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tony barnhill

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Here's a photo of the engine Glenn Towry built for my MGB V8 conversion project...though I'm running a Boxer split intake cross-flow manifold with quad 44's, I've got the stock thermostat cover...I need to replace it with one that has more of an angle on the hose pickup end as the stock one points upwards too much. Anybody have a parts number cross reference or a suggestion about what will work?

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Getting ready to put it in yet?
 
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tony barnhill

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Yep, car comes back from paint booth in April
 
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Cool!
 
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tony barnhill

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But I still need to solve the thermostat housing problem - need one that points directly towards radiator, not upwards.
 

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Tony, the photo is sort of fuzzy, maybe it's my eyes this morning..., but it looks to me like that housing is on backwards? Does it really point up? On my TR8 the housing points to between the alternator and the distributor (same locations as on yours). All of my current photos don't show the set up because the air pump hoses cover up the entire area. I'll see if I can get some better photos. Otherwise... Woody Cooper at The Wedge Shop (in Mass.) 508-880-5448, Brad Wilson at Wedgeparts (in Tenn.) 931-645-5283 or Ted Schumacher at TSI (in Ohio) 419-384-3022 could possibly help you out with a different thermostat housing. There could also be a Land Rover housing that could get you where you want to be.

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tony barnhill

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[ QUOTE ]
but it looks to me like that housing is on backwards? Does it really point up?

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Yes, it is on backwards; & yes it really points up even when installed correctly

I had it on backwards for shipping & never turned it around....when turned around, instead of pointing directly at radiator, it points upwards at about 45-degree angle.

Thanks for theheads up on those contact points - forgot Ted Shumacher...
 

Andy Blackley

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I have a fuzzy memory that some standard GM housings bolt right on. That might provide a lot of possibilities.
 

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I have a fuzzy memory that some standard GM housings bolt right on. That might provide a lot of possibilities.

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That would make sense given the engines origins.

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Let's see... The rover aluminum V-8 started out as a Buick 215 right? What buicks were these used in? You might find something at Advance that'll work.
 

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It was a Buick, Olds, Pontiac engine. Though the only GM car that I remember hearing about it being used in was the Olds F85 Starfire (normally aspirated) and the Jetfire (turbocharged). A larger version, 300cid was also in production but I don't recall the cars that it was in either.

Back to Tony's dilemna. My TR8 housing looks the same as the one he already has. It just mounts differently (early carbed version). If Tony's housings gasket surface is horizontal, my TR8's is vertical where it mounts to the intake manifold.

Tony, will a lesser angled housing still allow the hose to clear that fan, or is that fan coming off in order to switch to an electric fan?

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tony barnhill

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No, I'm keeping the fan &, though I'm in a hotel aweay from home right now, I think a lesser angle will clear it.
 
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tony barnhill

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No, Shawn, I'm in Kansas City this week....will be in Hawaii from 29 May until 3 July...
 

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Oh! Then you must wish you were in Hawaii. /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/jester.gif /ubbthreads/images/graemlins/devilgrin.gif

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tony barnhill

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Yep - do wish it...but 6 weeks over there in summer will cure that wish!
 
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