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MGB powered TD (I am not destroying a completely original car!)

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Tom Bartlett Avatar
Double Springs, AL, USA   USA
1924 CycleKart American
1930 CycleKart Great Britain
1952 MG TD
1957 Lotus Seven "Lotus Seven Replica"    & more
Thanks for the many suggestions! I really love Ralph's example. You all have given me many ideas. I especially like the MGB front end for the disc brakes, and the MGB rear for the better gear ratio. I am picking up a MGB parts car next week, and although I am pulled toward keeping it all MG, I have an extra Toyota T-50 (5-speed) left over from my Lotus 7 projects. The T-50 shifts almost as smooth as a Miata and the ratios are ideal.

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V8MGBV8 Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN, USA   USA
Years ago, there was a TD in our club that had an MGB engine & overdrive trans. Great driver.

A friend of mine is build in a TD with same, plus lowered MGB spindles & brakes. His neat twist is that he grafted the MGB pedal box into the TD firewall. Big improvement.

260mgb Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA, USA   USA
In that case, I would use a Toyota 3TC motor.

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Tom Bartlett Avatar
Double Springs, AL, USA   USA
1924 CycleKart American
1930 CycleKart Great Britain
1952 MG TD
1957 Lotus Seven "Lotus Seven Replica"    & more
Update on MGB powered TD:
Hard to believe that a year has passed, but it has been a fun year because of the project. I have installed the MGB engine, transmission, front suspension, and rear suspension. Then placed the body back on the frame. I am installing the suspended MGB pedals. Still having fun in retirement. Adding a few pictures.
Tom


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260mgb Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA, USA   USA
Tom, Very nice!

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Boze Silver Member Rick Bosak
Twin Cities, MN, USA   USA
1966 Austin-Healey Sprite "Time Machine"
Wow great progress Tom. Looks like it's a runner already.



66 Sprite, "though she be but little, she is fierce"

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markfavale Mark Favale
Portland, CT, USA   USA
1953 MG TD
I am just finishing up a very similar project. I picked up a TD that someone had altered to fit in a V8. I picked up a new firewall and put a B engine in. I kept the original TD brakes and suspension.
There are several little hurdles, but nothing that can't be done. Let me know if you have any specific questions. One thing I can tell you that will save you some frustration is that the engine is going to have to be "rolled" or tilted counterclockwise (looking at it from the front) just a bit to clear the steering column.



Mark
Portland, CT
53 TD with an 18V

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