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32nd Annual MGs on the Green, Concord, NC. www.metrolinamgcarclub.com .
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Cars for sale / 1976 B Roadster
« Last post by amgba on May 25, 2020, 12:47:59 PM »
1976 B Roadster detailed throughout.  Repaint and interior excellent. Cylinders 135-140. Tires like new. Five chrome wires excellent condition. Front end rebuilt, undercoated and body rust treated, carbs rebuilt. Like new top, small tonneau and full tonneau. Recent service and tune up. Everything works as designed. OVERDRIVE! Needs nothing. Alexandria VA. Ed for more pics at eddie6842@gmail.com or 703-310-4097.
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Engine Related Items / Re: Block for V8 conversion
« Last post by Art on May 22, 2020, 12:52:27 PM »
I agree with Scott.  Forget about the horsepower, the 350 Chevy or 351 Ford are all iron and way too heavy for the suspension or any kind of decent handling. 

The real beauty of the original Costello/Factory MGB V8 swap was that the GM 215 CID or the Rover 3.5L (essentially the same engine) were aluminium blocks and heads, so were about the same weight as the cast iron 1.8L I-4 they replaced.  Only suspension change was to use steel-sleeved bushings on the inner control arms of the front end (still available from Moss or Victoria British catalogs).  They also tended to run cooler for the same reason.  Note that the Rover 3.5 is 'based' on the original GM engine that was used in the Buick Skylark, Oldsmobile F-85 and even the Pontiac Tempest for their first few years of production.  As a unit the GM and Rover engines are interchangeable.  They are also plentiful.  GM built nearly 3 million of them over 3 years in the early 60's and BMC used the 3.5L and a later 4.0L variant up through about 1990 in various models, including the MGR V8.

I helped a friend in Costa Rica with older Range Rovers equipped with the 3.5L V8 back in the mid 80's that were having both reliability and altitude problems.  We ditched the SU carbs, Lucas ignition, distributors and alternators for Holley or Carter 4bbls on Edelbrock or Weiand manifolds and either Crane aftermarket or stock GM HEI distributors along with Delco alternators. All bolted right in and performed really well and reliably.

Finding a Rover (or GM) and equipping it with aftermarket performance gear (all still available from performance catalogs like JEGS) can make a pretty formidable performer in an MGB.  And you lose nothing on handling due to excessive weight, like the CI V8s you're considering.  Conversion kits are available from Andy's Motorsports (https://www.andysautosport.com/) and others.  Consider using the Mustang 5 speed box conversion as well.

Safety Fast!

Art
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Use a good spray adhesive, like 3M, and insure you don't get it anywhere you don't want it. When fitting your pad, get help to maneuver it into position where you want it before pressing the pad down into the adhesive. Once down, it's not going to move. Use a plastic or wooden tool to work the edges of the material under the reinforcement under the bonnet/hood. It looks really nice and neat if you can get the pad centered between the reinforcements and then tucked neatly under them.

Scott Stuchell
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Moss Part #409-008.
$39.99

Ralph Littlefield
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Check Little British Car Company for hood liners.

Larry Norton
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I am looking to replace the felt insulation underneath the engine hood/bonnet of my 1977 MGB.

Any recommendations?

Thanks in advance,
Don

p.s. I couldn’t find anything on the Moss motors website.
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Use a good spray adhesive, like 3M, and insure you don't get it anywhere you don't want it. When fitting your pad, get help to maneuver it into position where you want it before pressing the pad down into the adhesive. Once down, it's not going to move. Use a plastic or wooden tool to work the edges of the material under the reinforcement under the bonnet/hood. It looks really nice and neat if you can get the pad centered between the reinforcements and then tucked neatly under them.

Scott Stuchell
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Moss Part #409-008.
$39.99

Ralph Littlefield
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