Sorry its been a while guys, just has loads to do and not a great deal of time to work on the car and I am just doing this on my drive so the weather can hamper development.
In February I managed to get the engine out of the donor MG ZT, it took a day to remove with me and my brother-in-law but is a relativity straight forward job to get it out with a hoist.
The next day I had to repay the favor removing his 3.0L engine out of his Z4 (but that's a story for another day
In March I started stripping the engine of all its ancillaries
and cleaning as much of the grime off as possible, I also gave the rocker cover a fresh coat of high temperature candy orange (That know one will ever see
Next I removed the Sump ready for its new alloy bracing, this also helps keep the engine supplied with oil in tight bends or so I am told.
this is to be tig tack welded in place to give extra strength.
This little lot then arrived. and a new water pump.
I have decided to go with a Subaru VF turbo instead of the standard ZT one, this is a more capable turbo and parts are cheap and readily available. Mg Garrett Turbo is on the left Subaru on Right.
The turbo will not fit down the back of the engine block without tilting the engine backwards slightly, once behind the engine can then move back to its normal position, but as you can see it fit is extremely tight and the petrol tank is dangerously close so I will have to address this somehow.
I have rotated the compressor housing in a attempt to fit everything in.
This is a mock up of back of the engine, as you can see the exhaust is going to interfere with where the oil filter normally goes but I have a plan for that, please excuse my welding this is just temporary I will have the manifold professionally made eventually.
I will also have to move water pipes and all sorts inside the engine bay but I am trying not to think of that at the moment
That just about gets us up to date, today I fitted the charge cooler radiator to the car, it fits great and the bumper even goes on without problem....
...Well the only slight issue is that I will have to loose the original fog lights as there just is not enough room for them behind the bumper, I have looked at a few options, eBay sell so quite big fog lights that are LED and thin, I have mocked them up on a picture of a rather gorgeous looking MG-TF that I unashamedly stole or my other Idea was to make them ducts to the radiator
what do you think?, too much?