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scottydawg Scott B
MTP, SC, USA   usa
1973 MG MGB
This thread got me thinking:
http://www.mgexperience.net/phorum/read.php?40,780424

Does anyone have any idea if an I-6 transplant has ever been done on an MGB? I was specifically thinking about the 80's BMW 2.0-2.3 litre engines.





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Niels Niels Christian Nielsen
Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway   nor
1967 TVR Vixen "Little Thunder"
2004 MG ZT
There was one with a Nissan Skyline RB25DET(t?) in a post on here a few months back. It had to have the heater shelf cut out to make it fit.



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scottydawg Scott B
MTP, SC, USA   usa
1973 MG MGB
Depending on the oil pan config, it might be possible to move the engine forward along with the rad...

I mean, they did it with the MGC. I like the BMW motors, they're nice and torquey.






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chuckw2 Chuck Williams
SoCal high desert, USA   usa
1967 MG MGB
There's a youtube video of a turbo Supra-powered GT beating the snot out of a new Vette in a drag race.

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scottydawg Scott B
MTP, SC, USA   usa
1973 MG MGB
I actually had an email exchange with that guy.

That car is insane.

Niels, thanks for the tip, I searched and now my brain is full.

I have a line on a 5-speed 2.3 1983 driveline. Unfortunately it's still attached to a Baur eurospec 323i and the owner wants $900.





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Niels Niels Christian Nielsen
Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway   nor
1967 TVR Vixen "Little Thunder"
2004 MG ZT
Good thing about the BMW engines is that they're slanted over to the righthand side making them less tall. Howevere there's not much room from the front crossmember up underneathe the bonnet so even if the engine had a rear bowl sump it won't be possible to fit anything larger than a rotary ov the cross member. Have a look at my zetec thread for pics.

Best way to fit would be to remove heater shelf IMO. If you do go BMW engine there's not much difference between the 323i engine upto the last 6 cyl M3 engine in outer dimensions if I remember correctly so the scope for future upgrades would be fenomenal.



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scottydawg Scott B
MTP, SC, USA   usa
1973 MG MGB
Right on, Niels.

I don't have a problem cutting up a crossmember for more clearance. It's when you start moving the steering rack around that you start to get weird things happening.





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Benny Silver Member Ben E
San Diego, CA, USA   usa
scottydawg Wrote:
Quote: It's when you start moving the steering rack around that you start to get weird things happening.

Weird things also start happening when you start cutting strength out of sheetmetal box sections designed to carry all of the loads from the suspension springs, the dampers, and the brakes.

The B crossmember is over-built, there's no doubt, but there are limits as to what you could/should take out of it.

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scottydawg Scott B
MTP, SC, USA   usa
1973 MG MGB
I'm aware of that.




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Niels Niels Christian Nielsen
Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway   nor
1967 TVR Vixen "Little Thunder"
2004 MG ZT
Benny - that is exactly why I modified my sump instead of the front crossmember



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1744 Gold Member Bill Guzman
California, USA   usa
1973 MG MGB GT "Renegade I GT"
1974 MG MGB "Renegade"
There is an MGB with a V12 Jaguar, the question is why an Inline engine.

Moving the rack is not a big deal, if you know what you are doing.


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cstrong45 Charles Strong
Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA   usa
Why not use a Subaru 2.5 liter 4 cylinder wiht a single turbo system producing a maximum 11.6 psi of boost that bumps the 2.5's output from 165 to 210 horsepower at 5600 rpm and a hearty 235 pound-feet of torque at 3600 rpm. It would fit into a B easily.

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sailadams Silver Member Larry Adams
Brookhaven, GA, USA   usa
1966 Chevrolet Corvair
1967 Buick Special
1967 MG MGB GT "Jose The GT"
1976 MG MGB
Because an inline 6 is perfectly balanced, all by itself. But maybe even more because there is no exhaust note like it, except a V-12. If someone has put a 100mm or 91mm BMW 6 in an MGB or MGC, I would love to hear how.

Niels Niels Christian Nielsen
Trondheim, Sør-Trøndelag, Norway   nor
1967 TVR Vixen "Little Thunder"
2004 MG ZT
cstrong45 Wrote:
Quote: Why not use a Subaru 2.5 liter 4 cylinder wiht a single turbo system producing a maximum 11.6 psi of boost that bumps the 2.5's output from 165 to 210 horsepower at 5600 rpm and a hearty 235 pound-feet of torque at 3600 rpm. It would fit into a B easily.


I don't see how it'll fit. It's surely too wide being a boxer?

But I agree that a I6 would be awesome in a B (or a better I6 in a C). My dad used to have a Rover SD1 2600 and there's sometinhg about the howl from a I6 on full song smiling smiley




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david76 david peterson
NH, USA   usa
cstrong45 Wrote:
Quote: Why not use a Subaru 2.5 liter 4 cylinder wiht a single turbo system producing a maximum 11.6 psi of boost that bumps the 2.5's output from 165 to 210 horsepower at 5600 rpm and a hearty 235 pound-feet of torque at 3600 rpm. It would fit into a B easily.

the biggest problem i have with any subaru power plant is no RWD.

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