Another year…another RRG

Another year...another RRG

Afternoon people of the internet.

We another year of summer shows has passed….ok, ok, the Summer is not over but most shows have been and gone.
After blowing the last engine, then replacing it and then to find the Head gasket had gone I decided to just enjoy the car during the summer months. This did mean the Supercharger install was on hold for now, which is understandable!

GFB Developments have tried to attend most shows this year, Retro Kings @ Snetterton, Retro Show @ Santa Pod and Retro Rides Gathering to name a few.
The GT has also been used as a daily and even taken on a weeks holiday to Devon, it also performed faultlessly and took the 500 Mile round trip totally in it’s stride. It is of course why we put a modernish lump in it.

So as the summer draws to a close, the winter months kick in and I intend to use them to complete this Charger install once and for all!
I guess you are wondering about the other motors?? Well the Capri was MOT’d then parked back in the garage (A waste I know but the summer has been just too wet). The beetle…erm, Yeah it drove around the garden ONCE then broke down…But it’s a project and that is what happens when they stall I guess. The same can be said for the Austin, which decided it would not like to start a few months back, so she’s again on the back burner.

The Passat is still in daily use, as is the MX5 but this has changed a little…including being destroyed/swapped/rewired.
There is a new member to welcome to fold including a new motor, but more on this when we actually see it.


More later.

All about the Boost…….until it goes bang + YouTube

All about the Boost.......until it goes bang + YouTube

Afternoon people of the internet and those who can be bothered to look at this little site.

So where did I leave this? Ah yes MX5 engines in MGBGT’s…..who would have thought it hey.
It seems common place now, I know 5 cars with this conversion so no longer was the little black GT in a elite club :-(. So I needed to up my game, anyone who’s anyone knows this means FORCED INDUCTION (said with some silly voice really loud), and that’s exactly what I did…………………….DID!

Putting a charger on an MX5 is common practice, in fact it’s so common nobody would bat an eyelid.
However putting a charger on an BGT with an MX5 engine and making it widely known beforehand that you could do the install for less than £1000 does seems to make people sit up and take heed.

What you have to take into consideration is that no off the shelf components to mount the charger were bought (Above the ECU, belts and idlers). This is how you lower the cost massively, it also helps if you can weld and generally fabricate, so under 1k seems perfectly feasible..Yeah?

Well it was, the install DID cost £500 all in, that was until the charger got hungry and didn’t do what all Mothers tell us to do…..Chew your food before swallowing.
You can guess what happened next, NOM NOM NOM….Rattle, bang, bang, BANG!!! So as we stand I’m at £800 all in, that covers the cost of a new motor, new charger (ish)….as it stands the replacement engine is in and running NA, I need to wait for the charger to arrive before I can bolt it back on and be Boosting into the Sunset.

There is a silver lining I guess, the new motor meant we could improve the design and change some parts that I just was not that happy with (See Instagram feed on main page).
Anyway you are not bothered really, you just want to see images.

Doesn’t she look beautiful.
Edited B

In other news, we now have a YouTube channel so I will be uploading DashCam vids and general petrol based silliness so please check it out and subscribe/like.

First Video of the new engine in.

Another year….

Another year....

Well I bet you didn’t expect to hear from me??
To be honest most readers are on our Facebook page anyway, but for those that are not…Check this

YES!!! it’s on the road, it work! and WOW it’s amazing……Until it breaks, which of course it will.
I have noticed the lack of pictures and to be honest you have probably forgotten what I/We were doing with the little MG. Well that was installing the MX5 engine into it…remember? Well it was over a year ago.

So what else has been happening???
Last time I left you (Hanging I might add), just after the Capri had her freshen up…Well she is still fresh and stunning.
We had 2013’s Retro Rides Gathering…I don’t remember much but the bits I do remember were amazing.

As for Projects…
Do we consider the GT done, I suppose so for now and really I should spend the time on the little Austin or the Midget (Read Zetec ;-) ).
Both the Capri and GT are at a point where I want them for now, trouble is I cant drive them at the same time, which pains me. So really I should spend some time on the other fleet members really.

Humm I don’t have anything to add…I am sure it’s owner will be along to inform us of what may have happened.

Have some pictures.

A Different Path

A Different Path

It was all going so well, the GT passed its MOT and looks the TITS…..But it just needed more speed!
Getting too use to driving the 2.8 Capri I forgot that the B Series lump is a different breed (not saying that the Capri is fast, but its certainly faster than the GT).

So where are we now?
Well before I start on info about the GT, you need to hear about the Beetle………………..Are you sitting down? Good I’ll start!
Lee Finally pulled his finger out his ass or someone elses ass and started working on the thing, about time I hear! This car is just too good to let waste and the fact its taken up so much time and sat around before that it deserves to be on the road.

So for the past 2 Weekends work on this little beast has been full on, firstly the lowered spindles were fitted (We all expected to see this massive drop, but it looked the same LOL), and last weekend we tasked ourselves with a job thats supposed to be hard……..Sway Aways and Narrowed beams!

The rule for the weekend is like normal “Measure twice, cut once” and we had this down to a fine art, of course not wanting to foul up such an important bit of the car! However (There was bound to be one), the words “I’ll Just tack it then we can offer it up to make sure its correct” was repeated by myself over and over! but in true style I just relied on our superior abilities and welded the fudging thing up, to find the Sway Aways were the wrong way around DOH!!!!

Anyway that was sorted and it now welded up and ready for fitting, here are some pictures of said work:



So I mentioned the GT?
Well in true style GFBDev bought another car, yep but this one is to be used as a donor for the GT.
Ive always loved the MX5 and having driven them the powerplant is perfect, so is the car for that matter. So after thinking hard what unit to stick in the car “I” decided to go for the 1.8i Mk1 MX5 :)

We picked up the car last week and considering how much I bought it for, shes an amazing motor. My intentions are to run around in the car for the next month (still T&T’d) to assess any issues on the lump, whilst getting the GT’s boat anchor our and prepping the Bay. This also gives us time to study the wiring diagrams on the MX5 and the car itself to figure out the wiring.



Never give up on it……

Never give up on it......

Morning Internet.

So you’ve had that car sitting in the garage/Field/Drive for a while, you also have an image in your head how you would like it to look or drive. However we all know Life/Money/Mojo play a part in hampering these dreams/ideas.

Well I’m here to tell you to stick with it, who cares if it takes X amount of years, its your dream!.

With that in mind I’d like to show you this:

13 Years in the making (Still not done).

Looks good huh?

I Like big Butts


Do I need to say more????

Battle Scars

Battle Scars

Good morning internet Folk

As ever the updates are thin, probably due to the weather (well that’s my excuse)……
Before I start on what Im working on I’ll give you a little update on the project “AirCooled”…………On hold!! :). The car was removed from the workshop a couple of weekends ago to make room for the Austin, I assure you (hopefully) it will be completed soon.

So Battle Scars, well that’s how the GT looks on the front end due to the paint reaction. As much as it got to me when it was first happening, Im actually starting to like it. Somehow it gives the car that “used” meaner look etc.

As I mentioned in another Post, I have big ideas for the GT and the purchasing has already started. However before I can fit these items I do need to sort the Failed Head gasket!!

Currently she’s sitting in the workshop with the upper end of the engine stripped.
Whislt its been like this I’ve Ported and polished the head for the extra OOOOMMMPH.

Here are some photos of the progressions (testing HG etc), nothing amazing but it give a little insight.
Also included is a picture of a GT that a fellow forum member sent, I thinking the same look but Wider wheels and arches ;-)


Yeah that looks like its gone


Said GT

This weekend the GT will get the head finally fitted and at least then I can start fitting things ;-) Watch this space…..