Skip to toolbar

J Leno Hot rod MG TD

Home Forums General Discussion J Leno Hot rod MG TD

Viewing 20 posts - 1 through 20 (of 20 total)
  • Author
    Posts
  • #235492
    john barry
    Participant

    @jebarry

    #262349
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    YAAAA!
    Big ups on that find, John. Good on Leno too, for getting Wilwood to make a TD kit.
    I love what he did with the grille.
    One of our members has a replica fitted with a cammed-up 283. Looked like it had Nissan Altima wheels, which to my mind are the closest thing to a TD wheel in modern cars. 4 x 4 1/2 bolt pattern, 15 holes, 15 x 6. 
    His problem was brakes. 
    (Brakes and money, I think).
    Hopefully he’ll get it back up and running soon. It’s a great car.

    edsnova2014-12-08 21:07:36

    #262350
    Dan Ogle
    Participant

    @tex

    Very nice,ThanksThumbs Up

    #262351
    Harry Lewis
    Participant

    @spike-lewis

    Thanks for posting that

    #262352
    newkitman
    Participant

    @newkitman

    Ed – Did the member who used the Altima wheels also use an adapter to fit the 4 x 130 bolt pattern?

    Allen Caron
    VW based 53MGTD - "MoneyPenny"
    "If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The Shack

    #262353
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    No idea

    #262354
    newkitman
    Participant

    @newkitman

    Rats!!!!!

    Allen Caron
    VW based 53MGTD - "MoneyPenny"
    "If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The Shack

    #262355
    KentT
    Participant

    @kentt

    Surprised there’s no examples of Ford small-blocks (260ci, 289ci or 302ci) in TDs.  They’re physically much smaller than small-block Chevys and give similar performance.  Went to college with a guy who had a 289 HiPo in an MGA, and another friend had the one-year only Sunbeam Tiger 289… (they offered a Tiger 260 the year before).  Great engines for use with space constraints…

    Early FF TDr on 69 VW pan
    Slowly coming back from the ashes...

    #262356
    Royal
    Participant

    @royal

    The prettiest V8 conversion I ever saw in a TD was a 60 HP flathead Ford.   

    #262357
    newkitman
    Participant

    @newkitman

    Smoothest running engine I ever had was in my turd brown 49 Ford with an inline flathead six. But I digress. It is a terriffic looking TD but all of Jay Leno’s cars are terrific looking!

    Allen Caron
    VW based 53MGTD - "MoneyPenny"
    "If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The Shack

    #262358
    billnparts
    Participant

    @billnparts

    I like it. That will have to be next.

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

    #262359
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Chevy small block:

    26 inches wide, 28 inches long and 27 inches tall (to the valve covers). Sump is rear (unless you find an early Nova oil pan and pickup). Starter on the lower right.
    Weighs 575 lbs.
    Ford 260-302
    Dimensions: 24 inches wide, 29 inches long, and 27.5 inches tall
    Weight: 460 pounds
    Sump Location: Front
    Starter Location: Left

    So you save 2 inches of width and over 100 lbs with the Ford. The length is more but that wouldn’t matter, and the height’s the same–or rather dependent upon the intake. Looks like a no-brainer to go with the Ford over the Chevy in any MG or other LBC.
    We’ve all heard of the V8-60 swap and sure it’s a lot more compact, but–Roy, maybe you know this–how much did that engine weigh in comparison to the XPAG and (more crucial) how much power could a normal hotrodder get from it?
    I always wondered why anyone would go through the trouble of an engine swap to get a 10 percent boost in power–especially when the XPAG’s 54 alleged horses could be multiplied somewhat with a little machine work, bigger carbs, and a few other minor tweaks. I’ve got to assume most of the V8-60s came about as a result of broken crankshafts or similar spendy XPAG failures.
    Anyone know?
    #262360
    Peter C. King
    Participant

    @bdriver

    Could a blower on a V8-60 fit under the hood? 

    That would bump the power up a bit. 
    The cool factor would be enormous. 
    #262361
    Royal
    Participant

    @royal

    Ed, I only said that it was the “prettiest” swap. It looked like it belonged…. and in the 50’s you could get hot rod stuff for them, functional as well as bling.
    The 60 hp flathead was a different block, in fact, I believe it shared very little with the larger of Ford’s flatheads. And it was a willing engine that became very popular in midget racing and in small hydroplanes. I don’t know the weight diff V8-60 vs XPAG. The 60 was so small, I’d bet there was not much difference.
    I was at a TD meet about 45 years ago, with my MGTF-1500, and drove a V8-60 that someone else had there. I have to admit that I don’t know what go-fast stuff he had on the 60, but it was really quick. Really! At that point in my life, I was moving every few months (USN) else I might have looked into a swap myself. I seem to remember that the 60’s redline (the one in the TD) was 6,000.
    But still, the Ford 60 was only 2228cc. Jack’s 4cylinder VW monster TDr is more than 100cc larger at 2332. I hope you guys get to see and drive Jack’s at Carlisle – easily worth the price of admission.Royal2014-12-10 05:39:50

    #262362
    KentT
    Participant

    @kentt

    If it weren’t for the complexity of all the electronics there’s a whole gamut of modern V-6 engines that are physically small, having been essentially engineered to fit in the same constrained space of their I-4s for front-wheel drive cars.  The VW VR6 (narrow-angle V-6) or Nissan Q-block V-6 (used in Frontiers, Infinity, or the 350Z) come to mind.  There’s variations of them that produce similar power to the old Chevy and Ford V-8s from a much smaller size.

    Mating them to a suitable RWD tranny might be an issue, though, in addition to all the electronics involved.

    KentT2014-12-10 10:19:11

    Early FF TDr on 69 VW pan
    Slowly coming back from the ashes...

    #262363
    newkitman
    Participant

    @newkitman

    Computers and complex electronics are the reason I like the older cars. Non of that complexity to deal with. If I want to lean out or richen my fuel mixture I just turn a screw rather than take the car to a repair place and pay a bundle to have a technician reprogram the chip. My 49 Ford with in-line flathead six purred like a kitten and I could tune it easily.
    newkitman2014-12-10 10:28:03

    Allen Caron
    VW based 53MGTD - "MoneyPenny"
    "If one thing matters, everything matters" - from the book The Shack

    #262364
    Jim Langan
    Participant

    @langan

    Nice post thanks. That why my Chevett kit will have a V8. Someday

    #262365
    Mark
    Participant

    @mglondonroadste

    Hi guys (and gals, if any). I’m back after being quiet for so long. That is one of my replica above with the red FiberFab body and engine cut aways. I bought the car completely assembled and only know some basis about it.

    Engine: 1964 Chevy V8 283, bored out 0.060
    Trans: Auto 400
    Rear end: Nissan Z260
    Front end, Chevette.

    Screeches tires when I put it into “drive”

    Brakes work, but are not power assisted and I believe too small for this powerhouse.

    Only drove it in town, too much brake force required on the pedal to feel safe at any speed. Parked it and it’s been sitting outside with only a car cover. Carpet was shot when I bought it. Seats are probably shot now.

    #262366
    Montie Henderson
    Participant

    @montie

    I really don’t know why anyone would want a v8 in one of our cars, outside of the neat look.  There’s a local guy that races the little Ford 2.3 like mine.  Claims he’s got 400+hsp in one of his cars.   He looked at my car and told me the frame would probably twist under that much power, not to mention the other stuff that would need beefed up.  It’s just not built for it.

     A friend has a 300zx dino’ed  over 450 hsp .  It’s scary to ride in, you feel the power twisting the car each time he shifts when he gets on it.  TOO Scary for me.   (Guess I’m getting OLD)

    I would like a little more power though, but I probably don’t really need it I seldom go more than 45.  Too much fun on the back roads. 

    #262367
    edward ericson
    Participant

    @edsnova

    Welcome back, Mark!

Viewing 20 posts - 1 through 20 (of 20 total)
  • You must be logged in to reply to this topic.