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1.3 xflow in the eleven?

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I'm having a problem finding a good 1275 engine for a reasonable price so i'm looking at alternative engines options. Does anyone know if the ford 1.3   xflow will fit?  What mods are needed?

 

TIA.

dave

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Back in the 70's, a company did an engine conversion by fitting a 1600cc crossflow in a MG Midget. It was called an Atlantic. I think they used this engine rather than the MGB's B series as it is a smaller engine and would fit under an unmodified midget bonnet. 

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I just put a tape measure against the 1.7 Sigma in my garage - on a standard sump, it's approx 600mm tall (to the top of the oil filler cap), so I guess with a shallow sump you could knock that down a touch.

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2 minutes ago, Kit Car Electronics said:

I just put a tape measure against the 1.7 Sigma in my garage - on a standard sump, it's approx 600mm tall (to the top of the oil filler cap), so I guess with a shallow sump you could knock that down a touch.

Or a 1600cc without VVC maybe shorter again, Mike, as less stroke.

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I can tell you that on my XI the underside of the bonnet just touches the top of the oil filler cap. I have a piece of neoprene foam stuck to the underside of the bonnet to protect it. And the shallow sump which I fitted to my Midget engine projects below the level of the underside of the chassis. So much as it is attractive to try and fit a more modern engine in an XI (and the Rover would particularly appeal to me for some reason) it would involve fitting a power bulge to the bonnet, which would I think detract from the lines of the XI.

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The 1600cc x flow weighs 110kgs and is approx. 560mm tall, 1300 would be about 20mm less

The 1600cc K series weighs 100kgs and is about 600mm tall

The Toyota 1600 weighs 100kgs and is about 570mm tall

Obviously the midget fits but sump is below chassis rails

Also a Climax engine would fit.

Fitting dry sumps to the Ford engines will allow the engines to drop a bit, maybe 50mm.

There have been various engines fitted to Westfield elevens according to Chris Smith, v8, twin cam, Fiat twin cam, etc,

and apparently there was a bulgy bonnet made to suit, so various engines to choose from but only two will fit to my

knowledge without bonnet mods

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Rotary? About 20" tall though may need a different inlet manifold (or carbs?) as they tend to wrap around over the top of the engine.

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I don't think any modern OHC engines will fit as the heads are too tall, even the BMW bike head on an A Series is too tall to fit without a bulge.

The rotary could be a good shout, the engine and box from an RX8 should be pretty cheap (well initially, but the rebuild could add up!)

Why can't you find a good A series?  There are many people out there who can build one, I would go to MED if I built another, maybe with the Specialist Components alloy cross flow head and modern fuel injection, mmmm.  Don't get me thinking..

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1 hour ago, zei220 said:

The problem with trying find a good engine is people want £600 - £800 for one that needs a rebuild. 

Lucky you arent paying £4000 for a used Honda engine then. I would love to pay £600 for an engine. 

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