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Re: Miscellaneous Failings

Subject: Re: Miscellaneous Failings
Date: Tue, 28 Dec 1999 10:19:24 EST
In a message dated 12/28/99 9:11:58 AM Eastern Standard Time, writes:

<< Way smoother with the Roller
 Rockers and lightweight lifters. She'll now rev to over 6000rpm without a
 complaint. More torque everywhere, but noticeably more power up high where
 she really takes off, probably thanks to the larger MGB valves and the
 porting >>

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Good job, Neil.  I can't help with your questions, but your comment about 
more torque brought something to mind.

I am amazed at how much torque my 1500 Midget has.  I had the pleasure to 
drive in an SCCA Divisional rally earlier this year.  My navigator for that 
event is a national champion (I'm not! :-( ), so I drove his car while he 
took the right seat.  He has a VW Golf with a 5-speed.  I was surprised at 
how little GO it has at low RPM.  I had to constantly downshift.  And the 
gearing is pretty lousy, too.  There was little difference between 2nd and 
3rd, so I skipped 3rd most of the time.

I understand that the new Japanese V-Tech engines are like this.  Nothing off 
the line until you get up to 6000 RPM or better.  We have a lot more fun in 
our British Iron.  Remember, HP sells cars, torque wins races!

Allen Hefner
SCCA Philly Region Rally Steward
'77 Midget
'92 Mitsubishi Expo LRV Sport

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