MGB V8 Conversion

MGB V8 Conversion

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v8250

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171 months

Thursday 20th March 2014
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Afternoon All, so the work continues at quite a rate. Underbody's spotlessly clean of waxoyl and stone chip. Treated with two coats of Hydrate 80 and is now in primer. Completing dummy run assembly and to install the the stainless steel twin exhaust. To be frank, it's a slight pain in the arse as the kit supplied is not designed for the Hoyle rear suspension so am having to hand make the rear sections between the front silencers and rear baffled tail pipes. Here, the space is very tight between the centralized fuel tank and the rear chassis inner verticals; but they will fit. Here are some time for tea pics'. Plus, have just had insurance quote for only £139.50 with the correct agreed valuation...!! That's not bad considering the level of modifications smile















PS those very nice people as British Motor Heritage in Witney have donated the gearbox tunnel height increasing plate to the project. Tunnel has been cut out, new plate goes in this weekend...

Edited by v8250 on Thursday 20th March 14:25

HumbleJim

20,103 posts

143 months

Thursday 20th March 2014
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looking lovely. thumbup

lucebayjack

163 posts

127 months

Thursday 20th March 2014
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Top work! So, so, very clean. It will seem wrong to drive it.

v8250

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171 months

Friday 21st March 2014
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Thanks Guys, still a long way to go...really can't wait for her to be on the road as taking the car to the Alpes in July smile

mgtony

3,472 posts

150 months

Saturday 29th March 2014
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Hi Andrew, a bit of summer here at last! Took mine out today for a drive.
Did you have the standard rear diff/axle of the B for sale?? I've got a slight rumble and think its the diff, but need to get it up in the air to investigate. smile

v8250

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171 months

Sunday 30th March 2014
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Hi Tony, you'll have an email this evening.

Church of Noise

1,160 posts

197 months

Thursday 10th April 2014
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Bookmarked!

Is that one of Clive Wheatly's engine steady bars?
Seriously considering getting one for mine as well...

Keep up the good work!

v8250

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Thursday 10th April 2014
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Church of Noise said:
Bookmarked! Is that one of Clive Wheatly's engine steady bars?
Seriously considering getting one for mine as well...

Keep up the good work!
Thanks Alex, yes it's one of Clive's steady bars. In the flesh they're very well thought through, lightweight, and strong. I think all B' V8's should have a steady bar of some sort as the old style engine mounting rubbers do take a pounding...similar with the overall weight/forces through to the gearbox too...so every little helps.

PS have you signed up for Club 55 yet?

Church of Noise

1,160 posts

197 months

Friday 11th April 2014
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v8250 said:
Thanks Alex, yes it's one of Clive's steady bars. In the flesh they're very well thought through, lightweight, and strong. I think all B' V8's should have a steady bar of some sort as the old style engine mounting rubbers do take a pounding...similar with the overall weight/forces through to the gearbox too...so every little helps.

PS have you signed up for Club 55 yet?
Excellent info, thanks!

Just signed up biggrin
(I must be the first foreign member)

v8250

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Saturday 3rd May 2014
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Project update: have been uber busy completing final prep' before spraying with tintable Raptor & waiting delivery of MGC bonnet and Sebring rear valence from Honeybourne Mouldings. Yesterday completed Raptor spraying and am really chuffed with the results as this was the first time I've sprayed a car. Used one of the turbine-type sprayer called an Apollo Spraymaster 1200 and it's a very good tool giving excellent results. What do you guys think...












The colour looks odd in the pics'...it is Brooklands Green in the flesh!

Next stage is to remove car from the rotisserie and back onto axle stands...then fit front and rear valence, apparently a bugger of a job[!], buzz back and prep engine bay, inner boot and bonnet. This w/e rework the V8 injection wiring loom. Once all done I can finally start on the car build proper. A+

Edited by v8250 on Saturday 3rd May 12:46

task

417 posts

131 months

Tuesday 6th May 2014
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This looks to be coming along really well smile

I'm just at the paint stage with my GT restoration/conversion, I can't wait to get some colour on it! Keep up the good work.

v8250

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Tuesday 6th May 2014
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Thanks, task. The outer panels were resprayed a few years ago with acrylic. I'm needing to spray the engine bay, font end/Sebring spoiler, bonnet, boot, rear Sebring spoiler and near area; so...this is going to be challenging as 1, never sprayed with acrylic before and 2, I'm going to have the learn to 'blend'. Still some way to go before spraying starts as still at prep' stage.

Have you any advice on the above which would help?

task

417 posts

131 months

Thursday 8th May 2014
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Haven't sprayed with acrylic before, normally use celly. If the paint is only a year old then blending shouldn't be too much of an issue? The fact the panels have visible lines between them and the original panels should help too.

Are you using an air-fed mask to spray the acrylic?

v8250

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Thursday 8th May 2014
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task said:
Are you using an air-fed mask to spray the acrylic?
Not quite. I'm using the Gerson 2k disposables [36hr max' usage - I'll only use for 8hrs max'] plus complete coverall and face mask + have rigged up very good airflow [input and extraction] within tented double garage. Garage door open 1/3rd, side door open + 3x large velux windows open on 1st floor + 2x industrial air extractor units; the airflow is excellent. Using HVLP so there's only a tiny amount of overspray. Used this set up when sprayed the Raptor tintable. The working environment was very comfortable from initial mixing to finished job. Am very aware of what 2k acrylic and isocyanates can do. I do value my health.

task

417 posts

131 months

Saturday 10th May 2014
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v8250 said:
Not quite. I'm using the Gerson 2k disposables [36hr max' usage - I'll only use for 8hrs max'] plus complete coverall and face mask + have rigged up very good airflow [input and extraction] within tented double garage. Garage door open 1/3rd, side door open + 3x large velux windows open on 1st floor + 2x industrial air extractor units; the airflow is excellent. Using HVLP so there's only a tiny amount of overspray. Used this set up when sprayed the Raptor tintable. The working environment was very comfortable from initial mixing to finished job. Am very aware of what 2k acrylic and isocyanates can do. I do value my health.
Sounds like you've got a good plan then, we spent a while looking at air fed masks and other options but couldn't decide which direction to go, ended up using a filter mask and creating airflow as you have. I've been using HVLP for the primer, it does give far less wastage than standard guns!

Church of Noise

1,160 posts

197 months

Friday 8th August 2014
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V8250,

How's this progressing? smile

v8250

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Saturday 9th August 2014
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Morning Alex, sat here with second cup of tea of the day knowing I need to get back into the garage and crack on.

So, progress. Didn't realize it's such a long time since last posting. The summer to date has been immensely busy with the V8 project, searching for/buying a new Forester, the summer holiday et al. So, the V8 conversion is progressing well. Finally the bodywork is finished...at last! And to be frank, the Sebring back end was very very difficult to get right. Simply, the GRP panels available are all crap and need an enormous amount of reworking to fit and look correct. I even tracked down an alloy panel that was 20mm out of shape in some areas; bloody ridiculous.





Naturally, it was rejected.

Good news is that the rear end is looking pretty good and for a novice sprayer I'm very pleased with the results. Am slowly forgetting how many hours were spent profiling, sanding back, flattening back with 1500 and 2000 grade and finally polishing. Plus engine, gearbox, front + rear suspension and steering rack are installed. I'll send some updated pics over the weekend.

Another bonus is that I had wanted to install a good quality twin roll hoop system behind the seats; these are very hard to find. Fellow PH'er, llohcins, emailed me with a link to an ebay sale. Made contact with the seller who, as luck would have it, lived only 40 minutes away. Viewed and bought straight away as the workmanship and welding is very good. It needs sanding back and repainting...



Need to buy the wheels and tyres this week as standard 14" are too small to fit over discs and calipers. The car hasn't rolled since last October and need the car sitting on wheels to set up and fully tighten the suspension.

Simon wavey what's new fella'? How's your GT coming on? Fancy a beer in deepest darkest West Berkshire?

v8250

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171 months

Wednesday 13th August 2014
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Alec/All, here are some 'teaser' pics taken this morning...and it's been a slightly expensive morning as ordered new 6x15 wheels and tyres, lightweight starter motor and alternator, hydraulic boot stays, early rear lamp assemblies...plus the ACT plenum trumpets arrived in post this morning smile










Church of Noise

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197 months

Thursday 14th August 2014
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That is starting to look awesome sir!

I will try & refrain from being inspired by this biggrin

100 IAN

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122 months

Thursday 14th August 2014
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What size tyres have you chosen to fit?

With the Hoyle front suspension kit can you adjust the ride height?

Being a '77 rubber bumpered shell have you kept the higher ride-height or dropped it down to that of the chrome bumpered cars?