Dutton Kit Cars and their owners
Been squirreling away a few idea's and parts the last few weeks. Even bought a rusty MX5. So thinking now about a small engine. Like a fiesta 1400 or these 1.25. The easy way is the MX5 engine and box, plus maybe a narrowed MX5 back axle assembly. The mixer is 1800 5speed and a slip diff. Been welded poorly in all the places they rust, but goes really well. Almost a shame to break it up. So back to small engines, any input?
It is going in a B type, which will be small and light, I hope
MX5 engine and box (1.6 is better than 1.8 IMHO) Narrowing the rear could be fraught with problems as it changes the geometry and can make it 'interesting' to say the least. Also you will need to properly constrain the diff nose from moving or the diff case (the ally arms) snap like a carrot. Why not just make the B type wider?
Yeah an SBC Mr Kerswell ,give it some grunt -:)
The case for the MX5 engine/box is: Engineered by Recardo for Mazda to be a sports car engine.
I'm sure i read somewhere that the ford prop has the same splines as the MX5 so it's easy to install MX5 engine and box keeping the Ford prop and axle. Having said all that i could be completely wrong of course!! Haha.
I have a Ford prop, a Morris Minor prop and an MX5 prop, half a land rover sliding prop. SO, should be able to cobble something up, sticky back plastic and ty-wraps, even the odd jubilee clip for balance :-)