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  • #235116

    langan
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    @langan

    Just got a new never assembled Chevette kit. I have a left over ZZ4 350 and a 200r4. Have no suspention yet so just dreaming for now. Any forum leads on others who have done this before?

    #259865

    ray10
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    @ray10

    Langan first off welcome to the forum. we have a couple of membersa that have installed v6 and V8 in there cars . If you go to the search at the top you can find info. on them.  

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    #259866

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    One of our members bought a small-block powered TD a couple years ago. Had a heck of a time getting brakes to work, mainly because the engine left little room for the master cylinder & brake booster. I don’t think he drove the car much.

    I was left with the impression that the V8 swap was more trouble than it’s worth.

    If I had what you have I would consider running a four-banger or at most a 60-degree v6. And a four or five-speed. It’ll be plenny fast, and the car will be able to turn and stop too. Sell the ZZ4 or wait till you get something that needs it more.
    With a mild small block what you end up with is this. Very fun as long as you’re out behind the garage & no cops can see. Otherwise…?
    Two T-based V8 cars I like are the yellow one by Ed LaBrush–by far the most careful build I’ve seen.
    Oh and a period-style salt-flat rat someone was selling a couple years back. Can’t find the pic now, but it was matte black and had the whole passenger compartment pushed back about four inches. Timing plaques, steelies with no hubcaps, etc.
    That to me is the kind of thing you need to do to make it work–and by “work” I mean “look right and drive farther than the stop sign at the end of your block.”
    #259867

    langan
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    @langan

    Thanks you guys I live in Washington but work in Calif. Was not looking for a MG althougth I have driven a V8 and a Chevette one. But the buy in was so low for the kit and no one wants the old SBC in favor for the LS style, I said why not.

    I have a 32 Ford pickup 5.3LS, 36 ford pickup 6.0LS, Meyers Manx 1915 VW and a midengined Lotus 7 2.4 Acura all these are almost done. Guess this means as I get older I cant seam to stay on one build at a time. Untill I moved to Wa. I build a car every other year.

    I will build this one down here and on your advice I will look for a more current il4 or v6.

    I will say that in all my builds I have never seen a more overkill frame for a 60hp motor. 
    #259868

    edsnova
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    @edsnova

    Definitely see Gabor’s build on that. He chucked it & scratch-built his frame. I think he’s already with you on another thread. Sounds like you two might have similar skills–and know well that after seeing his car, I mean that as the highest compliment. 
    edsnova2014-02-22 09:09:32

    #259869

    langan
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    @langan

    Thanks searched Gabor’s build nothing?
    Yes thinking same thing chuck the frsme . Maybe Miata front and rear

    #259870

    kentt
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    @kentt

    Here’s Gabe’s build thread:  

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    #259871

    billnparts
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    @billnparts

    The Miata was the donor for the MGTF that was brought to Carlisle last year by “Bob from Nova Scotia”. Hope he comes down again.

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #259872

    gkesseru
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    @gkesseru

    Before I built, I looked into several different approaches of engine, transmission and rear end. the hardest part was to find a rear narrow enough (without putting out a pile of money to narrow one).
    Possible approaches were MGB, Pinto/Mustang II, Chevy S10 V6, a 3.0 boat engine, and the 6cyl that used to be in Post Office Jeeps. I also looked into the Buick aluminum V8, but parts are hard to find. Finally decided on going with the Mustang Cobra II rear and the Ford Cologne 2.8 V6. If I want to upgrade I can replace it with the later 4.0 from an Explorer.  The Chevy route was real tempting because they have a brand new crate long block 3.4 liter 60 degree V6 that is meant to replace the older S10 2.8.

    You are right about the frame. It looked like the welder was paid by the pound so he used as much metal as possible.

    #259873

    langan
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    @langan

    Wraped up all the pcs. today incase I need to take up to home in Washington. Measured rear with fenders 62.5-63 seame like a 56″ to wheel mount rear end will be fine. The more I look at it I think I will go with Coil over Mustage 2 front and 8 or 9 in ford rear and since I have it the SBC. Its not much diferent than a 32 ford.

     But I have alot to think about and build in my head first.

     I do like the idea of Gab’s to make the body removable 
    #259874

    langan
    Participant

    @langan

    Still here still collecting parts. Does anyone have info on using miata front and rear?

    #259875

    ricrx7
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    @ricrx7

    Gkesseru mentions a GM 3.4 crate engine.  I have been looking on the web and cannot find one for RWD.  Do you have a link or source?  Thanks.

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    #259876

    billnparts
    Participant

    @billnparts

    Straight from GM. Check out your local Chevy dealer.

    Bill Ascheman
    Fiberfab Ford
    Modified 5.0, 5sp., 4:11
    Autocross & Hillclimb
    "Drive Happy"

    #259877

    langan
    Participant

    @langan

    Well almost done with the 2 Meyers Manx buggies I am building. Funny how you start one and another shows up. I now have 2 TD kits aswell. That build is next
    langan2015-10-29 11:10:13

    #259878

    pmossberg
    Keymaster

    @pmossberg

    Would love to see the buggies!

    And look forward to following your TDr build!

    Paul Mossberg
    1982 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
    2005 Intermeccanica Roadster

    If you own a TDr and are not in the Registry, please go to http://tdreplica.com/forums/topic/mg-td-replica-registry/ and register (you need to copy and paste the link)

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