Hi all , I’ve had a look in here but can’t find anything about doing the k series engine swap ! I thinking about doing it over the winter but looking for help as to which engine to go with ? Have I missed a link or section on it Danny ?
I just did not want hydrospastic doughnutsHi Leigh have a read of Bumbles build, not sure how many of the images are there still as Photobucket gobbled a load up, do you know if you are going MGF or MGTF? Bumble was TF with individualised suspension, when @Danny did his he went TF which meant his mounting method was slightly different as the suspension changed & his was fouling the chassis.
To swap the A series subfrane and running gear you need to be or know a professional welder and mechanical engineer.
It is not the case of a DIY butt or fillet weld but a sound modification to the chassis You need to be able to run a contusions bead of weld around a tube, you need to be able to specify the correct diameter of tube and the radius of the bend. Work out the triangulation of the forces and weld in cross members to compensate.
You need to chop the rear off and re fabricate the whole rear end not to mention sort out the fuel injection, tank return and electrical system. Gear change mechanism etc.
Bespoke panels need to be fabricated to make it look half decent. Upgrade the fuse box for the extra circuits.
There are numerous builds on this forum detailing the whole process.
Don't start chopping your chassis up unless you know what you are doing.....
I didn't, but still did it, interestingly when I sold Bumble & delivered it to the new owner we noticed that the butterfly mountings were cracking, only noticed as it was on the back of the truck & at eye level. So my welding must have been sufficient that it held & the manufactured part broke.Don't start chopping your chassis up unless you know what you are doing.....
With that amount of extra power you need to be sure the welds are good.
There must be tremendous forces pushing and pulling the chassis when you get the buggy side ways out of a Junction.
Good fairly cheap power upgrade for the fun to be had. I remember when Danny took me out in his one very windy, chilly December day you soon forget about the weather as the fun factor kicks in.
I would do the conversion on mine but with the extra length it wouldn't fit in the garage and would be a shame to store it outside. MGTF's are getting rarer.
Does anyone know what the tube wall thickness is on the Freestyle?
So much money for such small gains, the K series more than doubles the power, is reliable (if maintained) starts first time, every time even after being left for months under a cover outside. You do need to get the radiator upfront, or at least some clever way of getting air into it, I always wanted to have 2 side radiators, but never found the suitable ones & too tight to pay for custom ones.The 1340 looked good too, the amount of time and money you must have spent tuning that!
It was the K, good fun
The 1340 looked good too, the amount of time and money you must have spent tuning that!
Yes & No, the K series did more to the gallon than the A series so distance isn't an issue if your existing setup is enough for you, but you do have to have a return, so as long as you can provide that it shouldn't be in issue, at least to get you running. Not sure if it's still on the forum but Baloo (Andy) took a MG fuel pump & fitted into a fire extinguisher which gave him his return, I'll see if I can find it & post a link.If I put a K in the back would need a nice new tank