Barrie Egerton's 1971 MGB Roadster with Rover 3.5L V8 engine

Barrie Egerton's 1971 MGB Roadster with Rover 3.5L V8 engine

as published in British V8 Newsletter, Volume VIII Issue 1, January 2000

Owner: Barrie Egerton
City: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Model: 1971 MGB Roadster
Engine: Rover 3.5 V8
Conversion completed by: Owner

Engine: 1978 Rover 3.5L from a Rover SD1. Offenhauser intake manifold, Holley 4-bbl 465cfm carburetor, remote oil filter.
Transmission: 1978 Borg-Warner BW65 3-speed automatic transmission (from the Rover SD1 sedan). Ford Escort gear selector. Triumph transmission cooler. Land Rover driveshaft, with rear end modified to mate to Ford axle.
Cooling: MGB-V8 radiator. Twin electric fans (with motors from Suzuki H4).
Exhaust: block hugger headers.
Brakes: MGB V8 front rotors. Front calipers made from Triumph inners and MGB outers. (Servo and backplate are standard.)
Wheels/Tires: 165/14 stranded wire spokes.
Suspension: 3/4" front sway bar. Spax front shocks. Bilstein telescopic rear shocks.
Rear axle: narrowed Ford 8" (3.08:1) with MGB half shafts and brakes fitted.
Instruments: Rover SD1 speedo and tachometer modified to fit in original MGB cases. (This meant that a Rover speedometer drive was also used.)
Completed: July 1998, at a cost of about $3000 (Australian).
Comments: if I did it again, I'd use RV8 headers.

block hugger headers

MGB V8 extended core radiator

remote power brake servo

MGB woodgrain dashboard

nifty roll hoop and seatbelt mounting

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