Jeff Neal's 1975 MGB with Rover 3.5L V8 Engine

Jeff Neal's 1975 MGB with Rover 3.5L V8 Engine

Owner: Jeff Neal
City: Boston, Mass.
Model: 1975 MG MGB
Engine: Rover 3.5L V8
Conversion by: father and son

How It Was Done

Engine: Rover 3.5L V8 from a Triumph TR-8. Crane 260 H hydraulic camshaft. Buick 4-barrel intake manifold. Edelbrock 500cfm carburetor. K&N air cleaner and filter. Buick (Delco-Remy) distributor, upgraded with Pertronix Ignitor breakerless ignition module. Pertronix ignition coil. Remotely mounted oil filter.
Cooling: MGB GT V8 style copper/brass radiator. Engine driven Flexolite fan. Two stock MGB (auxiliary) thermostatically-controlled electric fans.
Exhaust: custom. Dual glasspack style mufflers. Dual chrome exhaust tips.
Transmission: Rover LT77 5-speed manual transmission. Custom driveshaft.
Rear End: Ford 8" rear axle. 3.25:1 final drive ratio. Open differential.
Front Suspension: stock.
Rear Suspension: stock.
Brakes: (master) stock, with power brake booster.
(front) stock.
(rear) stock.
Wheels/Tires: stock Rostyle 14" steel wheels, with trim rings. Radial tires.
Body: centered fuel tank. Aftermarket luggage rack.
Interior: stock appearance upholstery and dashboard. DIN mount stereo radio in center console. Door mounted speakers. Dashboard mounted switch for over-riding thermostat on the electric cooling fan circuit.
Instruments: stock, except with tachometer modified for V8 signal.
Electrical: Delco-Remy style chromed alternator.
Completed: 1994. Approximately 25,000 miles driven since conversion, as of summer 2017.

Engine Installation

Rover 3.5L V8 from a Triumph TR-8.
Rover 3.5L V8 from a Triumph TR-8.

MGB GT V8 style radiator. Flexolite fan, plus MG dual thermostatically-controlled electric fans.
MGB GT V8 style radiator. Flexolite fan, plus MG dual thermostatically-controlled electric fans.

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Interior

Stock appearance upholstery from 1992 restoration project.
Stock appearance upholstery from 1992 restoration project.

DIN mount stereo radio in center console. Door mounted speakers.
DIN mount stereo radio in center console. Door mounted speakers.


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Exterior

British racing green paint.
British racing green paint.

Luggage rack.
Luggage rack.

Rostyle wheels with trim rings.
Rostyle wheels with trim rings.

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