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Seeing the interest in this build is really motivating! [headbang]

I got the cylinder head from ah1f39 in mail on Monday. I want to give a special thanks to Allen for quickly shipping out the cylinder head in a VERY well packed box. [thumb] I highly recommend him if he ever sells anything in the future. I'm going to use some older photos that ah1f39 had taken for his advertisement because my photos didn't look good at all (surface was too reflective).





This cylinder head was fully ported and will hopefully flow well compared to the stock cylinder head. All the work that was done to it looks professional and high quality. It was previously owned by Mlbbaseball, a member of focus fanatics who has had a lot of success building naturally aspirated engines. It has FRPP springs, Crower retainers, and stock valves. Overall, the head looks like it'll work wonderfully with raised compression and a good pair of cams.

One thing I noticed while handling the cylinder head was that the old paint kept flaking off everywhere. I masked off the head, cleaned the surface very well, and repainted it with some VHT "FlameProof" flat aluminum paint. The paint seems very durable and it sprayed on easily. I'm hoping it'll hold up for a long time. I'll probably need to touch it up after the engine is built up but at least all the odds and ends are done. Here are some photos of the paint:


 

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That's down-right sexy!
 

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pretty awesome build you have going on man! why didn't you use a duratec 2.3 motor though?
Good question! I kind of just chose the Zetec in my mind and kind of stuck with it. I've seen the Zetec RWD conversion online a few times and figured it'd be simple enough. Zetec engines make plenty of power compared to the original engine and I'll still end up being a faster than a stock NB Miata. [woot]

If I were to go for big horsepower, I would have picked a Ford 302. [}:)]

I just think the Zetec is a great match for this little roadster and will easily meet my goal for reliability and efficiency. [thumb]
 

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Oh man that head is sexy! So jealous too cause that's all I need to really finish up my build to have a full n/a lol Keep the pics coming cause I think your starting to have a following on here lol
 

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Oh man that head is sexy! So jealous too cause that's all I need to really finish up my build to have a full n/a lol Keep the pics coming cause I think your starting to have a following on here lol
Thanks! I'm really getting a kick out of how often the word "sexy" is used to describe my car parts. [giddy]
 

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Hey guys,

I had planned on going to the PRI trade show today in Orlando but I'm just too busy to make it out there. Since I couldn't go, here's an update on the MGB. I think everyone here would be interested in what I've done so far. I knew that with the zx9r carburetors I'd need to fabricate my own intake manifold. Since I have access to a Hurco CNC mill at my job, I was able to have an engineer help produce some intake flanges for my new manifold.




Credit for the design work goes to a UK car forum called TurboSport. The design can be found here: http://www.turbosport.co.uk/showthread.php?155793-Zetec-inlet-manifold-drawing

The flange is made from 3/8" thick aluminum. I need to round off a few uncut corners but I think it looks pretty good! I'll eventually port match it to the head. When it's done being welded, It will be somewhat identical to this intake manifold:

http://www.locostbuilders.co.uk/viewthread.php?tid=129604&page=1

In other news, tomorrow will probably be the dyno day for the MGB. [driving] I'm also going to have it weighed while I'm out and about. I'll upload the results when I get a chance.
 

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This is a great thread, it's nice to have a distraction from the usual "drop/tint/rims/what is my car doing/why is there no washer fluid warning light" threads. I know it's purely cosmetic but that valve cover is a thing of beauty and you've probably inspired some people with it.

Out of curiousity, did you consider the SVT engine? Florida is probably littered with wrecked SVTs (where I bought mine) and stock vs. stock it's an appreciable jump in power and should bolt in the same way.
 

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With the head work and ITB's he'll surpass what the SVT has, unless he put the ITB's on the SVT but still they would be so close. The normal zetec would most likely be the much cheaper option, that and he already has the parts for it.
 

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dude, you are like a god to me.

awesome project...great photos...amazing talent

so many questions...

ZX9R carbs?!? wtf?? That's awesome - mated to a custom manifold, ported head, and stage II cam, that baby is gonna scream!! What's the cfm on that 4x carb - over 600?? Is it easy to sync?

...Back in the 80's, I had a '79 Spitfire. Replaced the 150 cfm Zenith-Stromberg "dashpot" carb with a 350 cfm Weber DCOE sidedraft. Not a bad product considering it was Italian engineering, but with so many jets it cost an arm+leg to tune. Supplier who sold it to me said "Guaranteed to work right out of the box!" Well...that turned out to be technically true - in some alternate universe where a 6000RPM idle qualifies as "working right out of the box".
 

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Hi! I'm the other half of the build team ( dad) and this is one of the coolest projects we've ever done! I've been wanting to do an MGB for a long time!
Ah, so you finally quit lurking and joined the forum! [neener]

Everybody, my father is helping me with this build since he's been a grease monkey for a long time and is the most knowledgable person I know. He's rebuilt/owned dozens of interesting cars and even founded fordsix.com, a forum dedicated to Ford inline six engines. His current cars are his 1983 Jaguar XJS (which is currently powered by a pretty peppy Chevy small block 350) and his 1932 Ford Roadster.




We built most of the 32 roadster together and it was a lot of fun.

It's been a few years since I've worked on a car project with my dad but two things made me want to start this new project: First, a close friend of ours was killed by a suicidal driver about three months ago while driving on the highway. He was a fellow "car guy" and loved to work on sprint cars with his son. The news of his death was devastating but made me realize that life is too short and it's important to spend time with the people you love. In a way, restoring the MGB with my dad is a great dedication to our friend. Second, I'm getting married and starting grad school soon. I figured we should work on a project before my future wife sees how much money I spend on cars. [giddy]

But seriously, it means a lot to have him helping me with this project. Please welcome him to the forum. [welcome]
 

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Hi! I'm the other half of the build team ( dad) and this is one of the coolest projects we've ever done! I've been wanting to do an MGB for a long time!

Stand by; lots of updates to follow!
welcome to the forum!

I'm living vicariously through you two, so don't disappoint me. [hihi]
 

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Your very lucky to have a father to share your builds with.
Absolutely. It's been a great way to spend time with each other. We've had a lot of good memories building things together and he's always been a great help. This is my first time documenting a build so it's also nice to be able to share it with the Focus community and receive some feedback.

I'm living vicariously through you two, so don't disappoint me.
I hope everybody here enjoys what I have planned.
I should have a lot more updates in a week or two. [:D]
 

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This has now become my favorite build thread!
 

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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.
 
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