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Re: MGB Engine conversion

To: "Thomas James Pokrefke" <>
Subject: Re: MGB Engine conversion
From: (Milo Kral)
Date: Thu, 5 Dec 1996 16:08:17 -0400
If you're going to do a conversion,  make it a V8.  There have been MANY
discussions of this in this group,   so the knowledge base of how to do it
is available.  The '78B is actually one of the easier years to convert.
BTW,  I've been in a V8-converted MG and it will blow the doors off almost
anything else on the road.  The Buick 215 CID V8 actually weighs less than
the MG 1800cc engine,  many transmissions bolt up and the rear end can be
converted by changing gears in the existing differential, or an MGC diff or
a modified Ford diff.  Total cost for the conversion could be quite low
depending on how you go about it.


>For all the MGB purists, please delete this.
>To those with more liberal minds, a good friend with a 1978 MGB called me last
>night.  Hid B has been out of commission for the past 9 months, courtesy
>of the
>Prince.  He is now driving a leased Nissan truck that will earn him a
>penalty for exceeding mileage (if he continues the trend).  He wants to put a
>modern V-6 in his MGB and use that as his driver.  I talked him out of it
>based on
>the increase in weight decreasing handling.
>However, an interesting question did arise.  When one switches engines, it is
>necessary to change transmissions?  Rear-ends?  how complicated is the
>Is it hard to find a angine that would bolt up to the MGB transmission?
>Any help you can offer will certainly help Jim 'get back in the fold'.
>Thanks in advance,
>Thomas James Pokrefke, III
>1970 MGB

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