Pro Street Style MGB GT

Pro Street Style MGB GT

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Andy Meads

320 posts

151 months

Tuesday 11th September 2018
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Glad to see progress! Keep up the good work.

Flying Phil

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970 posts

93 months

Tuesday 11th September 2018
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Thanks Andy and .......tonight I was back in the garage and a bit more done. As the bodyshell has now got a fixed position and the carbs have been tightened into place the clearance of the ram pipes to the scuttle has closed up and so I have been grinding and filing the scuttle and ram pipe bases to get some clearance back.
I also spent a bit of time putting temporary switches into the temporary wiring for ignition, starter and fuel pump - except that my first switch was defective......off/off!!

Flying Phil

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970 posts

93 months

Saturday 29th September 2018
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Anyway I have done some more as the weather is warm and the gravitational pull has been beaten by guilt at my lack of progress.....So I was looking at the accelerator pedal and how to link it to the cable with sufficient movement of the cable inner (- 7.5 cm). A length of steel rod welded to the foot pedal and a cradle welded to the pedal box structure and lo we have a working throttle pedal. I will make a box to enclose it and that will also shield it from the exhaust pipe heat.





Flying Phil

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970 posts

93 months

Monday 1st October 2018
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The throttle pedal works a treat as I have fired up the "B" a couple of times now - apart from a couple of "lazy" wet plugs, it is firing nearly on 12!

Flying Phil

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970 posts

93 months

Friday 9th November 2018
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Just returned from the garage and it is still firing on "nearly all" cylinders! As it is quite loud.... I feel guilty firing it up. I do have the XJ-S rear pipes and silencer boxes and so I will fabricate a "Slide - on" exhaust system....soon. However, I keep spending time on the Great Central Railway.

Flying Phil

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970 posts

93 months

Monday 24th December 2018
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As it is that time of the year here is festive V12 fun!

As can be seen I have done very little..... apart from getting the engine fired up this year!


Andy Meads

320 posts

151 months

Sunday 10th March
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Just thought I’d check in to see whether it’s firing on all 12 yet?

Andy

Flying Phil

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970 posts

93 months

Monday 18th March
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Hi Andy - sorry for delay but away on hols...and the last fire up after Christmas was very brief and still on 10. Now the weather is improving I really will have to get more done.....but I keep getting diverted spending time on the GCR with big trains and trucks.

Flying Phil

Original Poster:

970 posts

93 months

Saturday 16th November
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Eeeekk!
Well I've got 6 weeks to get some more done to the BGT. I did suffer from a "Mojo Failure" at the beginning of this year, but then I had my "Frogeye Sprite NEC Saga". That is now over and I still have a bit of enthusiasm, so the BGT will be worked on again.
I would like to get the engine running and get the gearbox in action with the back end jacked up. I need to get the brakes plumbed in before I try to move the car under its own power.....I can do sensible!

Flying Phil

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970 posts

93 months

Sunday 17th November
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A bit of garage tidying and sorting through some old bits of tube and I now have the basis of an exhaust system with silencers.


S100HP

10,424 posts

115 months

Monday 18th November
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wow!

Flying Phil

Original Poster:

970 posts

93 months

Monday 18th November
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Thanks S100HP
More progress as the car is now up in the air to get the exhausts sorted. However whilst doing that, I also swapped batteries and attempted to start the engine again. Then I found the centre carbs slightly seized...got that sorted and lost the sparks, got that sorted and jammed the starter....got that sorted and finally the engine briefly coughed into life again!
Now I am having to get a bit more clearance for the rearmost carbs and trumpets.

classicaholic

401 posts

18 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Looking good Phil, hope you can do as well as the Frogeye, maybe you should offer to be on the stand for the restoration show in the spring, that will get you moving!

Flying Phil

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970 posts

93 months

Tuesday 19th November
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Thanks Classicaholic. This is no way a "Show" car! It is just a project that has evolved as a bit of "garage candy" to keep me amused....
I've had a short session today and have been able to split one of the exhaust pipes. I realised that, on the donor XJ6, the silencer is at the front near the engine - hence the curved manifold pipe and I will have mine at the back. So I will need to reverse the silencer, relative to the long pipe, to get the correct flow direction (not sure if it matters, but better to keep it, sort of, as designed).
I also remembered that the section of "Y" tubing actually came from the original "Super B" in 1990.....

Flying Phil

Original Poster:

970 posts

93 months

Wednesday 20th November
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Another little bit of time to have a grovel under the car to try exhaust positioning.


...and "yes" I have managed to lose my other axle stand!

Turn7

16,527 posts

169 months

Wednesday 20th November
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Wow. Just stumbled on this thread.

Phil Herrick, MGB, Drag racing.......

Ive been a Pod visitor since my 12th Birthday, and my 55th is due next year...

And yet I still find the name Herrick and MGB inseperable......

Great to see the thread and wishing you all the best !

Flying Phil

Original Poster:

970 posts

93 months

Thursday 21st November
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Thanks Turn7.....I think I am getting too old!
I have now got the silencer in a reasonable position, made clearance around the rear carbs and started to consider the last water connection to the radiator.




Flying Phil

Original Poster:

970 posts

93 months

Friday 22nd November
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A nice piece of angled Aluminium tube should do the trick, except that Marton Welding have now moved and it is the weekend, so I cannot get it welded yet....

Flying Phil

Original Poster:

970 posts

93 months

Friday 22nd November
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A new welding firm has been found and they have the tube, so progress is being maintained.

Flying Phil

Original Poster:

970 posts

93 months

Monday 25th November
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As I had been metal bashing to get the clearance around the back carbs, I have now been able to get the end ram pipes actually bolted in position, here is a picture to prove it....