrum. Either way, it's a very fast car. Really fast or scary.


BriansMGBV8
Brian Macmillan
Seattle
(55 posts)

Registered:
09/26/2008 12:39PM

Main British Car:
72 MGB Roadster Rover 4L

Re: 300 Stroker questions?
Posted by: BriansMGBV8
Date: February 09, 2022 12:30AM

“Not that difficult to get 300 RWHP from the 300 & forget all the time, money, & headaches with the stroker build.“

Amen to that……sporty 300 build in these cars should work well.


Thanks Jim, I was also was approved on the BuickV8 site.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(6260 posts)

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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: 300 Stroker questions?
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: February 09, 2022 12:20PM

I can tell you from experience that a totally stock iron head 2bbl 300 fitted with a 4bbl intake in the MGB will do just fine.

Jim


Wilitrun
David M

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Re: 300 Stroker questions?
Posted by: Wilitrun
Date: February 09, 2022 07:28PM

Not to challenge that point of view as I don't have a sentimental attachment to the idea, but can we talk about that for a minute?
Is the idea of using the 350 crank to improve rod ratio, reduce thrust and overall stress at the power level I want really not worth the bother?
By my read, while the engine is apart for a regular overhaul, we are looking at the following:
-find a viable 74-80 core and pay the labour to turn down the journals
-secure a suitable set of rods with the length and clearance we need
-order a set of custom pistons in the dimensions needed (one of the big ticket items at $1000+)
This is what's being added considering the existing crank will require regrinding, speedi-sleeve and new pistons, rod resizing and dynamic balance of the rotating assembly.
Since the cam is roached we need to replace it anyway, and the extra work of
-ordering a custom ground cam meant for roller followers (the other big ticket item at about $1000 so split the difference with a stock/reground flat cam, where do we land here: about $6-700?)
-a set of roller followers to reduce wear and the need for oil additives
by my read will pay for itself the first time we would need to replace a flat-tappet cam, as Jim B. already pointed out.
With the goal of not increasing power output as it's not needed, but reducing wear and improving reliability with likely some low-end torque gains, are we saying this isn't a worthwhile exercise? If we are, that's a welcome perspective and feel free to elaborate, I won't be offended. What's fueling my enthusiasm for the idea most is the notion we can take a stock crank of little value from another engine and for relatively little money, solve the crankshaft part of the stroker build equation. Seems like a valuable gimme. Cheers.



Airwreckc
Eric Cumming
RTP, North Carolina
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1972 MGB-GT (working on a Sebring project) Buick 300-4 V8

Re: 300 Stroker questions?
Posted by: Airwreckc
Date: February 10, 2022 08:12AM

Hi David, I like your thought process. IF I'm correct, I picked up the necessary rods for $100. And the pistons are about $150 (plus the labor to hone the pin holes a bit--I'd probably pay to have the pins fitted anyway). So, I *think* my cost is the 350 crank and grinding the mains--and if I buy a reconditioned crank, I don't have to pay for the rod journals to be ground (not that that's equal),


BlownMGB-V8
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: 300 Stroker questions?
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: February 10, 2022 12:02PM

You have a strong grasp of the situation. My TA cams that just came in cost me $850 ea. but if the low lift blanks had been in stock might have cost a bit less, say around $750 perhaps. What you need for rockers depends on the heads you use. With stock heads you can use stock rockers. The Wiseco pistons were about $1150. Cost of the rods were on par with reconditioning.

The crank can be an expense. In my case I have a lathe and was able to cut down the mains myself but it took time. So if you figure $500 for that you are looking at about $2500 extra to do the stroker and roller cam setup with forged rods and pistons. Not bad for what you get, and probably worth it even without the extra stroke, pushing the potential redline up as far as you like below about 7500rpm. If power is your goal, add TA heads, a porting job, and that new intake and then about all you need is a good set of equal length headers which you'd have to make yourself. By that point, depending on cam specs you could be well over 700hp.

But let's be reasonable. Anything over 300 hp is plenty in the MGB and you don't need all that to get there. So with the exception of bragging rights, grudge races, and just being able to run with the hot shoes (which it doesn't take power to do, just ask Carl), you can get there cheaply. OTOH, say you stay stock or near stock with the stroker/roller combo. Now your oil change intervals just went to modern standards, perhaps as much as 15K+ miles, a 5 fold improvement and with cheaper but better oil. No more worries about flattening cam lobes. Your torque curve just got wider, flatter and higher so driveability improved considerably, and your overall power level went up. All this while remaining understressed for great durability, which these engines were renowned for in the first place. Mileage might improve as well. Add efi and you now have a thoroughly modern engine and very likely the last one the car ever needs. Does that make it worth it? Some would say yes and some would say no. Dealer's Choice.

Jim


BlownMGB-V8
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: 300 Stroker questions?
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: February 10, 2022 01:28PM

Can't talk about pistons without considering the heads. Our choices are:

-Stock alloy heads 57cc
-Stock iron heads 57cc

-Late Rover heads (4.6L etc) 29cc
-TA heads 31cc

As is clear they fall into two categories based on chamber volume so the pistons need to be selected with the correct head in mind. Likewise the heads need to be selected with the future in mind. For instance, if you can foresee ultimately ponying up the big bucks to get the best heads but want to do that later, the Rover heads would be a good choice. I don't have the valve sizes but maybe someone can post them here. The iron heads do have larger valves and ports and probably the most flow of the stock heads, followed by the 300 alloy heads and the 4.6 heads close behind. Weight difference from a single iron head to a 300 alloy head is 17lbs. The rover head is a couple pounds heavier than the 300 head and the TA head is about 10lbs heavier. so the economy performance build would favor the iron head despite the weight disadvantage. Bearing in mind of course that the stock iron intake adds an equal weight penalty. To put this into perspective, the 300 with alloy heads and intake comes in at 50lbs more than the 1800. With Iron heads this increases to 85lbs. In terms of front/rear balance, use of a D44 or 8.8 axle balances this out pretty well and any remaining concerns can be dealt with via swaybar sizes and tire pressures.

The small chamber heads can benefit from pistons which provide a squish area whereas the larger chamber heads, not so much as there is only a very small area that would allow this. Using a conventional .040" thick head gasket, about 65cc of total volume excluding the squish height works out to around a 10.5 CR in the stroker engine. That would be at zero deck.

Jim



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Airwreckc
Eric Cumming
RTP, North Carolina
(135 posts)

Registered:
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Main British Car:
1972 MGB-GT (working on a Sebring project) Buick 300-4 V8

Re: 300 Stroker questions?
Posted by: Airwreckc
Date: February 10, 2022 02:26PM

Great discussion, information, and perspectives. I had a beautiful 1980 with a mildly modified original engine. It was really no fun--just felt crude, ran hot, and was unreliable. I'm looking for a vehicle that will be reliable, because without that, it'll sit there most of the time and never get used.
1980_MG_MGB_Carmine_Red_Eric_Cumming_000.jpg



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MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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1979 MGB Buick 215

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Re: 300 Stroker questions?
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: February 10, 2022 04:33PM

I have read on another forum that the answer is always..........................Miata. :D


Airwreckc
Eric Cumming
RTP, North Carolina
(135 posts)

Registered:
05/28/2020 10:10AM

Main British Car:
1972 MGB-GT (working on a Sebring project) Buick 300-4 V8

Re: 300 Stroker questions?
Posted by: Airwreckc
Date: February 10, 2022 07:39PM

Hahaha, Yes, with a Ford V8.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
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1979 MGB Buick 215

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Re: 300 Stroker questions?
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: February 11, 2022 08:56AM

No way. They started using Chevy LS engines years ago. :)


Airwreckc
Eric Cumming
RTP, North Carolina
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Registered:
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1972 MGB-GT (working on a Sebring project) Buick 300-4 V8

Re: 300 Stroker questions?
Posted by: Airwreckc
Date: February 24, 2022 10:40AM

I'm on the lookout for a 350 crank, if anyone knows of one. I have found a few reman cranks, but not too sure if I want to go that route as I'm concerned about whether they may have the rod journals reground significantly. I see mention of preferring the "late" cranks if you're using heavier rods (as I likely am)--can anyone confirm the year range for that version? Thanks much.



mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
(2270 posts)

Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: 300 Stroker questions?
Posted by: mgb260
Date: February 24, 2022 11:07AM

I think 73 mid year so I would look for 74-80.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(6260 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

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

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Re: 300 Stroker questions?
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: February 24, 2022 12:18PM

Another reason to use the ex-nascar rods: You grind the rod journals to the new bearing size, so all journals are at standard size and bearing clearance can be tightly controlled.

Jim


Airwreckc
Eric Cumming
RTP, North Carolina
(135 posts)

Registered:
05/28/2020 10:10AM

Main British Car:
1972 MGB-GT (working on a Sebring project) Buick 300-4 V8

Re: 300 Stroker questions?
Posted by: Airwreckc
Date: February 24, 2022 02:04PM

Thanks to both of you. I've been looking for 75 on but didn't know if I could go any earlier. BTW, my Nascar rods have a 2.0" big end, so trying to keep as close to that as possible. I've heard some of the reman cranks go several sizes over, so I'd like to find a late one that has never been ground, if at all possible.


Airwreckc
Eric Cumming
RTP, North Carolina
(135 posts)

Registered:
05/28/2020 10:10AM

Main British Car:
1972 MGB-GT (working on a Sebring project) Buick 300-4 V8

Re: 300 Stroker questions?
Posted by: Airwreckc
Date: February 25, 2022 09:15AM

I found someone with an early ('68) 350 crank. I know these are not ideal as the balance is lighter. Is it hard to make them work? Do you have to add weight to the crank or, perhaps, just the flywheel? I am hopefully going to use 6.320" Nascar rods. By the way, I am probably going to go with one of the billet flywheels, by the way, since finding an original wheel is probably next to impossible.


mgb260
Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA
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Registered:
02/29/2008 08:29PM

Main British Car:
1973 MGB roadster 260 Ford V8

Re: 300 Stroker questions?
Posted by: mgb260
Date: February 25, 2022 10:47AM

You will have to add Mallory metal to balance. I'd just get a reman later crank and after the mains are cut down and other machining have the crank nitrided. That will add about .005 to the journals. You have to polish the journals. You can get undersized bearings for the rod journals. You can get a 168 tooth SBChevy V8 flywheel cut down the same as the stock flexplate and use a 225 V6 Jeep ring gear. One bolt hole needs to be slotted and the flywheel is neutral balance so you have to add a bolt on weight or internal balance the motor and damper.



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