Re: Red leather interior - are they all the same??
Non-Alfa (please forgive me!!) reply to RicksAlfas:
I have a 67 MGB GT which was my everyday car. I had a stage 3 1860 in it which was pretty nippy, but it needed to be faster! It handled like a go-kart, was fantastic fun as it was really low on full race springs - only had 2in ground clearance though so went through quite a few exhausts!
I bought a 1.8 VVC Rover K-series (160bhp) and have finally made it fit, after making quite a few engine bay mods, fabricating engine mounts, alternator brackets etc etc. It is basically the same running gear as the Caterham kit cars. Rover engine, Caterham bellhousing, and Ford type 9 gearbox. I already had 5-speed type 9 conversion with my old MGB engine so only had to change over the bellhousing.
I may eventually dump the VVC mechanisms and fit a pair of solid fast road cams, and fit throttle bodies along with a programmable emerald ecu. This takes the power to a tad under 200bhp. In an MG Midget this set-up gives a 0-60 time of under 5 secs, and a top speed of approx 140mph.
My car will be a bit heavier than a Midget, but it is completely stripped out inside. Just has buckets and a Safety devices cage, so shouldn't be much heavier. The Rover engine is also half the weight of the original!
I will run the engine as standard (160bhp) to start with, but I'm pretty sure this will scare me senseless, so I'll prob leave it as it is. the 200bhp Midget can spin the wheels in 3rd in the dry - scary!
My car is nowhere near finished yet as I still need to re-wire it, fit the fuel tank / lines , sort out the cooling system, and many other little things. If you're interested I can you some photos of the engine bay and give some more details.
Sorry for hijacking the thread, I promise to only talk about Alfa's from now on!