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  1. #41 Re: Project roadster on eBay. 
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    Typo? instead of 1978cc could be 1798?
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    No engine pictures. Not properly registered could be a big problem. It does look like a barn find maybe a relative's old car. I wonder if the seller is reading this?
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  3. #43 Re: Project roadster on eBay. 
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    Seller has confirmed it is an '1800 cc' engine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by marlin1984 View Post
    Seller has confirmed it is an '1800 cc' engine.
    I can’t see the point of boring out a ‘B’ series to 1950, the max that I understand is possible, unless you want to retain MG heritage, but it’s power output is always going to be limited bu by the three port exhaust manifold. An engine/transmission swap seems to be much more sensible for a kit car, if you want more power.

    There is a more interesting alternative, a Marina owner bolted a Zetec head onto a ‘B’ series block, I will let you search for that, but it seems to work.
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    Going back to the project roadster at the Lizard. If the buyer is or becomes a MOC member and local to me and needs some body panels, I have a spare used rear tub, some running boards and rear arches.
    1275 Marina/Ital based LWB Roadster in the process of a ground up rebuild.
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    Just back on the site after computer repair, checked the archive and found these - proof that it was Marlin on
    the road, these pics seem to show two different locations. Edit - maybe I should not say it was on the road as no obvious tax disc
    …. but it looks like a complete car !
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  7. #47 Re: Project roadster on eBay. 
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevejgreen View Post
    I can’t see the point of boring out a ‘B’ series to 1950, the max that I understand is possible, unless you want to retain MG heritage, but it’s power output is always going to be limited bu by the three port exhaust manifold. An engine/transmission swap seems to be much more sensible for a kit car, if you want more power.

    There is a more interesting alternative, a Marina owner bolted a Zetec head onto a ‘B’ series block, I will let you search for that, but it seems to work.
    Just maybe someone wants to do serious trials and the narrow ACTC spec. means Zetec head transplants are interesting - but out. [A Ford gearbox change seems OK though.] I agree that the siamesed ports are ****! (apparently a B-series design foible brought about by lack of space).

    I like Rover V8s - but around 100bhp is probably enough in a 750kg car.

    That Zetec-headed B-series looks good by the way.

    https://www.bing.com/images/search?v...vt=0&eim=1,2,6
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