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MGB GT engine swap?

Old 11-17-2009, 08:56 PM
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Cool MGB GT engine swap?

considering the fact that the MG B GT has porsche-like styling, despite its hatch being designed by the italian Pininfarina, i think it would make a handsome shell for a powerful porsche engine.
The MG's engine weighs approx. 400 pounds. Anyone know of a Porsche engine that would 1. Fit, 2. have about 180-200HP, and 3.weigh in at close to 400 so as to not throw off the car's weight distribution much.
i've seen a camaro engine used, but i'm no redneck, and want myself a porsche. <----dude drops in a camaro engine
Old 11-18-2009, 04:26 PM
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For some reason this message keeps getting garbled when sumitted, but I will try once more:

The esence of my original reply was that no Porsche engine really makes sense. Any of the flat fours or sixes? You'd have to convert the B to rear/mid engine -- too diifuclt and would ruin the car (putting one in front driving the rear axle would be novel but it won't fit given the B's front suspension. The various V engines made over the years -- too bulky and heavy. That leaves the 944/968 engine which would fit and would meet the power targets mentioned. However, I would never reocmmend it: while a good engine 25 years ago there are many modern fours (the GM 2.4 four in the solstice, etc) that are less expensive to maintain, lightweight and more powerful. however, the most popular conversion of a B is with a mid-range (3.4 liter or thereabouts GM V6: they aren't high tech (pushrods) but they are light, compact and powerful (lots of otrque), cheap ($1000 for a good used one at a recycling center, and bulletproof. These turn out to be quite nice cars when done right: balanced, with about twice the original power, and somehow in keeping with the original spirit of the B.

Last edited by Lee Willis; 11-20-2009 at 01:13 PM.
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