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1.3 xflow in the eleven?

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stephenh

I paid £750.00 for my engine, from a specialist breaker. He described it as in good condition, but his idea of good condition and mine are 2 very different things! And that was without ancillaries. Oh, and that was a Mk III midget engine.

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robhume

Midget 1500 is similar to the spitfire engine but the inlet and exhaust are located on the offside and it might be taller

 

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robhume

Only other engine that might fit could be a BMW K100 bike engine, shaft drive.

Those were used in the ADR1000 rear engine sports racer.

The engine is mounted in line with pistons horizontal, so should not be too tall,

make about 90bhp and are quite cheap.

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MK11

The 1500 Midget engine is not as simple to tune and doesn't have great aftermarket parts availability like the A Series.

The BMW K head is the one that they fit to the A Series and it won't go under the bonnet as it is too tall, what it's like on the original block I don't know but you would have the same lack of tuning parts as the 1500 Midget. (Plus it would probably be more expensive to refurbish).

The A Series is a cheap engine to tune, I had a ported head, high lift roller rockers, performance cam, high comp pistons, Megajolt and a Weber DCOE and I was putting out 99bhp on the rolling road.  David Vizards big yellow book is a good read.  When I built my XI I think I paid £750 for the complete(ish) donor including engine, then I recouped a load of that by re-selling the bits I didn't need.

Have you tried calling some of the Midget specialists like MGBHive?

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robhume

I was actually thinking of the complete BMW bike engine, not just the head

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Kit Car Electronics

Alfa flat 4?

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John

A few years ago I was seriously contemplating building a car with the 1700cc engine, gearbox and rear axle from a Volvo 340. Im now wondering how tall one is and if it would fit

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Matta

What about the 70's Vauxhall 1256cc OHV engine fitted to Viva's, Chevette's etc? It can't be that tall and there are always a few on eBay etc. for fairly low prices? There's one with a gearbox on now for under £200. I can't remember how tuneable these were but I do recall they leaked oil like an A series!

Matt

 

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John
14 minutes ago, Matta said:

What about the 70's Vauxhall 1256cc OHV engine fitted to Viva's, Chevette's etc? It can't be that tall and there are always a few on eBay etc. for fairly low prices? There's one with a gearbox on now for under £200. I can't remember how tuneable these were but I do recall they leaked oil like an A series!

Matt

 

Good shout

 

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John

Actually, having thought more about this, what about an engine as used in a formula 750 car? They use Fiat fire engines as fitted in pandas, cinquento and some puntos I believe and Rwd bellhousings exist for them to be used in the 750 cars

http://www.750mc.co.uk/formulae/750-formula.htm

 

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zei220

Thanks for your suggestions. I measured the Fiat and unfortunately its 23inches tall, so it will fit under the bonnet but only if the sump is touching the ground :-(

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Thrustyjust
On 12/21/2017 at 08:49, John said:

A few years ago I was seriously contemplating building a car with the 1700cc engine, gearbox and rear axle from a Volvo 340. Im now wondering how tall one is and if it would fit

Weren't those Renault engines in the Volvo ?

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John
8 hours ago, Thrustyjust said:

Weren't those Renault engines in the Volvo ?

Dunno but I have moved on since those days. the Fiat FIRE engine would be a good alternative to the A series

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1960dave

If you want to try a 1300 x flow in your chassis I have one you can try.I could even drop it off for you

 

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