Monday, January 4, 2010

Nicely Modified 1973 MGB

I've written in the past that I'm not a huge fan of engine swaps, especially engine swaps that involve taking the engine from one brand of car and putting it into another.

Every now and then though, I see one that is done so well and makes so much sense, that I find myself thinking "Yeah, I'd own that car". This is one of those cars.

This is a 1973 MGB with a Ford 2.3 liter 4-cylinder turbo engine in it. It's the engine that was found in the Merkur.

The seller, who built the car himself 7 years ago at the age of 60, states, "I feel that it is the best engine for the MGB because of its weight and how it affects the balance of the MGB."

He didn't just drop a used engine in the car. The engine has been completly rebuilt with performance mods. It has an intercooler from an Audi 5000 with 2" stainless steel piping, along with sensors from a 1988 Ford Thunderbird. For cooling he used a 1965 Mustang radiator with an auxiliary electric fan. He chose a Ford V8 t5 transmission "for its additional strength over the 4-cylinder transmission and its gear ratios". The rear end is a "totally rebuilt stock MGB with tube shocks and a 3.90 gear ratio."

The front suspension has been rebuilt with "new king pins, tie rod ends, bearings, v8 A arm bushings, steering rack boots, and a 5/8 inch sway bar. It has aluminum Wilwood 4 piston brake calipers with BMW Mini ventilated, drilled, and slotted rotors".

The body is rust free and looks as good as any MGB painted Guldens Spicy Mustard yellow can look. I'd go back to chrome bumpers, but that's a matter of personal taste.

If you're looking for a unique modified MGB, one that appears to have been done right, this car is worth looking at.

Located in Atlanta, GA, click here to see the eBay listing.

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