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Project E-Mod MGB-GT

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Added a roll hoop and parallel bars today-lots of measuring, bending, cutting, trimming, measuring, notching, measuring, fitting, notching, welding went on-but it looks great.Posted ImagePosted ImagePosted ImagePosted Image

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Somebody sent me a link to a guy building an MGB-GT hillclimb car in BC-I think I need to get the same fenders he uses-what do you think?Posted ImagePosted Image

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Somebody sent me a link to a guy building an MGB-GT hillclimb car in BC-I think I need to get the same fenders he

PM sent with his contact info.

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Ran into my first big hurdle, the exhaust exits right onto the frame rail. There's plenty of room for headers so I'm not worried, it just there's one more big project before I can start the car.Posted ImagePosted Image

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That is very impressive fab work and those are excellant welds. Do they make headers for that engine or will you have to fab them?

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That is very impressive fab work and those are excellant welds. Do they make headers for that engine or will you have to fab them?

Thanks :) Getting good welds is very difficult in 1/2" spaces between body and rollbar but I think I've built a strong cage and will be adding a lot of gussets, too. I have found two companies that make headers for the V12, both are for the E-Type Jag and prices start at $2500 usd-so I will be making my own using mandrel bent tubing. I am planning on running the entire exhaust through a widened driveshaft tunnel so I can have a completely flat floor.

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I decided to move the engine back another 6" so now I don't have to move the steering rack, the stock exhaust will work and the upper tubes going to the front frame are straight and at a decent angle, making it much stronger. So now the whole engine (except the crank pulley) is behind the front axle.Posted ImagePosted Image

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So now the whole engine (except the crank pulley) is behind the front axle.

Got to love a mid-engine car. Just move the driver back. Awesome!

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I welded the top bars in but there's still a suprising amount of flex in the front end-I put a big bar on the front and tried to twist it-it flexed a little more than I like so more tubes will need to be welded in.Posted ImageI notched the front crossmember in order to drop the motor as far as possible:Posted Image

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Sometimes it's easier to cut away all the old stuff and start fresh, thank goodness for plasma cutters ;)Posted ImagePosted ImageThe pile of metal I cut out todayPosted Image

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Driving to SCCA Nationals this weekend so today I put in extra effort to get things done on the MGB. I got the rear supports, diagonal brace and rear suspension mounting points done. Look carefully and you see that I have an extra wide transmission tunnel to allow the driveshaft and dual exhaust to pass through to the back, allowing for a flat floor:Posted ImageAnd some braces on the front:Posted ImageAnd put the engine, trans and racing seat in to get an idea of how it will all work. The seat will actually be more upright and the tranny moved forward an inch from what you see in the picture. The shifter will be in a pretty good position:Posted ImagePosted Image

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Got the 4 link rear suspension welded in, these pics were taken before I welded in reinforcement bars. I don't have an axle yet so some exhaust tube stands in it's place:Posted ImageDon't know why it hangs so low but as per the directions, the bars are level and can be adjusted up or down based on what I want the car to do:Posted ImageTransmission crossmember is in and had to be notched to make the trans level:Posted ImageDash bar:Posted Image

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Top cross bar is in:Posted ImageI mocked up the pedal location and now that I moved the engine back so far, I ran out of room. I have already started making a pedal box that lowers the pedals 4 inches and gives me some room, I'll get picks of that when it's done:Posted Image

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Amazing welding skills! Wish I could learn how to do it that well...

Thanks, growing up in the family business of a welding shop helped ;) Some of my welds weren't so pretty today because my building has voltage drop problems. The welding will be going great and suddenly the bakery turns on an oven and it throws all my settings off and I get bubblegum welds.

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Some of my welds weren't so pretty today because my building has voltage drop problems. The welding will be going great and suddenly the bakery turns on an oven and it throws all my settings off and I get bubblegum welds.

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I'm very impressed. I'm guessing this all takes place at Speedworld' date=' so you are at play while at work. I'm envious.[/quote']If it wasn't so dead at the track, I wouldn't have time to work on the car-I would rather the track were busy.

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The floor framework before the sheet metal is attached (3/4" super thin wall square tube):Posted ImageThe dropped pedal box:Posted ImageWith the drivers side sheet metal in:Posted ImageThe pedal box is still tight (no room for dead pedal) but at least it's useable now.

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I didn't like the location of the shifter so I came up with this solution. I wasn't sure it was going to work but it actually works awesome :)Posted ImagePassenger floor is in:Posted Image

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Too busy to do any work on the car but ONE of my front shocks arrived. It's an Ohlins sportbike rear shock and has high/low speed compression, rebound, pre-load and height settings. If you look at the linkage that was included(attached to the bottom of the shock in the picture) it actually bolts onto the top of the shock as well and my plan is to use it as a rocker arm for a pushrod front suspension.Posted Image

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Very cool Mark! I cant wait to get my new gen II 3SGTE to replace the gen I in my celica. I will definately be making a thread for that swap. :D

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I wanted to get an idea of the weight of the car so I put everything I had on it in approximately the position it would be in and put simulated weight on it for the parts I don't have yet. The bad news is that it's too heavy by 188 lbs but the good news is that the weight balance is 54% Front, 46% Rear. I can still cut a bunch of weight out of the hood/fenders/doors/interior and crossmember plus the cast iron exhaust manifolds are heavier than the headers but it looks like the car will be a little heavy. I'll be going at it with a hole saw and plasma cutter this week.

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Spent today cutting metal out of some places and welded metal into other places. Note the side frame rails:Posted ImageAnd the rear frame rails:Posted ImageAnd I welded in these brackets from the A pillar to the roll cage:Posted Image

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