James E. McCue's 1979 MGB with Chevy 2.8L V6
(originally published in British V8 Newsletter, Volume 5 Issue 2)
By: James E. McCue
City: Sunland CA
Model: 1979 MG MGB
Engine: Chevrolet 2.8L V-6
How It Was Done
|Engine:||from 1994 S-10 pick-up truck. Purchased with 2200 original miles.
Fuel injected with VIN "Z" wiring harness and computer from
Howell Engine Developments Inc. (Marine City, MI). Moroso engine mounts.
|Transmission:||Chevrolet 4L60 4-speed automatic from Astro van.
Wiring harness, with vacuum adapter and overdrive lock-up
from Howell. Stock torque converter.
|Exhaust:||stock S-10 headers. Exhaust pipes sweep forward then down.
Fabricated by a local muffler shop.
|Wheels/Tires:||stock MGB "Rostyle" wheels with powdercoat. 175R14 Michelin tires.
|Cooling:||local radiator shop built 4-row core to stock MG. Integral trans cooler added.
|Rear End:||stock 3.9:1 MGB. Plans call for conversion to 3.0 or 2.9.
|Instruments:||removed clock and installed voltmeter.
New oil pressure and temperature gauges by Sun Pro.
Original fuel gauge with new tank sender.
|Cost:||$5-6,000 (excluding original car).
|Notes:||Would recommend use of a VIN "W" engine for a lower silhouette at hood.