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Walrus1954 Neil Peniston
Calgary, AB, Canada   CAN
Hi All,

Looking at numerous pictures on the V8 web site I note that many have modified radiators located right up against the slam panel. I have a CB GT into which I have transplanted a 4L Rover motor.
Space is at a premium due to the longer crank shaft.

The hood release mechanism takes up valuable space. What modifications are possible ? I have thought of using hood pins but want to keep the over all look as close to original as possible.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Cheers Neil P.

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Jim Blackwood * BlownMGB-V8
Gunpowder Rd, Florence, KY, USA   USA
Neil, I like to keep the hood pin in the stock location. That's not to say I don't modify anything in the process, in fact everything else if fair game including the hood pin head size. I like a removable stainless slam panel. Easily formed by any sheet metal shop and it can incorporate the top radiator mount and fan mount in the panel. For more engine space I like to tilt the radiator forward at the bottom, and add a lower radiator support and crash guard. See the MG Roadmaster for details.

Jim

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1744 Gold Member Bill Guzman
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Walrus1954 Neil Peniston
Calgary, AB, Canada   CAN
Sorry Bill I am not sure what pictures you want. It is a standard MGB hood release mechanism. Want I want to know is what alternative others use to maximize space in front of the engine . The release lever (i.e. where the release cable attaches) projects backwards about 1.5 inches. Doing away with this mechanism would gain valuable inches.

Cheers Neil P.

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Mustangsix Gold Member Jack Collins
Orlando, FL, USA   USA
Or cut it out and turn it 180 just like an MGC.


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Walrus1954 Neil Peniston
Calgary, AB, Canada   CAN
Jack, That sounds like a good idea Thanks!

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1744 Gold Member Bill Guzman
CA, USA   USA
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Yes, 180 will give you some extra room. That is what is done when the hood cable is deleted from inside and install a short one from outside.


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Jim Blackwood * BlownMGB-V8
Gunpowder Rd, Florence, KY, USA   USA
Yes, of course. That mod is automatic.

Jim

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Mustangsix Gold Member Jack Collins
Orlando, FL, USA   USA
Keep in mind on an MGC the cable end is fixed to the slam panel and the sheath acts against the lever.


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MGB567 Gold Member Barrie Braxton
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia   AUS
1966 MG MGB MkI "Money Guzzler"
1979 MG MGB GT V8 Conversion "Darkside"
How's this for non original (but because I have no pics you all won't believe me) tongue sticking out smiley

My slam panel is removable so engine transmission R & R made easier. The secondary bonnet clip was clashing with my condenser so I cut a slot either side of the bonnet added a plate and set up for a secondary catch either side. Then I decided my dick was really in the way so it's gone and a pair of those below fitted - I know you didn't want to cut up the bonnet but you did ask what others have done .



Convertible: CKD 11/66 first registered 8/5/67. Owned since 3/77. 90% original sheet metal. 18GB +40 balanced with almost all new internals. Peter Burgess big valve fast road head. Piper 285. Fidanza FW. Basil's followers and pushrods. TR7clutch. TT exhaust. ARP everywhere. 123 ign. Needham 4synchro c/r box.. Stock rebuilt/replaced suspension. Superpro bushes. New brakes all round including all pipes in SS flex. Interior redone. CAMS approved roll bar and side bars. Lots more. Hybrid of o/e and show/fast road car. Not for sale - it's my toy!

GT: UK car built/sold December '78. Stripped back to bare shell with VW Golf flared guards, flush fit front and rear valances with front guards immovable. Front and rear seams removed,Torana XU1 vents, frenched indicators front & Mk1 rear lights. Powered by 'worked' Rover 5 litre V8 (ex TVR Chimaera) with efi. T5 box. FC IFS. CCE rear attached to Salisbury axle with Quaife. All new interior with MrMikes covers on MX5 seats. Retro4 7x15 rims (zero offset) and 205/55 rubber. Colour: Jaguar Storm. Not for sale - it's my sanity!


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Walrus1954 Neil Peniston
Calgary, AB, Canada   CAN
Thanks Barrie,

I was actually thinking that I would have to go the same route as you but using the more "old school" pins/ring/cable. Maybe it just 'cos I'm cheap.

Cheers, Neil.

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V8MGBV8 Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN, USA   USA
Your what was in the way?! eye popping smiley

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Mustangsix Gold Member Jack Collins
Orlando, FL, USA   USA
In reply to # 3893836 by MGB567
.........Then I decided my dick was really in the way so it's gone and a pair of those below fitted ........

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MGB567 Gold Member Barrie Braxton
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia   AUS
1966 MG MGB MkI "Money Guzzler"
1979 MG MGB GT V8 Conversion "Darkside"
In case clarification needed 1st pic not 2nd moon



Convertible: CKD 11/66 first registered 8/5/67. Owned since 3/77. 90% original sheet metal. 18GB +40 balanced with almost all new internals. Peter Burgess big valve fast road head. Piper 285. Fidanza FW. Basil's followers and pushrods. TR7clutch. TT exhaust. ARP everywhere. 123 ign. Needham 4synchro c/r box.. Stock rebuilt/replaced suspension. Superpro bushes. New brakes all round including all pipes in SS flex. Interior redone. CAMS approved roll bar and side bars. Lots more. Hybrid of o/e and show/fast road car. Not for sale - it's my toy!

GT: UK car built/sold December '78. Stripped back to bare shell with VW Golf flared guards, flush fit front and rear valances with front guards immovable. Front and rear seams removed,Torana XU1 vents, frenched indicators front & Mk1 rear lights. Powered by 'worked' Rover 5 litre V8 (ex TVR Chimaera) with efi. T5 box. FC IFS. CCE rear attached to Salisbury axle with Quaife. All new interior with MrMikes covers on MX5 seats. Retro4 7x15 rims (zero offset) and 205/55 rubber. Colour: Jaguar Storm. Not for sale - it's my sanity!


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40indianss don foote
2walla wa, USA   USA
I have looked at those hood latchs and wonder if they fit or can be curved to fit the curvature of the hood. If so that would be a very nice solution and could provide a more secure locking mechanism. Has anyone used them?

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