I keep hearing this "tractor engine" stuff. I know it's funny and it's a
myth we perpetuate ourselves, but really, the B-series engine was an LBC
powerplant all along. Does anyone really think you could pull a tractor
with the original 1500 version? I suspect the canard is derived from the
characteristics of an earlier generation of British engines, with the
extremely high stroke-to-bore ratios (hence high torque compared to peak
power, as in a tractor) driven by the antiquated tax laws. The B engine
is slightly undersquare, but not anything like a traditional Riley, for
Now an A-H BN1, that's another story...
No quibble with your post, Paul, just a general observation.
Paul Hammarstedt had this to say:
>Still, I'm anxious to get the B on the road. The footroom, tractor engine,
>required fiddling, and Brit character are badly missed.
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
looks particularly bad since some SUV clown backed into it.
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the red one with the silver bootlid.