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Old 04-05-2013, 01:59 PM   #131
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Thanks for the support! I really like this forum and I'm glad people are enjoying the build. I have a lot of stuff I'm going to tackle this weekend. My goal is to get around to test fitting the engine and transmission.

Also, I ordered some single stage paint from TCP Global. My dad has used their paint a couple times before and their prices are pretty hard to beat. It's a stock MGB color from 1960's call Blue Royale (I prefer it to the original Pageant Blue color). I photoshop'd an image to show what look I'm going for when the car is complete.



I'll try to keep you guys posted on the progress from this weekend!
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:45 PM   #132
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Its cool to read about something a little different than most of the builds on here but still related to these cars. Keeps us posted
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:31 PM   #133
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We got the engine mocked in the compartment today! It looks so nice in there. It's definitely motivated me to get it done faster.


The Zetec didn't fit quite as planned so we had to make some modifications to the MGB. We were stuck having to decide between heavily modifying the crossmember or cutting back the firewall where the heater box is located. Since I wasn't planning on using the heater on my MGB, I decided to modify the firewall. It's not a huge deal since I've never used the heater since I've gotten the car. God bless Florida winters.

There's still a little bit of cutting that need's to happen on the firewall but the thermostat housing and hose should clear it without any problem.


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Old 04-08-2013, 01:49 PM   #134
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OH SNAP!! That is sexy man!
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Old 04-08-2013, 01:57 PM   #135
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that motor looks really nice.
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:04 PM   #136
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I think this is going to work well. At first I really didn't want to cut sheetmetal, but my son is right. That puny heater is of no use here in Central FL and is worth some decent $$$ on Ebay.

Also, modifying the front crossmember would have been a lot harder, plus, by shifting the engine back, the T5 shifter comes up thru the existing hole. It'll look like stock when we get it finished.

Next step is to decide how we want to build the motor mounts. We have several options on placement and style of mount. My preference is to build something that looks OEM but gives us plenty of serviceability if we ever need to pull it out again. If possible we want to reuse the OEM rubber biscuits, so that sourcing replacements is easier.

Next step is to cut a bunch more cardboard for templates. After that, we'll see how close we are on driveshaft angle so that we can get the trans output and pinion parallel. We'll adjust the motor mounts and trans cross member height to fix that.
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Looking good, and holy cow that thing is right up on the firewall lol.
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I think we'll go grab an engine this weekend. We found a few nearby for a decent price.

We need to get a contour oil pan, too. The stock focus pan might be a little tight against the front crossmember. I'd rather not modify that, so the shallower Contour pan might be a good option.

My son has been mocking up the bike carbs and exhaust so we can get an idea of intake runner length.
Did you end up using a contour oil pan?

I was looking at this but its $$$.
http://www.retro-ford.co.uk/shop/con...-wet-sump-z007
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Looking good, and holy cow that thing is right up on the firewall lol.
Should do great things for the weight distribution. You could jump it.
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Old 04-08-2013, 11:16 PM   #140
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Did you end up using a contour oil pan?
We're going to use the focus oil pan. Looks like we'll have plenty of clearance.
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