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65ShelbyClone:
Yeah, a 2.3 turbo isn't going to just slip into a pre-'74 Pinto. The radiator is inadequate, a mechanical fan won't fit, the intake will hit the hood, the pan will probably hit the rack, a (Ford) T5's shifter doesn't align with the tunnel hole, the 2.0 engine mounts are spot-welded to the frame and have to be replaced with 2.3 parts, etc.

If I were going to do a V8, it would probably be a little aluminum Rover V8. For a turbo with less of the swap hassle, probably a vintage kit for the 2.0.

john hamilton:
It's funny you mention the Rover V8, that's the same engine I have in the Green MGB, and I just happen to have several with 5 speed gearboxes in the garage, so that thought has crossed my mind.  This isn't going to be a race car, just a weekend cruiser.  I might even add AC to make it nice in the summer.  Bigger front discs are a must, that's what killed my first Pinto, inadequate braking.

arkyt:
I inherited a '73 MG.  What you recommend as a fairly simple, cruising engine swap or rebuild the original?

john hamilton:
The easiest is probably a V6 5 speed from a Camaro.  There are well engineered kits available for this swap.  If you want a V8, the 302 5 speed swap from a Mustang is not too bad.  Some welding required, but not bad.  Motor mounts and headers are available for this swap as well.  The Rover/Buick 215 is a pretty easy swap, but the bell housing, flywheel and transmission are expensive and getting hard to locate.  Welding and some cutting are required for the motor mounts and mods to the firewall for head clearance.  D and D manufacturing has a new bell housing to install a Ford or Chevy T5 behind one, so that will help going forward.  A v8 spec T5 will have the best ratios for a swap.

The stock rear end will take a little abuse, but the 3.9 ratio is not ideal for a V6 or V8 cruiser.  Old postal Jeeps have a bolt-in rear axle with a better ratio and a limited slip, but they are getting rare these days.  I used a narrowed Ford 8 inch rear, but others use later model rear ends narrowed to suit.

Look at BritishV8.com and MGExerience.co m for examples.

65ShelbyClone:

--- Quote from: john hamilton on June 19, 2017, 10:17:32 PM ---It's funny you mention the Rover V8, that's the same engine I have in the Green MGB, and I just happen to have several with 5 speed gearboxes in the garage, so that thought has crossed my mind.  This isn't going to be a race car, just a weekend cruiser.  I might even add AC to make it nice in the summer.  Bigger front discs are a must, that's what killed my first Pinto, inadequate braking.

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Brakes are another non-plug 'n' play area of the early Pintos. Stock rotors are very expensive and you can't just use '74+ parts because all the suspension and steering parts are different. I've been looking at possibly using a mixture of aftermarket parts and maybe my own brackets to get the right rotor dimensions, but it's time consuming to research.

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