April 22, 2012 at 7:23 am #234105Scott A ChynowethParticipant
Hey folks.Here is a couple pics of my new project.Original 1952 TD frame complete,and with a 62 chevy nova rear.I also found a sweet deal on a Chevette 1.6 with the 4 speed and drive shaft.Engine was/is a fresh rebuild that has never been fired up as yet.For the price of a new gasket set I will be going back through it.It tucks in nice the frame rails,and so does the 283.April 22, 2012 at 7:32 am #250210RoyalParticipant
Buzz, I’m confused. Are you building a V8 or a 4-cyl Chevette? Or both?April 22, 2012 at 8:12 am #250211Scott A ChynowethParticipant
Roy maybe this will help.The guy I got the frame from was planning a V8 build of an original 52 TD.Tells me he had one back in the day.I could have had the whole car,and may end up with it yet.I just set the 283 in the frame to get an idea of how crazy some guys were back then.I guess its no worse than a 1200 pound T bucket with a hemi.(ya local guy has 1)I set the 283 in there Because I thought I would be using a 4.3 V6 I have and the dimentions are the same,but the 283 block is bare and easier to manuver.not to mention the 4.3 is burried in a corner.Anyhow My build will be using the 4 cylinder with the 4 speed.I plan to build the running chassis and either swap the body I have or I have a line on a partial kit I am trying to get.The 1.6 is fresh with new clutch I got the whole engine tranny combo for $75 I couldn’t pass it upApril 22, 2012 at 8:26 am #250212RoyalParticipant
$75 for a recent rebuild engine + transmission? I have to admit that I would have bought it also & I have no use for it. Ah, to be as “old” as 1oldbuzz again. I once had a few Sunbeam Alpines and a friend had a Tiger with the V8 in it that he wanted to sell. I drove the Tiger and after trying to figure out how to change the spark plugs on the V8, decided that I liked my 4 cylinder models better. I didn’t know that the 283 and a V6 were roughly the same dimensions. Sure sounds like you are having fun.April 22, 2012 at 11:08 am #250213edward ericsonParticipant
Way to go Scott. Can’t hardly beat that Chevette drivetrain buy.
Roy: the 4.3L GM V6 is a small block chevy V8 with two cylinders cut off. So the width is the same, but it’s about 4 inches shorter. (The 3.8 once found in turbo’d Buick Grand Nationals is basically the same).
A lot of the MG swap guys go with the 60-degree V6–2.8 liters, 3.1 liters, 3.4 liters. Those engines are a bit narrower and seem to fit better–especially in MGA/B conversions. But since we know the T will take a small block, the questions there are all about front-end weight vs. power.
Here’s a chart with comparative weights of the engines–these are said to be from many sources but some weights are full engine and others are just “long block”–without all the accessories hung. So, ball park:
Chevy Chevette 1.6 SOHC 300
Chevy V6-60 2.8, 3.1 350
Chevy V6-90 229, 4.3 425
Chevy small block V8 575 (iron heads and intake)
An MG TF XPEG engine, by comparison, weighs 327 lbs with all the externals hooked up and the clutch attached.
The Buick/Olds/Rover aluminum v8? About 350 lbs.
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