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Old 12-09-2012, 10:30 PM   #51
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if you do build your own manifold, I'd love to see one with unequal length runners. Subaru noise ftw.
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:55 AM   #52
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if you do build your own manifold, I'd love to see one with unequal length runners. Subaru noise ftw.
Subies sound the way they do because of the H4 firing order placement, not unequal lengths. You can get similar exhaust notes by pairing the appropriate cylinders on a Zetec and running duals.
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and a subi will loose that sound if you put equal length on it
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Nice Project!

And MUCH more interesting than another V8 conversion.

This is the type of engine a more "current" MBG would have used, and even a "Brit" type since they are popular there!

British sports cars always used whatever sedan engine was commonly available (usually modified for a bit more performance to make it "sporty") and with a similar size & weight this should maintain the "character" of the car while bringing the power level 'up to speed" (grin).

Heck, when I had a TR4, I learned THAT engine was sourced originally from a TRACTOR! Change the cam, add a couple larger carbs & a header, Voila! you have a "sports car" engine!

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Old 12-12-2012, 11:45 AM   #55
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Heck, when I had a TR4, I learned THAT engine was sourced originally from a TRACTOR! Change the cam, add a couple larger carbs & a header, Voila! you have a "sports car" engine!
that sounds about right - I think the engine in my Spitfire was originally sourced from a lawnmower and then de-tuned to lower the horses, the redline, and the fuel economy.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:29 AM   #57
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UPDATE: I'm going to hold off on buying an engine for a few weeks. It'll allow me to increase the budget for the project. In the meantime, I might work on the rear suspension some more, upgrade the fuse block, and try to fabricate the intake manifold. There's a lot to be done on the MGB. I'll be updating the thread with any progress.

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nice!!!! you certainly win the prize for "Coolest dining room table centerpiece".
Thanks! My fiancée is growing tired of the decor when we have guests over.

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Nice Project!

And MUCH more interesting than another V8 conversion.

This is the type of engine a more "current" MBG would have used, and even a "Brit" type since they are popular there!
I'm glad you can understand the engine choice. I feel that the Zetec engine is well sized for the MGB and it's very common/affordable in both the US and UK. There are a lot of online forums for support and parts.
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In the meantime, I might work on the rear suspension some more
is that a single transverse leaf-spring like on the Spit? If so, do you have to resort to a custom fab or are there aftermarket sources?

Mine was sinfully easy to access & replace. And, I found a local shop that fabricated custom leaf springs for Vette's and they were quite eager to get their hands on their first UK job, but alas it was too $$$$.
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is that a single transverse leaf-spring like on the Spit? If so, do you have to resort to a custom fab or are there aftermarket sources?

Mine was sinfully easy to access & replace. And, I found a local shop that fabricated custom leaf springs for Vette's and they were quite eager to get their hands on their first UK job, but alas it was too $$$$.
They're semi-elliptic. They should be easy to work on as long as the front eye bolt isn't rusted/stuck. My MGB is pretty rust free so it shouldn't be an issue.

Reproduction leaf springs are available at vendors like Moss Motors and Victoria British. They run about $100 each. I'm not 100% confident in the quality of the asian reproduction leaf springs. There are a lot of mixed reviews depending on the vendor and when they were made. I'm hoping that if I ask VERY politely, my family friend who owns a machine shop will help me re-arch my current leaf springs.
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super nice project, glad to see someone trying something different
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