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Old 11-13-2013, 07:32 AM   #241
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yep. They supplied me with my V8 input shaft, bearing, and a new retainer.
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Old 11-13-2013, 05:22 PM   #242
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yep. They supplied me with my V8 input shaft, bearing, and a new retainer.
What do you think about using a 5.0 transmission with the 3.35 first gear? 5th gear is 0.68, and with a 24.5 inch tires and 3.909 rear end cruising 70mph speed would be 2650rpm. Think this is too tall?
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Old 11-14-2013, 07:31 AM   #243
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What do you think about using a 5.0 transmission with the 3.35 first gear? 5th gear is 0.68, and with a 24.5 inch tires and 3.909 rear end cruising 70mph speed would be 2650rpm. Think this is too tall?
Except for the input shaft length and the .73 OD, the V6 3.8 trans is practically the same as the 86-89 5.0 trans with the same ratios, but a lot less expensive. Typically, a 5.0 trans will cost over $500, sometimes way more than that. But one for a 3.8 will often sell for less than $200. Swap the shaft and its almost identical to the V8 version.

In any case, 2650 rpm is not a bad cruising rpm for a Zetec. That's going to be just about right for most engines.
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Old 11-15-2013, 02:16 AM   #244
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That's very close to stock on the Zetec actually. With the car being lighter as well it shouldn't have any problems with that gear IMO. Most of us wish the 5th was a little taller sometimes or have a 6th gear to go into.
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Old 12-12-2013, 08:30 PM   #245
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they new chevy sonic has a 1.4l with a 3.82 1st, .61 6th, and 3.65 final. the zetec will be fine with that
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Old 01-17-2014, 11:12 AM   #246
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Sorry. I'm pretty overdue for an update here. Lots of things keeping me busy. The MGB drives extremely well and I honestly couldn't be happier with the whole Zetec swap.

The only complaint from my wife was that the cabin was pretty loud at highway speeds. Just general road noise for an old car. Lots of wind and resonance. I pulled most of the interior out and saw that the floor was covered with an OEM rubber mastic sound deadener. I peeled it all off since it's probably not very effective anymore.





As a substitute, I bought a bunch of Second Skin Damplifier Pro that will be installed after the repaint.


For now, I'm just prepping the body for paint and welding a few things up to complete my chrome bumper conversion. I've taken a lot of the trim off and removed the glass from the doors.


There's really only a handful of things to do and then it'll be at the paint shop! I'll try to write a more substantial update when I get a chance. Right now I'm just busy with doing a lot of small things on the car.
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Old 01-17-2014, 11:18 AM   #247
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Is that second skin stuff heavy if it is you could always use daynamat its light and a great insulator from outside sound.
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Wow that stuff does look old, almost looks like roof tile or something lol
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Good to hear it's driving well, gonna look better than new with that conversion & repaint!

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25 pages.... Usually I give up on build threads 4-5 pages in.

Nice to see father and son working on something like this together. The first project I started on with my father, I was 8 years old. That project lasted all of 2 years. The last time we touched it, I was 10. It's a 1931 Model A.... I'm now 33 and that car has been shoved to the back of his garage. The last time he touched it was 1998 when he moved it to the back of the garage. The last project, was a 1967 Mustang. We started on it in 1992 and took a break from 1995 until 1998. We worked on it from 1998 until Spring 2000 when he painted it. He sold it in 2006, unfinished.

I envy the two of you. You're both quite lucky to be able to do things like this together. Only interest my father ever really had in me, involved racing....
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