The all-new Front Page News Feed is now live   Read the announcement
MGExp

MG Engine Swaps Forum

MGTD

Moss Motors
AutoShrine Sponsor
AutoShrine Sponsor
AutoShrine Sponsor
AutoShrine Sponsor

Re: MGTD
#16
2manycars r n
dc, CA, USA   USA
In reply to a post by V8MGBV8 If this is a good solid car, you really should keep the TD running gear if you have it.

I dont have the engine or trans, or any of the stuff that goes with it.

. Hide this ad & support a small business by becoming a Gold Supporting Member
Was this post helpful or interesting?
Yes No Thank
Re: MGTD
#17
kenzmyth47 Avatar
kenzmyth47 Ken S
Santa Rosa, CA, USA   USA
Hi, I recently purchased a 1953 MG TD from a widow in San Diego. Her husband bought the car, disassembled, in 1985. He put the car back on the road with an engine, transmission and differential from a wrecked 1977 MGB. A definite performance improvement. He also converted the front brakes with MGA 15" wire wheels, disc and caliper units. There was no MG TD running gear with the car when he got it. Though it may have a lower value than original or restored cars, I can comfortably drive it on the freeway, keep up with my Triumph and MGB friends and have been enjoying the car daily for the last few months since it has been put back on the road. When I got the TD it had been sitting for several years since the previous owner's death and needed new hydraulic master and slave cylinders, wheel cylinders and brake caliper units as well as new carpet and freshening as the mice and rats had used it as a home for a good while. All in all, this car has been a delight to drive with lots of waves, compliments and "my dad had one of those" stories along the road. In my experience with old cars, driveability and reliability trump originality and "restored to original" glory any day. Good luck with your conversion!


Attachments:
P1020853.jpg    52.7 KB
P1020853.jpg

Was this post helpful or interesting?
Yes No Thank
Re: MGTD
#18
kenzmyth47 Avatar
kenzmyth47 Ken S
Santa Rosa, CA, USA   USA
Car in San Diego

. Hide this ad & support a small business by becoming a Gold Supporting Member

Attachments:
P1020861.jpg    60.7 KB
P1020861.jpg

Was this post helpful or interesting?
Yes No Thank
Re: MGTD
#19
kenzmyth47 Avatar
kenzmyth47 Ken S
Santa Rosa, CA, USA   USA
Car at my house


Attachments:
1953MGTD_20100503_0085.jpg    59.1 KB
1953MGTD_20100503_0085.jpg

Was this post helpful or interesting?
Yes No Thank
Re: MGTD
#20
kenzmyth47 Avatar
kenzmyth47 Ken S
Santa Rosa, CA, USA   USA
another engine photo


Attachments:
1953MGTD_20100405_0004.jpg    64.2 KB
1953MGTD_20100405_0004.jpg

Was this post helpful or interesting?
Yes No Thank
Re: MGTD
#21
kenzmyth47 Avatar
kenzmyth47 Ken S
Santa Rosa, CA, USA   USA
My other converted car: 1966 MGB Rover V8 Roadster


Attachments:
031810_1665.jpg    50 KB
031810_1665.jpg

Was this post helpful or interesting?
Yes No Thank
Re: MGTD
#22
britcars Avatar
britcars Phil Ossinger
Fredericton, NB, Canada   CAN
A couple of nice looking cars Ken. How about some more details on the MGB Rover v8 conversion? Have you thought about doing a "How It Was Done" piece for British v8?

http://www.britishv8.org/Photos-MG-Conversions.htm



Adventure before Dementia.
The older you get, the more important it is not to act your age.

Was this post helpful or interesting?
Yes No Thank
Re: MGTD
#23
mowog1 Avatar
mowog1 Gold Member Rick Ingram
Saint Joseph, IL, USA   USA
1969 MG MGC "Vicky"
1972 MG MGB "Mallard"
1974 MG MGB GT V8 Conversion "The V8"
1978 MG MGB "Maggie"    & more
Jack....you really need to drive up to Indy for BritishV8 2010!!!!! We would love to see either your V8 OR your V12!



1969 MGC - 1972 MGB - 1974&1/2 MGB/GT V8 conversion - 1978 MGB

mowog1@aol.com


Member Services:
Pieces of Eight! has provided gas-charged bonnet & bootlid strut kits for the MGB/MGC and hatch kits for the MGB/GT-MGC/GT since 1996. We have recently added MG Midget bonnet and bootlid kits to inventory. Contact Rick at: mowog1@aol.com
Was this post helpful or interesting?
Yes No Thank
Re: MGTD
#24
kenzmyth47 Avatar
kenzmyth47 Ken S
Santa Rosa, CA, USA   USA
Phil, thanks for the compliment on my MGB V8. I post to the British V8 site on occasion and one of the members there asked me about
doing an article. I have not gotten my car to the 100% finished stage, yet, as I still have a couple of electrical issues and the
exhaust system to do. The car is driveable with the cobbled together exhaust, but the Lucas DLM8 distributor died, the Buick HEI I
bought to replace it won't fit under the hood and I am in the process of cleaning up a Buick points distributor to run the car
until I decide on an electronic unit that is more dependable and will fit under the hood. Even though it's a Rover V8, the timing cover
is from a Buick V6, so I had to convert the oil pump drive dog on the Lucas distributor. Any thoughts on a distributor?

Once it's done, I will work on a "How it was done" piece for the site.


Attachments:
031710_1657.jpg    64 KB
031710_1657.jpg

Was this post helpful or interesting?
Yes No Thank
Re: MGTD
#25
Edd Weninger Avatar
Arizona or SoCal, Overgaard AZ or H. Bch. CA, USA   USA
We're hijacking the thread, but I've run a Buick points distributor without trouble since 2003. I've not felt the need to convert to electronic.


Attachments:
MGBMotorRtQuarterSml.jpg    65 KB
MGBMotorRtQuarterSml.jpg

Was this post helpful or interesting?
Yes No Thank
Re: MGTD
#26
260mgb Jim Nichols
Sequim,WA, USA   USA
Pertronics igniter to replace points.

Was this post helpful or interesting?
Yes No Thank
Re: MGTD
#27
Roadking Jack Dowling
Atlanta, USA   USA
Rick,

I will be bringing either MGA V-12 or the MGTD V8 to Indy, I wish I could bring both.

Jack

Was this post helpful or interesting?
Yes No Thank
Re: MGTD
#28
mowog1 Avatar
mowog1 Gold Member Rick Ingram
Saint Joseph, IL, USA   USA
1969 MG MGC "Vicky"
1972 MG MGB "Mallard"
1974 MG MGB GT V8 Conversion "The V8"
1978 MG MGB "Maggie"    & more
In reply to a post by Roadking Rick,

I will be bringing either MGA V-12 or the MGTD V8 to Indy, I wish I could bring both.

Jack

Have you sent in your registration and reserved your room yet?

Earlybird registration end on May 31st...we take PayPal.



1969 MGC - 1972 MGB - 1974&1/2 MGB/GT V8 conversion - 1978 MGB

mowog1@aol.com


Member Services:
Pieces of Eight! has provided gas-charged bonnet & bootlid strut kits for the MGB/MGC and hatch kits for the MGB/GT-MGC/GT since 1996. We have recently added MG Midget bonnet and bootlid kits to inventory. Contact Rick at: mowog1@aol.com
Was this post helpful or interesting?
Yes No Thank
Re: MGTD
#29
Rich in Vancouver Avatar
Rich in Vancouver Rich McKie
Sunny South Surrey, BC, Canada   CAN
1997 MG MGF "VVC"
Here's a TD we did back in the mid-80's.
When we got it it had a Volvo engine and gearbox.
We swapped in an MGB engine gearbox (no 5-speedconversions back then)and rear end.
MGB front suspension, and seats. We bobbed the fenders ditched the bonnet
side panels and added the Brooklands screens and large vintage headlight pods fitted with 7" halogens
It was a quick car and lots of fun to drive.
It ended up in Germany.

Cheers,
Rich




Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2010-05-18 11:11 PM by Rich in Vancouver.

Was this post helpful or interesting?
Yes No Thank
Re: MGTD
#30
britcars Avatar
britcars Phil Ossinger
Fredericton, NB, Canada   CAN
In reply to a post by kenzmyth47 Phil, thanks for the compliment on my MGB V8. I post to the British V8 site on occasion and one of the members there asked me about
doing an article. I have not gotten my car to the 100% finished stage, yet, as I still have a couple of electrical issues and the
exhaust system to do. The car is driveable with the cobbled together exhaust, but the Lucas DLM8 distributor died, the Buick HEI I
bought to replace it won't fit under the hood and I am in the process of cleaning up a Buick points distributor to run the car
until I decide on an electronic unit that is more dependable and will fit under the hood. Even though it's a Rover V8, the timing cover
is from a Buick V6, so I had to convert the oil pump drive dog on the Lucas distributor. Any thoughts on a distributor?

I presently have the stock Lucas points distributor installed but have a Pertronix kit to install someday.



Adventure before Dementia.
The older you get, the more important it is not to act your age.

Was this post helpful or interesting?
Yes No Thank
. Hide this ad & support a small business by becoming a Gold Supporting Member

To add your reply, or post your own questions




Registration is FREE and takes less than a minute!


Having trouble posting or changing forum settings?
Read the Forum Help (FAQ) or contact the webmaster