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  1. [h=3]This Little British car with a BBB has been on the road for a little over a year now and is currently in NC. I'd like to find a nice 1972 Buick Roadmaster to photograph along with our MG Roadmaster. Next week it will be in WV then continue a cross country tour over the summer. Below is a little info about this car. I know it's a stretch to post this on this message board but some of you may find it an interesting build. BritishV8 Enthusiasts Come Together to Complete a Magnificent Group Project[/h]The Roadmaster Project has largely been coordinated via a running thread on the BritishV8 message board. You can review the project's history and the car's continuing development here: "BritishV8 Forum / MG Sports Cars / MGB Roadmaster". The Roadmaster is currently on tour! You can monitor its progress from this message board thread: "BritishV8 Forum / MG Sports Cars / Roadmaster Events List". For further background information, here are two early articles about the Roadmaster Project: Roadmaster Status Report One and Roadmaster Status Report Two The photos in this "photo gallery" page were taken at or around Road Atlanta during "The Mitty" vintage car race over the April 27-29, 2012 weekend. High resolution originals of these photos are available for use in magazine articles and for other promotional purposes. Many additional detail and in-process photos are also available. Please note that ALL photos appearing on the BritishV8 website and message board are copyright protected unless specifically noted otherwise, so it's important that you contact us before publication. (It will only take a moment.) Please contact Curtis Jacobson via the "Contact" button at the top of this page for more information. MGB GT V8 - Roadmaster Project (explanatory side window decals) Towards the end of production the MG factory at Abingdon made available in the European market a V8 engine option for the MGB. To do so they used the smallest V8 engine ever produced by Buick, later sold to Rover, an all aluminum motor of 215 or 3.5 liters. In keeping with that and American traditions, we of the British V8 community formed a Charitable Organization and built this car, taking the Buick/MG connection full circle by installing the largest Buick V8 engine ever produced, the mighty 455 Big Block. The cars final weight (under 2500 lbs) is 200 lbs more than average, half of that contributed by the engine. A front air ride suspension, custom bolt-in Jaguar IRS rear suspension and T5 transmission complete the drivetrain. Engine output is moderate at 500 hp and 500 ft/lbs, giving a horsepower to weight ratio of 5. The car displays the fine handling characteristics that the MGB was justly famous for, simply adding massive power to the mix, and by doing so epitomizes the GT or Grand Touring class. It is truly a master of the roads. The car is owned by the British American Deviant Automotive Sportscar Society, LLC (B.A.D.A.S.S.), which currently has upwards of 50 members, all of whom have contributed to this build. The project has been completed entirely by voluntary donations of time, components, supplies, parts, and money. It took under 5 years to complete. It will appear at the annual BritishV8 meets where rides can be taken. Between meets it will be on rotation amoung the contributors all around the country where it will be displayed at local schools, car meets, and other activities. Please feel free to look the car over. It has many nice custom touches not seen on regular production MGBs but remains true to the original concept, which is to take an established production model and increase performance and sporting potential. Jim Blackwood, President Project Sponsors and Contributors (rear window decals) [TABLE] <tbody>[TR=bgcolor: #fffaec] [TD]Sponsor[/TD] [TD]Primary Contribution[/TD] [TD]Contact Info[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #fffaec] [TD][/TD] [TD=width: 233][/TD] [TD=width: 234][/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #d9eeeb] [TD]Blackwood Labs LLC[/TD] [TD]Project hosting. Conception, oversight and construction. Driveline, suspension and contouring.[/TD] [TD] (859) 816-2187[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #fffaec] [TD]Steve DeGroat[/TD] [TD]Construction, components and funding.[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #d9eeeb] [TD]Motion Machine[/TD] [TD]Engine machine work and balancing. Funding. Parts.[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #fffaec] [TD]Executive Touch Restoration & Customization Services[/TD] [TD]Body finishing. Paint. Grille. Tires.[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #d9eeeb] [TD]British V8 Magazine[/TD] [TD]Internet hosting and support.[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #fffaec] [TD]Mantell Motorsport[/TD] [TD]Project hosting. Parts.[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #d9eeeb] [TD]Dave Van Wyck[/TD] [TD]Exhaust system.[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #fffaec] [TD]Advance Auto Wire[/TD] [TD]Wiring harness.[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #d9eeeb] [TD]Flying Circus English Cars[/TD] [TD]Project hosting. Wiring installation. Interior trim. Wheels.[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #fffaec] [TD]BritishV8 Annual Meet (Schils)[/TD] [TD]Funding.[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #d9eeeb] [TD]Rick Ingram, Pieces of Eight[/TD] [TD]Gas springs. Funding. Labor.[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #fffaec] [TD]Classic Conversions[/TD] [TD]Gauges. Brake master cylinder.[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #d9eeeb] [TD]Newport Start-n-Charge[/TD] [TD]Mini starter.[/TD] [TD](509) 447-0289[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #fffaec] [TD]Marmon/Keystone Corp.[/TD] [TD]Steel tubing.[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #d9eeeb] [TD]Spring Grove Sheet Metal[/TD] [TD]Sheet metal.[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #fffaec] [TD]Fast Cars Inc.[/TD] [TD]Parts.[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] </tbody>[/TABLE] [TABLE] <tbody>[TR=bgcolor: #fffaec] [TD]Contributor[/TD] [TD]Primary Contribution[/TD] [TD]Contributor[/TD] [TD]Primary Contribution[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #fffaec] [TD][/TD] [TD=width: 200][/TD] [TD=width: 150][/TD] [TD=width: 200][/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #d9eeeb] [TD]Bill Young[/TD] [TD]Funding. Labor. Supplies.[/TD] [TD]Kelly Combes[/TD] [TD]Parts.[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #fffaec] [TD]Arthur Mitchell[/TD] [TD]Front suspension package.[/TD] [TD]Rob Ficalora[/TD] [TD]Parts.[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #d9eeeb] [TD]Dan Masters[/TD] [TD]Jag IRS. Engine stand.[/TD] [TD]Woodie (Michael B.)[/TD] [TD]Bellhousing.[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #fffaec] [TD]Carl Floyd[/TD] [TD]Transmission. Labor. Supplies.[/TD] [TD]Fred Key[/TD] [TD]Headlights.[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #d9eeeb] [TD]Larry Shimp[/TD] [TD]Funding.[/TD] [TD]Jack Morris[/TD] [TD]Parts.[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #fffaec] [TD]Graham Creswick[/TD] [TD]Funding. Labor.[/TD] [TD]Jimmy Litterell[/TD] [TD]Parts.[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #d9eeeb] [TD]Allan Mandeen[/TD] [TD]Engine and driveline parts.[/TD] [TD]Dan Jones[/TD] [TD]Transportation.[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #fffaec] [TD]Dave Tetlow[/TD] [TD]Funding.[/TD] [TD]Brad Carson[/TD] [TD]Funding. Parts.[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #d9eeeb] [TD]Tom Caine[/TD] [TD]Labor. Parts.[/TD] [TD]Robert Sisk[/TD] [TD]Funding.[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #fffaec] [TD]Dan Blackwood.[/TD] [TD]Labor.[/TD] [TD]Tom Craddock[/TD] [TD]Funding.[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #d9eeeb] [TD]Max Fulton[/TD] [TD]Labor.[/TD] [TD]Zarrel Lambert[/TD] [TD]Labor.[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #fffaec] [TD]Eric DeGroat[/TD] [TD]Transportation.[/TD] [TD]Andy Broughton[/TD] [TD]Labor.[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #d9eeeb] [TD]Dave Kirkman[/TD] [TD]Labor.[/TD] [TD]Hatcher Perry[/TD] [TD]Labor.[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #fffaec] [TD]Denny Williams[/TD] [TD]Labor.[/TD] [TD]Rob Edwards.[/TD] [TD]Labor.[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #d9eeeb] [TD]Dick Sleeth[/TD] [TD]Labor.[/TD] [TD]Vincent Stemp[/TD] [TD]Labor.[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #fffaec] [TD]Jim Zivic[/TD] [TD]Labor.[/TD] [TD]Jack Austin[/TD] [TD]Labor.[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #d9eeeb] [TD]Mikel Moore[/TD] [TD]Labor.[/TD] [TD]Scott Costanzo[/TD] [TD]Labor.[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #fffaec] [TD]Richard Moore[/TD] [TD]Labor.[/TD] [TD]Mike Maloney[/TD] [TD]Labor.[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #d9eeeb] [TD]Merv Hagen[/TD] [TD]Labor.[/TD] [TD]Mickey Richaud[/TD] [TD]Parts.[/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #fffaec] [TD]Tom Huber[/TD] [TD]Labor.[/TD] [TD]Dennie McIntyre[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #d9eeeb] [TD]Tom Lea[/TD] [TD]Labor.[/TD] [TD]John Ayers[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #fffaec] [TD]Tim Duhammel[/TD] [TD]Labor.[/TD] [TD]LUV455[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #d9eeeb] [TD]Eric Enneking[/TD] [TD]Parts.[/TD] [TD]Peter Melborne, AUS[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #fffaec] [TD]Jim Stuart[/TD] [TD]Parts.[/TD] [TD]Edd Weninger[/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] [TR=bgcolor: #d9eeeb] [TD]Mike Domanowski[/TD] [TD]Parts.[/TD] [TD][/TD] [TD][/TD] [/TR] </tbody>[/TABLE]
  2. did all measurements, will fit under hood, how ever, is longer than 350 by 2.5 inch. and much longer than 3.8 from bell mount 29.5" , brings water pump to center of radiator. 1 inch deep into radiator. Can I use a "short water pump" or early short non AC car/? if have short pump then just tight fit. if other wise, anyone ever berry the radiator like a VETTE under the nose of skyhawk at an angle close to grill with electric fan?? I want a real eye opener , when you open the hood there sits a 455 under the hood of a sub-compact car. Any advise on fit of 455 in H-body 75-80 skyhawk. please chime in. . . . .note is hatch, frame work , needed help too dont want to twist it , if I do gas it.. thx