some people in a thread in another subforum expressed an interest in a UK spec Buick aluminum block motor that was licensed to Morgan/Rover/MG and put into some production cars over there.
here is the thread it was referred to in, which is actually about a Buick nailhead motor which was a distant predecessor for the lightweight motor licensed to the british. (anyone who knows way more than me on the subject please feel free to hold forth).
it so happens that a company in England, Southeastern Finecast, makes a white metal model of this motor and it is pretty impressive. There are multiple intake setups depending on the model you are recreating, and the white metal is well cast with minimal cleanup, and is great to polish to a very high tone finish. Delicate details everywhere including a dipstick and dual SU carburetors . Very nice piece and just the thing to put into one of those Revell Simple Simon Thames panel vans to re-britishize it.
so here is a look at the parts. I have an unopened on still which I show but the details are of one I have open and I think I may have robbed a couple parts from it, so what you are seeing isn't really 100% all there is. for instance I think I spy a missing piece of exhaust header and I believe I remember using it on something else!
basically two bags of parts, one is still stapled here so I wont show it out of the bag, but you can see its the transmission and a lot more little parts, all very sturdy for white metal and take a nice polish.:
here are the major motor parts spread out to see better. as I mentioned very nice castings with not much prep needed at all and the metal takes paint really well too.
a close up of the other bag of parts, lots of little stuff in there too
complete blow up drawing showing the build options etc:
pretty impressive parts list:
hows it look all together? well here is one I built and I consider it about medium effort and looks pretty nice especially if it were stuffed under the hood of an MGBGT! others will probably be able to a lot better. its not a hard material to work with and was surprisingly accurate as far as locating tabs etc went.
I am not even sure if Southeastern Finecast is still an operating concern but you can see their address on the instructions there or probably locate them on the web if they are still up for it. Everything I have bought from them has been first rate quality, and that ranges from parts like this up to complete white metal kits of cars, many otherwise unavailable MGs in particular.