Bob Pulleyblank's 1976 factory MGB GT V8

as published in BritishV8 Magazine, Volume IV Issue 1

Owner: Bob Pulleyblank
City: Boca Raton, FL
Model: 1976 factory MGB GT V8
Engine: 1976 Rover 3.6 litre

Note: Bob is unique in the American MG world, owning both a factory MGB GT V8 and a roadster conversion. Both have been extensively modified to a high degree of performance. A native Englishman, Bob thus has the opportunity to partake in the MG V-8 scene in both the U.K. and the U.S. He is extremely knowledgeable with both the factory cars and V8 conversions. Bob's V8 conversion was featured in Issue III Volume 1 of the newsletter. -Ed

How It Was Done

Engine Mods: SD1 10.2:1 pistons, Rover Vitesse valves, Piper cam, flowed heads, balanced crankshaft, rods and clutch. Edelbrock intake manifold with 650cfm double pumper Holley 4 bbl carburetor. Lumenition ignition system. Tested at 178 bhp at rear wheels.
Cooling: V8 radiator, temperature switch, and fans. V8 oil cooler and remote filter.
Exhaust: Mike the Pipe complete 2 7/8" system, single muffler..
Transmission: Rover SD1 5-speed.
Brakes: standard V8.
Tires/Wheels: 195/60 x 14 Avon tires on 6J x 14 Minilite wheels.
Suspension: Front - British Leyland Special Tuning lowered, uprated springs, Ron Hopkinson anti-roll bar, 30% uprated Armstrong shock absorbers. Rear - V8 competition springs, Spax tubular shock absorbers, Ron Hopkinson anti-roll bar.
Rear End: 3.07:1, MGB carrier must be machined to take 3.07 c.w. & p. - bigger flange for nose of differential, Rover 3500 driveshaft or modified MGB GT V8 one.
Instruments: 140mph calibrated speedo (large to suit 1978 dashboard), V-8 rev counter (ditto), Moto-Lita steering wheel, air horns.

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