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Hi All
I just thought I would post some pics of my Moggy affectionately called Molly. I have been building Molly now for just over a year and this is the first mock up with the engine and box. I have a spare block that is being used for positioning but just thought I'd lay on the head, carbs, exhaust, and cam cover for effect!!!
I have already put discs on the front, with Spax adjustable Teles, along with an anti roll bar. At the rear the axle is Capri Atlas lowered 2" and again with Spax Teles. The wheels are 10 x 15 Minilites all 4 with Ford stud pattern with a -13 ET and the tyres are 295/50 x 15 Toyo's.
The look I'm going for is Prosport / Super Saloon Road Replica.
The Engine 2.0 Litre Pinto with a type 9 Gearbox. The head has been machined to take, 38.1 Exhaust Valves, 44.4 Inlet Valves, with bronze guides,this should make it about Stage 3. The cam is Kent Cam FR33, I have used Stainless Steel valves, these along with the cam were sourced from Burton Performance. The Carbs are Dellorto 45's and as you can see I have gone for the rarer downdrafts, really hard to source a manifold but I think it was worth it, for the performance and novelty value!!!
Although she looks like a wreck (sorry Moll) all mechanical parts have been renewed and now comes the serious Fabrication!!!
Any comments, tips, advice would be really welcome, I know she's not one for the purist but HaHo.
looking forward to your replies, Chris

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My first car ended up with Twin 40 DCOE's, what a sound! Are you going to keep that ride height, or lower it?
IMHO I think 10" wheels on the back look great, but skinnier fronts would look better. But its your car, you build it your way.
Keep us posted.
What are you going to do about the steering, presumably the Pinto will prevent the stock steering rack being used??
 

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I like the fat wheels, really different. Looks like you're widening the wings in the same way I've done mine. Have a look at my thread (twin Turbo Moggy) to see how I did it to accept the fat rims.

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as ian (taxirod) said are you retaining the stock steering rack? if so the bellhousing won't fit as they want to be in the same place. the worst thing though is you haven't got the crank, it's pulley, the water pump etc etc on the front of the engine. unless you intend to fit the radiator in the boot (some cars have this done) it won't fit. we fitted an mgb 1.8 'b' series engine and box in a minor (pickup but the bay is the same size) and had to set it back into the crossmember in the bulkhead. a pinto is longer still so problems are ahead. we adapted the mgb uprights and fitted an escort rack low and in front of the 'axle' to get the clearance we needed, even then it was bl00dy tight and we ended up making new steering arms to get it to work. here's the build thread we did. http://www.rodsnsods.co.uk/forum/garage/mgb-gt-minor-pickup-69723
 

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Hi thanks for the comments. Yes the ride height is coming down, but I'm not sure yet how much until I have the full weight of the engine and box in. The wheels are the same all round as I'm going for the Super saloon Race car look. As for the steering I'm going to try to retain the original position after talking to some guys that have done the Pinto and Kent conversions, by cutting the bell housing!!! we will see.
 

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Hi I love the wheels to, it will be Hellish to steer but I thought corners were for sliding round anyway!!! I have looked at your build some really nice work and a great look, My wings are being cut down the centre line and banded so as to keep the wings smooth with no bulges but look really wide from the front and rear, but from the side the same silhouette as the standard car. thanks for the comments Chris
 

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I think you may be correct I have not seen one in the flesh, this is my first Moggy always been a Ford man, but I have seen them with Cossy's, and Ztec's with the retained steering.
 

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I think you may be correct I have not seen one in the flesh, this is my first Moggy always been a Ford man, but I have seen them with Cossy's, and Ztec's with the retained steering.
if it were mine i'd go zetec as they're much shorter (and lighter) than a pinto and cheaper to buy as well. no special sump to buy as there's no crossmember issues and with the chester sports cars bike carb conversion (inc' ignition setup) they make much more power too. if you move the battery you may even get away with the stock thermostat housing lump.
 

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Hi chris
as foz says its nice to see another moggy on the go, like the idea of the pinto, didnt think the bay would take it but it looks right at home in there good job.
Your wheels on the front are massive looking forward to seeing what it looks like with the wings stretched to
cover them, keep up the good work and remember plenty of pics
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Hi Jeff, I'm not flaring the wings have a look at the link below, about 2 thirds of the way down the page.
I can't see why cutting the bell housing won't work so many people seem to have done it. On your TC was the hole covered in any way? I was thinking once it was cut and in position if it (works) to make some cover / shield, any thoughts? Chris

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Thanks for the comments woz, I know the real grunt starts now, but never was one to take the easy route, and being a real old timer, dinosaur mechanic the pinto was a leap into the future!!!! I have just moved the car to bigger premises with electric!!! all the previous work has been done in a lockup (as you can see from the photos), so business allowing I'm hoping to crack on now. Chris
 

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Interesting engine choice, I would have thought a Zetec on Weber carbs or similar would be more suited if you want to stay Ford. You can pick Zetecs up for a song and you'll get much better performance (and save weight, those Pintos are HEAVY!!).

Always love to see another Minor build though, keeps the updates coming :tup:
 

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Hi all, I cut the bell housing today went really well both engine and gearbox are now sitting exactly where I wanted them. Next step make up mountings and gearbox cross member, I will try to take some pics and put them up over the weekend, work permitting.chrisyp
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Yes to front panel fits fine no to Rad as I haven't got the rad, However allowing for the pulleys Etc. there is still room for the Rad. The engine is sitting pretty much where the Moggy did give or take 1/2 inch.
 

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If the radiator does become a problem you can always off set it,I've even two other options used one fitted sideways in the engine bay along the drivers side inner wing with an electric fan behind it grabbing air from inside the drivers side wheel well but I dont know how well it works that way and another where there were two small mini size radiators mounted,off set to the engine centreline,left and right hand side of the front panel and joined together via pipes/hoses.
 
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