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My vote is for a 4.3 Vortec from a 96+ S10 or Blazer. But I too thought about the 200hp 2.3L Turbo Ford.... A mustang T5 goes good behind those. Probably could get the same thing for a 4.3 tho too.

I have a 97 S10 4.3 V6 & a 700r4 (yes a 700r4, not a 4l60e) in my 80 Volvo 265. She'll get up and go with that 200hp/250ft lb V6 and 3.54 gears....

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Not a huge ford fan, but am seriously looking at the Camaro, firebird, S10, and swift setups. Was thinking exactly like the previous post, buy the car and use everything I can and sell the rest.
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Ford or not the 2.3 is an EXCELLENT little motor. And there are certain DOHC heads from Volvo engines that will bolt onto them and then you'll have a 16v dohc 2.3 ford turbo! Ive seen them run 8 sec 1/4 mile before...

But either way the 4.3 is a good option too. It is basically a 350 Chevy minus two cylinders.... same bore and stroke... so if you are a SBC fan then the 4.3 is a good option because thats bascially what it is... A "V6 SBC"...
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A 2.0L/6 speed from a Honda S2000 would provide a very manageable power band.
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I have owned 3 MGBs and 2 Midgets in the past. I say stick with what you have and do the dual Webber setup and a cam upgrade. That is a very small car and it wouldn't take a lot of improvements to that engine to give you a good boost in power to be a lot of fun to drive without all the headaches of a complete drivetrain swap. Just my thoughs.
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As much as I like the 4.3 liter chevy,it is too wide IMHO.
The early/mid 80s Camaros had a 2.8 litre v-6 5 speed .The 2.8 is a narrower v6 as it is a 60 degree engine. May be too tall though.Needto measure it for height.
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I read this post a couple days ago and thought about it. My choice for the most bang for the buck and should fit good is to find a late 90s s10 with a 2.2 and a 5 speed. Use the whole truck has a donor. You'd get the motor, trans, wiring/computer, fuel pump, driveshaft, and rear end. I had a 98 with this motor combo and put 150,000 mile on it without much drivetrain problems. It got 22-24 mpg with a combo of city and highway driving and 26 mpg on the highway. Not to bad for a 3200 pound brick truck. The truck had fair power, but like I said it was a 3200 pound truck. Put the same motor in your car that is less then 2000 pounds and it should go good. The best thing is you will be able to get replacement parts cheap at any parts store.
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I like the 2.2 and 5 speed as well as the 2.8, for this project.

In sorting this car I have found so far I have a need for a new distributer, something is not right with the Clutch, Transmission is questionable, and there appears to be something wrong with the rear end.

So I think that a complete swap of the drivetrain is probably going to be less of a headache than sorting out all those issues, and probably cheaper if I can source a good complete vehicle to swap parts from. There are probably more, that are unknown as of yet.

Height is probably not going to be an issue, as I am changing the hood, giving a few more inches of height and can possibly cheat it a little more or less depending on the need.
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I've had a lot of seat time behind a 98 Cavalier with a 2.2 and I have a few issues about using it in a MG. It's a very mediocre engine. GM put it in the S10 and the Cavalier/Sunfire, which were just basic transportation. It has an iron block so there is extra weight. It's a harsh sounding motor and the power band is focused in the mid range so there will be no fun factor winding out the gears in your MG. GM replaced that engine with the 2.2 ECOtec which was a totally new engine. It garnered a good deal of attention for being such a big improvement over the previous 2.2.
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local hotrod shop here uses toyota inline 6 cylinders and 2.2 eco tecs
the 2.2 is easily tuned to 275 hp with a turbo and has very nice street manners
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In these little Euro cars (sunbeams, MGs and opel GTs) 90* V6s complicate things immensely usually. A 60-degree V6 usually fits better.

My vote? Theres a guy running around here with a Turbo Mitsu Eclipse engine (4G63) in a Dodge Ram 50 Mighty Max. He has an adapter for a GM slushbox, but a ton of transmission options are available incl the Mazda B2600, Starion, Ram 50 and even GM T56 which is too damn big for that car anyway.
Be critical of your gear ratios for the 'box. Most of the transmissions use a 3:1 1st gear, which helps a typical small engine get up and moving. If you're a corner carving kind of guy, thats fine, just pay attention to the 2-3 and 3-4 spread and only use 1st to get moving anyway.
These 4G motors can make a freight train load of power with the right turbos, its small and light weight. If the turbos get you scared, just run a non turbo and apply the usual hot rod tricks.
I also like the Mazda Miata engine, but their trans is bery long, so fitment, driveshaft angles and shifter placement have to be taken into account.

Lastly; google: Brunton Stalker. Its a Caterham 7 clone (LoCost 7) with some serious performance, using various V6s and etc
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